So you have a layover at the Denver International Airport? I bet you are looking for the play area in the Denver International Airport (DIA). Is there a play area in the Denver Airport? No, there is not. Not Anymore!
Years ago, this huge airport offered a kid-friendly unsupervised play area for children to jump, play and explore. It was located on the mezzanine level of Concourse/Terminal B. This play area in the Denver Airport has since been remodeled and the play area is GONE as of 2019. There is no longer a playground at the Denver International Airport (DIA)
I can vouch for this myself because I recently visited with my kids and noticed that the play area in the Denver Airport was removed! I was so disappointed and so were my kids!
I will say that there is a Toy Store on the top floor of terminal B now. You can purchase toys and things for your kids here if you like – otherwise you will need to find something else to do with your kids!
Instead of mourning over the loss of the playground in the Denver airport, here are a few suggestions of what you can do to occupy your kids instead! Here’s how to entertain your kids in the airport!
This is one that you gotta print a head of time OR you can pull it up on your phone and cross it off on your screen as you go! But it’s always more fun when you print it out and the kids can cross it off themselves!
This should provide at least 30 minutes of entertainment depending on your kids age! But it’s a great way to entertain your kids in the airport!
TIP: Most of the “sit down” restaurants in the airport have crayons for the kids. Just walk up to the hostess and ask!
Here is the airport scavenger hunt that I use. Click the image to open and print it!
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks!
Did you just read that to the tune of lil jon’s “Shots” song? Ok, you are my people. When in doubt, food is a wonderful option for entertainment.
My personal favorite is the Ben & Jerrys in A Gates (center core). But CLICK HERE to scroll through all the snacks and sweet treats that are available in the Denver Airport! https://www.flydenver.com/enjoy_relax/dine?field_location_tid=All&field_cuisines_tid=118&field_restaurant_features_tid=All&field_price_tid=All
Old School Low Tech Games
Do you still remember how to play “Red Light / Green Light”? Or what about “Mother May I?” These low tech games are best for kids under 10, but can be LIFE SAVERS on long layovers and flight delays!
How to Play Red Light Green Light: One person is chosen to be ‘It’ (the traffic light) and he/she stands a good distance away from the other players with his back to them. The other players stand in a line facing It. When It calls ‘Green Light,’ the other players move towards him until he spins around, calling ‘Red Light.’
Find more super cool childhood games HERE
Give in and hand over the iPad | Apps to entertain your Kids
Alright, they wore you down. Hand it over. Sometimes you gotta let them play the apps. You’re not a bad parent – you just know what works. Your sanity is valuable.
So download the following apps that are fun and educational! By the way, these are all FREE.
- Khan Academy Kids
- TinyTap – Educational Games
Artsonia Kids Art Museum
Plum’s Photo Hunt
Again, I’m sorry that you were looking for the play area in the Denver Airport and didn’t find it! But hopefully you didn’t have to search too much to find the answer you needed!
Let me know if the other suggestions I have in this article help you. I also have some fun article about THE TOP 5 AIRPORT HACKS and WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS ON A PLANE. I am a travel blogger and my kids travel with my at least once a month. We have a lot of mistakes under our belt and I want to share our experiences with you so that you have a better travel experience and you live to the fullest! Live Extraordinary!