10 Play Places for Philly Siblings with an Age Gap
If your kids are separated by a large age gap, it can be hard to keep them both happy and entertained. What makes your baby happy can be boring for an older kid who wants to run and play. As they get older, your curious and easily distracted toddlers might not be able to keep up with your older kid's activities. Unless you can clone yourself to take each of your kids to different activities, finding something to keep them all entertained is key. Fortunately, there are amazing places that seem to know the realities of raising multiple kids with different interests. Here are a few we've tested with our age gapped kids that we think you'll love.
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Kehler's Kids Fun Factory is great for kids of all ages. This soft playground features cargo nets, tunnels, ball pits and a returnable trolley ride. Toddlers have their own little corner with a separate ball pit to keep away from the big kids, but are also welcome to climb around the larger portion of the playground. This is such a fun rainy day activity and delightfully affordable. Plus parents actually get in for free! They also offer gymnastics classes for all ages, so if you have one kid enrolled in a class, the other can play and have fun in the playground area. Kehler's is the most fun for kids age 1-11.
I know, I know, this place is on every list we ever right, but trust me, there's a reason. With multiple playgrounds, a huge wooden slide and an indoor playspace for toddlers, Smith has something for every age. It's a great spot for all of your kids to blow off energy uninhibited by age differences.
Bette's Family Fun Center has it all. Mounbounces, slides, a soft play unit, arcade games, Wii, Xbox and a toddler unit just for kids 4 and under. Open play hours are limited since they host so many birthday parties, so be sure to check their hours in advance.
Hands-on House is geared towards children age 2-10. It's similar to the Please Touch Museum, but with more of a focus on learning and activities that are of interest for a wide range of ages. What's especially fun about this museum is it's intended for kids and parents to enjoy and learn together. The exhibits are self-directed and change frequently, so you can come back and discover something new. It also offers fun classes free with general admission. Check out Hands-on House's website for a class schedule.
Let's start with the most important detail - they have free coffee. Those two words could get me anywhere. They have a soft play unit, giant slides, obstacles, moon bounces and a "Little Cub" area for the tinier siblings. Children younger than 18 months are free with a paying child, and parents are always free. Jumper's is intended for kids 1-10.
With two soft playgrounds, arcade games, mini-bowling, a rock-climbing wall, a laser maze, a new VR set up, and jumpshot trampoline basketball, Oasis is a great way to have fun with all of your kids. Not to mention, playgrounds are free for kids 18 months and younger. Oasis has something for kids age 1-12.
Sharing a ride at Oasis Family Fun Center (age gap 4 years)
Glow in the dark laser tag, blacklight mini-golf and ball blasters are just some of what Jungle Wonder has to offer. It also features a soft playground and a separate toddler gym and bounce area for kids up to 36 months, so they won't get knocked over by the big kids.
Sports Zone offers attractions for kids of all different ages. Those 7 and under will love the Kids Zone, which includes a moon bounce, ball pit, junior rock wall, a carousel and more. Kids 8 and up can enjoy Sports Zone's Slam Ball and Space Jump- 2 trampoline activities perfect for burning off energy. Sports Zone also has a larger rock climbing wall and batting cages. Note: Saturdays and Sundays are party days, so it's recommended that you call before coming.
Mt Laurel, NJ
This is one of those places that is worth paying the bridge toll. From rides, to an arcade, to bowling, and even water amusements in the warmer months, the FunPlex has something for everyone in the family. There's a foam pit, go-karts, and even a Ninja Warrior training space. While babies may not get in on the action, the lights and attractions are entertainment itself. You can pay for specific attractions or get a wrist band for unlimited access to most of the rides and attractions.
Depending on the age of your kids, the Please Touch Museum can easily entertain ages 7 and under. Changing programming keeps it interesting for multiple visits per year, plus a huge play space designed for immersive creative play.
Playing dress-up at the Please Touch Museum (age gap 4 years)
If you're looking for other activities that are fun no matter kids' ages try going for a hike or a bike ride, visiting a pick-your-own farm in season or local playground, or burning off energy at an indoor play gym.
Socks are a requirement at all soft playgrounds. Birthday packages are available at every establishment on this list. If you find one your kids really love, it could be the perfect spot for your little one's next party.
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