Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Activities That Make Family Travel Engaging & Educational

Traveling takes time and a question a lot of people have for their kids are “how can I best utilize this time for my children?”. An excellent way to utilize the time is to engage your children in activities that are fun and educational. Instead of children numbing out on their iPads for hours, kids have an opportunity to grow without even knowing it through interactive games.

You might be in the car with the family, on a long bus ride, or even in the air. Finding ways to pass time without looking at a screen can become a challenge in today's society. However, studies show that some simple travel games that don’t involve screens can create stronger connections among friends or family.

You might already have some family favorite games you play as you travel, but there might be some that you haven’t tried yet that could be a hit for your family. Travel games typically take into account limited space and unlimited imagination.

Airplane Mini Box

The Airplane mini box comes with 30 laughable ideas for you and your family to try while traveling. This game supports kids in staying present and to come up with creative ways to tackle challenges. Another bonus about the Airplane Mini box is that it requires no packing and takes into account everything you’d find on a plane. The challenges on the tokens can keep you occupied for hours if you take your time and have everyone participate. This game can even be played during layovers, which is a time where younger kids (and sometimes adults) get restless.

Elsewhere Scratch-Off Map

The Elsewhere Scratch-Off Map is a travel activity that will keep your child engaged as they start to scratch off locations they’ve visited and learned about along the route. You can get creative with the Scratch-Off Map by scratching off a location you’re driving through or visiting. Each location comes with interesting fun fact cards so that you can learn a bit along the way. It’s an activity that can keep giving as you explore the united states! Between traveling you can keep it framed for guests to see, oh and it’s also extra durable to handle any kid messes like spills or potential tears. This is the kind of gift both young and old can enjoy as the map fills with color every trip you take as a family. You can currently back them here on Kickstarter along with their new world map!

The Ultimate Travel Journal

The Ultimate Travel Journal is a great item to grab if you have any children because it will support your child's memory retention as the travel. Journaling becomes a great treasure trove of recorded events that later in life people can look back and jog an old memory. It also supports children with a reflection on the day's events and any landmarks that stood out to them that they saw. The journal even adds in some games and activities to play while traveling which adds plenty of excitement while waiting in a vehicle.

Magnet Fun

This is a great tool to spark a child’s visual creativity by giving them the power to create scenic views. With Magnet Fun - Cars, Planes, and Trains your younger children will have a blast creating, or recreating images they’ve seen throughout the road trip. Children tend to find magnets super magical, and so do some adults, which will keep them fascinated while also being able to create some awesome scenic views.

Kids Travel Activity Tray

The Travel Activity Tray is a perfect addition to a child's arsenal of entertainment because it gives them an opportunity to learn organizational tools. Yes, you can hook in an iPad but it isn’t necessary. This tray can hold dozens of activities for a child so that the minute they get bored there are almost a dozen other games waiting for them. It’s going to be hard for a kid to get bored with the Travel Activity Tray, and you can even combine it with other travel games on this list. Let your child help you decide what the tray looks like so that they feel like it’s customized for them.


  1. Oh these are all so much fun! My husband and I will be flying with my brother and nephew soon and I definitely want to find ways to keep my nephew busy. These will help!

  2. These look like fun for kids! Mine are older and basically just stick to their phones now, ha.

  3. These are some great travel games. I like the one with the magnets so no lost pieces all over the car.

  4. I think travel journals are great ideas to keep all the family entertained. They are so cool and challenge they imagination of both children and adults.

  5. I never had any of those when I was a kid. I love the idea! Trips can get exhausting, specially if we are talking about long drives or extensive flights. It's good to have different things to keep the young and not so young busy. lol Thanks for sharing!

  6. How great are these!?! My 3 littles would definitely love the magnet box!!

  7. Some of these look really fun! I usually pack a carry-on for each kid, filled with snacks and activities.

  8. I love the journal and the tracking map. What a fun way to make the trip engaging and memorable.

  9. All of these look fun! I would like to have the Elsewhere Scratch-Off Map.

  10. I love the airplane mini box. I will have to try this one on our next travel. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Those were a really fun travel activities. Make kids would be so happy to try these.