Fun for kids
September 10, 2012 4:16 PM Subscribe
Please provide me with creative ideas for Fun but Cheap ways to entertain a gaggle of kids during a wedding weekend!
I am getting married in less than a month. (Eek!) The Betrothed and I are middle-aged folks who never intended to get married to anyone and are now doing so with abandon, to the shock and amusement of all who know us. Recognizing that it is the attendance at weddings and funerals that people often view as compulsory, we have decided to take this opportunity to have a massive, two day party on the grounds of a Bed and Breakfast and reconnect with hordes of people whom we have not seen for years and sometimes decades. These are fascinating, smart, cool and funny people and the combinations of said personalities in one place are going to be glorious. We each have many friends who have not yet met our partner. Last weekend I went to a party several hours away to meet a bunch of Beloved’s friends from Junior High and High School and it was sooo cool to meet people who had known him since he was a puppy. As is usually the case, however, the friends were largely engaged in caring for their young children and we didn’t get to schmooze as much as any of us would have liked.
For the wedding we are trying to hire babysitters to help entertain the children and keep them safe so that the parents can relax a bit and actually converse, an all-too rare luxury. This is proving challenging as we do not live in the area, but we have a couple of leads. The kids will not be segregated, just happily engaged, hopefully. There will be a gaggle (like, at least seven) of 4-8 year olds and some younger and older children as well. We are going to set up a couple of small “kid’s tents” to house games and crafty things, so herein lies my question: What super fun but safe things can I stock these tents with that won’t break the bank (so I have more to spend on childcare providers!) and will help the kids enjoy the event without poisoning or maiming themselves or dying of boredom? We are not parents so we don’t have any toys or games on hand to contribute without buying them ourselves. We will ask people to bring stuff but don’t want to depend on it. Please help my Beloved and me hang with our dear friends and family and ensure the enjoyment of people of all ages!