19 Foolproof Ways to Keep Kids Busy at Your Wedding
So, you've decided to host kids at your wedding. Congratulations—they're bound to make it extra special! Remember, though, it's not as easy as including them on your invitations. To ensure they have the best time (without disrupting yours or your adult guests') you'll have to put thought into accommodating them. Luckily, it can be surprisingly easy to keep children entertained. Just turn to these kids' wedding activity ideas!
You've probably heard of a "kids' table" before—as have your little attendees. But simply designating a special area for children isn't enough. In fact, if you aren't careful, they might dread or resent being separated from the rest of the crowd! Children's tables work best when they come with toys, crafts, or other forms of entertainment. Kid-friendly furniture is always a plus, too—for examples, browse the following slides.
Alternative options include wedding games for kids, a mouthwatering kids' menu, and play stations. We've got inspiration for those, too. Really, it comes down to catering to your specific crew—consider their age(s) and interests. You'll also need to plan around your overall event design—some options might integrate better than others.
Whether you're hosting your flower girl and ring bearer, your younger relatives, your friends' kids, or even your own, there are genius ideas for you ahead. Take a peek and decide what'll best delight your young celebrants. Then, see if your vendors can help you execute something similar. Of course, no matter what you choose, parental permission and child supervision is very important!
What can we say—kids adore play tents! Pamela Barefoot organized this one, which included hula hoops, crates of other activities, and comfy cushions and rugs to sit on.
Serve up their favorite food. (A full belly usually means a happy kid.) We're obsessed with how this Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards fare came on cafeteria-style trays.
Kids also love to make some noise, so let them! We recommend introducing play instruments at a time when it's appropriate to make a ruckus—like when the newlyweds are recessing down the aisle or headed off for their honeymoon.
Here's another send-off idea that gets children involved. Ask the youngsters to wave sparklers during the couple's exit.
At this wedding, guests—including kids—had access to Instax cameras. Not only was everybody entertained, but they helped the bride and groom capture their event from unique perspectives.
Turn your decorations into activities. This adorable kids' table featured toy reptiles, which Ivory & Beau used as entertaining centerpieces.
Sack races are a classic children's pastime. Plus, they're super easy to incorporate into an outdoor big day.
Set up a kids' room or station filled with props they can play with—dress-up outfits are highly encouraged.
It's easy to get preoccupied by building blocks like Legos—which works in your favor if you're looking for a way to distract little ones.
You really don't need much to keep kids busy. These children (and the groomsmen!) had a blast making pillow forts.
Don't forget about refreshments. Give the children their own cocktail hour bar stocked with non-alcoholic beverages. Fancy paper straws made this Simply Chic Events one all the more appealing.
For a casual wedding, try a kids' picnic. They can set up shop in a designated area on your venue's property (within eye's view of their parents or another supervisor, of course). Pineapple Productions planned these baskets.
These tots were occupied with a giant version of a classic game: Jenga. How fun is that?
This reception (planned by Antonia Christianson) benefited from a kids' tent, too. It came stocked with tools for outdoor enjoyment.
Entertainment isn't just for the reception. Keep children content during the ceremony with snacks—this bride provided popcorn.
Combine two ideas in one and turn kid-friendly food into a fun activity. Making s'mores if the perfect example: they're interactive and tasty.
And finally—the easiest way to keep kids occupied? Convince them the activities you've provided are the cool thing to do.