The holiday starts at the airport.
Ever heard anyone saying the holiday should start at the airport... well if you flying from or through any of the following hubs – you could well say that!
With the long security checks and early check-ins, the time spent at airports can be quite tedious, especially for our little travellers. Luckily for those travelling with children, this has been recognised and most International airports are introducing some innovative ideas to help make the time pass much more enjoyably. If you are taking a long haul flight with a transit point for several hours, its worth choosing one where you know there is something to keep everyone entertained.
1.Hong Kong Airport has the I-Sports Kids play area, where with help of simulators, the little ones can play football, golf, basketball, golf, and race cars. This can be located at terminal 1, level six, between Gates 23 and 25. “The Dream Come True” is an Education Park you will also find on level six, where the kids can get to dress up in working outfits and role play. Hong Kong Airport also has an Imax Cinema, with the largest 4D screen you will find in Asia. Airport has a complementary Kids’ Forest area, with climbing structures, Lego and Nintendo computers. There is a McDonald at the top level of Gate F, and the Panorama restaurant on the 3rd level between Departure Gates 1 and 2 is ideal for older kids as they can also take pleasure in the Astro-Jet Flight Simulator along with views over the air field. Hong Kong Destination Guide
2.At Abu Dhabi Airport head to the colourful play area located at Terminal 3, adjacent to Gate 32. Open 24 hours a day, kids of all ages have access to a supervised play area, equipped various plastic cars, scooters, plastic slides, and play houses. They also have access to colouring books, internet access, cycles and computers.
3.Changi Airport in Singapore is home to the country’s longest slide! This slide is located at Terminal 3, and is 4 storeys tall, and of course extremely popular with kids. The airport also houses a butterfly garden, seven childrens play areas, a free movie theatre, a jam studio and much more! If you would like to view the planes whilst the kids play, head to the viewing mall on level three at Terminal 1- The Canopy Playground with trampolines and other activities is open between 10.30am to 10.30pm daily. There is also play areas at Zone X at Terminal 3, Basement two, and SingKids Playsystem, an indoor playground located on the same level. Singapore Destination Guide
4.San Francisco International Airport has a trio of aquariums (Terminal 1), a weather-themed play area (by Gate 87A) and a series of family-oriented, self-guided tours and exhibits at the airports accredited museum. You can also enjoy a trip on the AirTrain transporter, a free train ride that circles the airport. If you wish to have an executive-worthy limo service around the area, SFO limousines is the service to bank upon. San Francisco Destination Guide
5.Madrid’s Barajas airport has one of the best complimentary play area facilities in Europe. Head over to terminal 2 where the kids can have access to tricycles and a ball pit, soft-play structures, a tube slide and jungle gym. If travelling with babies, the nursery services provides facilities to bathe and change babies nappy, heat their food, or even to be able to put them down for a nap. Madrid Destination Guide
6.Munich Airport has the ‘Kinderterminal’ - Equipped with child-friendly touch-screen monitors where they can learn just how the airport works. There is also a play area at the visitor’s park, and an airplane for little ones to play in at the observation hill. There are also smaller play areas located at Arrival Terminal 2, Departures Terminal 2 and Departure /Arrival Gates B and C, Departure/Arrival C and D. Munich Destination Guide
7.Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has the "Play It Safe" area giving lessons about fire and home safety in Terminal 1. In Terminal 2, houses the restored WWII F3F-4 fighter plane which was flown by Butch O’Hare, and which the airport has been named and 2a, the Childrens Museum. The main attraction of this airport is the “Kids on the Fly” where the little ones will have great fun tagging and weighing baggage, loading the cargo, directing air traffic and flying planes and helicopters! There are plenty of other things to keep the little ones entertained too, such as Lego and games. Terminal 5 is home to the huge brachiosaurus, spanning over four floors – just in front of the Field Museum store.Chicago Destination Guide
Other family friendly Airports
Adelaide Airport - Kids play room with slides, activities and a childrens movie.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport - Outdoor area.
Boston Logan Airport - Three nurseries and two kids' play areas
Brno Turany Airport - Small play area for toddlers in departures.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - 2 Junior Flyer’s Clubs (Terminal B, gate 12 and Terminal C, gate 14) filled with aviation-themed toys. Interactive sculptures in Terminal D.
Edinburgh Airport - Head over to Fingerbox, located near Gates 2, 4, 9 and 11.
Glasgow International Airport
Helsinki Vantaa Airport
San Francisco - Free AirTrain transporter, which offers free train rides circling the airport
Seoul, Incheon Airport - Great play area for small kids (slides, climbing structures, etc.)
Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport - Aviation-themed play area, 24-hour museum on the walkway above baggage reclaim, and of course plenty of slot machines for the adults!
New York La Guardia Airport
Lisbon Portela Airport
London Gatwick Airport - Playrooms at Gates A and E
London Heathrow Airport - Terminal 1
Los Angeles Airport
Minneapolis St. Pauls Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Philadelphia International Airport - concourse D
Toronto Pearson International Airport - Large play structure at terminal 3.
Warsaw Chopin Airport
Washington D.C. Airport