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Old 06-29-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Aberdeen
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Default Keeping the kids happy on a LONG road trip... Ideas PLEASE!

We will be moving half way across the country and will be on the road for 3-4 days. I am not looking forward to this trip at all. It is stressful enough just driving, but trying to keep 4 children (and a menagerie of pets) happy and entertained through it all is tasking. Please share some ideas to help keep the kids happy during the trip!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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Portable DVD player, Nintendo DS, activity books, and lots of stops to see interesting things.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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http://www.momsminivan.com/

Amazon.com: board games travel: Toys & Games
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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We always had lots of travel games. I'm sure the website NicoleJ provided will give even more than we had.
Coloring Books
Comic Books
Regular Books...you'll be surprise that they get so bored that they actually want to read!

I like the idea of finding some off the wall tourist attractions on the way. We traveled alot as children and got the biggest kick out of these.

Also play I-spy and the license plate game.

Xanex.....oh sorry wrong forum. lol

Make it an adventure!
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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Books on tape/CD. Take some time to research the areas you'll be passing through and make it interesting with stops. Play car games (how many diffent states' license plates can you find; billboard bingo etc). While movies and electronic games can certainly help, I wouldn't allow that constantly. This can be a great time to bond and have funny stories to tell for years ahead. The kids may complain some (ok they will surely complain....probably a lot) but show them you value their company and opinions by actually interacting with them....
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I vote for the license plate game and I spy too. My dad and I still play the license plate game.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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MP3 players, hand-held games, a portable DVD player, Klutz activity books and lots of snacks. Take breaks frequently! Don't try to rush through the trip in an attempt to minimize the misery, as it will only fray everyone's nerves and make things worse. When we moved cross-country, we carried our kids' Razor scooters, which we brought out at rest stops to help them get their wiggles out.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Benadryl






jk, but seriously....
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: following the wind of change
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don't forget their favorite snacks and drink on the ready. yes, stops do help as long as you're not in a limited timeframe.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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DVD players with lots of movies.
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