Spending time in an airplane can be hard enough with young kids, but when you've got the double-whammy of an airport delay, you need all the help you can get:
Here is a hack we recently shared on our site OutWithTheKids.com, concerning being stranded/delayed in an airport:
Flying with your children can be hard enough, and a delay in your flight schedule is the last thing you want to see flashing on the departure monitors. Here are some ideas on killing time in the airport:
1) Have a family meal at an airport restaurant or food court.
2) Seek out an open seating area where there is another family with a child roughly the same age as your own. Chances are they are in the same predicament.
3) Find the airport's play area. Many airports have them but the fun zone may not be located in or near your terminal. You can Google "Airport play areas" or visit the airport's website. Philly, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Colorado Springs, Chicago O'Hare, Boston's Logan, Vancouver, and Baltimore are among the many airports featuring such an area. Now getting the kids to leave in time to catch your flight…that's a topic for another day!
4) Take a walk. The airport is filled with interesting vendors, people, and sights. Many have museums or historical placards scattered throughout. For example, Dayton's airport displays Wright Brothers artifacts that may interest little plane-fanatics long enough to make the downtime more bearable.
5) Find some rocking chairs. Charlotte features a great area between all the terminals with rows of white wooden chairs to people watch. There is occasional live music in this area as well. What child, especially the small variety, doesn't love a rocking chair?
6) Watch planes land and take off. Many airports have designated "prime" viewing areas to witness the spectacle that is modern air travel.
With any luck, you'll watch the hours fly by and actually be in flight yourself soon enough.