Is your excitement for your upcoming family vacation becoming a little spoiled by the dreaded long layover ahead?
Layovers aren’t easy for anybody. However, layovers can be especially difficult if you have to worry about keeping your kids entertained as well.
However, layovers don’t have to be the nightmare everyone makes them out to be. Your layover with your kids can be a fun and hassle-free time.
Here are some things to do in a layover with kids to make the time fly by:
Get a Hotel
Yes, paying for a hotel isn’t an ideal situation. However, sometimes forking over a little money is worth it, especially if your layover is for more than half a day.
Keep in mind that booking a flight with a long layover and then booking an inexpensive hotel is often cheaper than booking the flight with the shorter layover. Also, be sure to check with your airline about their layover deals. Some airlines offer free hotel stays for layovers that are over a certain number of hours!
And of course, if your long layover is due to a travel delay, don’t forget to check with your travel insurance provider for compensation. Most travel insurance companies will compensate you for any money you have to fork over due to a long delay.
And let’s face it, kids love staying in hotel rooms. A decent hotel pool can keep them entertained for hours on end.
A scavenger hunt is a fun activity that requires very minimal preparation.
Just make a list of items for your kids to find. There are endless ways you can create this list. You can create a hunt that requires them to find one item for every letter of the alphabet. Or, you can create one that requires finding items all a certain color.
The possibilities are endless and your kids will love this game.
Go for a Stroll
While going for a walk at home may not sound enticing to your kids, going for a walk in an airport can be a very thrilling experience.
Airports are filled with all kinds of interesting people and forms of technology that kids don’t use every day. For example, many kids are totally amused by moving sidewalks.
So take a lap around the airport and see what you can find!
Have a Picnic
Parks aren’t the only great place for picnics. Airports too can serve as the perfect picnic spot during a long layover.
Pack a blanket and some snacks (remember buying snacks from the airport can be super expensive) and have a picnic with your kids. If you are on the way to your vacation, talk about what you’re most looking forward to doing. If you’re on the way back, reminisce over your favorite memories from the trip.
Having a picnic during the long layover is a great way to pass the time as well as create a memorable experience for your whole family.
Many parents heavily regulate the “screen time” that their kids have on a daily or weekly basis. Sometimes, if all else fails, letting your kids plug-in to their devices can help to keep them entertained. Letting your kids watch a movie or play a game is an option if they just can’t seem to settle down or stop fighting.