A Guide to DFW International Airport with Kids

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Things to do at DFW with Kids

Have a layover at DFW airport with kids? I know this situation well as DFW was a major hub airport for our family when our kids were little. With that in mind, I would love to offer the following suggestions on how to pass your time there.

1. Minute Suites

DFW has some private Minute Suites near gates A38 and D23 that have daybeds and TVs (with Netflix). They can be rented in 15 minutes increments or by the hour. There are showers available at the D23 location.

Learn more about Minute Suites here: https://minutesuites.com/.

2. Nursing Rooms at DFW

There are nursing rooms located at gates A18, B40, and E14 (see photos below). Nursing moms are also welcome to use Minute Suites with 30 minutes complimentary usage of a suite when available.

Mother's Room DFW
DFW Nursing Room

3. Children’s Play Areas at DFW

There is a McDonald’s Play Area near gate D8 (unsupervised), a little photo opp castle at D30 and a fun chime maze at gate D18.

Things to do with Kids DFW

I don’t know about you, but my kids have always been happiest when kept on the move. If your little one(s) is the same, take a few turns on the Skylink airport train.

Once you have passed through security, you have access to the free Skylink train that connects all 5 terminals.  

DFW with Kids

5. Wifi and Video Games

DFW has free wifi service throughout courtesy of AT&T.  

Gameway at gates B42 and E16 offers gaming stations that include charging docks, comfy leather chairs and noise cancelling headphones.

Video Games DFW
Image Credit: Gameway DFW

6. Sweet Treats at DFW

I am not above bribing my children with a sweet treat in a desperate situation (or lengthy flight delay). Ideally build in some time afterwards for you child to run off that sugar shock!

Here are a couple spots in DFW to finds some yummy sweets:

  • Garrett Popcorn A20 and B28
  • Lick Candy E33
  • Natalie’s Candy Jar A15, B41 and C6
  • Sugarphoria C33
Natalie's Candy Jar DFW

7. Family Friendly Hotels Near DFW

Our stays at DFW with kids have often involved a layover. After many trips where we have had to get on and off shuttle buses, I have come to the conclusion that staying at or as close to the airport as possible is entirely worth the extra cost when traveling with kids.

Fortunately, there are 2 hotels at DFW. Both are Hyatts and both do an exceptional job with families from having all the gear (cribs, high chairs etc.) to having an excellent and healthy kids’ menu.

Hyatt Kids Menu

For a big splurge, we love the Grand Hyatt in terminal D. I cannot impress upon you enough what a luxury it is to come off a plane and take the escalator up into their oasis of calm. I justify our stays there as part of our vacation, not just a layover hotel.

The Hyatt Regency just a very short shuttle ride off of terminal C is also very good and provides a more affordable option.

Both have pools and in-house restaurants which can be a big benefit with kids.

If you want to take a quick peek at the Grand Hyatt DFW Airport hotel, here is a little 1 minute video:

8. More Information and Assistance

If you have something you need help with while at DFW, you can text, call, or email the Customer Experience Team at +1 972-973-4968 or [email protected]. The Experience Hub is staffed 24/7 and the team can help with just about any question or concern.

They have handled everything from helping people navigate through the terminals, to providing formula, diapers, cots and blankets when families have had delayed or cancelled flights. They say they would even be happy to help you if you just wanted to know where the closest restaurant to your gate that serves chicken nuggets is !

For more DFW family friendly resources, please see this link.

12 Responses

  1. traci
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    All DFW play areas have been removed. We asked and asked and finally found an information desk. They are expanding so quickly and removed the spaces. Best we could come up with is the “bubble lounge” in concourse A. Which is really just a half empty room with some tiered seating.

    • Tara Cannon
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      Hi Traci. Thank you so much for letting me know. I will update this now, and make changes to the post next time I am through. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Tara

    • Sean B
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      Yes we had the same experience today. On the airport map, the Coca-Cola “Bubble Lounge” – not a kids area at all, but rather a lounge for charging your computer or laptop – is a supposed “Children’s Play Area!” Ha!

      DFW needs MINIMUM 2 kids areas…this is a travesty!

      • Tara Cannon
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        Thank you for the update Sean. I’m going to try to reach out to the airport to see what their plans are.

      • Tara Cannon
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        Hey Sean ! Just in case you are passing through DFW again soon, I just updated my post based on some information I received from their Customer Service department. Cheers ! Tara

  2. Daniel Reich
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    Playplace? Not much for kids over 3, when you say McDonalds playplace it means more than this tiny spot or should I say large let-down for our family hoping to run and climb off energy.

    • Daniel Reich
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      Playplace? Not much for kids over 3, when you say McDonalds playplace it means more than this tiny spot or should I say large let-down for our family hoping to run and climb off energy.

      Ok I stand corrected after our kids spent 2 hours here running in small circles and climbing and sliding 3 feet. Nice to have a dedicated kids’ spot. Maybe describe it better but hey who am I to complain, we found it thanks to you.

      • Tara Cannon
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        Hello Daniel,
        Thank you for pointing out that this play area is most suitable for toddlers. I have updated my post. I hope the rest of your travels went smoothly. I know it can be a challenge with little ones. I am currently sitting in an airport in Iceland thanking my lucky stars that my kids are now past that exceptionally hands-on stage (they are both working on homework that is unfortunately due tomorrow).
        Warm Regards,
        Tara

  3. Sean A Morrison
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    Outdated information.

    • Tara Cannon
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      Sean. My sincerest apologies for letting this fall out of date. I have just updated it now.

  4. Jennifer
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    Thank you for the great tips. I’m traveling to DFW airport with my daughters today.

    • Tara Cannon
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      That’s great. Enjoy. It’s a very nice airport for a stopover. 🙂

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