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Old Mar 21st 2008, 12:08 am
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Hi all!
In 2 weeks, my husband & I are flying to New Zealand with our 2 boys (5 & 10yrs)
Has anyone any advice on how on earth to keep the kids amused during the flight? I could always resort to tranquilisers but I don't think I'd get away with it!!
We will be flying via Hong Kong there & via LA on the way back.
Also, do we have to book & pay for the showers in Hong Kong Airport?
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Cheryl x
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Are you flying with Air NZ? Most aircraft now have TV screens on the back of seats, they have a games console too. I'd pack them a book & maybe a travel game. They will usually be provided with an amusement pack by the cabin crew. I'd pack their pyjamas & favourite bedtime bear in hand luggage, so you can get them 'ready for bed' & hopefully they will sleep for you

I haven't travelled via Hong Kong so can't answer that question. All the best.
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Originally Posted by iwannagonow View Post
Hi all!
In 2 weeks, my husband & I are flying to New Zealand with our 2 boys (5 & 10yrs)
Has anyone any advice on how on earth to keep the kids amused during the flight? I could always resort to tranquilisers but I don't think I'd get away with it!!
We will be flying via Hong Kong there & via LA on the way back.
Also, do we have to book & pay for the showers in Hong Kong Airport?
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Cheryl x
try phenargen - buy over the counter at chemist. In the right dosage (as advised on the packet) it helps the little ones sleep by making them drowsy.
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All I'd add is get some activity/sticker books for the 5yr old, and some small *new* toys that can be opened at the worst points in the flight. Might want to get some ear plugs too....
BA do a decent kid's pack with a mini-Gameboy like thing.
The AirNZ one is more basic but still useful.
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Originally Posted by iwannagonow View Post
Also, do we have to book & pay for the showers in Hong Kong Airport?
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Cheryl x
The showers I used were located close to the arrivals area. You just turn up and pay (can't remember exact cost) - google HK airport and you should find a map and more info on services available.

How long do you have in transit in HK because if you have a good few hours to kill, you are allowed out of the airport. You just catch the train from inside the airport and are in the centre within about 20 mins.
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Hi,
you might want to check this website, it has a lot of great tips
flyingwithkids.com
have a good trip

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try phenargen - buy over the counter at chemist. In the right dosage (as advised on the packet) it helps the little ones sleep by making them drowsy.
You'd think wouldn't you

Trialed this with my 18 month old...this was prescribed I should add....and she woke up more than ever

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Originally Posted by iwannagonow View Post
Hi all!
In 2 weeks, my husband & I are flying to New Zealand with our 2 boys (5 & 10yrs)
Has anyone any advice on how on earth to keep the kids amused during the flight? I could always resort to tranquilisers but I don't think I'd get away with it!!
We will be flying via Hong Kong there & via LA on the way back.
Also, do we have to book & pay for the showers in Hong Kong Airport?
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Cheryl x
Unless your kids suffer from hyperactiveness, they will be fine. What's harder than eating, sleeping, watching movies, playing Nintendo...
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Unless your kids suffer from hyperactiveness, they will be fine. What's harder than eating, sleeping, watching movies, playing Nintendo...
A kid that screams it's head off every time it wakes up
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A kid that screams it's head off every time it wakes up
Thats easy then, bar of chocolate
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A kid that screams it's head off every time it wakes up
I should add.....

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Originally Posted by pangaea View Post
Hi,
you might want to check this website, it has a lot of great tips
flyingwithkids.com
have a good trip

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thanks Seb, will check it out x
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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix View Post
Are you flying with Air NZ? Most aircraft now have TV screens on the back of seats, they have a games console too. I'd pack them a book & maybe a travel game. They will usually be provided with an amusement pack by the cabin crew. I'd pack their pyjamas & favourite bedtime bear in hand luggage, so you can get them 'ready for bed' & hopefully they will sleep for you

I haven't travelled via Hong Kong so can't answer that question. All the best.

Excellent idea about pjs, then it will be time to sleep! It just might work.
yes, we are flying NZ, amusement pack could be useful xx
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