5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy at the Reception

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Keeping kids entertained at any celebration is a tricky task. It might also be the last thing you want to think about on your wedding day. Yet, the attendance of children is extremely important to take into consideration. With each child comes a parent or guardian who likely just wants to relax, socialize, and celebrate your big day. Or even more importantly, if you are having your own kids in the wedding ceremony, you’ll want them to be busy while you let loose at the reception.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent the inevitable restlessness of young children. Planning your reception with the kids in mind can help grown-ups enjoy the day to its fullest extent. Simultaneously, it will ensure that the kids are happy and having fun. Does this mean your reception should double as a kids’ party? No, not at all. All you need is an extra dose of imagination and planning. If you need some inspiration, check out these five ideas for keeping kids occupied at your wedding. You will be glad you did.

1. Coloring Activities

When it comes to children, the power of coloring works wonders. The best part is that crayons and coloring books are extremely easy on the wallet. A standard pack of eight crayons typically costs less than a dollar. Alternatively, you can also buy them in bulk at party or craft stores. Another option is to buy a larger package of crayons and separate them into groups of six or eight. Each batch can be tied together with a rubber band or strip of ribbon.

Get creative with the coloring pages. A quick web search will yield countless printable (and free) coloring pages. If you are the creative type, consider whipping up personalized coloring pages using your favorite graphic design program. This is an awesome chance to incorporate symbols that relate to your wedding theme. You can also purchase cheap coloring books at the craft, grocery, or dollar store. Additionally, you can provide place mat coloring pages. This is an awesome way to ensure that kids have something to keep them busy at the table.

For ease and efficiency, place the materials near the entrance. You can also designate a separate table for coloring tables. Keep things tidy by making small coloring activity packages in paper bags. Don’t hesitate to place a sign that says “Please Take One!” to encourage kids to use them.

2. Kids-Only Tent

Children can get restless while adults socialize over appetizers and drinks. Unsurprisingly, the little ones might feel like they aren’t getting enough attention or entertainment. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma. Set up a kids-only tent, playhouse, or corner for the kids to hang out in. This will give them a chance to meet and play with other children at the wedding. At the same time, it will give them a sense of importance knowing that only kids are allowed in the space.

Of course, safety is the most important thing. Make sure the kids-only spot is within viewing distance of the other tables. Double check that it is placed away from the hot food and cake. Do not place it near wires, speakers, or any of the doors. This way, the adults can still keep a watchful eye on the children.

3. Game Table

Much like a kid’s tent or corner, a designated game table can keep the laughs going all night long. This is another excellent way to keep kids entertained within viewing distance. Your best bet is to choose games that are not complicated or messy.

Check out your local dollar and craft stores for inexpensive games. Ideas include Etch-a-Sketch or a mini ring toss. Crossword puzzles can overlap with coloring pages for a challenging brain activity. Even simple memory card games can be a huge hit. Before you know it, the adults will be joining in on the fun.

4. Craft Corner

Give kids a chance to exercise their creativity with a craft corner or table. This gives them a chance to create kid-friendly party favors that they can take home as a token. To create a successful craft corner, choose projects and supplies that are not messy or sticky. This will limit the chances spills, stains, and other craft disasters.

Need some ideas? Set out yarn, safety scissors, and noodles for macaroni jewelry. Provide colorful pipe cleaners for crafting animals, crowns, and jewelry. Even cute notebooks and markers can make a kid’s day.

5. Hire Entertainment

From face painting to balloon twisting, kid-friendly entertainment can be a major game changer for your wedding. This is a wonderful way to make sure kids are involved in the wedding’s festivities. Take some time to do some research for the best entertainer in the area; professionalism is just as crucial as rates. Don’t hesitate to ask around, search for testimonials, and check out Yelp reviews. It is important that the entertainer truly knows how to work with kids during celebrations and parties.

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