Summer family fun at East Midlands Airport


In August, East Midlands Airport (EMA) is holding family fun-days at its Aerozone – the on-site education facility where children can try a range of activities and pretend to work at an airport.

The two-hour sessions are for children of primary school age and their parents or carers. Activities range from craft making to treasure hunts as well as having access to East Minilands – a dedicated airport role-play area where children can pretend to work at an airport. They will also have an opportunity to meet firefighters or airport police.

The family fun-days are organised by EMA’s education and outreach team who work all year round with schools to inspire young people about airports and the potential future career opportunities that airports offer.

East Minilands is a fun and interactive role play space which incorporates the key areas of the passenger experience. The space can be used by people of all ages and includes a check-in desk, security area with ‘mock’ security scanner, café, shop and plane, complete with eight aircraft seats. There are also uniforms to try on for children who enjoy dressing up.

Colleen Hempson, East Midlands Airport’s Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager, says: “Our family-activity days are designed to engage young children with the more fun aspects of airports. Not only will they learn fascinating facts about airports but will also have a hands-on experience of some of the procedures that passengers experience. For children who have never been on an aeroplane, it provides a great introduction to the airport."

EMA’s family-fun activity days take place from 10am – 12pm on:

  • Wednesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 14 August
  • Wednesday 21 August
  • Wednesday 28 August

The cost per child is £3 which is required in advance to confirm the booking. Places are limited and are given on a first come first serve basis. To book please email community@eastmidlandsairport.com or call 01332 818414.

Thousands of families with children of school age are travelling through EMA in the next few weeks.

Over 900,000 passengers are expected during peak summer holiday weeks with Monday 12 August anticipated to be one of the busiest days with just over 20,000 passengers flying in and out of EMA. Mainland Spain, the Balearics, the Canaries and Portugal continue to be the most popular destinations for EMA passengers.