Keeping your family occupied and entertained on a road trip is never easy. You’ll be in the front seat driving, when all of a sudden you’re bombarded with the dreaded cries of, “Are we there yet?” Then your kids start fighting, claiming their little brother is invading their space.
And all the while your spouse sleeps conveniently in the seat beside you.
Knowing a game or two to keep your kids occupied can help you get through situations like this. Here are six classic games you and your family can play while you’re on the road.
Name That Tune
This is a game you can play whenever you’ve got a good radio signal. When a song comes on, whoever says the name of the song gets the point. If you don’t know many of the titles, name the bands instead.
It’s a great way to discover new music, although it tends to work better if you have older kids who know music.
It can also get old after a while, so it might be a good idea to set a point limit.
This game is very simple. One person gives the clue by saying, “I spy something (insert adjective here)”, and everyone else has to guess what the person is looking at. It’s not always easy to see what they’re looking at when the car is doing 100 kilometres an hour, but it can be played everywhere under any circumstances. And adults can join in the fun, too.
The Alphabet Game
In the alphabet game, everyone tries to find an instance of every letter of the alphabet. They can find them on billboards, number plates, cars or anywhere else. They yell the letter out loud, point out where they found it, and try to beat everyone to the end. There’s nothing quite like the joy of finding the letters Q and Z.
This is another classic. One person thinks of anything from a person to a food. The rest of the group then has 20 ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions to gather enough information to guess what it is. It’s a lot of fun trying to stump each other, and anyone can play. It’s fun, simple, and can even be educational.
The Number Plate Game
The object of this game is to find a number plate from every state and territory. You can keep a list over the entire road trip, and cross off the states you’ve already found. This game can last a couple of days (or more!), but it will keep your kids busy and keep you sane.
Two Lies and a Truth
In this game, one person tells two lies and one fact about themselves, and each person in the group gets to guess which story is the truth. For example, I could say, “I’ve been to Mars. I took a shower today. I have 8,000 pairs of shoes.” You can be as serious or ridiculous as you like. It’s a fun way to get to know each other, and a great way to figure out who’s good at lying.