Sea-Tac Airport's Children's Play Area is in the Central Terminal, behind security. The 1,400-square-foot play space is filled with aviation-themed soft foam play equipment, including an airplane, control tower and baggage cart. There's also a family restroom and a private room with rocking chairs for parents and babies, and of course comfortable seating for traveling parents to watch all the fun.
Over the years the security lines have been revamped and the airport has added healthy eating options that you will be proud to treat your family to. The kids play area is small but a great break for the kids while you wait for your flight. TSA staff is pretty friendly, and depending on your airlines, solo traveling parents may be able to request a gate pass for their spouse to help them through security (this has only happened for us once so far.)
Definitely go to the kids' play area before boarding your plane. Our kids had a great time climbing and sliding on the soft toy area. There are bathrooms RIGHT there too! So everyone can get prepared to be sitting for a long time on the plane. Great idea to make happier flyers!
I love the play area in sea-tac. It's so nice to know that I can show up at the airport with the kids, get checked in, and then entertaining the kids while we wait. There are also plenty of food options nearby. If you are headed to sea-tac and worry about flying with kids, have no fear, just ask someone where the play area is!
Sea-Tac Internation Airport. Yes it is busy but they have worked hard to make things flow smoothly! Follow the rules of being on time, packing properly and your trip will go smoothly and you won't be rushed. I love all the boutique like shops with their own indivual flair! They have airport chair massages my personal favorite followed up with a stop at Starbucks for a hot chai!
this place has like a musiem inside! it has every store imaginable, well except walmart, but other than that it has everything, one time when my uncle was coming to america from Ukraine the flight was delayed more than for 2 hours because of bad weather, so we (as in my family) went and had a blast at Starbucks, and another time my brother was flying some ware, and because his plane was late his airline gave him a gift car, there is lots of ways to describe this airport, and one of them is fabulous.
I've been to airports all over the world, and Sea-Tac is definitely one of my favorites! Now that I have kids, I'm also appreciating how kid-friendly it is. The airport is easy to get around- they usually have lots of security lines open, so we've never had to wait too long.
After security, we immediately head to the kids' play area, which is conveniently located in the middle of the airport. This is a huge room with lots of toys to climb on and explore. It's great for getting kids worn out before sitting on a plane.
There's also an amazing food and shopping area in the center of the airport. We often get to the airport early to get checked in, then enjoy sitting and eating while watching planes come and go. Then there are a number of fun stores to shop in before we head to our gate.
Sea-Tac has a nice variety of food including several sit-down restaurants, lots of fast food (and coffee) and even a wine bar. Pretty much whatever you're looking for, you can find it.
Flying is a big part of our families' lives. My hometown is 3,000 miles away and so are both sets of Grandparents. Work sends us out of town quite often too. Might as well make the best of it.
Here are some Travel tips for you to consider. The journey from the time you wake up to the time you get to the airport is usually longer than the flight itself. We focus so much on in-flight activity but are never quite prepared enough for the trip to the airport and for the unexpected delays. If you can help reduce your kids' stress before getting on the plane, the plane ride will be that much easier. If travelling in the morning, let them stay in their jammies until the airport, make it a fun waking up experience. Even though we can't bring liquid through security, have some handy for the few hours till you get to security. Have them cart around their own "suitcase." It's very empowering, even for a two year old (just keep an eye on the bag)! Bring 1or 2 toys that they currently play with for their own comfort for the travel and for when they get to their final destination. Practice play "airport security, especially nowadays with extra security your child may get pulled aside and patted down and the more you can help mentally prepare them the better. Take an extra couple of minutes (if you are not late for your plane) to ride back and forth on the flat escalators. This may be the highlight of their travelling experience. Have your kids "be in charge" of the tickets (not the real ones of course! Get a few extra baggage tags for them to "be in charge of." My most important tip is keep your carry on bag light, very light. You will end up with so much more in that bag than you counted on. That I promise.