Post # 1
Good evening, Bees. I’m planning activity books for all the children attending our wedding (only family members, so a couple from each age group, who do not all know each other). I was wondering what I might be able to do for my teenaged guests? Although I generally know their dispositions, I’m coming up blank with any way to keep from getting totally bored. I have 13-year-olds and 17-year-olds, and, like everyone, I’m on a budget. Suggestions?
Post # 3
How about some sort of game? Maybe board games?
Post # 4
Well, what do they like?
The teenagers who will be at my wedding are all cousins, and know each other well, so they’ll entertain themselves.
Post # 5
@AlwaysSunny: Only two of the five possible attending know each other, so I was thinking of a more individual activity? But I will keep that in the back of my head, all kids can play cards or Apples to Apples!
Post # 6
I think teenagers are old enough that they’re actually entertained by wedding activities.Especially of they’re girls.
Post # 7
Thirteen is old enough to actually take part in what’s going on. I would have been mortified at that age if I was given a special activity that assumed that I had to be entertained like a little kid.
Post # 8
I definitely don’t want them thinking they’re getting treated like kids, which is why they would have something completely different from the little kids who are getting activity books. I just don’t see these kids partaking in the wedding stuff (what is there besides dancing and watching other people dance?) very much since the place will have lots of strangers to them. I think I may just leave a couple decks of playing cards out. I will probably ask their parents as well, and since they are the older siblings, they will probably help the younger ones with their books. 🙂
Post # 9
Honestly if you did that with mine it would make them feel like the little kids. It’s sweet that you want them to be entertained but the best would be to maybe put an xbox in a separate room. Anything else would draw attention and they HATE that lol!
Post # 10
I think they’re old enough to entertain themselves, and they’ll probably have their phone or ipod if they’re that bored and entertain themselves on that.
Post # 11
If I was 17 and you put me at a table with board games I would be UTTERLY INSULTED. When I was a teenager I had a job and my own bank account….pretty sure I could keep myself entertained.
Post # 12
I completely understand your thought process but I agree with the other bees, they will entertain themselves. You have books for the little ones because they need to be entertained by someone else.
The teens will find something to do, be it read a book (that would have been me), actually dance, look after the little ones, meet each other and hang out, text their friends, take photos…etc.
Perhaps if you are doing bathroom baskets you could put a couple of packets of cards in there? That way they will ‘find’ them and use them if they want to but it doesn’t feel like there were placed there for them specifically.