boy watching the planes at the airport

When travelling as a family, flying always seems to be more stressful for me. I have found that keeping the kids entertained at the airport is always a key point in our planning stage. That being said I have compiled my top tips for keeping kids entertained while you are at the airport waiting for your flight. However, if you get delayed at the airport or just have time to kill between flights then here are some ideas to keep your little ones entertained while at the airport. There are also many great ways to save money at the airport while travelling too.

Entertainment Ideas For Children At The Airport

plane spotting

Airport Survival Tips With Kids

Plane Spotting

This shouldn’t be too difficult to do at the airport! The best thing to do is find somewhere near to a window and watch the planes take off. I find it is great to waste some time if your kids love planes. My eldest son loves just sitting at the window and watching the planes go by. Sometimes I have to coax him away to go on board the plane!

Play Area on MS Pride of Rotterdam

Find a play area

Not all airports have play areas.  Mummy Travels has come up with a great post that has each UK airport and the play areas they have. Your kids will have a great time-wasting their energy which may help on the flight if they have used up some of that energy (I have no idea how they find their energy!). I would advise to check out the airports’ website you are flying from to see what facilities they have for families, and whereabouts their play areas are.

Food near Chateau de Pierrefonds

Go Eat

If your kids are anything like my two, then going to eat food will be a great option. Depending on what time your flight is you could fit in breakfast/lunch/dinner or just go for a snack and enjoy a cake and a drink. Just bear in mind to keep an eye out on the screens to see if your plane is boarding or not. You don’t want to miss your flight.

Toddler at Airport

Play with their toys

If your kids have their own hand luggage with them, let them play with their toys in a quiet place. Or even let them use their tablet/DVD player for a little bit if you are needing a little bit of de-stress time.

TIP: If they are using their tablets or electronic devices, then make sure they don’t run the battery down. As they then won’t be able to use them on the flight.


How do you keep your kids entertained at the airport? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

Keeping kids entertained at the airport|Tips on keeping children entertained at the airport

First Published Feb 2017

About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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4 Comments

  1. Our kids were a bit older, so we played card games with them. They also liked going back and forth on the moving sidewalks. Books and kids magazines also helped pass the time.

  2. Oh the airport! It can be stressful for sure but your tips are great. I always make sure we have plenty of time. When mom stays calm, everyone knows it will be ok 🙂

    1. Thank you for commenting. I always find the airport the most stressful; husband walks so quickly and im left with the two boys trying to keep up! ha! But yes, making sure you have plenty of time makes the world of difference! x

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