Don’t let crowded terminals and long security lines ruin your next family vacation. Look to these kid-friendly airports for some relief.
You’ve rallied the troops and packed your bags for your next family vacation – now comes the airport. With long security lines, unexpected delays and fast-food snacks, airports have left many parents wondering why they didn’t pack the minivan for a road trip. Not to fear, we’ve compiled a list of the top kid-friendly airports in the United States that won’t send you into a tailspin.
Family-friendly security lines are popping up at major airports across the United States to help ease the pressure on parents traveling with young children. If you’re traveling with your family, look for the Green Circle lanes that are designated for those who need extra time.
If you forgot to pack a sippy cup or pack of wipes, head to the Diaper Bag Basics vending machines at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) located near both play areas in Terminal 1. The one-stop-shop is stocked with diapers, Band-Aids, formula, baby food and other essentials.
The General Mitchell Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee teamed up with Mamava to install lactation suites throughout the airport for traveling moms. Each suite includes power and USB outlets, a fold-down shelf, comfortable seating and a mirror. Moms can find the suites in the Main Terminal and Concourse C and D. There also are family restrooms with special amenities, including additional space for luggage and strollers, changing tables and child-size toilets and sinks in some locations.
The happiest place on Earth also is home to one of the coolest airports. Orlando International Airport (MCO) offers a King of Kong video arcade, giant aquarium in the food court and the chance to touch a real asteroid from Mars. Your kids just might be begging you for a longer layover.
If you’re looking for a good excuse to sneak in a history lesson during your downtime, head over to the Observation Gallery at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Kids can explore aviation exhibits and objects, including a 28-foot tall sounding rocket provided by NASA, and a half-sized model of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft. There’s also a tribute to the airport’s namesake, Thurgood Marshall.
Kids can dance off their energy at Nashville International Airport (BNA) with live music on four stages located in the terminal. More than 100 bands of all types of music genres play for travelers year-round. Check out a list of the month’s live performances before your next trip.
Food can be very entertaining for cranky travelers. When desperate times call for desperate measures, there’s usually no such thing as too many granola bars … or pieces of candy.
Natalie’s Candy Jar, a chain of self-serve candy stores with more than 400 varieties of chocolates, sours, gummies and jellies, is the mecca for travel-induced bribes. There are nine stores located in six airports across the United States.
Traveling with little ones in tow? check out our family travel guide that gives you everything you need for the peace of mind you deserve on your next family trip.