Do you welcome kids at weddings or not, that’s one of the biggest dilemmas for brides and grooms out there. Many couples who invite little gusts are scared they will be bored and decide to throw fits, boost their parents’ stress and start a riot. However, if you want to have kids at your wedding yet want to prevent fits, here are some of the best ideas that will provide kids with plenty of fun.
Get them outside
If you have an outdoor space at your venue (like a garden or any outside area that’s well secured) make sure to get kids outside and provide them with plenty of old-school games. Hopscotch, Twister, giant Jenga and a few balls will keep kids entertained for hours. Make sure to provide kids with plenty of options to prevent boredom. Luckily, toys like skipping ropes, hula hoops and balls are very inexpensive and they can donate them after the wedding is over.
Rainy day entertainment
If you don’t have any outdoor space or if the weather doesn’t allow kids to go out, it’s not the end of the world. You can set up a kids’ table and fill it with all sorts of indoor entertainment like board games, card games, jigsaw puzzles and crayons. Monopoly, Guess Who or Clue are also appropriate for teens. All of these games will encourage kids to mingle and make new friends in a safe way while parents enjoy the celebration.
Consult with other moms
If you need any help with planning a kid-friendly event, consult with other moms and ask for tips. They know just what kids need and you will get to include all sorts of different activities and comforts for kids. In order to interview a wide variety of mothers, you can download practical apps for moms and reach out to women of all ages, nationalities and religions and get the best feedback. Who knows what kind of ideas they might give you—mothers do know best, right?
If you have a large budget to manage, don’t hesitate to hire professional entertainment for the little guests. Magicians, clowns, balloon modelers and face painters are universally beloved among kids and will keep little ones entertained for hours. Plus, they can ensure that parents can really relax knowing someone responsible and experienced is keeping an eye on their child.
Rent a photo booth
Kids love dressing up, so why not provide them with hours of fun and plenty of long-lasting memories by renting a photo booth. Place a few baskets of props next to your photo booth: think feather boas, funny hats and glasses, wigs, mustaches on a stick and any other classic props that will make kids crack up. If you have the money, a separate photo booth for kids will bring hours of fun to little ones and the parents will love all the photo memories they will take home. These often make the best wedding favors, so make sure to encourage kids to save their photos.
Set up a quiet area
Some kids are shy and prefer quiet fun. In that case, you can set up a seating area and play a movie or some cartoons. Throw plenty of cozy pillows and blankets on the ground so kids can get comfy and warm while they enjoy the show. And don’t forget mini bags of popcorn and plates of mini pizzas and pigs-in-blankets. This is a perfect idea for late-night entertainment when kids are already starting to relax and get ready to sleep.
If you prepare these fun activities for kids, everyone from toddlers to teens and adults will have a blast on your wedding. And the more the merrier when it comes to your biggest day!