14 clever ways to entertain kids at a wedding
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Entertaining Kids At A Wedding: 14 Ideas To Keep Them Busy

Weddings are a family affair. And unless you’re having an adult only wedding there will be kids.

So the question is, how in the world do you entertain them during your wedding.

The last thing that you want to be dealing with on your wedding day is a bored little one creating mischief with their shenanigans.

I’ve rounded up some of the best ideas for you to use. They’ll work if your wedding is large or small & won’t break your budget!

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Board Games

Having an area for board games is sure to be a great form of entertainment. Be sure to incorporate games for every age & board games that don’t require too many pieces.

Some of the best board games to use are checkers, Mancala, Connect Four, Memory, Guess Who, Operation, & Sorry.

Outdoor Activities

If your venue is outdoors than you can use that extra space to not only entertain your younger guests, but your adult guests as well.

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Wedding Cornhole

Cornhole is a fun & popular outdoor game. Purchase a wedding cornhole set like the beautiful one above from Wilz Creations on Etsy. Or even one that simply matches your wedding theme.

You’ll get tons of use from it even after the wedding.

Cornhole is just fun no matter the occasion.

Wedding Ring Toss

Ring toss games are simple to make. You can paint old bottles or stick stakes in the ground. Then toss rings around them. If you’re not feeling crafty then you can purchase a custom set on Etsy.

Piñata

Yes, you read right a piñata. They’re not just for birthday parties. Give the kids some added fun by having them try to break open the piñata. You can even get the older guests involved as well.

Hopscotch

You simply can’t go wrong with a classic game like hopscotch.

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Bubble Station

Kids & bubbles go together like peanut butter & jelly. Set up an area with several different bubble wands & let the kiddos have fun.

Travel Size Games

Travel size games are simply a life saver. They’re small, hardly make a mess, & are usually quiet. Which is especially great if you’re trying to keep kids quiet during your wedding ceremony.

Here are some travel size game ideas.

Arts & Crafts

Set up a table or an area where the kids can sit & do arts & Crafts.

The area can be setup with craft sets like these. Which brilliantly don’t have to involve glue & you can get everything you need all in one box.

Or, you can keep it simple with coloring books & blank sheets of paper for kids to color on.

Kid’s Only Table

I love the idea of a kid’s only table. They can keep busy, talk to each other, have fun, & not sit through adult conversation.

Instead of tablecloths cover the kids only table with butcher paper that they can draw on.

Then in the center of the table have some activities that they can do either by themselves or together.

Here are some activity ideas,

  • Activity books
  • Board games
  • I Spy
  • Mad Libs sheets
  • Small legos (depending on age)
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Hangman
  • Tic Tac Toe

Activity Placemats

Some kids tend to eat super fast or pick at their food. So during the food portion of the reception it’s important to give them something to do.

Just like at a restaurant you see activities in the back of a kid’s menu, you can do the same thing.

Provide paper activity placemats like these super cute wedding theme ones. Along with crayons at every table that you know a little one will be sitting.

Photo Booth

Photo booths are amazing fun to have at any party for all of your guests.

But kids love to dress up & make silly faces, so let them get involved in the picture action as well.

If you won’t be having props in your regular photo booth then provide a kid’s prop box.

Fill your box with things like,

  • Hats
  • Silly glasses
  • Paper cutouts
  • A variety of necklaces

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Goodie Bags

Instead of the normal wedding favors that your other guests will be getting, provide kids with goodie bags.

The goodie bags should have things in it that will keep them entertained throughout the event.

Here are some ideas:

  • Silly putty
  • Bubbles
  • Sticker book
  • Mini puzzles
  • Little figurines
  • Deck of playing cards

Dance

No reception is complete without dancing. And it’s not any different with kids. What a better way to keep them entertained, out of trouble, & burn some energy than with dancing.

It’s a even a great photo opportunity to capture the kids dancing with adults.

Hire A Sitter

Last case scenario is hiring a sitter. This one may require you to spend a bit of money unless you know of someone willing to watch some kiddos for a bit for free.

I actually did this for the wedding ceremony portion of my own wedding.

See if there is a space within your venue that you can use for a private play area.

Then the parents can drop their little ones of before attending the ceremony or reception & pick them up after.

Because your sitter may have kids of all ages in 1 area it may be best to provide them with several activities to keep them all engaged.

Activities like,

  • Coloring books
  • Bubbles
  • Puzzles
  • Legos
  • A movie

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