When travelling with kids, it can be important to look for an airport which will offer them plenty to do.

When planning to take flights to Australia and other far away locations, it can be important to plan your time at the airport in order to get the trip off to a good start.

Spending several hours at the airport ahead of boarding a flight, or even longer if you are faced with delays, can be stressful for parents, so travel writer James Ellis advises thinking about which airport you fly from.

He noted that both Edinburgh and Glasgow have recently scored highly for being family friendly places to fly from.

“If you go to British Airports Authority desk – BAA is the company that runs the airport – they will give out colouring books, crayons and things like that,” Mr Ellis said.

He added that they also have family lounges which can be used rather than staying in the main departures area.

More families could be planning to take flights to Australia next year in order to see The Lion King in Sydney, as the musical is set to return to the city in December 2013.

Written by Erin Marshall

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