Vacation season's here. Here's how Margaret dealt with a canceled flight:
After a weather cancellation, a rebooking, a canceled rebooking, and eventually going standby, we made it home from a recent trip three days late. So, my daughter and I spent a lot of time in the airport! Here's some ways to pass the time.
1. If your child can read and/or pick out letters, when you're in the airport restaurant, tell her what you'd like to eat and then see if she can find it on the menu.
2. Airports often have artwork or historical displays. Why not take a look and find out why they're there?
3. Look at the arrival/departure boards and point out the names of cities you've been to and remember those trips.
4. Explore one of the shops and then discuss why it's set up the way it is. Why is breakable stuff behind the counter? Why do they put the candy right by the cash registers? (If your child is anything like mine, and could be said to be taking the delay better than her accompanying parent, you might consider springing for a small treat.)
5. Make a list of all the ways an airport is different when travel is suspended, such as empty baggage claim, no security line, long line at the restaurant, and so on.
6. Play a few games on your laptop.
7. When you're waiting in the long line to see what can be done about getting on another flight, strike up a conversation with the people in line with you. In a situation like that, everybody has a good story!
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