From Parents to Parents: Tips for Entertaining Kids on Road Trips

The dreaded "are we there yet" could be coming to a vehicle near you, but one suburban dad is putting the brakes on boredom, sharing some tips for surviving road trips with kids. And other parents have weighed in too.

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The dreaded "are we there yet" could be coming to a vehicle near you, but it doesn't have to. One suburban dad is putting the brakes on boredom, sharing some tips for surviving road trips with kids. And other parents have weighed in too. Evanston dad Matt Boresi, who blogs and podcasts about parenting, says car games are a great way to entertain kids on the road. Examples include I Spy, slug bug, license plate spotting or road trip bingo.
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Boresi says screens are a nice back-up plan when pre-loaded with shows and movies.
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Sneak in some normally forbidden snacks so your kids can indulge in a special treat along the way.
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Stop at playgrounds along the way, Boresi says
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Other parents have suggested bringing along simple crafts like Play-Doh or washable markers and coloring books.
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Can't read and drive? Audio books are a great way to keep your kids entertained from a book.
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If your kids love Legos but you aren't sure how to play with them in the car, try a cookie sheet, one parent suggests.
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Gather together small, inexpensive new toys and make a "goodie bag" for kids to open in the car, another parent says.
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