MONKEY BUSINESS: Tots and seniors get to share the joy with Cheeky Monkey.
MONKEY BUSINESS: Tots and seniors get to share the joy with Cheeky Monkey.

Seniors share in the simple joys of childhood

CHEEKY Monkeys Soft Play brings toddlers together with senior citizens for mornings that provide a whole lot of joy for young and old.

Cheeky Monkeys Co-ordinator Karen Smout said it brought a tear to her eye every time a session was held at Capricorn Adventist Retirement Village.

"We have been operating from another venue for about a year and one of my young mothers told me she was finding it difficult to take her children to visit her grandmother due to lack of space in the units,” Karen said.

"The family found a solution by utilising the CARV common room.

"I thought, what a fabulous idea. I approached CARV management to ask if they would be open to our using the venue and inviting the residents to come along and have morning tea.

"As it turns out, CARV had been considering doing just that but had no idea as to who to contact.

"It was a match made in heaven, so we shifted our location to the CARV common room and now we have around 25 of the residents come along and enjoy watching the children play while enjoying their morning tea.

"The sessions bring lots of joy to the residents as most don't have their grandchildren or great- grandchildren close by and likewise, the children love to have an active audience that obviously get as much enjoyment out of the integrated play as they do.”

Karen said it was wonderful to sit back and watch the smiles on faces of both the children and the residents.

"So many children miss out on spending time with their elders and likewise, many of our elders miss out on spending time with the young due to location, time restraints and just how busy people are these days,” she said.

"This is a lovely way to fill that gap.”

Cheeky Monkeys Soft Play operates on the last Tuesday of the month from 9-11am.

Inquire about Cheeky Monkeys Soft Play on Facebook or visit www.cheekymonkeysoft play.com.au



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