I am sure I will get some disagreement on this one, but Let your kids be kids.  One thing I have heard a lot of in children's ministry is that we are preparing the kids for adult service. Truth be told, I am not,  I am preparing the kids for God.  I personally think God likes kids to be kids (his son was once a kid). And when the Pharisees complained about how the kids worshipped, Jesus said it was perfected praise.  Kids are kids.  Kids do not have long attention spans.  Kids fellowship by playing, (*Zechariah 8:5).  Kids love to laugh.  Kids love to have fun.  So many times we as adults lose the joy and fun of worshipping and dancing and playing and yes even yelling, which last I read was biblical (see the story of Jericho).  It is OK for the kids to play, just remind them that there are certain ways of playing we cannot do inside.  I treat the church like my own home.  My kids are allowed to play in the living room, but they are not allowed to throw a ball in the living room.  Same goes with church.  Choose certain playful activities that the kids are allowed to do in church, and let them do it.  Let all things be done decently and in order, and let the kids be kids.

*Zechariah 8:5 "And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof."
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