Airports are not created equal that’s for sure. Anyone who has dragged children from city to city country to country knows the importance of a Kids play area at airports. This can help with that one shred of sanity that is needed to carry on when kids have done nothing but complain and moan those 3 words that all parents know too well “I am bored” dad and the other 5 words I hate “there is nothing to do” Mum.
It’s a long day when travelling by plane through an airport, the time it takes to get the bags ready, the trip to the airport, check-in time, the waiting time for boarding the plane it is all dead time that allows kids to get restless and unfocused. Our daughter Marley gets particularly crazy when waiting to check in, starts annoying her sister which annoys their mother and pretty soon we have a stressful situation building faster than the line to the top of the Eiffel Tower. In a child-friendly, family orientated world, all airports should have play area’s or entertainment for kids, and ideally for dad’s it should be near somewhere you can get a beer. A message chair for Mum’s would also be handy. Alternatively, make sure you have things to keep them entertained in the children’s hand luggage
As a family, we have travelled through 24 plus international airports, mainly in Europe and few more when we were without children. Listed below are the airports we have travelled and a few short sentences about Kids play area’s that are or are not located at these airports.
Melbourne airport has no real areas for children as such. There are internet terminals available throughout the airport. Melbourne is a small airport with continued upgrades going on over time. Melbourne is also our home airport. View our Melbourne pictorial here
Where is Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport has located 25km north-west of the Melbourne’s CBD. Its accessible on the Tullamarine Freeway – less than 25 minutes by car. Melbourne has no direct public transport link to the city. Book an airport transfer with Suntransfers
The mecca of family-friendly airports, Fishponds, butterfly gardens, cinema’s, playgrounds, free city tours a rooftop swimming pool. Singapore has it all to keep kids amused and lives up to its rating as the world’s best airport. We have transited through Changi on two occasions where we have had 5-7 hours waiting time. We have found it so easy to keep kids entertained. The pool on the roof is amazing. Check out our review of Singapore Changi Airport Here
Where is Singapore Airport?
Changi airport Singapore is located 20km from the centre of the city. Direct connection by train and bus are available from terminal 4
A Kids Forest completes with tree house, slides and a wide range of climbing and play equipment. The Kids’ Forest playground is designed to look like an outdoor adventure space, and even includes large tree houses for curious climbers. The entire play space was built out of sustainable products and is filled with slides, swings, and various play and climbing areas.
Where is Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is known locally as just Schiphol. Being a small country it is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. Direct train access with Amsterdam central station is available from train station under the airport.
Prague has a Mr B program. All shops with merchandise for children, restaurants offering children menu, children’s corners and rooms for parents travelling with children are labelled with this symbol. Children’s play areas are located throughout the terminals.
Where is Prague Airport
Václav Havel Airport Prague is located 12 km (7 mi) west of the centre of Prague and 12 km (7 mi) southeast of the city Kladno. Prague airport is not connected by train, access is by bus, shuttle and taxi.
CDG has just opened cinema suites where passengers and families can watch current feature films on 3D high definition TV from comfortable couches. This is only in terminal 2 at present, but a terminal-wide rollout is expected. The Gulli, play areas based on a French Tv kids channel in Terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2E and 3 where kids can keep themselves busy with a maze, hopscotch and other games on soft mats. Each play area also has a television showing cartoons and children’s programs. Pinball and arcade games are spread throughout the airport.
Two play areas equipped with high-quality toys are located near the departure gates to make time go quicker for the kids while waiting.
is the only feature I could find at Budapest airport that may keep kids occupied if they have there own tablets to use. At airports like this children’s hand luggage should contain pads and books. is available. Since we originally published this article Budapest Airport has opened a play-corner with colourful carpet and interactive toys, while a tent-tunnel awaits the larger kids to play in
Munich is another super airport for kids offering a visitors park, kinder land and play corners scattered throughout the terminals. At the visitor’s park, the Children will have a choice of four thematics “worlds”, reminiscent of Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Munich is continually voted in the top 5 airports in the world.
Helsinki Airport has children’s playrooms and plays areas equipped with toys suitable for both younger and older children. Free Wi-Fi is located throughout the terminals. Helsinki-Vantaa is home to Finnair. Read out article about flying to Europe with Finnair here
Riga has a fairy wood playground. The playground area also children’s books from Latvia and locally manufactured wooden toys to play with. The kid’s books are designed to teach children about Latvia.
Free Wi-Fi. Berlin Tegal is a shocking airport with very little facilities. We did not see any kids play area’s when we were arriving or departing from theirs. I have checked their website and found no mention.
Krakow is on the small side when it comes to airports. Mainly servicing budget airlines. No children’s play facilities to report that we witnessed in person or could find on their website.
There are three playgrounds for children. Each of the play areas is 20 sqm and has soft carpets, offering children a great place to play, with safe toys, mini- houses, slides and swings. Next, to the play areas, there are Disney stands with LCD screens showing cartoons. Great viewing of the planes if all else fails massive glass windows to watch the aircraft take off and land.
The family fun gate at Vienna airport is in an area of around 70 m². Kids can enjoy play equipment including a slide, climbing the wall, climbing frame and labyrinth with a punching bag, revolving door and foam snakes. It is designed for children between 4 and 10 years of age. There is also a family fun corner with interactive screens where kids can prevent objects from flying. Read our story about Vienna’s 3 exceptional restaurants we ate at here
We did not witness any play facilities at Rome. The website for Leonardo Da Vinci airport does not list any facilities. This is not surprising as this is the worst and most unorganized airport we have ever been too. Never have we been to an airport where you check in, in terminal 3 then have to walk to terminal 2 to go through passport control. It is all worth it though to see some of the highlights of Rome. Read our Colosseum Tour review here
We did not see any kids area’s in the terminal we jetted out from. After searching the airport’s website, we could also find no mention of kids play area within the airport.
There is a soft play area in the Departures Lounge in Terminal 2. Located next to Caffe Nero, the soft play area has a section suitable for children under three years old and an adventure play area for ages three to eight years of age. Grab a coffee and relax while the kids play. Art desks are available throughout the airport. They are located at most eating areas and provide colouring books and crayons.
We departed terminal 4 which is totally separate from other terminals at Heathrow. Terminal 4 has a stay and play area. Stay & Play areas feature slides, soft play areas and separate baby and junior zones, there’s plenty to keep young ones entertained and exercised. Heathrow also has restaurants that feature kids eat free menus at selected eating establishments.
Orly has Gulli play areas similar to its sister airport CDG, with games and a TV area PlayStation areas, coin-operated arcade games including pinball, pool, foosball. There are also the usual play areas where kids can climb, slide and burn off energy before the flight in the boarding lounges
There is a playground for kids. These areas are called The Corner, the area has been created by Europa Park, the biggest seasonal theme park in the world located in Rust Germany. The Departure hall also offers a children’s merry-go-round in both departure & arrivals areas
There are four play areas for your kids to work off their energy before the flight. Free strollers are available once you are in the secure zone. Great airport for transiting to the city via train. The train station is connected to the airport.
Lisbon Airport has play areas that provide plenty of fun for kids and a break for parents. There are 4 play areas on the way to the boarding gates. Lisbon airport reminds me of Rome airport, it seems a little chaotic until you pass through Passport Control. Lisbon is amazing, though, read on review of Square Largo Do Carmo here
There are more than ten colourful children’s play areas at the airport. El Prat i a great shiny new airport with an outdoor area where kids can also run around and have fun. Another great airport for plane viewing with massive glass sections for viewing.
More information can be found on the Airports official websites ( click on the airport name to be re-directed to the official sites), that also carry information about change rooms and facilities for younger children and babies. I hope this has been somewhat useful in your flying planning and information regarding kids play area at airports.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport offers a kids’ play area (children from 0 to 6 years old) and a breastfeeding lounge with modern and comfortable fittings. Here you will be able to change nappies, heat food, put them down for a nap in a cot or simply let them play. All children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. At last count, there was 19 play area spread throughout Madrid Airport.
Copenhagen airport is a child-friendly airport that offers lots of activities for children and teenagers. In airport features 15 small play areas located in various parts of the airport and the large play area in Terminal 2. Copenhagen Airport has now opened a play area in the domestic terminal with opportunities for playing games, watching Disney Channel and relaxing.
At Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport there are four playrooms for our youngest travellers.
The first playroom is located prior passport control across Galeb 2 restaurant while the second is located in the area between gates A4-5 and A6. The rest two are part of the Babycare facility located at Terminal 1 first floor, prior passport control and at Terminal 2, after passport control across Air Side restaurant.
*We have personally travelled through these airports so all information is first hand and taken off the wwebsites of the airports mentioned.