10 Fun and Creative Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Long Airport Layovers

10 Fun and Creative Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Long Airport Layovers
Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
March 15th 2023

Airport layovers can be a bore for anyone, but they can be especially challenging when you’re traveling with kids. To keep your little ones entertained and prevent them from getting restless and irritable, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are 10 fun and creative ways to keep your kids entertained during long airport layovers.

1. Create a scavenger hunt

Make a list of items for your kids to find around the airport, such as a pilot’s hat, a luggage tag, or a certain type of snack. The first one to find everything on the list wins a prize.

2. Bring along some new toys or games

Pick up a few new toys or games before your trip, and surprise your kids with them during the layover. Not only will it keep them entertained, but it will also give them something to look forward to.

3. Play a game of “I Spy”

“I Spy” is a classic game that can be played anywhere. Take turns giving clues about an object you see in the airport, and see who can guess what it is first.

4. Let them burn off some energy

Many airports have play areas for kids, so let your kids run around and burn off some energy before your next flight.

5. Bring along some coloring books or activity books

Coloring books, activity books, and sticker books are all great options for keeping your kids entertained during a long layover. They’re also compact and easy to pack in your carry-on bag.

6. Set up a movie theater

Bring a tablet or laptop and set up a mini movie theater for your kids. Make sure to pack some headphones and download a few of their favorite movies or TV shows beforehand.

7. Make a fun snack

Use a few snacks from the airport or the ones you’ve packed to make a fun snack or treat with your kids, such as a trail mix or a snack mix.

8. Play a board game

Pack a board game in your carry-on bag, such as Checkers or Connect Four, and play a few rounds with your kids.

9. Build a fort

Use your carry-on bags, pillows, and blankets to build a fort with your kids. It’s a fun and creative way to pass the time during a layover.

10. Tell stories

Take turns telling stories with your kids. You can start with a sentence, and then each person adds a sentence to the story. It’s a great way to get their imagination going and pass the time.


Long airport layovers with kids can be challenging, but with a little creativity and some planning, you can make the experience fun and enjoyable for everyone. Try out these 10 fun and creative ways to keep your kids entertained during your next airport layover, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly the time flies by. Happy travels!

Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
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