Cut down on are-we-there-yets and pump up the fun with road trip ideas, both classic and high tech. Keep the whole family entertained while you comfortably hit the road
Let kids answer the question, “How much longer?” themselves with maps either printed and laminated or on a digital device—some 2017 models come with an “Are We There Yet?” app to track the drive. Incorporate guidebooks and websites for planning pit stops, too. Customize bags wrapped and labeled with “open here” for each destination to get the kids excited and engaged at each stop.
Give each kid supplies to scrapbook the trip as it unfolds. Stock a box with scissors, washi tape, colored pencils and envelopes. Encourage them to collect and add postcards, brochures, tickets and other vacation memorabilia.
Prep a list of go-to games so you’re instantly ready with potential crowd-pleasers. Try good old 21 Questions, or something more high tech, such as Name That Tune using your favorite music app. Options like the License Plate Game, Backseat Bingo and Tic-Tac-Toe come standard on some vehicles' dual second-row touchscreens.
Do down time
Change it up during your drive like you would on any typical day, with both upbeat together-time and quiet solo downtime. Have a variety of movies and podcasts ready. The dual HD touchscreens, Blu-Ray player, wireless headphones and Bluetooth remotes in some newer vehicles, make two long hours on the road disappear like that. (The built-in vacuum does the same for movie and road snacks.)
Pack a bag with outdoor playthings, whether old favorites or new items for the trip, such as a football, jump ropes, whiffle ball and sidewalk chalk. Pack it last so it’s easy to grab and repack before piling back in and motoring ahead.
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Originally posted by: www.parenting.com