Entertaining Kids On A Road Trip – Tips For Parents

Looking for ideas on entertaining kids on a road trip but worry about too much screen time?

As someone who has taken several cross-country trips with young kids en-tow, trust me, sometimes the screen time is exactly what you need for your own sanity. But it doesn’t have to be mindless entertainment either, kids can be both entertained and still be learning at the same time with some fun, educational apps!

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Educational Apps For Entertaining Kids On A Road Trip

Many kids have their own mobile device these days, and while mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, as a parent I want to make sure the time we do allow in front of a screen is beneficial. 

Finding apps and activities that are educational, yet still fun, gives me a little peace of mind while I’m getting peace and quiet on a long road trip!

Educational apps for parents to check out

There are so many quality educational apps available today that we encourage parents to explore the App Store or Google Play for help in entertaining kids on a road trip. A few we recommend:

  • Duolingo is fun and effective for kids or adults learning a second language. Read more in-depth about Duolingo here.
  • Hooked on Phonics is great for younger kids just learning how to read.
  • Mathmateer, which is available to iPhone and iPad users, will keep grade-schoolers busy with 56 fun math missions.
  • Stack the States is perfect for a cross-country trip, teaching kids about U.S. geography, state capitals, and flags

Also looking for a few non-tech ideas on entertaining kids on a road trip? Check out these articles on fun games to play on a road trip:

5 Fun Games To Play On A Road Trip
10 Travel Games for Road Trips
Four Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games For Kids

For summer fun closer to home, check out my list of Ten Free Kid Activities To Do In The Summer!


Sunset Ford of Sumner helped with these great road trip app ideas. 

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33 thoughts on “Entertaining Kids On A Road Trip – Tips For Parents

  • April 18, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Wow. this is an awesome idea. My kids kept on asking questions on road trips and it is very difficult to answer them while driving. This app will surely keep them busy. Reply
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  • May 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    I love educational apps! The earlier we get kids involved in the better. Kids are going to gravitate toward tech anyway so we may as well make it educational! Reply
  • May 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    This is > all. The last thing you want on a road trip is a bored, cranky kid or kids. It can get miserable quick when that happens. Reply
  • May 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm
    There are so many great apps for kids. When we go on a road trip I like to download a few new games for the kids to play while I drive. Reply
  • May 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    This would have been so handy a couple of weeks ago when we went on vacation with our 5 boys! I'll have to bookmark it for our next trip. Thanks for sharing! Reply
  • May 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    We have so many road trips coming up that I know I will love these tips. My daughter gets carsick with screens or books, but my son doesn't! Reply
  • May 1, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    We leave for vacation in 28 days, great ideas. I love educational apps for my kids, especially on vacation it keeps them in a learning rhythm. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 1:43 am
    All the apps sounds wonderful. I'll be checking all these. The family's going on a road trip next weekend. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 5:12 am
    What a great idea and how fab it is also educational as well! It sounds like a great help on road trips for parents. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 9:34 am
    I thought "are we there yet" was just a joke because my kids never asked us that while traveling....until just recently! Oh I now know the horror myself. Appreciate any tips that will avoid constantly being barraged with those four words that start to have the same impact as running nails down a chalk board. Very nice suggestions for apps that both educate and entertain. Reply
    • May 2, 2017 at 10:18 am
      Lol, yeah. They start at a certain age and it only gets worse! We like to have a mix of electronic and non-electronic things to keep them occupied....for the driver's sake. ;) Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 9:39 am
    It can be hard to take kids on long trip. I will be traveling soon and I may need some tips to keep myself occupied! Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 11:03 am
    I love that they have so many wonderful apps. My girls both have tablets, and I love it when they play the educational ones. I know they're learning from them and still having fun. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    We are going to the beach next weekend, and these tips are going to come in handy. I can't wait to try these out! Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    When we do get the chance to take the family on a road trip, about 1/4 of the items we bring are to help entertain our kids. Apps are a great way for them to learn something new while challenging their abilities. I am so happy to have a Samsung S7 Edge as it allows my younger kids to watch something while their older sister is on her tablet in the car. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    The tablet with apps installed was a great way to keep my youngest entertained when we were traveling. I always made my kids take things that they could do in the car. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm
    Keeping kids occupied during a road trip is vital! I usually create a little "Car Kit" for our long road trips, that are filled with activities and snacks! Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm
    Music and movies are always my kids entertainment when on the go. We also bring some balls to pass around when we stop at rest stops. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm
    These apps sound great to keep the kids busy and entertained. It's so awesome to have something for them on the go all in one place. Reply
  • May 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Take your toddler's blanket and pillow if there's room. This is extra important if your road trip includes an overnight stay. Kids like their own stuff, particularly at bedtime in a strange place. If your child is out of his car seat, he may nod off more easily if he puts the pillow against the window and rests his head against it. Reply
  • May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am
    Those apps can surely entertain kids! Our son has his favorite apps and when he's not playing or listening to music, he's asleep. :) Reply
  • May 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips! I'll definitely have to download some of these educational apps, because I know that my children would love them. Reply
  • May 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    Awesome!!! I am super excited about the Duolingo app because I have been begging my kids to speak French with me. They understand it well but do not want to venture into speaking it. Also, my son calls himself "The Math Master" so he will be happy about this app! I will totally give those a try: thank you! Reply
  • May 4, 2017 at 2:43 am
    These are some great tips to help parents survive a long road trip! My kids love the stack the states app as well! Reply
  • May 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    This will come in handy, we're planning to spend a couple of weeks this summer heading out west and there will be lots of road time involved. Reply
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  • October 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm
    I'll have to try some of these great ideas. Reply

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