Keeping Kids Occupied en Route
They say getting there is half the fun. Yet, I remember the hours of travel time droning on and on as a kid. Maybe that was when I was a teen. Anything with my parents was boring (add eye roll here). A good balance between diversions and together time can make the journey more memorable. Since I have a preschooler, I’ve enlisted the advice of all of my friends, family, and internet. Here are my favorites.
- DVD player w/ headphones
- Activity books: sticker, coloring, dot-to-dot, word find, etc.
- Favorite toy or blanket
- Travel size toys: Magna Doodle, Etch a Sketch, Play-doh. Make games out of this like, “Guess what this is?” Or “you have 1 minute to make a…”
- Dolls or action figures (avoid things with small pieces that can drop and get lost)
- Age appropriate snacks and beverages
Family together time:
- Sing rounds of songs, make up new lyrics: “the radar detector goes, ‘beep, beep, beep’”
- I Spy
- Bingo: license plate or scenery
- Books on CD for the whole family to listen. Get something with a little drama or juice to it in hopes that they’ll shush each other to hear. Ideally, something with a similar theme as your trip.
- Travel by train. Not only a memorable experience in itself, but everyone gets to relax and walk around.
Keeping the peace:
- Separating the kids (one in front, one in back) helps.
- Dramamine (Ooo. Was that out loud?)
- The “Let’s see who can go the longest without talking?” game.
- Travel at night.
What are your favorite ways to keep the kids occupied on the way to your destination?