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Children's Play Area
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.

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.

Lactation Centers and Nursing Mothers Room

Currently MSP Airport offers two lactation centers at Terminal 1-Lindbergh - one near Gate F2 and the other near Gate C13. These secure, sanitary rooms feature a deep sink for cleaning equipment, easily accessible electrical outlets, soft lighting, artwork and comfortable seating.

For access to the center on Concourse F, visit the information booth in the Airport Mall across from the Chili's Too restaurant. For access to the center on Concourse C, visit the information booth across from Gate C12. The assistant will provide you access to the room. If the booth is unmanned, call the manager on duty at 612-366-6069 who will send an attendant to open the center. 

There is also a nursing mothers room located just above the lactation room on Concourse C that does not have the sink facilities. Obtain access as noted above. 

Additional locations are in the works. One will be added at Terminal 2-Humphrey in 2016 as that terminal expands. Another will be added to Terminal 1 in 2015 at the entrance to Concourse E. 

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 information about the program. 

Click here to REGISTER. 

Questions? 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.