Playroom for kids at NAIA 1
Traveling with a kid or baby can be really
traumatizing difficult especially when flying. I’ve previously offered some tips on flying with a baby but sometimes we arrive early at the airport or a flight gets delayed, and we need additional entertainment for our baby. Airports like Changi Airport offer lots of activities for babies, children and even adults but did you know that NAIA Terminal 1 also has a playroom?
Kiddie Travelers’ Lounge
I didn’t see it before but NAIA Terminal 1 has a playroom for children called Kiddie Travelers’ Lounge at the departure transit area. After the security check at the immigration area, you may find the lounge near Gate 1 and the toilets. The playroom has been there for almost 20 years, unfortunately I forgot to ask their future plans with all the upgrading going on at the terminal. I hope they also upgrade it because it really is not in the best shape, but it is still fun for the kids!
You are greeted by a Lego statue at the entrance and you just have to register to enter absolutely FREE! I think the person in charge of the lounge is a nurse (I didn’t get to ask because we were there right before her lunch time) which would be really great in case of mishaps. The floor is tiled with rubber mats like the ones used for kid’s rooms and the walls are designed with Sanrio characters.
Playtime at the airport
There are two big pools of Lego blocks, one is the regular size and the other is Duplo size. You have to be really vigilant when you let your toddler or small kid play with the Duplo because some of the regular sized are mixed in. Since my son is only a toddler, he just used the Lego pool like a ball pit (and tried to put one up his nose). The tables are Lego play stations so children can build there.
There is a TV showing cartoons for kids or guardians who want to watch and lots of story books for reading. There are a couple of tents with plastic balls, like a ball pit, and a play house.
For Mom (and Dad)
The Kiddie Travelers’ Lounge also has a small room for breastfeeding moms and a diaper changing station. They have a water dispenser and tissue available. I was really surprised they had a space like this, although there is so much more they could do to improve it, just providing this bare minimum is actually a breath of fresh air.
As a new dad, I was really thankful that we found the playroom by chance, maybe the airport authority could advertise it more. The playroom must be almost 20 years old and I really hope they included it in their upgrading plans, and also improve their upkeep. We had lots of fun at the playroom but some things could be improved like childproofing especially the wires and replacing damaged mats. If all the airports in the Philippines had a playroom for kids, they’ll probably expend their energy playing before the flight. Maybe then we’ll all have a relaxing flight when that happens, just maybe.
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