Michael Jackson's children were "playing and goofing around" at the reception which followed his memorial.

Prince Michael, 12, 11-year-old Paris - who paid an emotional tribute to her father at the service yesterday (07.07.09) - and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as 'Blanket', were seated at a VIP table with 12 other children in The Grand Ballroom at Beverly Hills' Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, despite reportedly normally being forbidden from interacting with other kids.

According to reports, the trio were sitting with cousins ranging in age from seven to 17, and spent much of the reception "playing and goofing around" and at one point gathered to look at the memorial programme, which featured pictures of Michael.

America's Us Weekly magazine reported: "Blanket appeared playful at the reception, tickling his cousins and tapping others on the shoulder and then running away."

The trio's former nanny Grace Rwaramba - who was rumoured to have been in a relationship with the late 'Thriller' singer - was heard saying: "The kids are holding up really well. It's good for them to be around the other kids."

The youngsters were "polite and poised" as a string of well-wishers came to their table to offer their condolences for the loss of their father, who died aged 50 after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest last month.

A host of famous faces attended the reception, including Corey Feldman - who attended the earlier memorial dressed as Michael - Usher, Wesley Snipes, Mariah Carey, Jesse Jackson, Spike Lee and 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Anil Kapoor.

Brooke Shields - who paid tribute to her friend Michael at the service - was also present, but seemed quiet and emotional.

Michael's parents Joe and Katherine spent time with Brooke, while Joe was also seen in conversation with Corey - who was estranged from the 'Smooth Criminal' singer at the time of his death.

Katherine - who is the temporary guardian of Michael's children - left with Prince, Paris and 'Blanket'.