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05 Jan 5 Simple Ways Of Entertaining Your Kids On a Road Trip

It can be a little difficult with kids, whether it is a short ride or a road trip that lasts for days. Kids can be loud and distracting when they get bored, so it is important to keep them entertained.

There are many ways you can entertain your kids, anywhere from singing songs to playing road trip games. You don’t have to be fancy. Kids love a little tradition, especially when their parents get involved.

You’d be surprised what will keep your children distracted while on a road trip. It doesn’t always have to be fancy and innovative. Some of the oldest tricks in the book can help you grab their attention. Here is everything you need to know.

Why Keep Your Kids Entertained On a Road Trip?

Keeping your kids entertained is good not only for the kids’ sanity but also your own. A bored child can often result in distractions for you as the driver.

This is also a perfect opportunity to get your kids’ brains working. Playing games on a road trip can help them think on their feet and work on those observational skills. It’s a great exercise for their brain and it is a great way to bond with your children.

Let’s Define Road Trip

A road trip can be defined as any lengthy drive from one destination to another. It doesn’t necessarily have to be to a different state, nor does it have to be an overnight stay.

Some examples:

  • Your road trip can be you and your family going an hour away to sight see or explore a new city.
  • Your road trip can be across the entire United States.

A road trip is what you feel is a road trip. It doesn’t have to be within specific parameters.

5 Simple Ways Of Entertaining Your Kids On a Road Trip

There are many simple ways you can entertain your kids without it being extravagant. Take what you have learned as a kid yourself and apply it to today. Those things will still work with kids.

Here are 5 simple ways you can entertain your kids on your next road trip, whether it be a short trip or a long one:

  • Road trip bingo
  • Word association games
  • Have a concert
  • Bring a book or audiobook
  • Use a smart device

You don’t have to have a boring trip. It could be fun not only for them but for you as well!

Road Trip Bingo

Road Trip Bingo is a great way for your children to practice their observational skills and learn to play the universally loved game of bingo. You can even make it fun by buying them the dot pens to make it seem more like old school bingo.

This game will take a little more preplanning then some of the other options. You also need to take into consideration the route you are taking so there are things on the bingo card that match with the terrain.

Word Association Or Related Games

There are so many word association games you can play that would be perfect for your kids. You can play the alphabet game where each person has to name a topic with the letter assigned to them until all the letters have been used. Whoever can’t figure out a word is out.

There are even word association games with celebrities. You can even make up your own version of a word association game. It is fun and you can figure out what topics best work for you and your kids. Not everyone has knowledge about certain topics.

There are so many games out there you can do with word association. Here are a few other ideas so you don’t run out of games during your trip:

  • I spy
  • Round Robin Story Game
  • License Plate Decoding
  • Think Fast!
  • The Movie Game
  • 20 Questions

There are so many games, you won’t ever get bored on your road trip.

Have a Concert

Have a concert! Have some fun! Pick out the fan favorite best road trip songs that everyone will enjoy singing.

Singing is great for the lungs and a great pass time for a road trip. The whole family can enjoy the road trip as they sing and get along. You can even do rounds where everyone takes their turn.

Those who don’t want to sing can be the judges and have a karaoke contest. There is so much you can do!

Bring a Book Or Audiobook

Books are a wonderful way to entertain your kids while on the trip.

Get a good book and they may be distracted for hours at a time. It is also a great way for them to learn and expand their vocabulary. You can’t go wrong with a book. If your child isn’t much of a reader, you can always get them audiobooks.

They provide the same exposure to storytelling, and provide a distraction while on the road. Audiobooks can be fun for those that may not have the imagination as others, with the different voices and such!

Use a Smart Device

Smart devices can be a little expensive and so the other options may be better for you since they are free, but many kids have access to smart devices today. You don’t always have to settle for them watching videos.

You can download many educational apps that will help them grow and improve their skills. You can even put limitations on specific apps. There are timers and parent locks so your kid isn’t watching whatever they want on the trip.

But remember, that it is a trip and sometimes having a time to relax and watch a few videos makes for the best road trip.


These entertainment games are a great way to keep your children distracted, make time fly by, and expand your kids’ knowledge. It is also a great way to make memories with your kids so they can look back at them and share the stories later on in their life.