Family-Friendly Road Trip Games and Activities for Long Drives

Family-Friendly Road Trip Games and Activities for Long Drives

Hey road-tripping families! Ready to turn that dreaded "Are we there yet?" into "Can we do that again?" We know that keeping the kids entertained on long car journeys can be quite a challenge. But fear not! With these fun, family-friendly road trip games and activities, your next drive will be anything but boring. And don’t forget, our Adventure Threads Company’s kids and infant shirts are not only adorable but also super comfy for travel—perfect for little adventurers on the go!

1. License Plate Bingo

Kick off your road trip with a classic game of Bingo, but with a twist. Before you leave, print out or draw bingo cards with different state license plates on them. Kids can mark them off as they spot them—it’s a great way for them to learn about different states and keep their eyes peeled during the journey.

2. Travel Journal

Give each child a notebook and some colored pencils to create their own travel journal. They can draw what they see, write about their experiences, or stick in tickets and other flat souvenirs. It’s a wonderful way for kids to document the trip and a keepsake to look back on.

3. I Spy

This timeless game never fails. Someone says, "I spy with my little eye, something..." and then vaguely describes something they see, like "something red". Everyone else takes turns guessing what it might be. It’s simple, engaging, and can last as long as there are things to spy!  This is a favorite of our youngest son!  

4. The Alphabet Game

Start with the letter A and find words outside the car that begin with each letter of the alphabet, all the way to Z. You can see these words on signs, license plates, or the sides of trucks. First one to Z wins! This game not only kills time but helps young readers practice their letters and vocabulary.

5. Story Time Rotation

One person starts a story with one sentence. Then, each person in the car adds a sentence to build on it. This can lead to some hilarious and creative tales. Record the story session on your phone for a fun playback and lots of giggles.

6. Car Karaoke

Make a playlist of family favorites before the trip and have a car karaoke session. Singing together is not only fun but also a great way to lift everyone’s spirits. Plus, it’s a perfect way to introduce kids to songs from different generations.

7. Color Count

Choose a color and count objects passing by outside that are that color. For example, count how many red cars or green trees you see. Set a timer or a limit to make it more challenging and competitive.

8. Sticker Books

Sticker books are great, especially for younger children. They're mess-free and can keep little hands busy for hours. Look for books that also include some educational content, so they learn as they play.

Comfy Travel Wear

Don’t forget to dress the kids in something comfortable and cute for the journey. Adventure Threads Company’s range of kids and infant shirts include road trip and travel designs.  The whole family can match! 


With these fun road trip games and activities, time will fly faster than the miles. Each game not only entertains but also encourages creativity, observation, and learning. So load up the car, prep your playlists, and get ready for a road trip filled with laughter, learning, and lots of fun.

Safe travels and happy adventuring!

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