Airports = waiting times. With flight delays and cancellations seemingly increasing, it’s always important to ensure you have something to do to keep yourself entertained in the terminal. But for those travelling with children over the Easter break, this task becomes even more difficult. How can you keep yourself and your little ones happy? Here are some suggestions to help make that time a little more enjoyable.
It may surprise some people to know, but a lot of airports do actually cater to families and offer various play areas for children. In Europe, you can find these at the following airports (to name a few):
- Amsterdam Schipol
- Vienna International
- Paris CDG
- Paris ORLY
- Prague Vaclav Havel
- Munich Franz Joseph Strauss
- London Heathrow
- Barcelona-El Prat
- Riga International
- Warsaw Chopin
- Lisbon Portela
- Porto International
If you’re unsure whether there’s one at the airport you’re going to, it never hurts to ask!
Pack an entertainment bag for your child
Pack a bag with some of their favourite toys that they can personally carry around. This will ensure that they’re always easy to access and you won’t have to constantly get them out from the bottom of your own luggage.
Have a walking race around the terminal
If you find yourself at a smaller airport without a play area, there are plenty of creative games you can play with your kids in the terminal. Have a walking race to tire them out, and they will (hopefully) be far less restless once sitting on the plane.
It’s easy to get lost in the duty-free section. So take your family for a stroll through the shops. You don’t have to buy anything – just try on some perfume and tire yourselves out a bit.
Play simple games
Remember all of those games you used to play on long car rides when you were a child? They work great during waiting times in airports too. A couple of easy ones to remember: I Spy, Bingo, Guess the Time. The Quiet Game is a personal favourite: just tell your children whoever can stay quiet for the longest wins.
Watch the planes take off
Some airports have observation decks, and most will at least have somewhere you can watch the planes take off and land on the runway. Remember that flying is something completely new and exciting for children, so chances are they’ll forget about boredom as soon as they start watching the marvel of modern-day aviation.
This one’s a no-brainer. What’s worse than a bored child? A bored and hungry child. Airport food is undoubtedly expensive and not so varied; so pack some lunch boxes with snacks to keep your kids full and happy.
Flying with children can be exhausting, but if you plan in advance and follow some of these easy steps, you can greatly minimise their boredom and make the experience far less stressful for everyone.