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Children's Play Area
Diaper Bag Basics
Family Center
Nursing Mothers Room
Navigating Autism at MSP Airport
Airport Activity Book

Children's Play Area

photo of children's play area on concourse C

Two children's play areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) make traveling with children a little easier. The play areas - on Concourse C at Terminal 1-Lindbergh and on Level 2, inside security, at Terminal 2-Humphrey - were  custom-made by a local company, Blue Rhino Studio, and funded by the Airport Foundation MSP.

Each of the play areas features a mock airplane, air traffic control tower, with slides, and adult seating areas - some with electrical outlets close by. A statue of Snoopy, whose creator was a native of Minnesota, at the entrance to the Terminal 1-Lindbergh play area provides a perfect photo opportunity for families. The pay-kiddie rides are also popular at Terminal 1. Other items, including a giant-size suitcase at the Humphrey Terminal, were designed as educational tools for kids and their parents.

Admission is free for all airport visitors and their children.

Diaper Bag Basics

A Diaper Bag Basics vending machine is available within the Terminal 1 children's play area, offering for sale many kids essentials like diapers, Pull-Ups, wipes, sippy cups, bottles, pacifiers, formula, baby food, band-aids, Kleenex and more.

At Terminal 2-Humphrey a Diaper Bag Basics machine can be found on Level 2 near the Children's Play Area, across from Gate H6. 

Family Center

MSP's Family Center, located at Terminal 1-Lindbergh, offers a quiet resting place for parents and small children. The Family Center is sponsored by the Airport Foundation MSP and includes a family restroom, comfortable seating, a rocking chair and a crib.  The facility is located near the entrance to Concourse E.

Nursing Mothers Room

The Nursing Mothers Room at MSP is a private room for mothers who wish to nurse a baby or express breast milk. The room is located at Terminal 1-Lindbergh on Concourse C. To obtain access, nursing moms should go to the Travelers Assistance desk across from Gate C12. The assistant will provide you access to the room, located at the north end of the Concourse Connector above the C rotunda food court and near the elevators.

Navigating Autism at MSP Airport 

Many families who have children with autism avoid flying because they are unsure how their children will respond. In an effort to ease the anxiety associated with an airport visit and flying, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) have teamed up to create the Navigating Autism program. The program includes several events, all designed specifically for individuals with autism, that guide families through the steps of an airport visit, from walking in the door to finding their seats on a plane. Click here for more program information or to register for an event.

For more information about this program contact Shelly Lopez at 612-726-5239 or Shelly.Lopez@mspmac.org.


Airport Activity Book

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has developed an Airport Activity Book to help familiarize children with the traveling process. Print a copy for your children today, click here.