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The Best Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings

July 16, 2012

What to do if you have children at your wedding

Unless you’re having a formal black-tie wedding reception in the Twin Cities, chances are you’ll have some children attending your wedding reception. The key to making sure those little ones have a good time is to plan ahead. There are some great ways to keep kids entertained at a reception – and they don’t need to cost a fortune.

Wedding Receptions: Keeping Kids Entertained

Coloring books, games and even a kids-only dance area are some simple ways to keep kids entertained at your reception. Consider a small scavenger hunt or wedding ‘bingo’ for the kids to do. Simply print off a few sheets of things for them to find – a bride, cake, fancy shoes, flowers, etc. – and they’ll be occupied for quite awhile! This wedding featured a scavenger hunt for the kids paired with a disposable camera at each child’s seat.

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Courtesy: WeddingWire and Armor & Martel Photography

Kids love to dance, so check with your reception venue to see if a small dance floor can be set up just for the kids. This will keep them happy and keep them out of the way from the adults dancing at your party. If you can’t set up a separate floor designate an area just off of your dance floor to make the kids feel special.

Wedding Receptions: Fun Favors for Kids

While you may love the personalized wedding bottles, expensive chocolates or candles, a special favor for the children at your reception is a lovely way to show that you appreciate them! Candy favors like personalized M&Ms or even toys from the dollar store or princess crowns can be the perfect start to keeping the kids happy.

Wedding Receptions: Kids-Only Tables

If the children at your wedding know each other and can handle being away from their parents, consider having a kids-only table for dinner. It’s a welcome break for mom and dad, too! Work with your venue to make sure dinner is appropriate for the kids as well. If you’re having a sit-down dinner, make sure there’s an option the children will love. If you’re having a buffet, chances are they’ll find something to eat – from pasta to a carving station.

Wedding Receptions: Share Your Schedule

Most parents will bring snacks, activities and other toys to keep their kids from getting bored. Brides and grooms can help by providing parents with a basic schedule of the day. Your adult guests will be a little less stressed if they know when they can plan naps or feedings – and avoid having a child have a meltdown during the Best Man’s speech or your first dance.

Wedding Receptions: Hire a Babysitter

If you can, hiring a babysitter (or two) to oversee kids’ activities can be a big help during a wedding reception. They can even watch the kids in a separate room if needed or supervise games at an outdoor wedding.

Will you have children at your wedding? Or will it be an adults-only affair?

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel is an all-suite hotel in the Twin Cities. The 50,000 square feet conference facility is ideal for business, social events and weddings with 25 versatile rooms including three ballrooms and amphitheater. The hotel is close to a wide selection of shopping destinations including the Mall of America. It’s also a sports headquarters, near the National Sports Center, Target Field, Target Center and University of Minnesota.

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