Ideas for direct contact day out with much older sibling

(6 Posts)
Prideandjoy Thu 10-Oct-13 13:51:57

My DD is 6yrs old and has been with us since she was two. Each year we have direct contact with her half sister who is now 17yrs and has been in long term foster care for 6yr. The sister still has contact with birth mum but I am not sure how frequently. Although I dread the contact, it usually goes really well and the girls get along fine. Its always us who organise the activity and I am finding it difficult to come up with something that will amuse them both. In the past we have been to Disney on Ice, shows, ten pin bowling, museums. Does anyone have any ideas where we could go?

pippop1 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:59:17

Ice skating? Country walk and lovely tea in a tea shop? Children's farm or zoo, again with meal or tea after? A circus or dance show
if you can find one?

mummytime Thu 10-Oct-13 14:00:01

Is the older girl interested in anything in particular?
Does your little one have any special interests/places?

You could try something like one of those pottery painting places (but limit your little one to one thing to paint and she has to allow her big sister to take her time).

If its warm enough, a rowing boat or a visit to a WWT reserve might work. On one of those interactive Science museums.

I would also look for opportunities for the big sister to look after the little one (eg. holding the bird seed while the little one feeds the birds). Its what my 17 year old likes doing with their 10 year old sibling. Its a big gap, but can be bridgable.

Prideandjoy Thu 10-Oct-13 14:25:13

Thank you pippop1 and mumytime, this is the first time I have posted so nice to have some responses! Might try national trust property with something going on as DD very big on activities.

fasparent Thu 10-Oct-13 15:12:40

Best too find something where they can talk interact with each other contact is about catching up talking, National trust is OK, castle, big park with open space , tea room's , play park, lots of space too run around . picnic , weather permitting.

mummytime Thu 10-Oct-13 15:57:40

If they have some kind of treasure trail that "big sister" can help with that might be nice.

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