You have hired your DJ, ordered your cake, tasted your catering, designed your dance floor, and picked your favors. Do you see a pattern here? Most of your wedding planning will revolve around ways to entertain and celebrate with your guests, but what about your pint-sized guests? Weddings are about the coming together of two families, and often, those families come with little ones. So, what can you do to keep the kids occupied and make them feel included? Here are a few of our favorite ideas.
Treat bars are really easy, totally customizable, and equally as fun for the adults as they are for the kids. Treat bars can offer candy, ice cream, s’mores, gourmet popcorn, or caramel apples:
If you are having an outdoor reception, what better way to take advantage of the space you will have with some activities!
Not even the adults will be able to resist giant Jenga from The Pearson Shop (bonus fun: have the kids decorate a few of the blocks):
Camera Scavenger Hunt
There is something so charming about good old film photos, and with disposable cameras running from about $5-$10 each, the idea is too affordable to pass up. Give each child their own camera and let them play photographer for the night. You are probably thinking, “Cute idea, but how do you prevent the kids from taking pictures of the bathroom and their shoes? “ Easy! Create a scavenger hunt check off list to pass out with the cameras. Include tasks like: take a picture of the cake, picture of the food, picture of the bride and groom. Most disposable cameras shoot up to 25 shots, so assign 20 task photos, and allow for 5 free shots. Most kids will take this scavenger hunt as a challenge and will follow the rules. Of course you still may get some fingers and floor shots, but that is kind of charming too, don’t you think?
Set out a table with blank cards, stickers, markers, crayons, glitter glue, bows, ribbons, buttons, and more. Let the kids create their own wedding cards for the bride and groom. Make sure to set out a marked box or basket for the kids to place their finished cards in!
Musical Chairs and Kids’ Dance
A child’s attention is difficult to keep; much like balancing plates on sticks, you can usually tell when you are about to lose them. About an hour into the reception, have the DJ call all of the kids out onto the dance floor for a kid’s only dance or a game of musical chairs. This will make the children feel included, and will also give them a little jolt of excitement to keep them hanging on for the second half of the reception.
Bubbles are always a hit with children. Set out tin buckets, jars, and pales of soap with metal wands for a fancier feel.
What ideas do you have for keeping kids occupied at your wedding? Let us know in the comments!