[I]f you’re inviting kids to your wedding, you’ll probably want to keep them entertained, right? If not, they’ll get bored and unless they have something to do they’ll be taking turns trying to sneak icing from your cake on their fingers and play hide and seek underneath your decorated tables.
Their parents are probably keeping a watchful eye, but doesn’t that sound like what you’d do if you were a kid bored at a wedding? Me too. So, let’s change the dynamic. Let’s make it fun for them. Let’s make kids a part of the party. They don’t want to sit through speeches and wait through dinner. They aren’t that interested in dancing, at least not the slow stuff. And they’re all dressed up and their bowties or dresses are uncomfortable and all they want to do is play. So let them! Here are some ways you can keep kids entertained at weddings so they can be a part of the fun (and their parents can enjoy the party all night long). Enjoy!
This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever at a ceremony. Flower girls being pulled on a wagon by the ring bearer? Now that’s adorable.
10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings
1. Bubble Basket at Ceremony
Provide a basket of bubble jars at your ceremony. It’s fun for all ages (and unlike confetti, it doesn’t leave any cleanup behind). Tiny jars are so inexpensive, too!
2. What Shall I Photograph?
Provide each kid with a disposable camera and a list of things to photograph at the wedding. This will keep them busy (and you’ll have a cute arrangement of photos taken from a child’s view).
3. Life-size Lawn Games
4. Kids Only Area
Make a kids-only area with toys, coloring books, crayons, and blankets.
5. Lego Building
Put legos in a bowl at a kids table and let them go to town!
6. Color a Card
Place these packets at each child’s place that includes crayons, candy, and a card. There’s a note that tells them to ‘color a card for the bride and groom’.
7. Bounce Castle
Kids love bounce castles! Adults, too. :)
8. Milk + Cookies
Have milk and cookies given to kids in lieu of their champagne toast. Cute idea!
9. Candy Bar
Help-yourself favors at a candy bar is the ultimate treat for kids! Don’t forget gummy bears! They’re my favorite.
10. Project Video Games
Use a projector and a screen on a giant white wall to project video games! Wii, Kinect, Guitar Hero… the options are endless! Kids (and pretty much everyone at the wedding) will want to play! This works especially well if there’s a room off to the side at your reception so as to not distract from the goings-on of the reception itself.
Which of these is your favorite? I love the bounce house for summer weddings and I adore the disposable camera / list idea!
Are you having kids at your wedding?