Travel Activities For Kids

Airport Playgrounds And More!

Travel Activities For Kids

I'm back from a long, multi-country, European vacation with my family. 2-hour wait at Toronto Pearson airport. 8-hour flight. 5-hour layover. 3-hour train ride. 9-hour drive. And that was all ONE WAY! Being the Activity Mummy that I am, I had lots of entertainment packed and planned, but what surprised me were the activities we found on-the-go. 

I had an activity bag (three actually). One for my toddler and two for my tweens.

Toddler Activity Bag:

  • stickers
  • crayons & paper
  • toupie (in English it's called a "spinning top")
  • McToys (you know...the kind you get in a Mcmeal, disposable yet fun for a few minutes)
  • tablet (loaded with pre-school games and age appropriate cartoons)
  • headphones
  • two books


Tween Activity Bag:

  • ipods
  • headphones
  • paper and pen
  • magazine

The tweens used everything. The toddler only used the headphones and tablet. Go figure.

Not that I wasn't guiding him to the activity bag entertainment, it just happened that there was unexpected activity all around him.

Related: 5 Tips For Surviving a Road Trip With a Baby—we did four out of the five (very successfully I might add). 

On board our flight (Air Transatno this isn't sponsored—I paid full fare for the whole family) we each had a screen in front of our seats set with movies, TV shows (and specifically a kids' movies & TV show area). I also pre-signed the kids up for the Air Transat kids club and they received a welcome bag with activities (crayons, paper, headphones) and a free snack coupon. 

In the Paris airport, I was surprised to find free PS2 games available for kids to enjoy at the gate. Notice how it even kept a dad's attention...

Need a way to tire out your toddler pre-flight?! This indoor playground in the Paris terminal was the perfect ticket to tire him out. Free and fabulous.

That indoor playground had lots of space to keep busy kids in their own space (and away from the traveller's talking on their cell phones). 

I can tell you from experience—there are similar indoor playgrounds at Toronto Pearson Airport and Frankfurt Airport. 

You plan and you plan for a trip, and sometimes the most unexpected activities are the best. 


Activities While You Wait For the Delivery Guy

Chained To The House With Kids

Activities While You Wait For the Delivery Guy

The waiting time for our delivery guy was 8am-5pm (seriously?! what kind of modern day business has a full-day-wait-window?!). Anytime between 8am and 5pm he would arrive. No he wouldn't call an hour before showing up to confirm...he'd just be there...sometime...during the day. So the kids and I were chained to the house. What do you do to entertain the kids while you wait for the delivery guy?...

  1. Breakfast (breakfast takes minutes upon minutes of entertainment right?).
  2. Brush teeth, get dressed, change diapers (ok 15 minutes killed there).
  3. Get kids to match all the socks in the laundry basket in return for homemade scones (bribery works).
  4. Eat scones.
  5. Have the kids help you bake bran muffins (because the oven is hot and you have to make fibre your friend).
  6. Play trains.
  7. Go outside. Have 2-year-old "help you" push lawnmover to cut grass (this takes three hours). Take home phone and cell phone with you in case delivery guy calls.
  8. Play on swing set.
  9. Go inside to make lunch (15 minutes killed there).
  10. Eat lunch (5 minutes).
  11. Go outside and play on swing set again.
  12. Finally give in to big kids watching TV because toddler has to nap.
  13. Check email.
  14. Toddler up from nap.
  15. Have a snack (3 minutes).
  16. Go outside to swing set again.
  17. Look at's delivery guy.
  18. Cry.


So much done yet nothing done. Held captive in my own home. And the delivery guy never showed.