Going on a road trip with our families can be so much fun, but the constant chorus of “are we there yet?” and “I’m bored!” can start to get tiring when you’re halfway through a long ride. That’s why we rounded up these Road Trip Activities for Kids.
With these fun ideas, you can keep the kids busy and having fun even on really long road trips. There are games, crafts, and so many other great kid-friendly travel activities you are going to love.
Before you head out on your trip, check out these fun ideas below and be sure to grab our packing hacks and more packing hacks to make getting ready for your vacation so much easier!
Road Trip Activities for Kids
With so many great road trip activities to choose from, you may want to consult the kids to help you narrow down the options. Although some of these make great surprises too! Not only are these fantastic ideas for during the road trip, but they are perfect for any rainy days spent in a hotel or tent.
We suggest starting by putting together a basic craft kit: scissors, glue stickers, pipe cleaners, pony beads, popsicle sticks, pompoms, feathers, googly eyes, construction paper, and markers/crayons are all good options that won’t take up much space, but provide hours of fun.
We have roundups of pipe cleaner crafts, pony bead crafts, and popsicle stick crafts that all contain craft projects perfect for kids to make while traveling!
ROAD TRIP GOODIE BAGS From It’s Always Autumn
This is such a fun way to surprise the kids. Every time you hit a certain landmark, location, or mileage point, they get to open a goody bag. Genius!
TRAVEL TIC TAC TOE GAME From Creative Cynchronicity
Make this tic tac toe game before you leave and get hours of enjoyment out of it while on the road. The board for the game is also the storage bag.
ROAD TRIP TREASURE BOX From Mama Cheaps
Another fun idea for treats and craft supplies along the way – grab some items at the local dollar store and fill some small containers for the kids to choose from or to surprise them with!
PORTABLE ACTIVITY KITS FOR ROAD TRIPS From Mama Papa Bubba
These activity kits provide a different activity in each case. The cases then fit into a binder, making this an easy way to keep everything contained and organized for the trip.
I SPY ROADTRIP GAME From Paper Trail Design
Keep the kids entertained and engaged looking for a variety of items along the way. Who can find the most?
MACRAME RAINBOW CHARMS From Creative Cynchronicity
Embroidery floss, twine, and pompoms form these adorable macrame rainbow charms that can then be turned into backpack or suitcase charms, jewelry, or a mobile. Once the kids get the hang of making these, they’ll probably want to make one for everyone they know!
ROAD TRIP SURVIVAL KIT From Fun 365 Oriental Trading
Instead of based on location, these goodies are handed out hour by hour throughout the road trip. A fun way to hand out snacks and activities and keep the kids guessing what’s coming next.
DIY MAGIC BRACELET From A Little Craft In Your Day
Friendship bracelets are perfect for crafting on the road. They require very few supplies and take up very little space.
DIY CLIPPING TOY From Kids Activities Blog
Little ones will love clipping and unclipping this toy over and over again.
ROAD TRIP ALPHABET PICTIONARY From Laly Mom
Play a fun Pictionary game while on the road and reinforce letter sounds while you’re at it!
BRAIDED YARN DOLLS From The Craft Train
All you need to make these yarn dolls is yarn! Wind a variety of colors around a scrap of cardboard to save on space.
DRY ERASE ROAD TRIP ACTIVITY BOOK From Gluesticks And Gumdrops
Another great REUSABLE activity idea – simply use dry erase markers so you can play the game, wipe it off, and play again!
ARE WE THERE YET MAPS From Growing Book By Book
Going on a short trip across town? Or maybe heading to the grandparents’ house for the weekend? Make a map of familiar places and let the kids follow along as you travel.
PORTABLE LEGO KIT From Mama Papa Bubba
Kids love Lego but they take up so much space while traveling? So make a portable Lego kit that keeps them contained!
ROAD TRIP GAMES YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE From Creative Cynchronicity
Remember those fun road trip games you played on long trips with your family? Check out this list of road trip games you can play – many without any special equipment – with your family on your next vacation.
WORD BUILDING ACTIVITY TRAVEL KIT From I Heart Crafty Things
Or how about a magnetic word building kit for the kids who are learning to read?
LICENSE PLATE COLORING MAP From Happiness Is Homemade
If you’re anything like us, we LOVE tracking the different license plates we see while out on the road. This is a fun way to track them while learning a bit more about where the different US states are at the same time.
I SPY ROADTRIP BINGO From That’s What Che Said
Who can call out “Bingo!” first while playing this road trip version?
MAGNETIC DIY TRAVEL TANGRAM PUZZLE From Delia Creates
Tangram puzzles have so many different options that they can provide hours of fun and exploration!
THE ALPHABET RACE From Handmade Charlotte
This is another great fun and educational game option. Let the kids hunt for items for each letter of the alphabet as you drive along.
DISNEY TRAVEL GUESS WHO GAME From Make It Scrappin
Based on the board game Guess Who, this travel Disney version is sure to be a hit with the kids.
Great ideas right? We think there are activities to choose from here for everyone! Don’t worry about keeping your kids busy on your next long trip. These are sure to make them smile!