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Chloe and Sonny, both 3, zoom down the slide at Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn. Covered in padding, the converted barn is a playhouse especially for toddlers.

Chloe and Sonny, both 3, zoom down the slide at Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn. Covered in padding, the converted barn is a playhouse especially for toddlers. (Charlie Reed / S&S)

Chloe and Sonny, both 3, zoom down the slide at Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn. Covered in padding, the converted barn is a playhouse especially for toddlers.

Chloe and Sonny, both 3, zoom down the slide at Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn. Covered in padding, the converted barn is a playhouse especially for toddlers. (Charlie Reed / S&S)

Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn is nothing fancy but the kids seem to love it. With both indoor and outdoor play areas, bad weather doesn’t seem to spoil the fun.

Cheeky Monkeys in Fulbourn is nothing fancy but the kids seem to love it. With both indoor and outdoor play areas, bad weather doesn’t seem to spoil the fun. (Charlie Reed / S&S)

Cheeky Monkeys, a barn-turned-playhouse in Fulbourn, also has a range of outdoor activities available when the weather is nice.

Cheeky Monkeys, a barn-turned-playhouse in Fulbourn, also has a range of outdoor activities available when the weather is nice. (Charlie Reed / S&S)

FULBOURN — Toddlers can weeble, wobble and even fall down at Cheeky Monkeys.

Thanks to the thick, foam padding that covers just about every square inch of this barn-turned-playhouse, little ones can climb, crawl and play to their hearts’ content. It’s the perfect off-base adventure for families with kids between the ages of 1 and 5.

While the tots wear themselves out on the McDonald’s-like playground — a caged-in, multistory monstrosity of fun — moms and dads can take a load off just a few feet away.

"It lets you give them a little bit of independence without worrying so much," said Haley Samson, of nearby Haverhill. "It’s for the little kids, so you’re not concerned about them getting hurt with the bigger kids."

Just about a 30-minute drive from RAFs Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Alconbury, Cheeky Monkeys is not fancy, but the kids love it. Walk into the place and it’s nothing but smiles and squeals of delight.

"I think it’s a great place for people looking to get off the base and integrate with the British," Samson said. "For the kids and for the mums."

But let’s face it, Cheeky Monkeys is not for the grown-ups. It’s all about the kids.

Let them whiz down slides, climb across rope bridges, squeeze through the rollers, wriggle through the chimney stack or have a ball in the plastic-ball pit. And when the weather is nice, they can check out the tractor and combine displays, take a dig in the sandpit or visit the petting zoo.

Nestled on a farming estate, Cheeky Monkeys also has a pick-your-own berry farm and an array of fresh breads, jams, custards and other goodies made with ingredients fresh from the fields. Make sure to leave with a fresh loaf of the crusty country bread. It won’t disappoint. And for those looking to try a distinctly British delicacy, buy a jar of the delicious gooseberry jam.

The tea room — the British equivalent of the American snack bar — offers sweet treats, sandwiches, coffees and soft drinks. There’s even a driving range on the site and car boot sales on Sunday mornings.

So, while Cheeky Monkeys is geared for tiny tots coming into their own, moms and dads haven’t been forgotten.


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