Games and Electronics
From Mad Libs to DVDs, these games and electronics will keep your kids
focused on fun during the plane trip.
Taking children on a plane could be the most hectic part of your entire
vacation. Managing snack time, keeping them quiet, taking trips back and forth
to the bathroom, and conquering the ear-popping phenomenon are just some of the
struggles you’ll have to deal with. Keeping your kids entertained, though, will
be a no-brainer with these fun games and activities that are also airplane
Books and Magazines
Books and Magazines
These magazines and activity books come with fun games, coloring projects and
other cool crafts that will occupy your kids during the trip.
Other Creative Activities
Here are some additional ideas and games to keep your children entertained
while you’re in the sky.
Hunt on the Plane: This clever game from FamilyFun.com challenges
your kids to find items like sleeping passengers, a red dress, dessert, a
mustache, and more.
puppets: Have fun making finger puppets before your trip, and then
pack them in your carry on for silly fun on the plane. Take turns putting on
finger puppet plays with your new friends.
- Create a
Travel Journal: Encourage your kids to keep a journal of your
trip. They can write about the flight, draw pictures of the places they visited,
and tape mementos like museum tickets to the pages. If you didn’t have the time
to maintain the journal in your hotel, the plane is the perfect place to catch
up on your craft.
- Create your own snacks: Chances are, your kids are going to
be hungry way before that snack cart comes rolling down the aisle. Bring your
own kid-friendly snacks that you can assemble from your seat. Ants
on a log (minus the messy peanut butter) is just one idea.
- Pack a surprise: Packing a surprise present for your child
will create a delightful distraction from the boring airplane. A toy
car, stuffed animal, or even a favorite toy from home wrapped up like a present
will do the trick.
- Take pictures: Use a disposable or digital
camera to take pictures during the flight. Your kids will have fun posing
for funny pictures to document their trip. Just make sure you use the flash as
sparingly as possible; otherwise, you’ll disturb the other passengers.
Silly Faces Stick-Ons Game: Kids can stick on and peel off
colorforms to create silly faces over and over again.
- Make a map of your flight path: Help your kids draw a map
of the flight path you’re taking. You can trace a map of the region you’re
traveling through ahead of time, and then try to guess which state or country
you’re flying over at any given time.
- Build a fort with blankets and pillows: Without hogging all
of the pillows and blankets on the airplane, let your kids pitch a tent in their
seats. With any luck, they’ll eventually get cozy enough to fall
In a perfect world, babies and children would fall asleep the minute they
ease into their airplane seats. In the real world, parents have to struggle to
keep their kids from crying, bouncing around in the aisles and spilling their
drinks all over themselves. With these nifty games and activities, though, you
can keep your children entertained and under control for (hopefully!) the entire