Family Travel: An Airport Scavenger Hunt
With spring break and summer travel right around the corner, many families are booking flights right now.
Whether you book your flights online, like I do, or you speak with an agent, there is always the risk of a long layover or last-minute cancellations leaving you stuck in an airport with kids for a long period of time.
I speak from experience when I say that if you are not prepared for this possibility, than it will be a huge bummer. BUT, if you are prepared, than it can be a super fun bonus to the trip – a few extra hours in a different city (well, airport anyway!). Remember perspective is everything! 😉
We have had a few long layovers over the years. I remember totally dreading the first one, 3 hours in Chicago O’Hare with a 1 y/o and 2 y/o. Oh, and did I mention I was the only adult? Yup, I was terrified.
But my love for adventure was stronger than my fear. I made a little plan, packed us up and went for it. I knew Hubby would be there waiting for us on the other end and I only had to survive 3 hours in Chicago alone with the babies.
We survived (and actually had a blast)! Over the next few years, I sort of developed a little routine for getting stuck in the airport (or having a layover) with the kids. Click here to find out how I handle tantrums in the airport – because yes, it has happened! Read on to find out what we do while waiting!
What we do when we have a long layover or get stuck in an airport
- The very first thing I do is find a quiet spot (or the yoga room if I am in an airport with one), spread out our blanket and do the exercises found here. Exercising at the Airport lets the kids get a good stretch in and some of that bottled up energy out.
- We start our Airport Scavenger Hunt. An airport scavenger hunt is a great game for layovers, as it is easy entertainment. We have put together a list of things you should have fun finding in any airport! Click the link below to get the free, downloadable, printable version of our scavenger hunt to bring with you. All you need to remember is the pen! This is an easy list for all members of the family. If your littles are not reading yet, then you read it for them, let them find the item and then help cross it off the list.
- Don’t be afraid to use this time as excellent teachable moments. I have included some things on the list that should spark some interesting conversations. Have fun and encourage your kids to learn. It is a great way to pass the time!
Click below to get your free, downloadable, printable Airport Scavenger Hunt for Families
If it is easier to read it now for you, then here is the list for your Airport Scavenger Hunt:
- An airplane landing
- An airplane taking off
- A place to check gates & times
- A baby-changing station
- A recycle station
- A shoe-shine station
- A Pilot
- A flight attendant
- A stroller
- A person with a red carry-on bag
- A pizza place
- A currency exchange booth
- A fresh-pressed juice
- A local newspaper or magazine
- A person with a giant, silly hat on
- A person wearing sunglasses
- A sleeping person
- A person wearing a suit and tie
- A dog
- A place to buy soft pretzels
- A teenager wearing ear phones
- A flat escalator
- An elevator
- A security guard
- A happy baby
- A woman in high heels
- A man in flip-flops
- A person with a guitar
- A construction cone
- A person wearing a Minecraft shirt
- A person wearing one of the Disney Princesses shirts
3. Grab a local snack! It is fun to try new foods when traveling, don’t be afraid to let your littles try something local too! This is how we eat healthy at any airport.
And before you know it, your next flight will be boarding!
Cheers and safe travels!
Malibu Mama Loves Xx