It’s a sad but realistic truth; your family can’t spend EVERY waking minute jumping around at FLIPnOUT fun centers (cue dramatic movie music). Like, for instance, on road trips. And since one of the most popular road-trip weekends of the year is coming right up, we thought we’d talk about something we’re pretty good at – entertainment!
If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you know that keeping the youngsters entertained in the confines of a minivan can be close to impossible. Why not take the creative route and keep those kiddies busy (hopefully not pinching each other) for those long hours on the freeway.
Here are a few car games to try out this weekend, brought to you by Travel Hacker:
- The Grocery Game: Whether you want to challenge your memory or just whet your appetite for lunch, the grocery game is a great way to pass the time on your drive. One person starts with naming something that can be bought at the grocery store that starts with the letter ‘A’, such as “apples”. The next player would have to repeat the first person’s answer as well as add on a food that begins with the letter ‘B’. If you mess up, you’re out, and the game continues until only one memory-gifted player remains. If you get bored with groceries, try using another topic.
- License Plate Lingo: You can use the license plates of the cars around you to provide entertainment for your kids. The goal of this game is to come up with a phrase using the letters on passing license plates. For example, if you see a plate with the letters “EIC,” your phrase could be “eat ice cream.”. You can make this game as silly or as serious as you’d like.
- Map Monitors: One easy way to keep children entertained on the road is to engage them in the process of travel. Give each child a map of your trip and allow them to keep track of your progress using stickers, coloring or something else your child enjoys.
- That’s My Car!: Compete with your fellow passengers to see who can get the sweetest ride. Have each kid choose a car from the next 5 that you pass or that pass by you to be his or her “own” car. All players mutually decide who has the best car of those that are “owned” and that person is the winner.