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June 3rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

Sanity Saving Road Trip Apps

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Planning a car trip this summer? Kids in the car for any longer than an hour (or maybe less) is enough to make you panic just thinking about it. Here are some apps that can help you keep them occupied and give you some peace of mind.

Kids just want to have fun. Mom Maps  app (free on Android, $2.99 iPhone) will provide you with all the kid-friendly places near where you are. Play spaces and kid restaurants are easy to find with this app.

Road Ninja is a free app that will help you find rest areas, restaurants and interesting places to stop along the way.

Some iPhone/iPad games to play along the way include Auto Bingo , Car Travel Games  and Road Trip Scavenger Hunt ($0.99).

And for Android, try Road Trip Games, and Scavenger Hunt Bingo.

For the younger ones, there’s also the Garanimals Learn, Play, Share app…education and fun in one!

Having these apps at the ready will help ensure that your trip time goes a little more smoothly. And while they won’t guarantee that you won’t have some surprises or misadventures along the way, they will hopefully keep the whining to a dull roar.

Happy travels!

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April 19th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip

Any road trip with children can be interesting, to say the least. The endless cries of “Are we there yet?” are almost as fun as a screaming infant or toddler that has just had enough! Here are a few ideas to make the road trip a little easier.

Movies – What did people do before there was access to watch things in the car? Plus, if you don’t have a tv in your car, it is easy enough to watch on your tablet or phone. Too much of this can’t be a good thing, though. Make sure you save this for down time so it doesn’t lose it entertainment value.

Electronic Games – My kids love to play games in the car on their devices. Make sure to load their Leap pad, DS or other game system and favorite games for the road trip. On our last trip I found that headphones are a must!

License Plate - Print out a sheet of paper with all the states on it. As kids see a license plate they can cross off that state. If you are taking a long road trip see who can find the most!

Toy Bribes - Pack a special toy or activity for every hour of the trip. If they behave they get to open the next surprise. This is great with small cars, a new coloring book, or even small doll they can play with.

Doodling Fun - What’s better than some art fun? Make sure to bring some crayons and paper or go paperless with a Magna Doodle, Etch a Sketch, or Dry Erase Board.

Cameras - Pack disposable cameras for your kids to document their journey along the way. My boys like to use an Ipod to take pictures and video and it is great fun to watch what they do after the trip!

Snacks - Never leave home without your kids favorite snacks!

Audio Books- Pick out a story to listen to on the vehicle’s radio or alone. This is a great way to listen to new stories that can take up a good portion of the trip!

Make a Roadtrip Binder – Fill with worksheets that your kids can work on. There are ones for older kids, also.

Magnetic Travel Activity - If you are crafty this is a great way for little boys o play with their cars and trucks during travel.

These activities just might make you hear a few less “Are we there yet?”

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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