How to Keep the Kids Engaged on Long Flights (and less mischievous at Disneyland!): A blog about how to keep kids entertained on long flights and during travel.
1. Book your flight in advance: This will help you plan out what time of day you want your flight to leave, and when you might arrive in the new time zone.
2. Start adjusting your child’s sleep schedule before your trip: This will help with jet lag when you arrive in a new time zone.
3. Pack a backpack for each kid that includes things that they can play with or activities that they can do. Let them choose their toys and activities, this gives them some sense of control over the situation.Make sure to pack things that won’t annoy the other passengers around you if they are noisy, like headphones for music or an ipod with games on it, crayons and a coloring book or quiet toys. I also hide a couple small surprises that they can open at different times during the flight so they stay interested.
4. Give your kids something to look forward to: For example, tell them if they can be good on the plane ride then you will take them for ice cream when you get there or let them pick where to go for
This is a blog about how to keep kids entertained on long flights and during travel. If you are an avid traveler (or want to be!) but struggle with the idea of taking long haul flights with young kids, then this blog is for you!
When I was preparing for my first trip overseas with my daughter, who was still a toddler at the time, I spent hours scouring the internet for someone who had done it before me and could provide some insight into how to manage a flight that lasted longer than their attention span. After all, how could I expect her to sit still for more than an hour or two?
I found a few stories from desperate parents recounting their experiences, but there was little in the way of practical advice. I spoke to friends and family too, but none of them had traveled overseas with young children. So I decided to do what any other millennial would do – I turned to social media for help. Although there were lots of comments about letting them watch movies or bringing toys and snacks, there were no detailed posts on what worked and what didn’t. So once we returned from our trip, I decided to write this blog in hopes that it will save other parents some time when planning their next vacation.
I am a mother of 2 girls and have traveled with them since they were 4 months old. They are now 8 and 10, and we have traveled all over the world. I always get asked how do we do it? How do we keep the kids entertained on long flights? How do we stop them from getting bored at Disneyland?
Well, in this blog I will answer all those questions and more. We will discuss everything from packing lists to must haves when traveling with kids. This is not a blog just for parents; it’s for anyone who takes care of children.
I mean, let’s be honest here, how many times have you been the only adult on a flight with 5 kids under 10? And all you can think is, “How the heck did they get past security?” So this blog is for everyone who wants to make traveling with kids fun!
I went on a trip to Paris with my kids. The flight was long and I was worried about what to do with them for so long. I spent a lot of time researching tips for keeping kids entertained on flights and during travel, but I still wasn’t sure if we were going to make it! Through this blog, I hope to share some of the things that worked and didn’t work for us so that others can prepare better.
I also want to share some tips for how to keep kids engaged during travel and at theme parks. My husband loves Disney and has taken my kids there twice now. They love it and ask me almost everyday when we can go there again. During our last trip, they were bored with all the rides they had gone on before, so they kept trying to sneak off into the “adults only” areas or ride the really fast ones that they weren’t tall enough for yet. This behavior is uncharacteristic of them, but they were just looking for something new to do because they had already done everything there that they could do.
I write this blog because I know as a parent there are times when you just need more ideas of what you can do with your kids or you want someone
As we create our travel bucket list, we’ve discovered that it’s not the location as much as the journey that makes traveling worth it. Rather than dreading a long flight, we try to make the journey part of the adventure. Here are some of our tips for keeping kids engaged on a long flight without resorting to a screen.
Plane is delayed? No problem! That just means more time for fun! We like to pass the time with these fun airplane games.
Pack an assortment of toys and books in your carry-on bag that allow your kids to play independently. Our current favorite toys and books include:
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Activity Pad
Magnetic Travel Sketch Drawer
Scratch Art Notepad
Flip-to-Win Hangman Travel Game
Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad
Marble Run Toy Set (one of my all-time favorite toys!)
We also love to take a new book and/or toy with us to surprise them during the flight. We pick up a small toy or book at the dollar store or even in the airport before boarding. I love this idea because there is no guaranteed entertainment on a plane, so this way we have something new that they haven’t
Are you looking for fun things to do with your children on a long flight? Check out this blog post with ideas for activities, and also tips and tricks for keeping them entertained.
Sometimes it feels like the kids are never going to stop fidgeting or fighting. You’re on holiday; you want to relax and enjoy yourself, not be constantly worrying about whether they’re going to disturb someone or even worse, start an argument. It’s stressful to think about the prospect of another seven hours on a plane, especially when you know that your children will get bored and start irritating people around them. Luckily, we’ve got some suggestions for how to keep young ones occupied during long flights – so both parents and children can enjoy themselves!
Whether your child is 3 years old or 13, we’ve got tips that will help. There are many ways of entertaining kids on long flights, such as playing games with their friends (if they’re old enough). We’ve also provided some great ideas below – all geared toward keeping kids engaged on planes without bothering others nearby!
My kids are good fliers. They can pack their own carry-on (to a certain extent), and they are great at navigating an airport. They know how to take off their shoes, jackets and belts for the TSA, and they love watching the planes take off and land. However, I just took them on a seven-hour flight to Europe where we were crammed into middle seats in economy class. It was long, it was cramped and we were stuck without any entertainment or games. My kids love playing on their iPads, but unfortunately they also love using my iPad when I am trying to use it. Instead of having them watch movies or play games on my iPad, I’ve learned that keeping them engaged with travel-friendly games is the key to keeping them busy.
I have found some fun travel-friendly games that can be played while flying or on road trips. Most of them can be downloaded from Amazon and played directly on your tablet without internet access needed! They are educational, which makes me feel less guilty about letting them spend so much time on their tablets.