Yahtzee! Games People Play
Entertaining Kids (and adults) at your wedding
By : Kenji Guttorp
They’ve endured the unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable, dress-up clothing. They’ve sat quietly, keeping their squirming to a minimum, all through the wedding service, or they’ve performed admirably in their role as impossibly cute ringbearer or flower-petals-thrower. But let’s face it – kids can take only so much of this ceremony stuff. After the how-do-you-dos and I-dos, they probably are more than ready to bust a move.
So, what can you do to make your wedding fun for kids? We have some ideas on how to keep kids engaged and entertained while the grown-ups have to be grown-ups—until even they succumb to the lure of fun and games.
Good outdoors or in, big games are the ticket for small people (though best to have adult supervision on some). Giant Jenga will have kids running for cover and squealing with glee as the blocks come tumbling down. Giant Yahtzee lets them exercise their vocal chords too.
BelleWood Acres has Farm Jenga and giant checkers (king me!), along with disc golf for the older kids and seasonal tractor rides out to the cornfields and orchards, which can make for not only a rare experience but fun photo shoot – way different than the traditional family wedding portrait.
ON THE GREEN
Get fancy and customize games to fit your wedding theme. Lawn games like cornhole, croquet and hillbilly golf get guests chatting and moving around. If you’re getting married at a golf and country club, see what the rules are for the practice putting green – it’s something that can be done in nice clothes and shoes.
Other interactive activities like a coloring station, face painting, or scavenger hunts are all ways to make your wedding more fun and interactive. If you are at an indoor venue and lawn games are not an option, an indoor photo station can be a blast. Kids love to dress up (and so do adults), so it will likely be a hit for everyone, and gives people something to put on the fridge at home.
CREATE YOUR OWN GAME CENTER
Pick a half-dozen of your favorite board games that you and your partner love the most and make the game center an interactive place for kids to learn more about the couple to be. Venues vary in what they offer, but ask. Activities outside the traditional fare can give your wedding extra flair and charm.♥