airport activities

Giant coloring wall at Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field _coloring wall

Here’s a great amenity for holiday travelers:

Michaels craft stores has put up giant coloring book page of the city skyline at Dallas Love Field Airport.

“Adult coloring books are one of the season’s hottest trends,” notes Steve Carlotti, Michaels Executive Vice President – Marketing, “The idea is that travelers can stop by the wall between flights or on their way in or out of the airport and pass some time with an entertaining, creative activity that is a nice change from sitting at the gate with a smart phone, laptop or tablet.”

The wall will be up through the holidays and into the New Year and colorers are encouraged to use the hastag #ColoringwithMichaels to share images of how well they can color in, beyond or between the lines.

What happens when the picture is all colored in? They just wipe it clean and start over.

Thanksgiving events at U.S. airports


If you’re going to be spending any time in an airport this Thanksgiving holiday, hopefully it will be in one of these airports offering some holiday fun.

Terracotta Warriors at IND airport

Real Terra Cotta Warriors from the army built by the first emperor of China to protect him in the after-life will arrive in May, 2014 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a blockbuster exhibit.

Right now, though, there’s a six-foot tall replica warrior at Indianapolis International Airport. Beside it is a cut-out warrior, for photo opportunities.


Santa is also scheduled to make a visit to IND on November 30 between 11 and 2 pm for photos and free holiday activities (Hopefully he’ll snap a photo with the Terra Cotta Warrior).


Southwest Airlines offer free Nintendo

Denver Nintendo

Nintendo games set up at Denver International Airport.

Nintendo has partnered with Southwest and set up free Wii U Gaming Lounges where travelers can play Super Mario 3D World and other newly released games at Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.

The games will be installed through December 22, but through December 25 you can enter a contest to win one of 30 prize packages containing a pair of Southwest Airlines round-trip tickets and one Wii U system. A new winner will be selected each day.

Bonus coupons at LaGuardia Airport; free shipping at DFW Airport

Passengers traveling through DFW from now through December 24 can get free domestic shipping as well as free gift-wrapping on gifts purchased at participating shops.

If you’ll be traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport anytime before January 2, 2014, be sure to use this coupon good for 20% off an item at the Food & Shops in Terminal B.

Surprises in Houston


Some lucky passengers heading to baggage claim to pick up their luggage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) are in for some big surprises on Wednesday, Nov 27. Zappos has taken over one of the carousels and will be handing out gifts to travelers as they grab their bags off the belt beginning at around 8:30 am local time. Prizes will include everything from $25 Zappos gift cards to Kitchen Aid mixers.

Free meals for military at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

And from Thanksgiving Day through midnight January 1, 2014 all active-duty United States Military flying through Austin-Bergstrom International airport will be treated to complimentary meals, courtesy of concessionaire Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services.

Active military with ID can receive sandwich or slice pizza, a side of or bag of chips and a medium (non-alcoholic) fountain drink at Annie’s Café, Ray Benson’s Roadhouse Bar, Mangia’s Pizza, Austin Java, Schlotzsky’s Deli, The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Hill’s Café, Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant, SoCo Market, and Saxon Pub.