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Airport Karaoke: Rockin' or Ridiculous?

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Airports are coming up with more ways to entertain you during increasingly long layovers.

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In an effort to reduce the stress of holiday layovers and lost luggage, Bush International Airport in Houston is setting up karaoke booths to help frustrated travelers unwind. Yes, karoke! AP reports small prizes will even be awarded to singers. (If this does not sound like fun to you, consider packing ear plugs and Tylenol in your carry-on bag, stat!)

But if you're not into singing Barry Manilow covers, never fear. Karaoke booths are not the only entertaining activity to be found in airports these days. With a little research, you can uncover other hidden delights of being trapped in a giant building with gray carpet (that don't involve stuffing yourself with Cinnabons).

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Massage Bar: Several airports offer massages. Going through Nashville, TN, check it out on Concourse B or C. For a complete list, click here.

Airport Gym: We know a workout isn't a massage, but if it gets you a break from the kids for a little bit while your husband feeds them, fine! Dallas/Ft. Worth boasts several gyms. Click here to find more airport gyms.

Manicure/Pedicure: Don't have time to get your nails done before packing up the family and heading to the airport? Do it on your layover! Tons of airports offer manicure and pedicures including JFK, which has several several XpressSpa locations throughout the terminals.

Bar: It's plain, simple and located in almost any airport. If you can only convince your husband to be alone with the kids for a few minutes, run and get yourself a nice stiff drink.

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But if your husband refuses to be alone with the kids during the layover (and who can blame him?), here is a complete list of things to do with your kids, from museums to play areas:

Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International: Located in the main terminal's Observation Gallery, the children's play area has lots of play equipment as well as airplane parts.

Boston Logan International Airport: The Children's Museum of Boston has Kidports in terminals A and C with interactive aviation themed exhibits and play areas.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport: Past security in terminal 2, the Chicago Children's Museum has a Kids On the Fly interactive exhibit.

Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport: The play area is located in Concourse A with miniature buildings and rocking chairs for parents.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: DFW has three play areas called Junior Flyer Clubs which feature aviation-themed activities.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport: This airport boasts seven play areas.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport: The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum makes aviation history interactive and fun.

Los Angeles International Airport: It's not on the grounds of the airport, but nearby there is a free aviation museum, Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport: Two aviation-themed play areas are ready for kids to pass time.

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport: The Mitchell Gallery of Flight is a museum offering free admission and is located near Concourse C.

San Francisco International Airport: Admission is free to the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, located in the international terminal.

How do you entertain yourself and your family during layovers? Comment below.


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hamsterkitten December 5, 2008, 3:28 PM

I definitely like the idea of playgrounds or equipment for kids cause I hate HATE HATE flying with my kids and try to only book non-stop. But the karaoke idea sounds f-ing ridiculous.

Mani/pedi sounds good… the gym is kinda scary cause I don’t want to sit by sweaty stinky people on the plane!

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