Traveling with your family is an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. But, there’s no denying traveling with children can be stressful. However long your journey, finding ways to keep the kids entertained can feel impossible even when you try to plan ahead. If you’re looking for ways to keep your family entertained on the road, we’ve got you covered with seven on-the-go games to play through your travels:
This game is a creative take on I Spy where you and your family members will start with the letter A and each person is expected to find something on the road that starts with the correlating letter. This is a great, and easy, way to keep the kids engaged while driving long distances.
The License Plate Game is another simple yet entertaining game. The rules are easy – just point out all of the different state’s license plates you see while on the road to your destination. If your family is competitive, encourage them to write down their answers or keep a tally – whoever has the most, wins. Plus a bit of incentive always helps.
Kids are very inquisitive, so why not make a game of it? The object of the game is to choose someone to think of a person, place or thing. Then, the rest of your family takes turns asking yes or no questions to get clues to help point you to the answer. If you guess it before 20 questions, you get a point, if not, it goes to the other person.
Another fun game to keep your family on their toes is “Don’t Say It”. To start, brainstorm with the family about three words you regularly use. The point of this game is to refrain from saying the chosen words for the rest of the trip. If someone slips up and says one of the forbidden words, they get a point against them. At the end of the trip, whoever has the least number of points wins the game!
Do you plan on listening to music on your trip? Turn it into a game by naming the artist of each song as it comes on! Playing is easy, simply put your playlist on shuffle and award points to whoever guesses the correct artist first. This is a great game for older kids (and adults) to stay occupied!
If you don’t mind a bit of preparation, Mad Libs is a fill-in-the-blank storytelling activity which can be done by getting a Mad Libs booklet or downloading an app. This game is a great way to challenge your family’s vocabulary while keeping them laughing along the way.
Keep your family entertained by having a scavenger hunt, this can be done by giving each child a list of items to look for, such as animals, signage, gardens and more. If you’re struggling with ideas, there are many printable options online which include images to help young ones who may not be able to read.
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