(Closed) Any ideas on entertaining kids during reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m making activity bags for the kids (we have ten children 7 years old and younger coming to the reception). The bags contain crayons, paper, small dollar store toys, glow bracelets, and other things to keep them occupied.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Bubbles here, too.  Also, venue has a playground.  Will ask cake maker to make frosted cupcakes that the kids to decorate with sugar decorations (at a designated table) instead just eating pieces of cake.  Ribbon wands are being considered.  Even though July 3 wedding, we are just saying NO to sparklers.  Don’t want kids to get hurt.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are having a “kids reception” as an option. A room just for kids. It has a TV, Wii, and we will provide activity bags that will have crayons, coloring books, wikki stix, and playdoh. There is also an outdoor area where we can have bocce ball and croquet, and horse shoes set up as well. We have 43 kids invited under the age of 12. Being prepared for the kids was a big deal when we started planning the wedding.  Funny thing is, I am an only child, so most of the kids that will be in attendance are related to my fiance. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@amykate: We are in the same boat, AmyKate!!  Nearly 50 kids and most are 12 and under.  Only 12 are from my side of the list Tongue out and two of those will be babies.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

we were thinking of having a little area for the kids to play. maybe paying someone to look after them. kinda like having a day care. lol. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thankfully there is a playground @ our reception site. Other than that, maybe coloring placemats & goodie bags for the childrens tables. Our centerpieces are manzanita trees that will have hanging crystals & other things, but for the kids tables we’ll be hanging candy from them instead. Also, instead of cookie favors we’ll be doing ring-pops.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Bride2be- we’re date twins! I have alot of kids at my wedding- including our own two! Most will be younger (under 6) though some are older, and there will be babies. I’m suppling high chairs and boosters for the youngers, so they can be strapped down (a plus for their parents, I speak from experience!) I will lists this on the website, so parents know they don’t have to bring strollers (no room anyway!)- as this is an outdoor wedding.

Our venue also has a playground, but I will have : coloring placemats (made with the magic markers that don’t color on anything else but the special paper, many kid books and wooden puzzles and block sets (I am doing Montesorri style with my kids so not so much “toys” and the more challenged kids are the longer they stay occupied! I am also going to do homemade “read- edible-” playdoh for youngers and a small “scavenger” hunt for olders.

Considering hiring a friend of future SIL who watches children to come as paid help, and ask her if she has a friend! $75 each for a 5 hour reception is less than half of my ser vers cost but money more than well spent in my book, even though this is a more casual affair… Good Luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Hire a teenage baby-sitter than can sit with them and lead games, activities, etc. with them in the corner of the room!!  Their parents will LOVE you and really appreciate the opportunity to have some “adult time” and not worry about their kid-o’s.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had 4 little kids (ages 3, 3, 4, and 5) at our reception and they entertained themselves (and all of us for that matter) by spending the night on the dance floor!  But also think things like coloring books and crayons, bubbles, playdoh, etc are good little kid activities.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Be careful with Play Doh… I used to love the stuff as a kid, so I have given several kids Play Doh as birthday gifts before and their parents act less than enthused.  Hey, I could have given them a drum set, but I didn’t!  It’s just PLAY DOH.  I’m not a parent, so I can’t relate… but I think a lot of parents dread Play Doh (maybe because of mess cleanup? I don’t know..).

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had bags with a 4-pack of crayons, and random little toys from Party City/Dollar Tree/Walmart (the kids birthday party favor type of stuff) for each kid, and then had a separate table with more crayons, paper, design-your-own mugs (they were $1 each at Michaels!) bubbles, glow bracelets, and those foam sheets/stickers. The kids all had fun, and the parents loved it too.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

we have a extra room where the ceremony is taking place. the venue is clearing that room out after the ceremony and putting a big kids table in there. We are buying board games, crayon’s, coloring books,  toys. getting them some chips and candies to snack on, some fruit roll ups.

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