Updated: Jul 12
If you are reading this blog, then theres a big chance that you are starting the planing to one of the biggest days of your life. And just like so many weddings, there will be the little ones to think about. oh god!!!! where do you start I hear you cry. Well thats why you're here right? I've made it so you don't have to stress about how to keep them entertained for the day. I'm sure you've been there, at a friends wedding and the little ones have had more E numbers than you even care to think about. And while you're there watching them run around like a miniature storm, it hits you. "is this what it's going to be like at my wedding?" Great news, it doesn't have to be.
Many people consider kids an important and integral part of any wedding day. While it’s true that some couples opt for child-free weddings, most wouldn’t consider getting married without their nearest and dearest little ones by their side.
But unfortunately, having young children around does come with its disadvantages. Let’s face it, most weddings aren’t exactly designed with kids in mind and if your youngest guests aren’t amused, you will know it. Tears, tantrums, running amok, and other ‘bad’ behaviours are all symptoms of boredom!
So here are a few ideas to help keep the little ones entertained. You can thank me later.
Wedding ceremonies aren’t much fun for little ones. While the officiant drones on and on, the kids in your audience will grow restless. The solution? Keep their hands and minds busy with quiet drawing, and colouring activities.
This could include colouring sheets, word searches, pencil mazes, spot the difference – the list goes on.
For toddlers that are too young for activity books, fidget toys are a great alternative. They’ll keep little ones focused and absorbed throughout the boring parts of the day (such as the ceremony, speeches, and the endless cocktails).
Examples include handheld wooden puzzles, fidget spinners, tangle toys, Rubik’s cubes, yoyo's, and silly putty (slime). Toys marketed as ‘sensory’ or with mixed textures are particularly interesting to young toddlers. For best results, opt for toys that don’t make any noise, and won’t require an adult’s help to play with.
Does your venue have a garden, courtyard, or outside space of any kind? If so, you’re in luck. There’s an endless stream of outdoor activities that you can set up, to keep little ones busy. For example:
• Football nets
• Ring toss game
• Bouncy castle
If you’re feeling creative, why not set up an outdoor treasure-hunt, with a little prize at the end for every participant? Outdoor activities are sure to put a smile on any child’s face, and what’s more, they’ll burn off all that excess energy.
Movie and Popcorn
There’s nothing that can grasp a kid’s undivided attention for longer than a movie. If your venue has the space, why not set up a movie room with bean bag chairs, a DVD player and projector? Select a few classic family-friendly movies, and leave them playing. Disney and Pixar films, such as Toy Story and Monster’s Inc., are loved by adults and kids alike.
For an added touch, setup a popcorn station and let the kiddos help themselves. You might even find they’re joined by a few adults over the course of the afternoon.
These are just a few of the great things you can do to keep the little ones, (and even the big ones) entertained. And believe me, I've done a few weddings where I have seen the adults enjoying these as much as the kinds.
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