Who Says Airports can’t be Family Friendly?
Some of the major projects we’ve been working on over the course of the past few years have been the design, construction and installation of children’s play areas for YVR Airport in Vancouver.
I asked Jud about how these projects got started and why…
“I travel a lot and I find, in the airports, there’s nothing for kids. Well, there’s nothing they use their imagination on, you know?
If there’s anything there for them, it’s “standard play equipment”. And even that’s uncommon. YVR contacted me through my work as a furniture designer. They wanted something to do with nature. I wanted to do something inspiring. I like the idea of kids coming in; maybe for the first time, waiting for their flight, and then forty-five minutes later they leave. It’s just a simple thing, you know? But it’s fun and it’s there for them.” -Judson Beaumont
The first one we put in was the tugboat.
The Domestic Terminal sports three separate places for kids to unwind.
With West Jet, there is a garden maze to run around in and a topiary TV for seated entertainment.
Air Canada celebrates one of Vancouver’s primary attractions: winter sports! The Whistler Play Area is one of two that celebrates this theme, the other being a welcoming fireplace that contrasts nicely with the bustle of a busy airport.
Even the public food court in the Domestic Terminal has an area for kids to play and just be kids.
Kids need kid spaces. Fortunately for us, they’re pretty fun to make, too!