You have finally narrowed down your summer family travel destination and are trying to figure our how to entertain the kids in the car, on the airplane, or even at the hotel or resort you just booked. Travel games for kids are your secret weapon when traveling with kids!
Travel games are simple to play and are easy to pack. We are sharing my favorite travel games for kids to have fun and keep them entertained your whole trip.
Travel Games for Kids
Write and Wipe Games
Having a small whiteboard and erasable markers can help entertain small children while traveling. Call out letters for them to practice writing or have them draw a picture of things they see as you pass them. Little ones will love this as they drive in the car.
Another fun option is a Write and Wipe Games To Go Activity Book. These activities can be completed by one or two players. These are perfect for ages 3-6.
Built for traveling Checkers Take “N” Play Anywhere is a great game for kids who are a bit older. It is magnetic and has the perfect storage case. This is why this travel game is perfect because it lets children to play in the car or on a plane and still get excited about yelling “King Me!”
Apples to Apples On The Go
My family loves playing Apples to Apples board game on family game nights.
Thank goodness there is an Apples to Apples On The Go. It is a great portable game to play while traveling. All you have to do is open the box and deal the cards out and let the fun begin.
This game is a favorite game to play while traveling because it involves everyone. Each person takes turns being the judge and gets to choose the card that suits the category best.
Loaded Questions Juniors Game
For a family car game Loaded Questions Juniors will not disappoint.
It is a great way to keep the conservations going and have some silly moments together.
You will be surprised at the answers your kids give. In the car is a great way to get to know your family members better!
With 200 creative and playful questions, you will have hours of great conversations!
Auto Bingo is a family favorite. My kids could play this game forever. Be sure to encourage them to switch their cards up before playing a new round. Buying Auto Bingo is a must before you take your next road trip.
Mad Libs on the Road
Mad Libs on the Road is a great game for older kids. You want to make sure your kids understand what nouns, verbs, and adjectives are. A perfect way to keep them using language skills on vacation, but in a fun way.
For added entertainment have them read the completed mad lib out loud. I promise this will have your car laughing over and over!
U.S.A License Plate Game
The License Plate game is where kids try to find all 50 states license plates on different cars as you pass them on the road.
This game can be played with just having your kids mark off license plates they see from a pre-printed list or they can write out each state on a blank sheet of paper.
You can also order the Melissa and Doug U.S.A License Plate game board. With this game board, your kids just flip over the state once they have found that license plate.
Why not create stories while you are on your road trip? You can create your own story cubes by writing topics on the sides of homemade cubes or use Rory’s Story cubes.
Story Cubes are a great way to stretch your imagination with a simple roll of the cube!
Hangman has been around forever but it’s such a fun game to play. Melissa and Doug has the perfect travel hangman game. This version makes it easier for kids to play in the car and on the airplane.
Spot it is a great game to stick in your suitcase to have in the hotel for some entertainment before the vacation fun begins.
To play this game, you flip over two cards and see who can spot which item is on both cards. The secret is to not look at the size of each object because they may be the same item but different sizes!
With Scrabble Tile Lock your tiles will not slide around which is the perfect travel game for kids. This game comes with 4 trays to hold tiles. You really can play this game anywhere like the car, airplane, or even a restaurant table.
With so many ways to solve a Rubik’s Cube it is a great game to keep your kids entertained while traveling. It will for sure be challenging and also educational.
Barrel of Monkeys
Easily stored and sleek packing for packing in your carry on bag, diaper bag, or storing in the car.
Barrel of Monkeys is a great game for small kids to play while waiting in an airport or riding in the car. You may want to purchase two so they have more monkeys to play and link together!
No need to be an artist when it comes to playing Pictionary.
Travel Pictionary comes with over 400 cards and a dry erase board and erasable pens.
Grab a few extra erasable markers to store with this game so the fun doesn’t stop when the markers dry up.
Travel Scavenger Hunt
A great way to help kids pass time in the car is by doing a Travel Scavenger Hunt!
A perfect search and find game for kids to help fight their boredom while traveling.
With over 54 cards, this game can be played over and over and helps keep the kids’ senses in check as all cards require you to see, hear it, or even smell it!