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Where We Played: Phoenix Airport Playground

Terminal 3, North Side

Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has a north and south side. Each has its own security checkpoint, so you can't move between them without going through security. Thankfully the airport has placed a play area on each side of the terminal. The one on the north side is located near gates 23-26. Bonus points also go to this play area for being across the way from a Starbucks.

Hodge-podge is the term that best fits this play area. It looks like the airport cleared out some seats and plopped in whatever kid stuff they could find. There was a small slide/play structure and various panels and benches with games.

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The play area also has some cushions that I think are meant to climb on and build forts.

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Unfortunately, some adults decided to appropriate a few of them for their own comfort. When my daughter approached one of the men, he said that the cushion was his table before she even said anything.

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Shame on you, grown-ups! At least the guy with the "table" brought it back to the play area. Mr. Reclining Ramp used his piece the whole hour or so we were there.

Hodge-podge or not, my daughter enjoyed her time here, and the location is convenient for all in the north side of Terminal 3.

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Floor: carpet
Parent seating: The boundary of the play area is marked off by 2 rows of standard airport chairs, so it's the same as anywhere else in the airport.
Best for: infants through age 6. The carpet and good amount of open space make this a good place to throw down a blanket for tummy time or let a crawler roam. I'm not sure that kids 7 and up will be entertained very much, especially because the play structure is small.

Posted by amikulski 19:39 Archived in USA Tagged children airport playground

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