The day we realized we would have to fly to Cincinnati, for a Jellystone Park Management Training C.A.M.P. was the same day we realized we had never been on a plane with our kids before. How crazy does that sound? We had been on planes with our first daughter, but the other three children had never even been to an airport… This would be interesting, to say the least.
How do you keep kids entertained on an airplane?
Our kids are usually very well behaved. With that in mind, we knew by asking them to sit in one chair for 2 hours with a flip down trey within arm’s reach- was asking too much! I started searching Pinterest for ideas on how I could keep all the kids busy while on the plane.
I pulled up a ton of ideas- but the one common factor seemed to be making sure they brought a personal ‘carry on’ filled with their own treasures, along with them. This was the best tip we could have received! It worked so well, we’d like to pass it along!
If you have small children, and you need to take a plane to your destination…
make sure to bring a personal ‘carry on’ for each child!
We started packing their ‘carry on’ bags about 1 week prior to our departure date. We gathered and prepared travel packets with crayons, pens, and markers. We purchased a new mini notebook for them to color in and draw, doodle or whatever! We searched the clearance racks at the local Target store to find fun things to keep them busy, window stickers, bead sets, tiny wooden cars… Who knew you could find such awesome ‘crap’ in the dollar aisle of your local Target store. These items weren’t long term toys by any means, but they did look fun, came in shiny packaging and we knew they would do the trick! They were also incredibly cheap, so who really cared if they lost most of the pieces before we got back????
We packed all the travel packs in their bags and then the day before we left, we added their snacks. This was a little more tricky than the toys. We didn’t want them making a mess of their clothes, didn’t want to give them too much sugar or anything that was full on those crazy bright artificial colors- that seem to always stain kids’ mouths before you have to take them somewhere important. We were flying in with the owner of the park and didn’t know what really to expect once we got to the hotel, so we just couldn’t risk them being 1. a hot mess and 2. crazy hyper… We chose snacks like yogurt covered raisins, applesauce tubes, plain chips, and trail mix. Water and flavored water was what we decided to bring along for drinks.
While on the plane- the kids really kept themselves busy. The used the travel packs to entertain themselves with coloring and games like hangman. They create scenes on the windows and their treys with the removable jelly stickers we found on sale. They were perfect!