Fun For The Road
According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), one in four household trips in the US includes kids under 18. That means millions of kids each year are on the road asking, "Are we there yet?"
No matter where your holiday travel takes you this year, chances are your kids will get restless in the car. Whether it's a few hours or an all-day road trip, the anticipation of getting to your
destination, along with hours of time stuck in one place, can make those little feet antsy.
If your car is already equipped with a TV/DVD system, then you can gauge how long movies can entertain your kids. Consider taking along some of their favorites and renting a few they haven't seen
yet as a surprise on the road. Movies may keep them quiet for a couple hours, but on longer road trips, bear in mind that movie overload can them more irritable and restless.
Board games that battle boredom
Now, you can even take your favorite board games on the road in a miniature version. Companies such as Hasbro have "fun on the run" games including everything from Candy Land to Battleship and Boggle. Visit your favorite retailer or the company's site directly to find deals on your favorite games for travel. Consider how many kids will be playing, their ages, interests and space available. Some games require no playing pieces at all, while others may have tiny parts that may be lost easily between the seats. Sites such as familytravelgear.com sell a variety of car entertainment organizers and trays to keep things together while traveling.
If you're hoping the kids will unplug from their regular routines while on vacation, consider alternative entertainment for them that may not require batteries or remote controls.
If you're an impulsive traveler who thinks better on the go, play some fun family games on the road that require nothing more than good communication and creativity. Such games include rock, paper, scissors, who am I, the license plate game, and road trip scavenger hunt.