JetBlue Junior Children's Play Area

Finalist 2017

JetBlue’s aviation-themed interactive play space at JFK’s Terminal 5i is designed to delight and educate children from age 2 to 12 with hands-on and digital activities, keeping them engaged and entertained while waiting to board their flights. Immersive environments allow kids to experience some roles of the airline crew and airport staff. In the "airplane cockpit," the cockpit simulator puts them in the pilot’s seat to safely fly a plane. In the airplane “cabin,” low-tech interactive pathfinders cater to the toddler set and promote the development of fine motor skills. Nearby, a large airline route map lets them “fly” planes around a map of the United States. Kids can test their memory at a digital Concentration-style game, in which they are shown images of landmarks from different JetBlue destinations and then challenged to find them on a colorful animated map. An illustrated, graphic timeline along the “runway” highlights key events in aviation history. Caregivers and kids needing a little quiet time can curl up in the reading nook.

Design Firms: 

Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership


JetBlue Airways

Project Area: 

650 sq ft

Open Date: 

December 2016

Photo Credits: 

Jon Wallen

Design Team: 

Lee H. Skolnick (Design Principal), Jo Ann Secor (Interpretive Services Director), Miguel Cardenas (Senior Design Associate), Katherine Browning (Project Manager), Christopher Cummings (Senior Exhibit Designer), Valmik Vyas (Architectural Designer), Judy Vannais (Interpretive Services Manager), Dan Ownbey (Senior Graphic Designer), Alyssa Liegel (Graphic Designer)


Unified Field (media design/production services), Marla Supnick (Media Designer/Producer); Big Show Construction Management, Terrence McCafferty (Construction Management); Gensler, Ty Osbaugh (Project Architect)


Showman Fabricators (exhibit fabrication services), Jim Cummings, Viana Segarra, Cory Einbinder, (exhibit fabricator and graphics production); iZone Imaging Shellee Sharp (custom high-pressure laminate graphics); Duggal Marinal Chopra (lenticular graphics); Videosonic Systems, Glenn Polly (AV systems integration); Turner Construction Janice Camarillo (general contractor)

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