Things to do when your kids have an age gap

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If you have more than one child, it can sometimes be tricky to find an activity that suits everyone. Add a decent age gap into the mix, and things get a whole lot harder, believe me! If your kids are similar to mine – Big is 10 and Small is 5 (factor in her autism and developmental delay and she’s probably more like 3 or 4 in many ways) – it makes it more difficult to find things to do when your kids have an age gap.


Activity ideas for when your kids aren't close in age and it can be hard to entertain them all together!


Small is still at the stage where soft play is life and would happily lose herself in a ball pit for a couple of hours in the holidays. Big would probably like that too, but, being 10 he’s either too old to actually be allowed to play, or he’s trying to be too cool and pretend he thinks soft play is for babies (admit it, how many times have you had to go down the slides with your little ones and secretly enjoyed it? Don’t you just wish there were more soft play places for adults only… I digress…).


So, with them in mind, I tried to come up with a list of activities and places to visit that would keep them both amused – for a while, at least! This is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do when your kids have an age gap, and it very much depends on your area, but it’s a starting point of ideas for things where age doesn’t matter too much!




Splash Pads




Miniature/Steam railway

Outdoor play centres such as Conkers



Go Ape

Country parks and nature reserves

Mini Golf






Ice Skating



Water Parks

Snow play



Pottery Cafe

Trampoline Parks

Indoor rock climbing





Theme parks

Castles (although you may want to read my post here first!)



Zoos and Aquariums



Interactive museums and galleries







I hope this list of things to do when your kids have an age gap has given you some ideas for weekends and holidays? Let me know in the comments if your kids have an age gap and the sorts of things you do to keep them all happy!


If you’re stuck for ideas on rainy days, take a look at my post here!



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