MIAMI — Young passengers at Miami International Airport now have a new interactive play area, where can spend their time and energies before their flights or during long layovers.
Created in collaboration with Miami’s Children Museum, the new area, named Plane Fun, features six interactive, immersive and educational exhibits for children to enjoy.
Plane Fun is located after the security checkpoint in Concourse E, near Gate E5. Travelers can also gain access after security in Concourse D, the airport said.
“Plane Fun is the latest way that we’re striving to make MIA as customer-friendly as possible for passengers of all ages,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Keeping children happy during long trips can be a challenge. Plane Fun takes some pressure off of the adults and gives their children a healthy recreational activity without leaving the airport.”
Plane Fun’s exhibits include the Control Tower, where kids can pretend to be virtual air traffic controllers by listening to real conversations between the tower and airplane pilots, and viewing video of arriving aircraft.
The Toddler Play Space contains a sit-in airplane, crawl-through fuselage tunnel and other tactile-learning activities for the smallest aviators. Also, older children can Learn to Fly by taking the controls of a remote-controlled plane and practice landings and takeoffs, or tour Miami by siting inside the cockpit of a model airplane as they Clear for Takeoff.
Simulated hot air balloon rides are available in the I Spy Miami from the Sky exhibit, and Last but not least, Plane Fun participants can take a photo selfie in front of unique aircraft on a five-foot-tall touch screen monitor and email themselves a lasting memory at Plane Crazy.
The new’ play area for children adds to a growing list of amenities the Miami International Airport has added this year. Others have included a yoga room, MIAmamas suites for nursing moms, and indoor pet relief areas for travelers with service animals. These amenities intended to enhance the overall passenger experience, has earned Miami International Airport the inaugural Airport Innovation Award from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
The Airport Innovation Award was established by the Airport Innovation Accelerator to honor innovative developments that are a model for airports around the country.
“The airport community is embracing and driving innovation like never before, and Miami International Airport under the leadership of Director Emilio González is a clear leader in the field,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said. “The work that Emilio and his team have done to enhance the passenger experience at MIA is remarkable, and AAAE and the Airport Innovation Accelerator are pleased to recognize and celebrate their innovative approaches as a model for airports in the U.S. and around the globe.”