Having children at weddings can be a real dilemma for many brides, with concerns that they’ll be bored, annoy parents and other guests or worse, run riot. But we’re here to tell you not to panic, we’ve rounded up some great ideas to help you keep the kids busy, entertained and happy. So if you’re planning on having children at your wedding, then this post is for you.
Tip: Consider hiring a babysitter or minder to supervise and oversee the kids.
1. Arts & Crafts Table
Seating all the kids together at their own table, separates them from other guests and allows them to interact and ultimately have more fun. Decorate the table with kraft paper instead of a table cloth and include an array of activities such as wedding-themed drawing placemats, colouring-in books or projects, like a DIY wedding card for the happy couple plus tons of art supplies like crayons, paint and glitter.
2. I Spy Game
Also known as a photographic scavenger hunt, this interactive game is the perfect activity to keep the kids preoccupied and out of trouble. All you’ll need to provide is a disposable camera for each, a place card with a list of images to capture and a pencil to cross off each point as they go. This activity is more suited for kids aged 5 years and older but it’s guaranteed to keep them busy most of the night.
Tip: For a little added incentive you could even provide a small prize for the winner at the end of the night.
3. Activity Booklet
Design your own booklet with different activities such as noughts and crosses, fill-in-the-blank, colouring in, design a wedding cake or wedding dress or a tear-out placemat they can take home with them. Include some crayons and you have an activity that will keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours. The activity booklet is perfect for kids of all ages and can be wedding-themed to fit the occasion.
4. Treasure Hunt
This is more of a physical activity, which might result in some running around but it could be limited to an area or section that will not interfere with the rest of the wedding. Design a treasure map with a couple of hidden prizes around the venue. Include clues and spread the hunt over the night to keep kids guessing. Incentives such as sweets or spray-painted gold coins will keep them intrigued.
5. Bubble Station
This is a great idea if you’re planning on having an outdoor reception. Set up a bubble station – DIY it by filling a drinking dispenser with bubbles. The kids will love it and it’s suitable for all ages. It might not keep them occupied for the entire time but it’s sure to provide some great photo opportunities!
6. Games Section
Create a games section or table and stock it with some classic board games (Snakes and Ladders, Candy Land, Battleship, Sorry! etc), include some puzzles or lego. This activity is suited for kids of all ages but with lots of small toy pieces around a baby-sitter or minder is recommended for the smaller kids.
7. Activity Kit
An activity kit is great for kids of all ages and is guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours. It is completely up to you on what you’d like to include. Of course you don’t want to provide any toys or items that are noisy and require lots of supervision. Some ideas are; disposable camera, sketchbook and crayons, bubbles, play doh, mini-toys, and not forgetting some sweets or treats.
We hope this post, helped ease those nerves about having kids at your wedding. We’d love to hear from you, do you have any other great ideas for entertaining kids at a wedding that we have not listed above? Comment below and let us know.
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