If you are planning a big event that is designed for your company or the public which allows family members to attend, you can rest assured that children will be coming in masses. For this reason, it is important to have some sort of entertainment feature set up so that you can keep the children occupied for several hours without having to worry about them becoming upset, distracted, or destructive. Here are a few different options to consider:
Hire an Entertainer or Face Painter
According to wikihow.com, one of the best methods of entertaining children at an event is simply by hiring some sort of an entertainer or face painter. The entertainer should obviously present content that is appropriate for children of diverse ages, and he or she should also give out prizes, as this will keep the children’s interest even longer.
Rent a Jumper or Bounce House
Jumping castles and other inflatable jumper devices are great investments to rent for any party or major public event that you are throwing that may potentially involve children. These are typically safe, and they can contain several children at one time without sustaining any damage. They are also fun for all ages, and they can provide hours of endless entertainment for your children. Some of these inflatable jumpers even have slides or mazes attached to them, which makes the possibilities for fun even more limitless. There are a lot of different jumpers for rent so make sure you get the right one!
Have a Spot Set up with Kid-Friendly Games
Someone from your organization or group should be put in charge of running games for the kids. This way, they will stay entertained for at least a little while. Many of these games should offer challenges to solve or questions to answer, and there should also be prizes and incentives to encourage the children to participate.
Provide Coloring Pages or Crafts
Kids are often happy with some crayons and blank pieces of paper or coloring pages. According to simplemom.net, one of the best ways to keep kids entertained is to set up a station with crayons, markers, colored pencils and either blank sheets of paper or coloring pages, and let the kids have fun making their own pictures.
If possible, you may want to consider turning this table into an arts and crafts table, as even coloring can get boring after a while. Therefore, it may be a wise idea to invest in some glitter, stickers, yarn, safety scissors, and other craft-related materials that aren’t too messy.
Set up an Outdoor Fun Center
If your meeting is being held in a building and it is important that all the adults stay inside, perhaps you could consider setting up an outdoor fun center for the children. Have water-related games, Frisbee, and many other different fun stations that the children can play at while their parents are inside. Obviously, supervision should be heavy at this station, so you may want to ask a few people from your group to help oversee this play area. This is also the time when inflatable jumpers would come in handy.
If you are trying to find ways to entertain children at the next event that you set up, here are a few creative approaches to consider. Each of them has its pros and cons, so it is entirely up to you to decide what works best for you and your group, and then begin to plan what your next steps will be.
Christian Winters writes for SoCalGal magazine and he covers the entertainment beat.