Family Helps

Helps and Hints for Families

The Wonder of the Nativity is a family-friendly event. Children of all ages are welcome. This page provides suggestions and helps that may help make the experience more interesting and meaningful to your children.

Share the Story

Tell your children the story of the Nativity in your own words. Let them see the importance of Nativity through your eyes. Tell them what it means to you. Don’t assume they know. It will become more special each year through retelling.

Let them tell you what they know about the story. Ask questions that make them think.

Find the story in your family Bible and read it together.

Plan your visit and manage expections

Tell them what to expect. Show them some of the images of Nativities. Look at the list of musical performances to see which ones interest you. Tell them there will be a small treat to eat.

Make it fun

Use activities to increase their curiosity and participation. Try to find similarities or differences between the nativities. Point out the materials used. Help them see the detail and thought in the individual pieces.

Print one or more of the lists in Activities for Children and make it into a treasure hunt.

Print the list of Thought Questions for Children and ask them to stimulate thoughts.

Bring the good feelings home

Talk about what they saw and learned.

Set up your own family Nativity or make one. If you already have one, display it in a special manner as done at the event, using cloth, boxes, and special lighting.

Obtain and print coloring pages the children can color.