Whether you’re a guest or part of the wedding party, wedding days can feel long and for children they feel even longer, particularly in winter, when it’s too cold to play outdoors. We might expect the little ones to stay clean, be quiet, sit nicely and behave – but in reality they’re missing snack times, nap times and are likely to feel bored. This is where kids’ entertainment comes in. With carefully chosen winter entertainment options, your kids will be able to play and have fun, while the adults get to enjoy the party!
Set up a Christmas cookie decorating station
Let the kids design their own delicious, festive treat at a specially set up cookie decorating station. Provide plain sugar cookies along with bowls of icing, sugar sprinkles, edible glitter and chocolate drops so they can design a treat worthy of Great British Bake Off status.
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Wow your littlest guests with a magician
While you may have thought about hiring a close-up magician to entertain the adults, what about a magician that specialises in kids party tricks and balloon creations to spellbind the kids? You could even section off an area of your venue for kids’ entertainment – for example, at Rivervale Barn, the Minstrel’s Gallery is an ideal spot for a den!
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Transform their look with face paints
Kids love dressing up and transforming their look, so we can guarantee they’ll love a face paint and glitter tattoo station. You could even offer a choice of seasonal transformation, for example, inspired by Halloween, Christmas, or their favourite Frozen characters. Whatever you choose, you can be sure they’ll love their new look!
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Keep kids busy with festive crafts
Kids love getting crafty, so why not present each of your littlest guests with a seasonal crafts bag? You could fill it with glitter, stickers, mini paint pots and a bauble, so the children will leave with something to pop on their tree. Another fab idea is to opt for wedding related craft projects – for example, making DIY masks to use in your photobooth. If you’re going to have a separate crafts area for the kids, it may also be worth hiring a babysitter for the night – otherwise you may find your bridesmaids having to miss out on the party as they take it in turn to monitor the kids.
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Have a seasonal scavenger hunt
If you’re getting married at a spacious venue, you may want to consider a fun scavenger hunt. Ideal for the drinks reception, your littlest guests can go hunting for a special gift, or festive snack, planted by you. Write up a series of five or six clues, each one taking the child closer and closer to the prize.
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Create a kid-friendly bar
While the adults are sipping on beers and mojitos, the kids could be enjoying delicious drinks of their own in a ‘No Adults’ bar area. Serve up colourful cordials, warming hot chocolate and treats, such as chocolate dipped marshmallows, designed especially for your littlest guests!
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Get all festive with a seasonal inspired Piñata
While traditionally a Mexican trend, the Piñata can easily be adapted for events such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year. Opt for a seasonal design and fill with relevant goodies, such as candy canes and chocolate coins. We can guarantee you won’t be able to keep the kids away!
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Set up a seasonal cinema
Set up your own movie theatre with a collection of Christmas classics, buckets of popcorn and cosy blankets. Many venues have rooms that can be used especially for childcare. You’ll also want to consider professional minders or wedding babysitters to watch over your littlest guests too.
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Have a dance off
Ask your guests, young and old, to sign up as competitors for a wedding dance off, allowing them to compete alone or in groups. Kids love to move their bodies and dance and also have a real competitive streak, so they’re sure to love being stars of the show. The only challenge you’ll have is keeping them off the dancefloor!
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