9 Ways to Entertain Your Child on an Airplane
Your fellow passengers will thank you
There comes a time during every flight when a parent must put away the iPad. Not because her fellow passengers are judgmentally clocking her kid’s screen time. No, because the device has failed in its basic mission—to neutralize her child for the duration of the flight (thanks for nothing, Steve Jobs). Here are nine other ways to take things down a notch at 30,000 feet.
STOCK UP ON COLORING BOOKS
And while you’re at it, crayons that won’t roll away. Trust us: They’re worth the investment.
...AND BRING SOME REUSABLE STICKERS
Your little ones can use them to decorate the window, then peel them off once the landing gear is down.
DISTRACT THEM WITH FINGER PUPPETS
…Just be prepared to bust out Mother Goose’s entire oeuvre in front of the guy in 23A.
...OR READ ACTUAL BOOKS
Ooh, about flying. How meta, Mama.
ARRANGE TO VISIT THE COCKPIT
Pull aside the friendliest-seeming flight attendant mid-flight to make the deal. Chat with your child about exactly how it’s going to go down for approximately one hour before the actual event. (They could discuss for two.)
PLAY HAND GAMES
Whoever plays them the most quietly is the winner. (Here are some ideas.)
When All Else Fails, Whip Out Water Wow
Hey Melissa and Doug, will you co-parent with us? Thank you for the wonders of Water Wow, a no-mess coloring book with a built-in pen.