the kids are arriving, have plenty of things for them to immediately get
involved in. These activities can
vary greatly: numerous board games,
indoor games like the “Nerf” products, scavenger hunt, food, several video
game stations, or any combination of the above. The
games should all be ones that can be played either individually or with just a
few people, and can easily be stopped or started. Also, be sure to set the tone
for the event by playing contemporary Christian kids’ music in the background.
(*If you are in need of quality Christian kids’ music, you can hear
RealAudio clips to choose your favorites from various CDs in the Music section
of the Outlet Mall.)
everyone has arrived, do a brief, upbeat, fun introduction and welcome.
You may wish to include a PowerPoint presentation featuring the name of
the event, fun graphics, and music. Or,
opening with some comedy props or illusions always adds to the level of
excitement! When you have their
attention, then immediately give instructions and guidelines for the evening.
the first activity. Remember, the
kids are just starting out the evening, so have an activity that involves a lot
of movement. If you’re in a large
room, group games are a good choice here. (*There
are links to countless group games on the Group
Games page of Your Favorite
the large group games, move into small group activities.
Divide the kids into smaller groups to do crafts, skits, small
carnival-type games, short card games like “Uno”, etc.
Another option is to make games like “Scattergories” or
“Guesstures” that are adapted to the event theme.
introduce the featured food for the evening.
Top it off with dessert, bringing out a large cake or the world’s
the children are finishing eating, direct them once again to more activities
that they can do in small groups.
everyone is finished eating and is involved in an activity, allow them to settle
in for a few minutes. Then offer something like a short video or devotional.
the devotional, end with a bang up, exhilarating group game.
parents begin to arrive, allow the children to return to the activities like
they were doing when they arrived. If
you’re sending a treat home, give it to them as they are on their way out.
For success--and avoidance of unnecessary stress-- be sure to have plenty
of workers on hand; one worker for every 8 children is a good ratio.
Also, allow plenty of time for set up and tear down.)