4 Smart Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained On Long Journeys

Road trip! Those fateful words can inspire both excitement and dread! The excitement from the kids as they know there is an adventure in store, yet also dread because they realize there will be plenty of time spent in the car and away from most of their toys! The good news is you can minimize the dread and do plenty to keep your little ones entertained on the next family road trip. Just keep on reading for some top suggestions. 

Sticker books 

One of the most simple ways to keep the kids happy and entertained on a road trip is a sticker book. After all, little ones love stickers and if you can find one from their favorite franchise they will be over the moon. 

In particular, look for sticker books that have clear reusable stickers, and that contain glossy scenes from your child’s favorite movie or show. These can then be used as easily portable playsets in the back of the car and are great for helping little ones to develop their imagination. 


One of the smartest ways to keep everyone happy on a long trip is to put a video on. Indeed, whether it is their favorite kids’ show like Coco Melon or the film they love the most at the moment like Disney’s Luca, video time in the car can help the journey go faster, and keep everyone quiet and happy too.

Some kids will even be happy to watch youtube videos for the whole journey. Although, it’s worth remembering that you may not be able to get an internet connection on their devices through the whole journey, and even if you do, those mobile charges can be high. 

With that in mind, the most sensible option is to use a tool like VidMate to download some videos for them to watch beforehand. The great thing about this option is that it’s free, and it also allows you to know what your child is watching, rather than leaving it up to them to judge whether the content is appropriate or not. 

Magnetic games 

An old favorite magnetic game is great for playing in the car because the pieces will stick to the board. This means you can pass the game from person to person easily. There is a wide range of games on offer too from the more traditional chess and checkers to things like guess who and Battleships! 

License Plate Game

Last of all, why not set the kids up to play the license plate game? The great thing about this is that all you need is a pen and paper. The idea is that they write down every time they see a plate from a different state – the winner being the first one to all 52! 

You can even make it more fun by printing off a map of the USA and allowing the kids to cross off their plates state by state. Of course, they will also be getting a great lesson in Geography but there is no reason to tell them that! 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.


My name is Richie and I am a 40 year old father of two, a daughter and son. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network security administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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