coloring books

Stuck at the Airport? Get a coloring book.

Today is National Coloring Book Day.

Coloring is a great travel activity for kids and adults and can reduce the stress of waiting at the airport or spending hours on a plane.

Many airports offer free aviation-themed coloring books (and sometimes colored pencils) at information booths in the terminals or on their websites, where individual pages can easily be downloaded.

Many have pages of airplanes that can be colored and an assortment of games.

Here are some examples. Check the website of your favorite airport to see if they’ve got a coloring book too. And let us know if we missed your airport’s coloring book so we can add it.

Chicago Airports Coloring Book

Click here to download a coloring book for Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.

Here’s a link to a coloring book put together by the Texas Commercial Airports Association.

Below is one of the pages from Denver International Airport’s Camp Den page, where we also found these cute-but-corny-flying jokes.

  • Why is Peter Pan always flying? Because he can never, never land.
  • I put my phone in airplane mode but it wouldn’t fly!
  • Why did the students study in the airplane? They wanted higher grades.
  • What kind of chocolate do they sell at the airport? Plane chocolate.
  • What travels around the world but stays in one corner? A stamp.
  • What do you call a space pilot who lives dangerously? Han YOLO.
  • What do you get when you cross an airplane with a magician? A flying sorcerer.

NASA has free coloring pages too

Head here to find a galaxy of free coloring pages from NASA.

Souvenir Sunday: coloring for adults

What can you do to entertain yourself on a long flight to say, New Zealand?

Watching movies will fill a few hours. So will sleeping, eating and reading a book. But then what will you do?

Tourism New Zealand suggests you pack your colored pencils in your carry-on and spend some time coloring.

new zealand cove coloring

Kids do it all the time, but now that coloring has become the latest stress-reducing, mindfulness-inducing trend for adults, Tourism New Zealand is sharing some lovely line-drawings by New Zealand artist Gabby Malpas to get your started – and get you in the mood for a New Zealand adventure.

There are four free images that can be downloaded here, but to get you started, here’s the Hobbiton (of course) coloring page

new zealand hobbit coloring