Do you remember going to a wedding as a kid and being bored out of your mind?! They can be pretty lame for kids, especially if couples don't take some time to plan out a few things to keep them entertained. If you're choosing not to have kids at your wedding, that's fine! (This is an increasingly popular trend, and if you're unsure of how to politely exclude children from your wedding, here are a few tips.) However, if you're allowing kids to come to your ceremony and reception, put a little bit of effort into planning a few fun things to make sure they have a good time. You don't have to go overboard; a few simple things for them to do while their parents party with you and your new spouse are all you need to make sure they have some fun, too!
A Kids' Table
Set up a special table just for kids, with plenty of crayons, butcher paper instead of a tablecloth and some other fun things to keep them entertained during dinner. You could include a wedding-themed activity sheet, which doubles as a place mat. If you've seen the super popular "I do, I do" activity booklet on Pinterest, here's where you can download it! Wedding mad libs are a good idea, too... reading what your little guests wrote will be really funny for you and your new spouse after the party!
It's no secret that kids love taking photos. They'll be endlessly amused by disposable cameras, and bonus points if you turn it into a scavenger hunt! Give them a list of things to photograph (some ideas: the bride and groom dancing/kissing/making their grand exit, the venue, someone playing a game, a specific person in the bridal party, etc.), and they're sure to have a great time.
A Special Menu
Most kids aren't into lamb chops or anything that includes Brussels sprouts. They'll greatly appreciate it if you provide them with kid-friendly dinner options! Pizza, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, sliders, and a fun dessert option, like build-your-own sundaes are all great ideas!
A Kids-Only Area
Kids will feel extra special if you give them their own designated area to hang out in! This could be a tent or teepee, or just an area of your reception venue that's separate from the party. Turn on a movie for them, or set up some video game consoles... they'll love hanging out with the other kids at your reception!
Games on the Lawn
We're all about lawn games at The Barn, and we know first-hand that kids love them, too. Cornhole, ring toss, or board games are all a great idea. Plus, we have the fire pit on our lawn, which is the perfect place to toast a marshmallow and make a good ol' s'more.
A Candy Buffet
Candy buffets are awesome for adults... can you imagine how mindblowingly fun one would be for little ones?! They'd have so much fun picking out candies and filling up their treat bag, and they would definitely talk about it for a long, long time. Pretty sure that's the best favor idea ever. :)
A Photo Booth
Again, this is something that adults enjoy just as much as kids. ;) Provide plenty of props and funny things to wear, and the kids at your reception will have the best time ever posing and acting silly in front of the camera!
This is more for the parents than the kids. If you plan to have several little ones at your wedding, hire a babysitter or two. They'll keep the kids entertained, and their parents will feel more relaxed knowing their kids are in good hands!
Let Them Join The Party
You definitely don't have to keep kids secluded in their own little area for the entire night. Kids love getting crazy on the dance floor just as much as the rest of us! Play a few kid-friendly songs ("Let It Go," anyone?) and schedule a kids-only dance... they'll be really into it. Bonus points if you provide glow sticks for them to jam out with! And be sure to give them a kid-friendly drink, like sparkling cider, for the toast!
If you decide to pick a few of these ideas to go with at your own wedding, your little guests will remember it as the best wedding ever!