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Airport Play Areas

Airport play areas can be a big help to parents. This site has the most comprehensive listing of airport play areas that I have found online:

http://www.havekidswilltravel.net/airport-play-areas-the-cure-for-terminal-boredom/

Play areas aren't always well advertised. According to the list, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) has a play area on their upper level. This was a surprise to me. Last summer, my family was delayed for over 2 hours at BWI. My daughter was at that phase where she was walking and wanted to move around, but was not steady enough on her feet to walk among other travelers and their luggage. In other words, we were in desperate need of a play area. I searched up and down our own terminal and looked for a sign of one on every map I saw, but I didn't see any. Instead we tried to find corners of the terminal where she could run around without hurting herself or anyone else. Only after finding this list did I realize that there was a play area.

Location is also key for play areas. We have flown out of airports with play areas that we never used because they were in a different terminal. If you have a layover of several hours, packing up your stuff and your kiddo to visit the play area is not a big deal, but if you don't have that kind of time, going to a different terminal is not appealing, especially if it means taking a bus or tram, and/or exiting security. Kudos to the airports that have 2 or more play areas to make life a bit easier.

Another great alternative to a large play area is for airports to provide a children's activity at each gate. Montreal's Trudeau International Airport has a table with a bead maze installed at each gate. It kept my daughter entertained without me having to worry about getting to a larger play area and back in time to board the flight.

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If anyone finds a more comprehensive listing of airport play areas, let me know, and I will share it in another post.

Posted by amikulski 21:24 Tagged children airport playground

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