(Closed) What to do for "tweens" at the reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Tell them to swim home.

But seriously, don’t buy them DS games.

They’re on a boat!

Get them some T-shirts…and some flippy floppies…

If there’s more than one tween…they’ll find ways to entertain themselves. Set up a board game table. They don’t care about a tour, or binoculars. But please don’t spend money on DS games. Please. Too expensive.

Post # 4
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jsanford:  I love the board game and tour ideas.

Also, devil’s advocate: I don’t know the kids in question (you know them much better and thus are probably aware of their tolerance), but I would also say that by 11 I would have HATED the idea of having to go to a kids activity at a formal event. 13 would have been right out of the question. They really may be old enough to just roll with the event like adults, enjoying the same stuff (particularly dancing, if you’re having it).

I had nieces, nephews and cousins in a similar demographic at my wedding, and they really did just entertain themselves. They danced, watched other people dance, got to do the bouquet and garter toss, and talked a lot to each other and to their relatives. They may have had iPads and DSes and stuff with them, but I honestly didn’t know or care.

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