What are your feelings on layovers?
Some people have strong feelings that it is easier to take one long flight with kids. Other enjoy the layover so kids can move around. Both have positives and negatives. Often, despite your preference, a layover is forced upon you and it is my feeling that you should make the most of it.
During our recent trip to Wisconsin, we had layovers both ways in Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It was my first time flying through there with children and I was surprised and delighted to learn that it is super family friendly. Like most larger airports there was a reasonable selection of restaurants, even considering our son's dairy allergy. There were also family restrooms and changing tables in each part we visited.
These things were appreciated, but our favorite part? Their awesome playspace. It is located on Terminal 2 and is by far the best airport place space I have seen. Our kids had an absolute blast.
My pictures can't really do it justice. There was a large airplane in the middle, another smaller plane, and a control tower. There were phones they could actually talk to each other through. There were things to climb up and through. In one corner there was also a little crawl space for infants. It was soft, lined with mirrors, and had textures for little ones to feel.
Our twins spent an hour playing and could have easily stayed longer. They loved the opportunity to pretend they were flying planes and act out the different parts of our travels. I wish every airport had a playspace this awesome. There is no better way to get the wiggles out before a plane and engage imaginations than this!
*Food and drink are not allowed inside the playspace.
*Note for Tired Parents: Starbucks is right around the corner.
*Check O'Hare Airport's website for more info about visiting their airport with children.
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