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Holiday Travel Delay? Best Airport Playgrounds for Travel with Kids

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Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport has several Junior Flyer’s Club spots for smaller flyers.

It’s that time of year for holiday travel, and you know if there’s bad weather or any other cause for delay this Thanksgiving, you could get stuck at the airport for hours.  It’s bad enough when you are by yourself, but if you’re traveling with your kids?  Whining. Fidgeting. Crying. Total hell.

We thought you might like to know about some of the best airport playgrounds for kids, so you’ll know exactly where to find a fun diversion if you get caught in a travel nightmare.

Be sure to mark these down somewhere before you head off on your family vacation, or even better, bookmark this page on your smartphone so you’ll know where to go with the kids if your travel plans go south.


  • O’Hare International Airport 1 of 6
    O'Hare International Airport
    ORD offers two great spots: Kids on the Fly, created by the Children's Museum of Chicago, is in Terminal 2 near gate F1. Play it Safe, created by the Chicago Fire Department, is in Terminal 5 near gate M12.
    Photo credit: MSNBC
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport 2 of 6
    Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport
    DFW has several Junior Flyer's Club play areas. You can find one in Terminal B, near gate 12, and two in Terminal D near gates 10 and 30.
  • Boston Logan International Airport 3 of 6
    Boston Logan International Airport
    If you're stuck in BOS, the place to be with kids is the airport's Kidport play areas. You can find them in Terminal A near gate 18 and also in Terminal C.
  • San Francisco International Airport 4 of 6
    San Francisco International Airport
    SFO has a nice little jungle gym area for kids in Terminal 3 near gate 87A.
    Photo credit: Family Vacation Critic
  • Philadelphia International Airport 5 of 6
    Philadelphia International Airport
    For delays at PHL, head over to one of two children's play areas: Aviation Playstation is in Terminal D near gate 10 and Ready for Takeoff is in Terminal A near gate 1.
    Photo credit: PHL
  • Other Airport Playgrounds 6 of 6
    Other Airport Playgrounds
    Other airports that have playgrounds include Phoenix Sky Harbor (Terminal 2 Gate 9 and Terminal 4 Gate B19), Portland (jungle gym between Terminals D and E), Cincinnati (Kidsport in Concourse A) and Denver (Concourse B). Sadly, some of the largest and busiest airports, like Atlanta Hartsfield and Newark Liberty International, don't have good offerings for children. I say they need to get on the ball!
    Photo credit: MorgueFile/clarita

 

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