The Best Road Trip Games for Kids
Summer is here—and so are family vacations! These are the best tried-and-true games to keep your kids occupied on the open road.
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Play the License Plate Game
The goal is to find license plates from as many states as possible. When we hit the road in the ’80s and ’90s, my family played with pen and paper, but you can buy a really cool magnetic version of the game that is a great option for road trippers of all ages.
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Go on a Scavenger Hunt…
…from the back seat! Hunt for items on the road, like a yellow car, a dog with its head out the window or a dump truck. You can build lists for the kids or find a scavenger hunt card game on Amazon. Everyone can work together to find the items listed.
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Play Bingo on the Go
Easily one of the most popular road trip games for kids, this printable bingo game has been designed with your family in mind. You can take it on any trip (even just a short drive to the zoo!) to find a road sign with the letter Z, cars of various colors, cows and other animals, semi trucks and police cars and even houses or buildings of certain colors.
Start a Fun Conversation
Get to know everyone with cards like Travel Topics. The simple questions will become one of your favorite options for road trip games because you’ll discover so much about the littles you’re taking along for the ride!
Keep Your Brain Active
Help your kids stay sharp with the Brain Quest car edition. While you all stay busy remembering state capitals and learning more about national monuments, you’ll eliminate at least half of the opportunities for someone to ask, “Are we there yet?”
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Make ’em Laugh with Mad Libs
This favorite of mine is also one of the post popular road trip games for kids. Refresh your grammar knowledge and crack up at the funny stories your family puts together with Mad Libs!
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This popular way to stave off boredom is also one of the best road trip games for kids. You can use paper and pencil to build your own hangman, or check out Melissa and Doug’s hangman board.
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Ask 20 Questions
This is an old-school classic! To play 20 questions, one person thinks of an object and the others ask 20 questions to help them guess what it is. No pen, paper or game board needed.
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Keep Toddlers Happy
Finding road trip games for kids under five can be challenging. When you can’t stomach another Baby Shark singalong with the toddler in your backseat, turn to this Take ‘N’ Play matching game that is both easy to pack and keeps the smaller kiddos engaged.
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Color Across the Country
When you and your kids are all gamed out, turn to a coloring book like American Road Trip to learn more about the places you’re going to visit and the ones that are waiting patiently on your bucket list.
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