The Memorial Day weekend is the time many families travel to places to have fun or visit distance relatives. Kids tend to get restless on these long excursions and these tips will help keep them entertained.
If the family vehicle does not have a DVD player built in then bring a portable one and some favorite movies for the kids. Movies always makes travel seem quicker and less stressful. This is why airlines frequently have movies.
If you have kids that are far apart in age there are still movies that all age groups can enjoy. A tablet with a network plan would be very convenient for this.
Kids of all ages enjoy coloring. Having a stack of coloring books and some crayons will keep kids distracted for awhile.
Older children will become bored quicker with coloring and may not want to do it at all. The older kids will usually want to do their own thing and that is a good, let them do what they want if possible.
If the Memorial Day weekend trip is very long taking frequent stops is almost required. Being cramped up in the car for long periods of time will eventually cause anyone to get restless.
Plan the trip route to include short sightseeing stops. Stopping at rest stops gives everyone a chance to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs.
Singing and Games
A more traditional method of keeping kids happy on long trips is singing songs and playing word games, Singing a hundred bottles of beer on the wall may not be appropriate. Print out some song sheets of the kids favorite songs and you will be good to go.
My family took a lot of trips and one of our favorites was the cow game. The ones on the left side of the car counted what cows they saw on their side and the ones on the right counted theirs. If you passed a graveyard you buried your cows and had to start over.
Take turns reading aloud from age appropriate books. Plan ahead of time and download several onto a tablet and pass it around taking turns reading. Adventure stories would do well here since the family is already pumped for an adventure.
Have the kids bring their favorite paper type books on the trip and they might be happy to share them with the entire family. The key is variety since kids become bored quickly and having several distractions ready will help keep them entertained.
These tips will go a long way helping families traveling on Memorial Day weekend have a more pleasant and safer trip. You can probably think of some of your own to add to these. Restless children can cause a lot of stress for the driver and defeats the purpose of the trip, which is to have fun!