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Five Ways to Keep Children Entertained at a Labor Day Barbecue

Big outdoor summer parties are always a blast, especially when friends and family gather together to enjoy good food, fun games and conversation. 

But when kids are invited, or if your kids are around for the event, it can be tough to keep them not only occupied, but also entertained during the big summer bash.

The easist way to keep children entertained at any party is to give them something to do that allows them to play and have fun with other children at the party.  Here are 5 sure-fire ways to make sure your Labor Day barbecue is family friendly.

1. Create a Scavenger Hunt.


Come up with some clever clues and hints to keep kids searching all throughout your house and the yard, and keep them occupied. Plus, it will give them some fun exercise!


2. Fill a Large Bucket with Water Ballons.

All kids need to see are some pre-filled water balloons, and a big blow-out water balloon fight is sure to follow. 


3. Rent a Bouncy Castle. These outdoor party staples are so common now, it's not hard to find a good deal. Plus, the adults will have just as much fun bouncing around. 

4. Set up Games that Children and Adults Can Play Together. Croquet or badminton are some fun net games everyone can play without it being too high-impact or risk of injury (think: volley ball spiked right into the flaming grill). 

5. Create Fun Party Packs. Fill the kid-friendly packs with bubble bottles, magnifying glasses, crayons and other toy trinkets for some fun take-home gifts they'll love to play with all summer long. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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