15 Ways To Entertain Children At Your Wedding

15 ways to entertain children at your wedding

It’s always lovely to see children enjoying weddings here at Upwaltham Barns. However, if you want to make sure that your younger guests have a really great day, it’s a good idea to think about some wedding entertainment for them. Take your pick of these entertainment ideas – all are guaranteed to get little ones, and their parents, smiling.

1. Set up a colouring competition

There are lots of wedding-themed printables online (Pinterest is your friend here!). Add these to a table with pots of coloured pencils so that the children can create their own masterpieces and don’t forget to have a prize ready to award the best one!

Giant garden games are the perfect way to keep kids entertained during a wedding reception at Upwaltham Barns

Croquet is a great way to entertain guests during a summer wedding at Upwaltham Barns

2. Giant garden games

Kids love giant garden games such as Connect 4, Hook A Duck and giant Jenga, so think about setting up games in The Courtyard or front garden for them to enjoy during the drinks reception. And remember, garden games aren’t just for the kids!

3. Food and drink

Kids love fab food and drink too, so make sure that there’s plenty for them to sample, especially during your drinks reception when younger guests are often forgotten. Don’t let anyone get hangry on your wedding day!

Make sure to remember the children when it comes to your wedding food at Upwaltham Barns

4. Set up a treasure hunt

You could give them clues or just ask them to find things that you’ve hidden. Think ‘Easter egg hunt’ with a wedding day spin!

5. A kids-only area

Create a kids-only area in the Gardens. A little tent, cushions and some games and books are all you need for a cosy kid-friendly escape.

A secret tipi in the gardens at Upwaltham Barns is a great place for kids to hide

6. Mini photographers

Enlist the help of the children as mini wedding photographers. Give them all a disposable camera and a list of photos that you want and set them free!

7. Entertainment packs

Sitting still for the entirety of your wedding breakfast can be a big ask for children so give them a reason to enjoy being at the table. Entertainment packs including quizzes, books, stickers and even some Lego or a cuddly toy will keep everyone happy.

A children’s activity pack is great to keep kids entertained during a wedding breakfast at Upwaltham Barns

8. Hire an entertainer

If your budget allows, hire an entertainer. The professionals have hundreds of ways of make sure that children enjoy themselves and they’ll come with everything they need for hours of fun too.

9. Kids creche

Consider having a creche staffed by trained nannies in the East Barn. Fill it with fun activities, toys and games for the children while the parents enjoy some well-earned grown up time.

A couple created a kids creche in the East Barn at Upwaltham Barns to entertain kids during an evening wedding reception

10. Their own dancefloor

Give the kids some time on the dancefloor before your first dance. Ask your DJ to prepare a child-friendly playlist full of brilliant wedding music and play this before you start your party in the South Barn. You can be sure the photos from this mini-disco will be amazing!

11. Courtyard games

Set up some games in the courtyard during your evening reception. Hire a ping-pong table and you’ll be the most popular newlyweds around!

Children play hook-a-duck during a wedding reception in the Courtyard at Upwaltham Barns

A ping-pong table is ideal wedding entertainment for guests of all ages at Upwaltham Barns

12. Board games

Plan ahead in case of rain. A selection of old-school board games will make sure that there’s still a lot to enjoy, whatever the weather. Guess Who, Operation or Hungry Hippos are all perfect as they don’t take hours and hours to play so everyone will be able to have a go. As an alternative, provide paper aeroplane kits for everyone to enjoy!

13. Craft table

Embrace DIY and set up a craft table with a wedding theme. Children could make a wedding card for you, design a wedding dress, decorate a cupcake or make some props for the photobooth.

Create a selection of craft activities to keep children entertained during your wedding reception at Upwaltham Barns

14. Photobooth

Speaking of photobooths, a kids-only photobooth is a great idea. A basket full of dressing up goodies, masks and fun props will give everyone a laugh.

15. Party bags

Finally, don’t forget the party bags. Send your younger guests home with a brilliant party bag full of treats (and the obligatory slice of cake!).

For more fabulous wedding ideas, take a look at these top wedding entertainment ideas that are perfect at Upwaltham Barns. If you’d like to know more about our barn wedding venue, please request our wedding brochure or book a time to come and visit us.


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