By Emily Hein
Even the smartest mothers in the world are destined to face the terror of hungry, tired, screaming kids while traveling. Whether it’s getting restless at the airport gate or crying in the backseat on your next road trip, kids have a tendency to, uh, make their presence known, to put it lightly! Luckily for you, Mom, Travelle’s here to save you on your next trip! With these cheap, easy, suggestions, entertaining kids while traveling will be a breeze.
Take “I Spy” To a New Extreme
As a kid, my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed playing “I Spy” on road trips…for about 20 minutes until we were bored again. Luckily, my dad swooped in to rescue us from our boredom, without even trying! As we were driving by a field of cows, he looked out the window and, so nonchalantly as if it’s totally normal, mooed at the cows. Yes, he literally mooed. And thus, the birth of “Extreme I Spy” was born! The rules are simple: encourage your kids to interact with whatever you pass. Have them mimic the sounds of every animal, create songs about the weather, or even tally up how many cars of each color they see! The only downside to this tip is that you don’t get peace and quiet- but it’s free, and the smiles on your kids’ faces will make the commotion well worth it.
Airport Scavenger Hunt
We all know all too well that you usually find the exact same spots in any airport: a newsstand, a fast food joint, a souvenir store, and maybe a restaurant or two. If you travel often, these are probably same old, same old for you and your kids. Spice things up a little bit by turning these repetitive spots into locations of clues for an airport scavenger hunt! Provide your kids with specific things you know they can find in these stores, like a certain copy of a magazine or your favorite snack. Then, take them around the airport and see how many things they can find! Even though they can’t do this one on their own, your children will be entertained while finding all of the things you need before your flight- it’s a win win!
Listen to Musicals
The best thing about musicals is that there’s a story behind every single song. Plus, musicals have a ton of songs in them, so it’s about two hours of music for each show you’ll listen to. Gather up a bunch of kid-friendly musical soundtracks (or you can find plenty digitally!) and your kids will instantly be drawn to the story in the songs. Then, have your kids to try to guess the plot of the musical from the songs. It’ll be fun for them to show their creative side, and it’ll be fun for you to hear all of your kids’ crazy ideas!
Create a Story Together
If your kids aren’t connecting with the stories within musicals, take it up a notch and have them create their own! Give them an object to write about - something you pass by in the car or at the airport - and you’ll be surprised where their imaginations can go! If you have more than one child with you, create mini contests for the craziest story, funniest story, most creative story, etc. You can even join in on the fun and create a story yourself! Even the classiest lady needs to feel like a kid again sometimes. It’s our hope that the next time you’re in a pinch to entertain your kids while traveling, this guide will come in handy. Enjoy keeping your kids busy and joining in on the fun to flash back to your good old days. Travelle’s got your back - and your little ones’ backs, too.