Planning a wedding and want to make sure the little guests have a blast? Keeping kids entertained at a wedding is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. From toddlers to pre-teens, there are plenty of creative and budget-friendly ways to keep children entertained throughout the day.
For my own wedding, I gifted each child an age-appropriate activity box or toy for them to use and play with during the wedding selection!
Here are 15 fun ideas that will keep the little ones happy and engaged at your wedding.
1. Welcome Bags with a Twist
Create personalised welcome bags for the kids attending your wedding. Fill them with goodies like colouring books, crayons, puzzles, and small toys. You can also include a disposable camera and encourage them to capture their own memories. Adding a special touch like a custom-made scavenger hunt or a small surprise gift will make the bag even more exciting.
2. Kid-Friendly Food Stations
Ensure there are plenty of delicious options for the little ones to enjoy. Set up a dedicated kids’ food station with bite-sized treats, finger foods, and child-friendly snacks. Consider having a make-your-own pizza or taco station where kids can choose their own toppings. Don’t forget to include some healthy options too, like fruit skewers or mini veggie cups.
3. Create a Kids’ Activity Corner
Designate a special area just for the kids where they can have their own space to play and have fun. Set up a kids’ activity corner with games, crafts, and colouring stations. Provide a variety of age-appropriate activities, such as building blocks, puzzles, and colouring sheets. You can also include a DIY photo booth with fun props and costumes for the kids to enjoy.
4. Outdoor Games and Play Area
If your wedding venue has outdoor space, take advantage of it by setting up outdoor games and a play area. Giant Jenga, bean bag toss, and hula hoops are just a few examples of games that kids will love. Create a comfortable and safe play area with blankets, pillows, and soft mats where kids can relax and play.
5. Kids’ Dance Party
Before the evening festivities kick off, organize a kids’ dance party. Play a playlist of kid-friendly songs and let the little ones show off their dance moves. You can even hire a children’s entertainer or a dance instructor to lead the party and teach some fun dance routines.
6. Interactive Entertainment
Bring in some interactive entertainment to keep the kids engaged. Consider hiring a magician, face painter, or balloon artist to entertain the children with their skills and tricks. This will not only keep them entertained but also give them a memorable experience.
7. Treasure Hunt Adventure
Create a treasure hunt adventure for the kids to enjoy. Hide small treasures or objects around the wedding venue and provide them with clues or a treasure map to find the hidden items. This activity will keep them engaged and excited as they explore and hunt for hidden treasures.
8. Kids’ Table Decorations
Make the kids feel special by designing a separate kids’ table with fun and interactive decorations. Use colourful tablecloths, placemats, and themed centrepieces. Provide activity packs with colouring sheets, puzzles, and games to keep them entertained during the meal.
9. DIY Craft Stations
Set up DIY craft stations where kids can unleash their creativity. Provide materials like coloured paper, glue, scissors, and stickers for them to make their own crafts. You can also offer specific wedding-themed crafts, such as making paper flowers or designing wedding cards.
10. Outdoor Movie Night
Transform a section of your wedding venue into an outdoor movie theatre. Set up a large screen or a white sheet and project a kid-friendly movie onto it. Provide cosy blankets, pillows, and popcorn for the kids to enjoy while watching the movie under the stars.
11. Kids’ Mocktail Bar
Create a special mocktail bar just for the kids. Offer a variety of colourful and non-alcoholic drinks, such as fruit punches, smoothies, and flavoured sodas. Decorate the bar with fun garnishes and let the kids choose their favourite mocktail.
12. Storytelling Session
Organise a storytelling session where a professional storyteller or a family member can captivate the kids with enchanting tales. This interactive and engaging activity will not only entertain the children but also create a magical atmosphere.
13. Petting Zoo or Animal Encounters
If possible, arrange for a petting zoo or animal encounters at your wedding. Kids love animals, and having the opportunity to interact with them will bring them so much joy. From cute bunnies to friendly farm animals, this experience will be a highlight for the kids.
14. Dessert Stations and Treats
Make dessert time extra special for the kids with dedicated dessert stations. Offer a variety of sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, mini doughnuts, or a candy buffet. Let the kids indulge in their favourite sugary delights and create their own dessert masterpieces.
15. Kids’ Photobooth
Set up a kids-only photo booth with props, costumes, and a backdrop. Let them strike poses and capture fun memories with their friends and family. Provide instant cameras or disposable cameras for the kids to take their own photos and create a mini photo album or guestbook.
Remember, the key to successful kids’ wedding entertainment is to provide a variety of activities and options that cater to different ages and interests. By incorporating these fun ideas, you can ensure that the little ones at your wedding have a fantastic time and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.