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iwantacooler
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Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Anybody have anything specific they like to do to keep kids interested in the journey and not just the destination? Driving from central MS to Utah in a couple of weeks with 2 kids (10 and 7). Last year we made a 3,000+ round trip up to Wyoming over the course of 10 days with the kids and never once turned on the radio or DVD players. That trip I created a checklist, or a scavenger hunt of sorts for the kids to do and they bought in 100%. I’ll do the same this trip, but in the event that fails I’m up for suggestions.


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
They should be able to handle it.

We would go MS to CT when I was a kid and that was the 90s without technology.


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brgirl09
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
When we were little we would travel from Michigan to Louisiana and Michigan to Florida. We would watch movies and we liked doing car bingo.

Car Bingo

State License plate checklist type things



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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
diphenhydramine


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wickowick
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
I am making the same run, leaving next Friday. I recommend bringing duct tape


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hungryone
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Word games, like finding words that begin with each letter of the alphabet in order on road signs, etc. Here is a good list of word games for car trips: LINK
And good ol I Spy and 20 Questions.
Small sketchbook type journals and colored pencils (or watercolor pencils and a waterbrush), so that they can make a travel journal of sights along the way. Can paste in ticket stubs, etc from places you visit. Add a hand drawn map, write impressions....it will end up as a nice keepsake of the journey. If the kids have a Polaroid type camera, it’s easy to add sticker pics to the journal.
This post was edited on 5/23 at 9:49 pm


LSUsmartass
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Since you had that kind of success on your last trip..care to share the deets of whatever it was you came up with?


iwantacooler
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
We did a combination of several things. The usual games such as I spy, the alphabet game, etc... we also had a scavenger hunt card game we got online somewhere that really killed time. It was a deck of cards and you would have to find things like a car with 3 people in it, or a man with a beard wearing sunglasses, etc... this kept the kids constantly scanning the landscape and we talked about all kinds of things we saw as a result. I also came up with a checklist of things for the kids to do where they would add up their score at the end and compete against each other. Some examples of things on the list were: take a picture in front of each state sign, take a picture in front of each national park sign, try _____ food (research local foods that an area is known for ahead of time. In our case cheese curds, Indian tacos, chislic, bison, and kuchen,). Fart in each state (6 year old boy loved this). Find a geocache in each state. Find local animals (bison, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, antelope, mountain goats, elk, etc... in our case.) find a geocache in each state, swim in a lake, wade in a creek, and several other things. It was a very “dad” list and a lot of the stuff is corny, but the kids stayed engaged and we made memories that I feel we otherwise would’ve missed had my kids been watching movies with their headphones on.
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jsquardjj
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Trivia pursuit has a family edition that’s great for road Trips (Just use the cards and scrap the board). 1/2 of the cards are for kids and 1/2 for adults. It always brings up good talking points about the questions.


OleVaught14
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Rubberneckers is a card game we played in the car growing up - and it looks like they've continued the game (still available to buy). It's like a scavenger hunt, but your awarded points based on difficulty to find. It's a good way to keep kids entertained while on the road


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The Spleen
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Strap them kids
Give them a little bit a Benadryl
And a Cherry Coke
We’re going to Oklahoma
for the family reunion




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soccerfüt
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
quote:

Driving from central MS to Utah
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I’m up for suggestions.
Don’t go back East.

Utah >>>>> central Mississippi

If they have kinda concurrent tastes in fiction try some kid classics books read through the audio system of the car.

You can stop the reading to discuss or explain.

I’d familiarize myself with the choices beforehand so I could coherently discuss it with them.

Good luck and have a great trip.


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iwantacooler
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Hungryone, I’m glad you posted this. Watching Ken Burns National parks there was a commentator on there, Dayton Duncan I think, that said his dad made them keep a daily diary when they visited the parks as a kid. At the time when I watched it I thought that would be a good idea and planned to do just that, but I forgot. Thanks for jogging my memory.

As far as don’t come back East, I’ve been lobbying to move west with my family for a while. They won’t have it. The three Fs keep them cemented here:
Friends
Family
Familiarity.


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ConfusedHawgInMO
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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Can you not give them Benadryl and threaten their lives like normal parents?


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re: Tips for keeping kids engaged on long road trips?
Audiobooks: The Hobbit. Fun for everyone.


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