Keep your kids happy as they wait to fly from Heathrow with this guide to what’s on offer for them at Terminal 3.
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Play areas – The Family Lounge:
Kids are well catered for in Terminal 3, with ‘The Family Lounge’ – an area just for parents and children. It includes play areas for ages 0-2 and 3-9, while there’s also a games room for children aged 10-15, along with comfortable seating and drinks machine for parents. Nursing mothers benefit from a discreet area to feed babies. Entry is free, but kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times.Opening hours:
06:00am – 09.00pm dailyWhere:
The lounge is located after security (near the Ted Baker store – just follow signs for Lounge A.
Best place to eat for families:
Travelling from Terminal 3, then make sure brood remain tummy happy at all times. Here’s our top tip to feed the family before boarding.EAT Who’s it for:
Great for families looking for simple, freshly prepared grab-and-go food that holiday-happy kids can eat with the minimum of fuss and disruption from being seriously over-excited and unable to sit on their bottoms for more than three seconds.What’s on offer:
Expect to find fresh food that’s baked or prepared on the premises, with soups, salads, baguettes and pies just some of the nourishment on offer. You won’t need to worry about upsetting your junior foodies with curly-leafed salads of stale sarnies – EAT only sells food that’s made on the day. You can also choose from a selection of hotpots – such as the pulled pork with brown rice and chunky slaw for a more substantial option. Food changes with the seasons, so pop in to see what’s on offer.Opening hours:
5:00am – 9.00pmWhere:
After security.Find it here
Family-friendly Heathrow hotels:
Early morning flights and young children can produce a volatile cocktail of emotions and tantrums, so why not avoid the pre-dawn alarm with a pre-flight stop-over at one of the many family-friendly hotels close to Heathrow’s Terminal 3?Best Heathrow hotel for kids: Holiday Inn Express
Not only does this cheap and cheerful hotel offer free breakfast with every stay, it also lets kids under the age of 12 eat for free at the on-site Great Room Bar & Lounge! If that isn’t family friendly, we don’t know what is… The 3-star Holiday Inn Express is handily located for Heathrow; its less than 15 minutes from all terminals, so a night here is a great idea if you’re travelling with your loved ones but don’t want to blow the budget before you hit foreign shores. Family rooms are available and sleep up to 4, all rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with pay per view movies, tea and coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathrooms complete with a glorious power shower; just what you need to get the family going in the early hours. On-site there are two restaurants to choose from, Great Room Bar & Lounge serves up classic British dishes; if you fancy something a little more continental, make your way to Tratts Restaurant for freshly made pizza and pasta dishes.Transfer time to Heathrow Terminal 3:
12 minutes (allow more at peak periods)Find it:
London Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 8QBBook Holiday Inn Express Heathrow here
Toilets and baby changing facilities:
Prepare for multiple toilet-break requests from your kids by always knowing where the nearest loo or changing facilities are located. Use the following maps to help.Interactive map Terminal 3 Printable PDF Terminal 3
Fast Track security lanes:
Heathrow has upgraded its Fast Track lanes and claims that most passengers should be able to pass through security within five minutes. Dodging queues like this will help keep the kids in good humour. The service is available to select airlines and passengers only; check if you are eligible for a place on Heathrow’s Fast Track security lanes here
Pushchairs and child seats:
Heathrow does not hire out buggies or child seats, but parents flying from Terminal 3 can take their own prams and child seats through security and check them in at the gate.
Charging your mobile devices:
Ensure that your child’s tablet or smartphone is fully charged at all time by utilizing one of the free Power Pole charging stations located in Terminal 3. These can be found before and after security and are compatible with UK and European plugs as well as USB cables. If you want to leave your device charging in a secure locker, then head to the Dixons Travel store, where you’ll be able to use one the secure ChargeBox kiosks to top-up the battery. You can buy between 30 and 90 minutes of charge time, with costs of £1.50 per 30 minutes.
Free Wi-Fi areas:
Avoid the pain of severing your kids’ link with social media channels by utilizing T3’s free coverage. Heathrow offers free Wi-Fi for a period of 45 minutes, which can be doubled if you sign up for the airport’s free Heathrow Rewards scheme. Register to claim your extra Wi-Fi time here
Take kids to an airport lounge:
Swerve the Terminal 3 crowds and head for the No.1 Traveller Lounge with its amazing view of the runway, complimentary free food and drink, fully-tended bar, games room, cinema and showers. It’s perfect for mum and dad as well as children.How much:
Adults £30.00, kids £15.00 with infants for free.Make your booking here
Online and mobile check-in:
Many airlines allow you to check in online from two to 24 hours before your departure. This allows you to choose your seat and swerve queues for the desks when you get to the terminal. This means you and the kids can dodge the queues and head straight to the fun stuff – like food and play areas.