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25+ Family Fun Road Trip Activities and Games to Make the Hours Fly By!

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by Robin

So you’re looking for fun road trip activities for kids?  How are you feeling about the impending time in the car? I hope you’re looking forward to it, but chances are there’s a little bit of dread. We’re here to help with this collection of fun road trip games, low mess crafts for the car, activity books that use their brains – and take up time!

You can often find my family and I piled into the car driving places and over the years we’ve cultivated ideas to make the time pass with more laughter and less complaining. 

Have you checked out our Family Road Trip Survival Guide?  It’s got some great tips that will help your trip planning.

I know you have so much to do to prepare for your trip – and sometimes you just want it all in one place – and get it off your to-do list.

That’s what I’ve got for you here. With this list, you can safely add some well-thought-out things to your online cart and know that in a few days you’ll have great fun road trip activities for kids that will keep them entertained for hours. 

What are some fun things to do on a road trip? Keep reading – we’ve got your back here!

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Family Fun Road Trip Activities and Games to Make the Hours Fly By

Low Mess Car Crafts

THIS is our family’s favourite way to spend time.  Nothing makes time fly for kids faster than making things.  They can get into a creative zone and the miles can pass unnoticed!

  • These window Markers – hands down this is our kids’ favourite.  Each morning we’d get them to clean their window off to make room for that days’ creation!
  • Twistable Coloured Pencils  The drawback to pencil crayons in the car is the need for sharpening them. No one wants to clean pencil shavings from inside the car when you finally arrive.  These Twistables make sharpening pencils no mess and easy enough for kids to do on their own!  
  • Don’t forget spiralbound, hardcovered sketchbooks! These are easiest to use in the car. 
  • Aluminum Foil  Think of this like playdoh for the car!  Aluminum foil is maleable and can be shaped into fabulous creations!  Our kids made hats and jewellery and more.  Just tear off sheets and hand it back to them – just to avoid accidental cuts from the packaging.  We brought clear tape too for extra creative fodder.
  • Pipe Cleaners  Another no mess sculpting craft!  
  • Water colouring books and  Water activity books Our kids LOVED these when they were toddlers.  Great to have on hand for long waits anywhere with little ones.  I used to keep one in my purse for waiting room distractions.
  • Reusable Sticker Pads  Sticker books that you can reposition can stimulate creative play – and can be used over and over!
Car Trip with Kids Foil Collage

Car Games for Kids (and Adults) That Are Actually Fun

Car Trip Ideas for Kids Window Markers

Brainy (and Time-Consuming) Car Activities & Books

Audiobooks Make the Drive Fly By

I am a huge fan of audiobooks.  I use them all the time to make my commute, workouts and housework fly by.  There’s something magical about getting absorbed in a book and time passing unnoticed.

Your library probably has free audiobooks that you can download to your devices – be sure to check that out.

There are some books you just can’t get from your library so look into Audible. New members can get 2 free audiobooks – you can start the free trial and cancel it before the 30 days is up!

Don’t forget:
check out our collection of FREE Road Trip Activities Printables, including our fun and free road trip scavenger hunt printable

I hope you have a fabulous trip filled with great memories  (or at least ones you can laugh about later)! These super fun road trip activities and games will help the time fly by.

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