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I have 3 kids: 8, 4, and 1. We are taking our first flight. How can I make it an enjoyable one?

It's a 3 hour flight but we have a 2 hour layover. I'm nervous as I've only heard people complain about kids on planes and people are so impatient anymore. Plus, I am sure they will be a little scared.

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Asked by upintrees at 10:19 AM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Travel

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  • let the 8 yr old pack him/herself a backpack of activities for the plane. help the 4yr old pack one...crayons and coloring book, favorite book to read, magna doodle, etc...when my son was 1 he pretty much always slept through all the flights...but you can pack a coloring book and crayons for your 1yr old too, some books to look at and practice words, and a few favorite toys.

    another good idea is to pack some string and some fruit loops and have the kids to an "art" project...they can string the fruit loops to make an edible necklace or bracelet.

    Answer by retz at 10:26 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Bring snacks! Also I know you can buy a bunch of little travel games and those are good entertainment for both adults and children. Make sure you bring gum or something else for the ears!

    Answer by hohaas at 11:04 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Go to the library and get a book about flying and what to expect. Pack games, crayons, books, toys, fav stuffed animal or blanket or something that makes them feel secure. Make sure to have snacks, plenty of them. Don't allow the 1 yr old to have a nap until in the plane (that always helps). Don't pack noisy toys or you will get dirty looks!! Try to be by the bathroom or have a isle seat. I always brought their carseat too, that helps to give them a sense of just being in the car. Lollipops are good also for their ears. With the 1 yr old, a bottle works. I hope you have a safe, happy and uncomplicated trip!!

    Answer by Tigger013169 at 12:13 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Bring toys they have never seen! New toys always seem to keep their attention longer. Also a portable DVD player worked for my kids. And lots of snacks!!!! Good luck!

    Answer by ParkerNCassidy at 3:41 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • You can go to the dollar store and wrap up little toys and hand them out when they start to get a little antsy. Also, you could take a few things with you to occupy their time . . . for instance pipe cleaners . . . they are quiet but come in all colors and are fun to twist around and make things with them. It could easily buy your 40 minutes . . . lol. Or black construction paper and colored chalk are good for fun pictures.

    Hmmmm . . . also foil (if it can be carried on) is good for handing them some foil and have them twist and turn it into some creations. Hope these help. Also lollipops are a good distraction but also help with taking off and landing with the ears.

    Answer by TessLouise at 4:28 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • If you can afford it, splurge for the one year old to have her own seat. Bring a sippy cup so she can drink on take off and especially landing when the pressure change might hurt her ears. Gum/drink for older kids. Small bag to open when you are in the air. Put all NEW books, toys, drawing paper and pencils, activities, snacks. Let them pick out one at a time to play with. Have cash on hand for the movie. Check out the airport where you are laying over for child appropriate activities and services know where they are and how much they cost ahead of time. They may have a playroom, arcade, fun place to eat, etc. Put those bags of goodies away during the lay over. You will probably need to eat then too so that will help pass the time. Make sure you have some extra baby stuff, a credit card and cash in case you are delayed much longer than you planned. Have fun!

    Answer by manna1qd at 8:09 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Low sugar snacks and drinks.
    Portable DVD player
    Coloring books
    Reusable wipe down books.
    Favorite stuffed toy/blanket for the younger ones in case they get scared
    If possible let the 4 yr old have their own carry on and help them pack what they want to bring.
    If they have never flown before and are prone to ear aches get their ears checked beforehand. Earplanes are a couple of dollars and help with the ear pressure.
    Gas drops are great if they get gas pain on the plane.
    As you have young kids you can ask to be pre-boarded so you can get on before everyone else and get yourself situated.
    If you're getting a seat for the baby or the 4 year old is a wriggler consider buying or renting a CARES kids fly safe restraint. They fit in your carry on and are FAA approved. Tylenol and Benadryl.
    Relax and let the kids watch other planes taking off at the terminal, if you are stressed they will act up more. Vet

    Answer by AussieMum2 at 1:59 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

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