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Article by Arlene Satchell-Contact Reporter

Young fliers traveling through Miami International Airport now have an entertainment option to kill some time or burn off some energy while waiting for a flight or pickup.

A new play area, called Plane Fun, features six interactive, immersive and educational exhibits for children of varying ages to enjoy, the airport announced Monday. It is situated after the security checkpoint in Concourse E, near Gate E-5, and travelers can also gain access after security in Concourse D, the airport said.

“Plane Fun is the latest way that we’re striving to make MIA as customer-friendly as possible for passengers of all ages,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez, in a news release.

The new play area, which officially opened Thursday, is part of a partnership with the Miami Children’s Museum on Watson Island.

“Keeping children happy during long trips can be a challenge,” said Gonzalez. “Plane Fun takes some pressure off of the adults and gives their children a healthy, recreational activity without leaving the airport.”

Plane Fun’s exhibits include the Control Tower, where kids can pretend to be virtual air traffic controllers; and the Toddler Play Space with a sit-in airplane and other tactile-learning activities, the Miami airport said.

The kids’ play area adds to a growing list of amenities the Miami airport has added this year. Others have included a yoga room, MIAmamas suites for nursing moms, and indoor pet relief areas for travelers with service animals., Twitter@TheSatchreport