Road trip season will be back in just a few short months. It’s a time when many of us will be hopping in our cars to head out to explore big cities, national parks, family beaches and theme parks, so being hip to the best road trip games for kids is key.
Given the amount of time you’ll likely be spending in the car (ah, togetherness…), you’ll want to be prepared with snacks, drinks, activity books, and of course, road trip games. From Mad Libs to Auto Bingo, there are a lot of easy ways to keep the kids entertained when you want a little screen-free fun.
We’re also planning another big road trip this summer. Thus, entertainment for me is key. So I looked far and wide for fun road trip games for kids to play in the car to keep them occupied or at least take them away from Subway Surfers for some chunk of the drive. Here’s what I found. Maybe one or more of my picks for the best road trip games for kids will do the trick.
Games on the Go
Games on the Go is a collection of 50 road trip games that you can easily tuck into your purse our backpack. There are 50 games attached to a key ring, so it’s totally portable and good for kids ages four and up. Every card has a different game, like guessing games, word games and memory challenges. No need for paper, pens or crayons. These fun road trip games for kids are all about creativity and can be played anytime you’re on-the-go.
Travel Scavenger Hunt for Kids
This is another fun game that makes my list of the best road trip games for kids that everyone can play and enjoy. Each player takes five cards to start the game. On each card is an image, like a red car or a school bus, that each player must find during the drive. There are also several other cards, like “Feel It” and “Smell It” to encourage players to use all of their sense, like feeling for bumps and sniffing for something that smells “nice” or “bad.”
We used to have the wooden Melissa & Doug Travel Bingo cards, but I think we’ve graduated to Auto Bingo from Regal Games. The game comes with four different bingo cards and each person must find roadside items, like a church, a cow or a no parking sign. No need to mark each square with a marker or a button. Just pull the little red window over the square when you’ve spotted an item on your bingo card.
Yes, it’s everyone’s favorite travel game (at least that’s what it says on the box). The game is called Rubberneckers because it basically requires you to stick your neck out and closely watch what’s outside your window. Players earn points when they spy items, like a fire engine or cement mixer, or when they do something, like get a trucker to blow his horn. From what I hear, it’s quite an addictive game, so clearly I had to add this one to my list of fun road trip games for families.
Would You Rather…?
I love fun road trip games for families that encourage conversation and Would You Rather…? from Zobmondo is definitely a game that does so. Inside the pocket version of this classic game, there are dozens of wacky questions, like “Would you rather have five bottles stuck on the fingers of one hand for a year or a bucket stuck on your foot for a year?” It’s definitely fun to hear everyone’s answers and why they answered as they did. This was definitely a must to add to my list of the best road trip games for kids.
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