With schools going on spring break and with summer vacations just around the corner, families are planning their vacations. For some families, young children are involved, which can add to an already stressful and experience.
According to TravelNerd, many airports have gone out of their way to accomodate traveling families by offering kid-friendly amenities, such as nurseries and play areas, throughout the airport.
Here are 10 of the most kid-friendly airports in the nation.
With both a nursery and a kid play area, the Emerald City is great for kids. Keep your eyes and ears open for the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, which plays the Northwest’s best music by bringing musicians to video screens throughout the airport.
Want a picture with Snoopy? In honor of the creator of Snoopy, a Minnesota native, there is a Snoopy statue in Terminal 1 near one of two kid play areas. To feed the baby, head to Terminal 1 Concourse C for a private mothers room.
P.S. - If you forgot extra diapers, a pacifier or sippy cup, there is a vending machine with kid essentials in Terminal 1’s kid play area.
Run around with the kids in one of three kid play areas. If all else fails, take them on a walk through the Light Tunnel, which connects Concourse A with Concourse B/C. The Light Tunnel displays a multi-colored light show choreographed to music.
Take your hyper kids to one of four play areas throughout the airport. Is your kid a Picasso in the making? Visit the largest airport art collection in the U.S. for free 24 hours a day.
Although BNA doesn’t advertise it on their website, there are two nurseries available for family use (one in the A/B Concourse and another in the C Concourse).
In addition to the nurseries, BNA provides three kid play areas throughout the airport. There are also Redbox DVD vending machines near security if your kids want to watch a movie during the flight. For the musically inclined little ones, there are weekly live performances on three stages throughout the airport.
Rocking chairs are everywhere. With three nurseries, two play areas and rocking chairs throughout the airport, BOS is loaded with kid-friendly amenities.
Although there aren’t any nurseries in DFW, there are five kid play areas for the children to romp around before the flight. For some fresh air, take the kids on a tour of the sculpture garden outside Terminal D.
SJC provides six dedicated nursing rooms for the little ones. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the free airport Wi-Fi is excellent (and very fast), allowing kids to entertain themselves on their iPads and other tech gadgets.
Kids are No. 1 in PDX. Despite being a smaller airport in terms of annual passenger traffic — with only 14 million annually (compared to SFO’s 43 million)—, PDX offers an impressive 11 nursing areas and two play areas. The clean, modern and laid-back ambience of the airport should make traveling with kids a breeze.
With 14 dedicated nurseries and three play areas, SFO has a whopping 17 areas dedicated to your little ones.
In addition, SFO also provides a list of things to see and do with your kids at the airport. Suggestions include the aquarium in Terminal 1, museum exhibits throughout the terminals, and the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum in the International Terminal.