Taking a shuttle from your hotel to the airport, such as with Lincoln Yellow Cab, makes sense for a number of reasons, especially if you’re traveling with kids in tow and you’d rather get dropped off at your departure terminal instead of try to lead your kids on the long walk from the parking lot to the terminal with all your luggage. If your children are fussy travelers, the last thing you need is a boredom-induced breakdown on the shuttle that starts your trip off on a bad note. Although the shuttle ride between the hotel and airport might only be five minutes, here are some ideas to keep your kids entertained during this trip.
Given that you’ll be heading toward the airport, a simple game that requires minimal equipment is a game of airport checklist. In your hotel the night before the trip, use the provided notepaper to write down a short list of airport-related sights for each of the kids. This list can include a plane in the air, a street sign directing motorists to the airport, another airport shuttle, and more. Provide each of your kids with a pencil and give them the list once they take their seats on the shuttle. When a child spots one of the listed items out the shuttle window, he or she checks it off quietly. When you get to the airport, the child with the most checkmarks wins the game.
Air Travel Stickers
Visit the dollar store before you travel and buy some air travel-related stickers. If there’s a decent selection of stickers, it shouldn’t be difficult to find those that depict airplanes. You can also get stickers that depict your destination — for example, beaches and sun. Give each child a blank piece of paper and a selection of stickers and have him or her create a piece of artwork with the stickers. While basic, this activity is engaging enough to keep your children occupied on the shuttle ride.
For older children who can write with ease, consider buying a small journal-style notebook and pen for each child. Encourage the children to keep travel journals — and write their first entries on the airport shuttle. This will keep the kids engaged and prevent them from acting out. You can also give potential journal entry ideas. For example, have the children write what they see out the window of the shuttle, share their excitement about flying or detail a funny moment from the hotel stay.