If there are children coming to the wedding, then having some planned wedding activities for kids is a great idea. Not only do they help keep the children from being bored, but they offer a chance for the parents to connect with the wedding guests while their children are having fun.
Here we provide ten wedding activity ideas that are great to entertain kids with on the big day.
- Activity books
- Lego station
- Ball pit
- Photo booth
- Wedding party role
- Movie room
- Kids buffet
- Lawn games
How do you make your special celebration fun and entertaining for little people? The key is some careful planning, genuine involvement and lots of fun. Here are ten great ideas for having happy and well behaved children at weddings.
1. Activity books
Cute wedding themed children’s activity books and activities are a great distraction for children. Wedding-themed mazes, coloring in activities, play dough, join-the-dots, a word find and a wedding specific scavenger hunt. These suit a range of ages and feature a bride and groom theme for traditional weddings.
2. Lego station
Providing a Lego station or a toy box filled with wooden blocks, puzzles and board games is another great idea. Knowing the ages of the children that are attending the wedding and how many are attending will help you curate the best selection of toys.
3. Ball pit
Setting up a ball-pit can be a great idea if there are a few toddlers expected at the wedding. This allows the parents to be able to stay close by and chat with guests, while kids play in a designated area.
4. Photo booth
A photo-booth with funny dress-ups and disposable cameras for older children. This can also be a big hit with the older wedding guests as well. Sometimes a photographer may have photo booth options as part of a wedding package, so it is a useful question to ask wedding photographers about.
5. Wedding party role
Include children in a positive way by giving them a purpose. Have them organize and practice a play, song or dance for the big day. If the only children that are attending the wedding are close family, then see if there is a role for them as part of the wedding party such as a flower girl, pageboy or wedding usher.
If the budget allows, the hiring of a babysitter will take the load off parents and ensure the children are entertained during the wedding. The minder could look after the children at the wedding or somewhere nearby.
Another option is to hire an entertainer such as a magician, balloon modeler or storyteller. This can be expensive and add to your wedding budget but it can be a great idea for the cocktail hour when the wedding guests are wanting to talk to each other and have the children entertained.
8. Movie room
For older children having a movie room or games station could also be a way to keep boredom at bay. Asking wedding venues to see if there are areas available that would be suitable for this is something to keep in mind.
9. Kids buffet
When it comes to food, catering for children can help avoid meltdowns and tantrums. You could provide a small kids buffet with kid friendly finger-foods and kids cocktails.
10. Lawn games
Outdoors weddings make things easier as children can make more noise and run off energy. Set up some games on the lawn like ring-toss, croquet, lawn bowls, outdoor Jenga, hopscotch or even a bubble station. These are also fun for everyone and can be a great addition at an outdoor wedding or backyard wedding.
Having fun wedding activities for kids will help prevent your little guests from feeling bored. This goes a long way towards helping create the joyous day you and your guests are hoping for.
Hopefully some of these kids wedding activities and ideas can be used for your wedding day, so that everyone has a fantastic time.