Whether you’re stuck at the airport, awaiting a connection or just passing through, there are a variety of kid-friendly escapes in airports allowing children to play, relax and take a break from the travel grind.
While traveling with children through Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, stop in the newly opened Star Wars-themed lounge. As part of the Japanese airline’s five-year contract with Disney, the themed lounge follows the launch of All Nippon Airways’ four Star Wars-themed aircrafts.
In Terminal 2, the lounge offers the ultimate sci-fi oasis for young fans away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Similar to the aircraft recently launched in the same theme, the lounge is decorated with images of beloved robots, R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8.
The lounge will be open daily until 9 p.m., and boasts fun elements for kids including a slide, picture books, bench seating and various games and activities. The space was created primarily for young children to have a fun, unique and safe place to play within the busy airport.
During some downtime between flights, bring young fans and kids through the unique children’s airport lounge. Take a few turns on the slide, play games and mingle with other traveling Star Wars fans.
Traveling through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport provides a unique opportunity for families and children to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Head out to the BWI’s conveniently located Thomas A. Dixon Jr. Aircraft Observation area. Just outside the airport guests can stretch their legs and take an extended walk through Friendship Park, hit the jungle gym with kids and relax away from the active airport without missing your connection.
Easily accessible to both travelers and locals, the observation park boasts a new playground, walking trail and ice cream truck. Watch airplanes take off while enjoying a snack outside before heading back in for your connection.
While in Chicago, stop in Terminal 2 for some educational fun at the Kids On the Fly exhibit. Provided by Chicago Children’s Museum, families with children of all ages head to the interactive exhibit that includes hands-on aviation experiences with air traffic control towers, luggage stations, cargo planes and helicopters.
History buffs enjoy a visit to the museum for a tour of the restored F4F-3 Wildcat, the exact plane WWII hero and airport namesake Lt. Commander Edward O’Hare flew in the war.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.