The Most Kid-Friendly Airports in the US

by Tykesha77

Airplay Zone at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport

Updated November 26, 2019

This week is slated to be the busiest travel week of the year in the US.  It’s reported that more than 55 million people are preparing to take to the road or hit the friendly skies in the next 24 hours.  If you’re flying with little ones, don’t forget that some airports have playgrounds.

Here’s a list of US Airports with designated play areas and where you can find them:

Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI)

Airplay Zone at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport

Airplay Zone at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport

Airplay: BWI has an aviation-themed play area. The designated space has a mini Air Force 1, mini-propeller plane, and more. Airplay also has seats positioned along the walls equipped with charging stations for the parents and caregivers. Airplay is located in the main terminal in the Observation Gallery between Concourse D and E.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Kidport: These aviation-themed play areas are located in three terminals. The playgrounds offer climbing structures, a kid-size replica of the BOS control tower and a baggage-claim slide. There are also infant and toddler play areas.

The Kidports are only accessible after security. The Terminal A Kidport is in the Satellite building by Gate 18. The Kidport in Terminal B is in the retail corridor between Gates 15 and 16. The Terminal C Kidport is located in a space near Gate 25.

Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)

Kids on the Fly: In this play space children can climb on an air traffic control tower, helicopter, cargo plane, and luggage station. This play area is so popular with the kids that it was named the “Most Awesome Airport Play Area” in the world by Nickelodeon.

This play area is located on the upper level of Terminal 2, past the security checkpoint. There’s a smaller play area in Terminal 5 near Gate M12. This airport also has an entire interactive museum for children.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Junior Flyer Clubs: There are three of these play areas located throughout the DFW airport. There’s the McDonald’s Play Area in Terminal D, near Gate D8.

The largest play area is located in Terminal B, at Gate 12.  It features a nearly 700-square-feet aviation playground that includes a runway, airplane, air control tower and plenty of space to run around and play.  The other play area is located in Terminal C, at Gate 14.  Additionally, kid-friendly programs are shown on televisions in Terminal D, near Gate D30 of the international terminal.

 Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

The Indianapolis Airport has two play areas, which are located in both Concourse A and B.  The play space features soft structures to include a mock airplane, luggage, and clouds for the kiddos to climb and play on.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

There’s a pirate-themed playground at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.  The unique play area is located JetBlue’s T5 Terminal.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)

The Las Vegas airport play area has a kid-sized control tower and a mock jet engine for children to play on the in Concourse D, on the second floor above the rotunda.  For older children, the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, located above the baggage claim area on Level 2, has interactive videos, a vintage Cessna, and old newspaper clippings.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Plane Fun at Miami International Airport

Plane Fun at Miami International Airport

Plane Fun: This play space has 6 different areas for kids to play. There’s a control tower and it plays real conversations between the control tower and pilots. There’s also a model cockpit. Plane Fun is located after the security checkpoint in Concourse E, near Gate E5. The play area is also accessible after security in Concourse D.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

PHX has four play areas outfitted with padded climbing areas after the security checkpoint. They are located in the upper concourse areas of Terminals 2 and 4.

Portland International Airport (PDX)

There is a designated play area before security near the D/E Checkpoints. It’s equipped with a full play structure with two slides, three Lego stations and a wooden activity set for toddlers.

The post-security play area is in Concourse C. This play area has a multi-colored jungle gym with a toy telescope so the kiddos can watch planes out on the tarmac.

Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Sea-Tac Play Area: This large play area (1400-square feet) has a soft foam airplane, a control tower and a baggage cart for children to climb on. This playground is located between Central Terminal and the A Gates.

What’s your favorite kid-friendly airport?  Leave a comment below.

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