Sick of hearing “Are we there yet”? If you are headed out on a family road trip (Need inspiration? Check out these road trip ideas) you’ll probably want to bring along a few road trip games to keep the kids occupied. While my kids will often play their electronics for much of our road trips, they do usually run out of power well before we arrive at our destination. I also love for them to look up once in a while, so they don’t get car sick and so they see where we are going. Load your car up with these games so your kids will be entertained for your entire trip. Did I miss your favorite? Leave me a comment and we’ll update this post regularly.
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The Best Road Trip Games for Kids
My kids love Mad Libs, and this one is perfect for a family vacation. Remember to bring some pens or pencils with you. Even if you don’t purchase this particular version, there are lots of other options to choose from. I love Mad Libs for teaching kids about nouns and verbs too.
Looking for things along the journey can be fun. If you need inspiration for what to look for, you may consider this travel scavenger hunt game. This pack includes 54 scavenger hunt cards, and is good for kids ages 7 and up.
This game goes beyond the scavenger hunt. For instance, one of the challenges is to get someone in the car next to you to wave back at you. It’s best for slightly older kids. I think it would be great for a very long trip, because it can be different every time you play it.
The license plate game is so much fun to play, and this game from Melissa and Doug makes it easy. If you don’t want to purchase the game, you can make your own before heading out. Since it can be hard to find some states, like Hawaii and Alaska, you may just want to focus on a specific region of the United States so you aren’t playing for too long.
I remember playing this game when I was a kid, and it’s still a classic. Older kids may get bored after a while, but younger kids will love it. These cards make it easy to play over and over again, without using paper and pens.
I bought my kids these packs for a road trip, and they love them. The kits include activity sheets, dry-erase crayons, and a sharpener, and they would also be great for a plane trip. This isn’t a game specifically, although you could use it for hangman or other games that require pen and paper. These are also great for a plane trip.
This isn’t a game either, but it’s a fun toy for on the go. A few years ago, I bought my kids a full spirograph set and they loved it. This travel set is great for on the go designing. It would also be fun to play with in a hotel room, or on a flight.
Several years ago, on our Adventures by Disney trip to Italy, one of the kids brought a deck of cards. My kids weren’t too familiar with card games, but they ended up having so much fun. Now, we never traveling without a deck of cards. Before you go, search for age-appropriate games for your kids.
The travel version of this popular game includes a bunch of questions that you can play with.
There are other fun road trip games that don’t require you to bring or purchase anything. These games are great to learn and play wherever you happen to be, including busy lines and in hotel rooms.
Guess the movie/TV show: The kids love playing this one. One player chooses a movie or tv show and just tells everyone the initials. For instance High School Musical would be HSM. The first person to guess then comes up with the next movie.
Alphabet game: Everyone in the car looks outside the car to look for items that start with letters of the alphabet. Start with A, and go in order.
Eye Spy: One person in the car looks outside or inside the car and finds an item. They then say, “I Spy With My Little Eye something that ….” and chooses an adjective to describe it. Other players can guess and additional clues can be given. The person who answers correctly can then choose the next item.
20 Questions: In this game, one player chooses an object and other players can ask up to 20 questions to try to guess it. For younger kids, you may want to turn this into more of a 5 questions game.
What are your favorite road trip games?