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Superheroes and their super moms

Devin Vonwald speed past Batman to reach the finish line.1 / 3
Mario and Luigi -- Vincent, 8, and Edison, 6, Nord -- took in the fun at Superhero Training Camp.2 / 3
New this year to the Superhero Training Camp was a life-size foosball game.3 / 3

How many little boys have superhero bed sheets or pajamas? How many little boys have drawers and closets filled with action fingers and comic books? How many little boys idolize Superman, Batman, Spiderman or even Iron Man? Probably more than can be counted.

Superhero fans had a chance test their super skills, in their best superhero disguise, during District 833 Community Education's Superhero Training Camp on Jan. 15 in the Woodbury High School Activities Center.

During the event every super boy brought with him his favorite super female sidekick -- mother, grandmother, sister or aunt -- for a day of superhero games and training.

Some of the activities included an inflatable Gotham City, an obstacle cours race, super hero floor hockey, "The blob" sumo wrestling, the "Penguin Parachute," pin the symbol on Superman and even a life-size game of foosball.

Community Education started the Superhero Training Camp two years ago so that mothers and their sons have a fun activity, since the girls already had the Cinderella Swing with their fathers.

In their first year at the Superhero Training Camp, Woodbury resident Joe Vonwald, and her son Devin, 4, said they were enjoying the action-packed days.

"My son really loves anything superheroes," Vonwald said. "So this is right up his alley. He's been having a blast."

Vonwald said it is nice to be able to spend a day alone with her son.

"It's really special to be able to spend time together jus the two of us," she said.

See the Jan. 19 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for additional photos.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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