family travel

500 kids color a new livery for a Korean Air plane

On Saturday morning, 500 lucky kids (and their parents) poured into a Korean Air hangar in Seoul, Korea to help color a giant picture that will soon wrap one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200 planes.

Korean Air livery design - photo Harriet Baskas

Map of the design to be colored by children – photo Harriet Baskas

The event marks the 10th anniversary of a competitive drawing contest in which one child’s drawing is usually chosen to adorn a plane. This year, however, the airline commissioned its own design and created a festival where children worked together in teams to color and paint sections of the 64 X 40-foot image that were then put together to form one colorful whole.

Korean Air livery

Here are some more snaps from the day, which included live music, a magician, crafts activities and a chance to tour a 787 plane.

Korean Air coloring event

 

Participants in Korean Air kids coloring festival

 

Korean Air coloring event

Putting all the pieces together

 

Korean Air art

Finished artwork – courtesy Korean Air

 

My attendance at the children’s coloring festival in Seoul is courtesy of Korean Air and kicks off a week of touring some of the carrier’s operations throughout the country. Stay tuned for more images and stories from my visit.

Pop-Up virtual reality experience at JFK T4

                                                                            

If you’re traveling through Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy Interational Airport in the next few months and have been curious about what all that fuss is about headsets offering viritual and mixed reality experiences, you’re in luck.

Periscape VR has opened a six-month pop-up shop with freestanding VR towers and 12 stations in the terminal to offer travelers a chance to test out the technolgy with 5-10 minute-long experiences costing $1 – $2 per minute.

The experiences are grouped into five categories and might offer a fun way to spend a few minutes while waiting for a flight.

Here’s the menu:

If you give it a try let us know how it works and if it’s something we should nominate for Airport Amenity of the Week.

Airline amenity kits you might fight the kids for

A wide range of airline amenity kits, for both adults and children, were on display last week in Hamburg, Germany as part of the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo.

Amenity kits for adults were lovely, of course, but those for kids just look like lots more fun. Especially the Super Hero kit I spotted (below) that includes a backpack with a built-in cape!

 

Nursing pods for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport

Slowly, but surely, airports around the country are catching on to the fact that nursing mothers in transit need a clean, safe place to breastfeed their babies or pump milk, and that bathroom stalls or mop closets aren’t the answer.

A better alternative: the increasing number of nursing rooms that are popping up at airports, and the standalone lactation pods made by Vermont-based Mamava, which are now at about three dozen airports.

Now, just in time for “DontCryoverSpilledMilk” Day – February 11 – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is getting six Mamva nursing pods.

Like other airport-installed nursing pods, the Zappos-sponsored Mamava suites at ATL will have locking doors, AC and USB power, a fold down table and two benches.  ATL’s pods, though, are introducing a few new amenities, including lactation pad dispensers, cleaning wipes and trash cans, happiness quotes, and special soundtracks designed to get the milk flowing. “Think ocean waves, baby giggles, etc,” says Mamava.

See more information about the pods and the Zappos partnership on Mamava’s “Pumpcast.”

ATL’s Mamava nursing pods will be hard to miss: just look for the giant babies.

 

 

Munich Airport Christmas Market

Munich Airport’s Christmas and Winter Market is open – so here’s hoping you have a long layover here.

For the 19th consecutive year, the large covered space between the Munich Airport terminals has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 40 kiosks in among 450 real Christmas trees and plenty of seasonal treats and local handicrafts.

Better yet, at the center of the market is a free ice-skating rink (with low-cost skate rentals) where visitors can try out Eisstockschiessen, Bavaria’s broom-free version of curling.

Entertainment is offered daily, except Mondays, starting at 6 pm, with a wide range of live musical acts, including jazz, swing, gospel, rock and pop bands and, every Thursday at 6pm, a DJ spins tunes for the skaters on the ice. Each Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. an evening of family-oriented fairytale performances and magic shows is scheduled.

Sound like fun at the airport? Munich Airport’s Christmas and Winter Market is open daily from 11am – pm through December 30.