Children's Play Area
Three children's play areas at MSP make traveling with children a little easier. The play areas – on Concourse C at Terminal 1, and inside security at Terminal 2 – 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, Concourse C 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 Terminal 2, were designed as educational tools for kids and their parents.
Admission is free for all airport visitors and their children.
Lactation Centers and Nursing Mothers Room
Currently MSP Airport offers three lactation centers at Terminal 1 - near Gate F2, above the entrance to Concourse E on the mezzanine level and near Gate C13. There's also a center at Terminal 2 between Gates H10 and H11.
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 centers, visit the nearest Information Booth. The assistant will provide you access to the room. If the Information Booth is on staff, call the manager on duty at 612-366-6069 who will send an attendant to open the center.
There are also semi-private nursing mothers rooms at both terminals, which include a changing tables, sinks, mirrors, couches and rocking chairs. These are located near the entrance to Concourse E and on the C/G connector bridge at Terminal 1, and at Terminal 2 near Gate H10 .
Additional locations are also in the works.
Many families who have children with special needs 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, Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) have teamed up to create the Navigating MSP program. The program includes several events, all designed specifically for individuals with special needs, 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.
Questions? Contact Shelly Lopez at 612-726-5239 or Shelly.Lopez@mspmac.org.