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LVIA, LVHN unveil new children's play area in airport

LVIA, LVHN unveil new children's play...

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - Kids were busy jumping, crawling and having a good time at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Lehigh County on Tuesday. They had no idea they were the first kids to play at the new Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital play area, which was made possible by a partnership between LVIA and the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

"For us, it's an important thing, because it make the flying from here more enjoyable for parents," said Mike Dowd, the chairman of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority. "When you travel through airports with youngsters, it can be a really taxing experience for them, a lot of time sitting and to behave themselves. Well, this gives us the opportunity for parents to get a chance to relax."

The playground is located near gate 6B. Its backdrop is a mural of Lehigh Valley landmarks.

"We wanted it to be about the Lehigh Valley. We wanted it to be about healthy-living, and we wanted it first and foremost to be about children and families," said Nathan Hagstrom, the chair of LVHN pediatrics.

Kids get a lesson in healthy-living with a huge vegetable cart and turning blocks. They can also play in the ambulance or pretend to fly the MedEvac helicopter.

"When I travel with three kids, I want to make sure that they have something to do, and I don't want to be stuck sitting in a seat the whole time," said one parent.

Officials said there is also a lactation pod nearby for mothers to breastfeed.

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