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.

YVR's Tug Boat

YVR's International Terminal has been home to this durable and friendly tug for over 10 years!

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.

YVR Maze

A good run-around in the terminal makes for a much easier flight!

YVR TV

Even TV can be more than just a black box when you introduce a bit of imagination.

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.

Whistler Play Area

The Whistler Village area provides a quiet place for kids to read or play.

YVR Fireplace

YVR Fireplace

Beautiful Craftsmanship and attention to detail always make Straightlines' projects stand out.

Even the public food court in the Domestic Terminal has an area for kids to play and just be kids.

Food Court Lighthouse

YVR Food Court Lighthouse Play Area

Kids need kid spaces.  Fortunately for us, they’re pretty fun to make, too!

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