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Friend Activities at Monkey Joe’s

Posted on Feb 08, 2016

As adults and children, friendships are an important part of our lives. For children, friendship can help enhance social and mental development. When kids spend time with their peers they learn how to socialize, how to build their self-confidence and how to have empathy for others. They are also learning how to manage relationships while developing their self-identity. According to Life Education, a group dedicated to empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education, as children mature into young adults, their friends help reduce stress and navigate challenging developmental experiences during teenage years. These are all important childhood developments that will benefit children later in life!

In short, childhood friendships are important. But did you know that childhood friendships can also help kids maintain healthy lifestyles? A 2015 study by the American Heart Association concluded that friends encourage physical activity among their peers. How awesome is that? According to Jessica Graus Woo, an associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, “...the social network of friendships is increasingly important in influencing behaviors as children get older.” When it comes to exercising regularly, friends can have an important impact on each other to stay active.

At Monkey Joe’s, we believe in nurturing the development of children and their friendships. We also believe in leading active and healthy lifestyles. That’s why our facility encourages playing with friends, new and old, in an active setting. When kids play together at Monkey Joe’s indoor playground they are having fun and developing their social skills! They will learn how to play well with others, how to respect others and how to share a fun and active experience with others.