Making a Family Road Trip Fun

Summer is here and we’re hitting the road, but taking your family on a road trip can often test your patience in a big way. Even if your car has the latest in onboard entertainment, playing a road trip game can be a fun way for you to share family time, instead of having everyone tune out on a movie or a video game. Some undivided attention from Mom or Dad can go a long way toward a little person's happiness. We’ve all played the usual road trip games such as I Spy, 20 Questions, the License Plates game, and Sing-Alongs, but with a little imagination you can make up your own games or try one of the following:  

But first - be proactive and prepare!

1)  Make each child a Road Trip Bag. This can be any bag that kids can load up with all their favorite road trip stuff and toys so they can have it all handy and easily accessible to them in the car, making for a much more peaceful time for everyone since no one has to share. 

2)  Create a checklist for a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt so that each child can watch for items to check off when spotted. Taylor the list to your route and include things like; railroad tracks, Walmart, person walking a dog, barn, cows, church, bike rider, etc. The first one to check off all items wins. 

3)  Invest in a Kids Road Atlas. Instead of them asking “When will we be there?” they can take out their maps and see, at a glance, how far they’ve come and how far away your destination is.     

Once you’re on the road you might want to try a few of these games:

The Alphabet Game: Use road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it's spotted on your side of the car. You'll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order. So, everyone’s looking for an “A” word first, “B” word second, etc. until you’ve found a “Z” word somewhere. A time-consumer, which can be good in this case. 

Name That Tune: This can be especially funny when someone’s not musically inclined! The tune must be hummed and no spoken words are allowed. The winner gets to be the singer for the next round.

The Picnic Game: This one will really test your memory. The first player says, "I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought..." then says a picnic favorite. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after "...I brought" they repeat the first item, then add one more: "I brought an apple and some bananas." A good distraction from looking at the clock. 

Mad Libs: Make up a short story and ask another person to fill in the blanks with nouns, adjectives, colors, places, etc. Now read the story with their words. It's hilarious! The story comes out different every time.  

And don’t forget that a rest stop can be a fun thing to break up the monotony of the family road trip. Do some rest stop athletics and bring along a Frisbee or jump rope and a picnic blanket so when you stop at a rest area, everyone can run and be free and stretch their legs.

Who said the family road trip journey is better than the destination? Someone who knew how to keep the kids happy! Best wishes for a safe and fun, family summer road trip vacation from the Regal Team!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154
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