5 Tips for a Kid Perfect Cinco De Mayo

It's easy to put a Cinco De Mayo celebration together for adults. Just see our tips here. But including kids in a way to guarantee a great time for them as well is a bit harder. Here are some easy ways to make it fun for the kids.

#1 Luche Libre
Mexican Wrestling Masks. But, obviously, no kid is going to wear that all day. So pull out the face paints and this handy pic and let the kids get started painting themselves up.

#2 Make Margaritos with the Kids
Just use our El Gringo Margarita recipe, but sub out the alcohol for water. Homemade icy drinks made with fresh ingredients will be a hit with the kids, and a relief to parents who want to avoid artificial colors and flavors. Getting them involved in making the drinks is great fun. What kid doesn't want to use a blender?

#3 Outdoor Games
Mix up some fun with outdoor games for kids and adults. Horse Shoes, Ring Toss and more bring the whole family together for a contest or just some fun. The best thing is how games like this work for the everyone. Whether a child is competitive or just wants to spend time with Mom and Dad, it works for all.

#4 Mexican Dance Party
That's right, a Mexican Dance Party featuring the classics. Nothing better than tiring out engaging the kids then 15 minutes of hyper active dancing. So break out the maracas, tambourines and sombreros and let them go to town. You can easily find a pre-made playlist on Pandora or Google Music. Here's one on Spotify
#5 Outdoor Movies
Movies at night. At some time, they'll need to settle down (and you might want them to.) So clean off the lucha libre make up, PJ them up and set up movies in the yard, All you need is a sheet and a portable projector. Portable projectors can be bought for $250 and up or rented for the weekend starting at about $60. If push comes to shove, you can always set it up inside.

The Book of Life
What to watch? Try Book of Life, a great family friendly film perfect for Cinco De Mayo.

In the Mexican town of San Angel, Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoë Saldana) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have been friends ever since childhood. Although their lives have taken different paths -- Maria was sent to Europe, Joaquin joined the military, and Manolo studied to become a bullfighter -- one thing remains the same: Manolo and Joaquin both want to marry Maria. Little does the trio know that battling husband-and-wife deities have made a high-stakes wager on the love triangle's outcome.