Handling a Long Layover with Kids at the Airport
Generally, flight layovers can happen at some point when you travel, but with kids around you, you have got to look for ways to keep them from being fussed up and create a commotion at the airport and, instead, cook up some constructive activities to tie them down for the long layover.
The role of technological devices
Bringing along your technological devices during a flight travel can be very handy when there’s a sudden layover announcement, for the simple purpose of making the kids busy, with whatever are the available devices, such as they can play games using the portable DVD player or smartphone, tablets, hear music using the headphone and smartphone or read through an e-book using the tablet or watch a child-friendly movie with a DVD portable player or with a smartphone or go around the airport and take some fun photos with the whole family.
Most international airports, especially the top ones, have first class amenities, such as restaurants, duty free shops, souvenir shops, massage and spa facilities, a museum, upper deck for plane-watching, and many more; therefore, having these facilities are reasons to bring the kids and make an airport tour, enjoying the whole duration of the layover period, discovering all the airport facilities and services and even take some souvenir shots to some of these facilities.
Have a picnic at the airport
Kids will always be hungry from time to time and with a long layover, they are bound to feel real hungry, so take creativity time to make a short picnic in the airport, pull out together your travel shawls and spread them over the airport floor and let the kids sit down and have a snack or meal, while you make use of the time to talk over your travel itinerary or simply enjoy the chat while passing time.
Try a scavenger hunt game
A scavenger hunt game would be an interesting and enjoyable game idea in the airport, during the layover, but this can be played for as long as you are assured that the airport is safe and that your kids are already teenagers, and, for sure, your kids will have a fun time scavenging for items which you list down for them to find at the gate or outside the tarmac or to any of the airport locations.
If the long layover is an overnight layover, then consider taking the kids to a hotel nearby so they get the benefit of a good night’s sleep or having a brief pool swim and take a respite from the travel stress before having a restful night and be energized for your next travel journey.