Parent Friendly Travel Games

Several years ago I gave a friend who was driving around Australia a set of travel games. After she got back, she thanked me very kindly and gave me the set of cards back (each card had a different travel game suggestion printed on it). I thought she must have misunderstood that they were a present for her to keep, but I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, so we kept them.

Last month we went on a family camping trip which involved a four hour car journey. I finally remembered  these travel games and brought them along. Well, all I can say is that they made Monopoly look like a fun family game. I know this verges on the heretical, but as educational as alphabetical order may be, it is not fun. Repeatedly playing travel games based entirely on variations of alphabetical ordering are enough to make any parent ask “are we there yet?” Needless to say, these travel “games” are “accidentally” going in the recycling bin.

Instead I plan to make copious notes from the most amazing author. This has to be the ultimate travel book for dealing with the endless waiting and queuing and long flights and long car drives. All I can say is, not worthy.[amtap amazon:asin=1561452637] 

Carol Baicker-McKee has the most wonderful imaginative strategies for boredom busters. While the book’s title says it’s for preschoolers and the target age is 3 and 4 year olds, many of the ideas appeal to older kids as well. You’re not going to get much buy in from teenagers but that’s why God invented ipods. She has a gorgeous blog which has nothing to do with travel but is a fabulous read.

My current cunning plan is to use Evernote


to make quick outline notes of the games she suggests. That way I’ll be able to refer to them quickly. Unfortunately I went through and bookmarked all of the pages I wanted to make notes on and it was almost the entire book *sigh*. I think I’ll have to re-read it several times before we go.