Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and many families take the opportunity to spend a long weekend away. With the busy-ness of school schedules and sporting events, this may be the last break many families will have to spend time away from home with their kids until school lets out next summer. Mom and dad are looking for a peaceful road trip and they don’t want the getaway ruined by squabbling kids. Here are a few ways you can entertain the kids on a Labor Day weekend road trip.
Take advantage of your in-car entertainment system and rent a great movie from Redbox.
Redbox kiosks are located across the US. Rent a movie in one state and return it in another after the kids have had time to watch it. It’s a convenient and inexpensive rental option. If you happen to have a newer vehicle with wi-fi enabled, you can skip Redbox and watch your favorite shows directly from Netflix.
Get lost in a great story with audio books or books on CD.
Find a great series on Audible to listen to. Start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, or entertain the kids with a classic like Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, or pique their interest in a popular movie like The BFG by Roald Dahl. Bonus points if you take it a step further and find a book based on the destination you’re traveling to.
Search Pinterest for easy to make travel games.
Pinterest is a wealth of information for experienced or inexperienced travelers. A quick search and you’ll find anything from printable scavenger hunts to DIY road trip games like Lego travel kits and magnetic games. Take a trip to Walmart, Target or your favorite department store and grab the materials you need to create a fun game to entertain the kids for hours.
Give your kids an inexpensive point and shoot camera to document the trip.
Wouldn’t you love to see what your kids deem important on a road trip? While you may love the seafood buffet that overlooks the ocean, your kids may be more fascinated with the traffic jam you encountered near NYC. Give them an inexpensive camera and allow them to capture what they love. After the trip print their photos at Canvas People and put them in an album to show off to their grandparent’s.
Talk to your kids.
Life can get busy and time spent together on a road trip is the perfect opportunity to spend time in conversation. Learn what’s going on in their lives. Tell silly knock-knock jokes. Play role reversal games and ask questions like “What would you do if…” and discuss their answers. Talk about school, their friends, things that scare them and things that make them happy. Don’t forget to allow them to ask mom and dad questions too! Road trips are a great way to bond as a family and there is no better way to do that then through conversation.