Putting on any special event requires a lot of time and effort from a planning perspective…throw a “kids” event into the equation and you have a whole new set of parameters to be consider.

Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  1. Keep it short.  Children have a very short attention span, so limiting the activities at your event is a must. Keep the scheduled activities to a maximum of 3 -4 different stations or events.
  2. Keep it simple. Try to limit the amount of activities that require “adult participation”.  This gives the parents a break and also allows them to shop or look around while their child is participating in the event.
  3. Mix it up. Plan a variety of activities for your event. Hands-on crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, coloring stations. All of these events utilize different muscle groups and keep kids moving and interested in the event.
  4. Make it memorable. Have the children create a craft that they can take home with them. This is an item that triggers a memory of your event every time they see it.
  5. Have fun! Once all of the planning is done, let yourself enjoy the day. Remember to take time to see the smiling faces of all kids and relax!
January 20, 2018 by Kirsten Field