Traveling with children can be challenging, especially when a layover is involved. Children get bored quickly, and being confined to an airport can be difficult, as there is not a lot of room or quiet space to keep kids entertained.
Children do not necessarily mean to cause problems during travel. Being so small, they have limited attention spans, get tired quickly, and can have a difficult time with flexibility. Thus, being prepared with entertainment is a great way to keep them occupied while traveling.
Here are five ways:
A great way to keep kids from going stir-crazy is by having a library full of movies and TV shows for them to watch. This is helpful for both a layover and the flight, as movies can occupy their attention for a significant period of time.
Because wi-fi access can be limited, or in many cases expensive, consider looking into the ultimate tv package from Direct TV, for with Direct TV’s Genie, you can watch movies via your phone, tablet, or computer that you have saved to your DVR remotely without the need for wi-fi. As long as you prepare ahead of time and record your children’s favorite movies and TV shows on your DVR, you can watch your recordings anywhere.
- Books and Toys
Keep favorite books and toys in carry-on luggage. These toys can help keep them entertained while waiting out a layover. Additionally, instead of letting your children see all of the toys you packed, give them one toy at a time to play with. If they see everything all at once, they might get bored quicker than if they only had one toy at time to play with. Similarly, with books and other activity books, give them to your children one at a time, for they will be excited over the surprise of something new.
- Scavenger Hunt
Creating an airport scavenger hunt can be a great way to pass the time. In fact, you can prepare a scavenger hunt beforehand, even if you are unfamiliar with the airport. Most airports generally have the same items, such as airport security guards, pictures of airplanes, TVs, maps, etc. When you get to the airport, you can add a few specific items to the list that pertain to that particular airport.
- Information Desk
Most airports have activity books or other items that children might be interested in. Check with the airport’s information desk to see if they have any suggestions for kid’s entertainment, such as a kid-friendly museum or an indoor jungle gym or play area. You might be surprised what each airport has to offer.
A great way to distract your kids is to walk with them around the airport. It can help them get any energy out while keeping them entertained, especially if you stop at any funky gift shops or kid-friendly stores.
These five tips can help your kids stay entertained while you stay sane waiting for your layover to end.