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Airport Play Areas and Baby/Child Facilities World-Wide

After check in and passing through security (hopefully a family line), we look for a play area in the airport. The kids can play, us parents can sit or take turns heading to Duty Free. Not all airports have one, but if they do, it’s the perfect space for kids to have fun and burn off energy before a flight – especially if it’s a day flight. My girls always appreciate these play areas.

We’ve found most are brilliant for the toddler age, with soft play/jungle gym type soft obstacles to climb over and slide down and some also interactive boards with spinning or sliding toys. Others have interactive screens for older kids which my girls now enjoy.

Below is our guide to the baby/child facilities at most world-wide major airports. Including airport play areas, indoor airport playgrounds (and outdoor!), entertainment, baby changing, rest areas and complimentary airport strollers and other amenities. Great places for the little ones to blow off some steam.

Some of these airport playgrounds include slides, soft play, games or interactive screens so little ones can explore and enjoy playtime before your board your flight for another adventure. They are free of charge!

We found with our kids, wearing them out and boarding last helped, especially if we had long haul day flight. Do you have any airport playgrounds you recommend? Please let us know in the comments.

Some airlines and airports also provide complimentary strollers, but sadly not all destinations. See which ones have below.

Airport Play Areas and Baby/Child Facilities World-Wide

Chicago O'Hare Airport kids play area
Chicago O’Hare Airport kids play area aka KidPort was an amazing fun playground
The play area is so fun at Chicago O'Hare Airport where kids can role play being pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic control.
The play area was so fun at Chicago O’Hare Airport where kids can role play being pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic control. My girls loved it here at this KidPort but it’s been replaced.

Airport Play Areas in USA

KidPort at Chicago O’Hare Airport, is one we stumbled on after a long flight and a delayed connection with our children up at 2am to their time zones.

The interactive activities were all based around an airport theme with climbing areas and role play points including Air Traffic Control Tower, Baggage Handlers, Pilots, and Flight Attendants.

It stopped any meltdowns whilst we were waiting for our delayed flight, and then they both slept soundly to Orlando. It’s sadly been replaced with a family lounge and some screens.

Further details of current airport play areas are below each chart.

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The Chicago play area is incredible! The Small Boston one is good for toddlers.

AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/Sleep Area
Albuquerque?XXX
AnchorageXXX
AtlantaXXX
Atlantic City?XXX
Austin-BergstromLIMITEDXXX
Baltimore/WashingtonXXX
Boston (Logan )Mass)XROCKING CHAIRS
Burbank??XX
BradleyXXX
Buffalo?XX
CharlotteXXROCKING CHAIRS
Chicago O’HareKidport has
gone :-(
XX
CincinnatiXX
ClevelandXXX
Dallas Fort WorthXX
Daytona Beach?XXX
DenverXX
DetroitXX
El Paso??XX
Fort Wayne (IN)XX
Fort LauderdaleXXX
Honolulu?Garden & PondXX
HoustonXX
IndianapolisXXX
Jacksonville??XROCKING CHAIRS
JFK (New York)✔ (in T5)XX
Kansas CityXXX
La Guardia (New York)XXX
Las Vegas?XX
Lexington
XX
Los Angeles (LAX)
for Burbank see above.

XXX
Memphis

XX
Miami

✔ gate D35
XX
Milwaukee
Minneapolis

X✔ (concourse E)
Nashville

XX
New Orleans
XXX
Newark (New York)
XXX
New York (See JFK, Newark
and La Guardia

XXX
Oakland?XXX
Oklahoma?XXX
OntarioXXX
OrlandoXXX
Palm BeachXXX
Palm Springs?XX
PhiladelphiaXXX
PhoenixXX
PittsburghX✔Located in
Concourse C,
Airside Terminal
PortlandXX
St LouisXX
Salt Lake CityXX
San DiegoXXXX
San FranciscoXX
San JoseXX
SeattleXX
TampaXXX
Tucson?XXX
Washington DullesXXX
Current airport play areas
Boston airport play area toy airplane and child
Boston Airport Kidport play area

BOSTON Logan Airport, Mass. was my favourite, has three Kidport areas which are soft airplane themed play areas which can be climbed on and through. There is a seating area inside for parents:

  • The Terminal A Kidport is located post-security in the Satellite building by Gate A18.
  • The Terminal B Kidport is located post-security in the retail corridor in the direction of Gates B30 to B36. 
  • The Terminal C Kidport is located post-security in the area prior to Gate C25.

BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL (BWI)has two play areas. One is located by D/E and the second is in the observation gallery upper level by B/C.

BUFFALO airport (NY) has playareas at gate two, Gate 9 and Gates 19 and 21 and features large soft models of FisherPrice toys!

CINCINNATI (KT) has a kids sensory room in Concourse A near Gate 4 and a zoo themed play area in Concourse B.

DALLAS FORT WORTH (DFW) TX   The McDonald’s Play Area is at Terminal D – D8, featuring a foam-soft playscape.

FORT WAYNE (FWA) IN the play area is just past security.

LAS VEGAS (LAS) NV  play area is in Terminal 1, D Gates, Level 2 above rotunda and features a play traffic control tower and a plane tunnel.

MILWAUKEE (MKE) Wisconsin   play area has aviation themed climb ones located in Concourse C – Across from Chilis and Concourse D – Between Gates D30 & D34. My girls loved playing flight attendant just like mommy used to be.

MINNEAPOLIS (MSP), MN These play areas are located at Concourse C at Terminal 1, and inside security at Terminal 2. They feature a mock airplane, air traffic control tower with slides.

NASHVILLE (TN) has wall games and floor activities by concourse B10.

PALM SPRINGS has a small outdoor playground past security.

PHOENIX (AZ) The Play-viation Park children’s play area is in Terminal 3.

PITTSBURGH (PA) A new and improved Kidsport is planned for Pittsburgh International Airport. For now, families can enjoy a temporary location near Gate C56.

PORTLAND (OR) Concourse D and E.

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) SFO has five Kids’ Spots throughout the terminals providing interactive and colorful spaces for children of all ages to play, stretch, and let off steam before a flight.

  • TERMINAL 1 has a Kids’ Spot near Gate B2, and a Tree Town near Gate B18.
  • TERMINAL 2 has a Butterfly wall near Gate D15 to climb and Play and San Francisco Bay Area Bird Encounters near Gate D7 with an interactivreplay area.
  • TERMINAL 3 has Spirogyrate near Gate E7, a children’s exploration area with lights activated by motion.

SEATTLE, Washington  has a Kid’s Play Room located across from Gate A1 which has a mock airplane, and other airport themed climb ones.

ST JOSE ( A fun interactive playground called Zoom Zone, which is located in Terminal B between Gates 24 and 25.

ST LOUIS (MI)  play area is located in the C Gates near gate C3. This is a transportation-themed educational play exhibit featuring a kid-sized plane, air traffic control tower and a kids-version of the MetroLink light rail train.


flying with a baby British airways, play area , soft play area at London Heathrow Airport, terminal 5
Terminal 5 play area at London Heathrow airport
LGW airport play area and entertainment for kids
Play area at LGW for kids with interactive screens and games, my youngest loved the games she almost didn’t want to leave.
Play area at LGW for kids
Play area at LGW for kids with traditional games
Birmingham Airport Kids SkyZone
Birmingham Airport Kids SkyZone play area in the terminal has a fun interactive security section and other games too.
stroller at Madrid Airport
stroller at Luton airport

 Airport Play Areas for Children in Europe

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London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham have play areas with fun entertainment with interactive play exhibits, games and parent seating areas.

AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/Sleep Area
AmsterdamX
AthensXX
BarcelonaXX
BerlinXXX
BirminghamXX
BrusselsXXX
Burgas
(Bulgaria)
✔ (outside)XX
CopenhagenX
DublinXXX
FaroXX
FrankfurtX
GenevaXX
Hamburg XXX
Helsinki
IstanbulXX
KievXX
LiverpoolXX
London- LGWX
London- LHRXX
London-LTNX
London -STNXX
MadridX
MalagaX
Malta XXXX
ManchesterXX
Milan -MXPXX
MunichXX
NiceXX
Oslo (Norway)X
Paris -CDGXX
Rome – FCOXXX
Sarajevo?XX
StockholmXX
VeniceXXX
ViennaXXX
WarsawXXX
ZurichXX
A table of Airport Play Areas for Children in Europe

Adelaide Airport Little Flyers Play Area
Adelaide Airport Little Flyers Fun Play Area has a slide too.
Adelaide Airport Little Flyers Play Area soft play
Adelaide Airport Little Flyers Soft Play Area

Australia/New Zealand Airport Play Areas For Children

Adelaide Airport Little Flyers indoor playground is perfect, with slides, climbing and role play areas.

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AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/ Sleep Area
Adelaide✔. Located
on Level 2,
between Hudsons
& Smiggle Stores.
Yes in domestic
terminal
X
BrisbaneXXX
Cairns?✔ If QantasX
CanberraX✔ If QantasX
DarwinXX
Gold CoastXX
HobartXXX
Melbourne?X
Perth✔ TERMINAL 1?X
Sunshine CoastXXX
Sydney✔ + microwave in
changing rooms
✔ If QantasX
NEW ZEALANDX
AucklandXXX
ChristchurchXXX
HamiltonXXX
QueenstownXXX
Wellington✔ IN INTL LOUNGEXX

San Diego


Airport Play Areas for Children in Africa

The airport soft play area for children at Cape Town International Airport has an amazing climbing space, tunnels, a trampoline and slides, with space for parents to keep a watchful eye over the kids. When I was on a solo trip to Cape town from the UK and back, this was so useful before a 12 hour flight!

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AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/Sleep Area
AccraXXXX
CairoXXXX
Cape TownXX
CasablancaXXX
DurbanXXX
Harare?XXX
JohannesburgXXX
Maputo
(Mozambique)
XXXX
MarrakechXXX
MauritiusXXX
NairobiXXX
Gqeberha
(Port Elizabeth)
XXX
Rabat?XXX
SeychellesXXXX
Sharm El SheikhXXXX
TunisiaXXX
Windhoek?XXX

Asia/Far East Airport Play Areas & More

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AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/Sleep Area
Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi
XX
BeijingXX
ColomboXX
GuangzhouXX
Hong Kong✔ with feeding facilities.✔btwn gate 23 & 25
Dep level terminal 1
and btwn gate 509 & 510
North Satellite Concourse
You can rent
strollers for transit.
X
Ho Chi MinhXXXX
HyderabadXX
IslamabadXXX
JakartaXXX
Karachi?XXX
Kuala Lumpur✔ level 5 of main building,
intl level at contact pier
& passenger level
of satellite building.
XX
Male-MaldivesXX
ManilaXX
Mumbai✔ terminal 1BXX
Nagasaki✔ Has 3, two of which
offer hot
water
for milk.
XRental serviceX
NagoyaRental service 
from 3rd floor
Dep Lobby + Info counter.
✔ individual rooms with
changing, nursing facilities etc.
New Delhi✔ In dep terminal✔ Only at Terminal 1DNew Delhi Domestic
Osaka✔ by KIX cabin, & btwn
gates 13-14, 28-29
and 21-22
X
Phuket?XXX
Seoul Incheon✔ Has 8XX
ShanghaiXX
Singapore✔Terminal 1 -level 3,
Terminal 2, Level 2
next to family zone,
Terminal 3, level 2 next
to SATS special
service lounge.
X
Tokyo (Narita)✔ From each info counterX
Asia/Far East Airport Play Areas

play area at Doha with slide
play area at Doha with slide

Airport Play Areas in Middle East

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AirportBaby ChangingPlay AreaComplimentary StrollersBaby Rest/Sleep Area
Abu Dhabi, UAE✔ terminal 1 and 3
Dubai, UAEConcourse B’s Zen Gardens, Gates B7 and B8 in terminal 3X
Doha, QatarX
Muscat Oman
A table of Airport Play Areas in Middle East.
Qatar Airways strollers at Doha Airport, Qatar
Qatar airways strollers at Doha Airport

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Caribbean

South America

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Ev

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Hi fellow baby transporters! Just wanted to let you know that KUL now offers complimentary strollers once you get through immigration / passport control.

CarrieB

Friday 8th of February 2019

Thank you for the update!

Kirsty Armstrong

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

Harare Airport does have baby changer :)

Carrie Bradley

Friday 7th of August 2015

It's work in progress- a lot of airports to cover in the world :-)

prettygirl

Friday 7th of August 2015

What about Canada?

Anonymous

Sunday 26th of July 2015

We're going to Marrakech next month and taking a 12 month old. Do we have to check in the stroller/buggy or can we keep it until we board the plane? We are flying Easy Jet.

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