Planning a road trip before the kids go back to school? Traveling for the holidays?
Family road trips take a LOT of planning, and we’re not strictly talking about what to pack…
Keeping the kids entertained without having a screen in their faces for the entire trip is no easy feat.
Road trip games can be a lot of fun! Sometimes the competition is enough to motivate the kids to participate because who doesn’t love bragging rights? Sometimes you may want to go a little further and offer prizes of some sort to the winners. You know what’ll motivate your kiddos!
Here are some ideas to keep your kids—whether they’re in preschool, big kids, tweens or beyond—from screen overload, or from asking the infamous question: “Are we there yet?”
#1: The license plate game
You don’t have to compete to play this one. The entire family can work together to complete the mission. All you need is a pen and paper. You can also print out a free download for each of your kids.
The goal is to see and write down a license plate from all 50 states. (Good luck with Hawaii and Alaska!)
If you want to add a little bit of competition, give a point to the first person to spot a state’s license plate and whoever has the most points at the end wins.
#2: The alphabet game
This one’s a classic!
This game can be played in one of 2 ways. Players can either write down the letters of the alphabet that they see on signs, in the order that they see them. The first person to finish the entire alphabet wins.
You can also get players to list out the letters of the alphabet and write down objects starting with each letter as they see them out of their window. The first to finish wins.
#3: 20 questions
It’s quite simple, really.
Here’s how it works:
One person thinks of an object, person or place. Everyone else takes turns asking questions that can only be answered with a “yes” or “no” answer. After the 20th question is asked, everyone gets to guess what or who it is. Whoever guesses correctly wins!
#4: Memory test
To play this game, have a player start by saying “A is for ___” and picking a word that begins with the letter A. The second player repeats what was said, and adds “B is for ____” and fills in the blank with a word beginning with the letter B, and so on.
When a person can’t repeat the whole cycle and add on a new letter, they’re out. The game continues until 1 player remains.
#5: Restaurant race
Players choose a restaurant at the beginning of the trip and receive points for each time they spot their restaurant. You can even include the exit marker signs and the “food and fuel” signs that have restaurants listed on them.
The person with the most points at the end of the trip wins.
#6: Don’t say it
Before the trip begins, pick 5 words that can’t be said during the trip. If someone says one of the off-limit words, they get a point. The person with the least amount of points at the end of the trip wins.
In addition to staying entertained, you want your crew to be safe and comfy throughout the road trip. Maybe it’s time to look for a new or used vehicle that can make that family road trip even more enjoyable.