Are We There Yet?: Top 7 Summer Road Trip Games
By: Good2GoPublished: June 16, 2014
This Saturday marks the official start of summer, which means the kids are out of school and are ready to take advantage of three months of nonstop fun in far away places. Unfortunately for you, that means figuring out how to keep them preoccupied on those long car rides. Good2Go has got you covered with these seven classic summer road trip games that every kid (and even teen) will love.
While some new vehicles have entertainment systems equipped with DVD players, gaming consoles and Internet access to keep the little ones entertained for the next 100 miles, not every family can afford this luxury. And if you really want to spend quality time with family, you won’t get much of that if everyone’s face is buried in their mobile device. That’s where good ol’ fashioned road trip games come into play.
A road trip classic, I Spy involves one person looking at their surroundings and choosing an object for the other players to guess. The caveat is that the only clue is: “I spy with my little eye something X.” The spy can either say the first letter of the object’s name or describe the color of the object. The player who correctly guesses the object becomes the spy. Try to spy objects that are within view for every player, so avoid objects and scenes that go by too quickly – because nobody likes a cheater.
While most summer road trip questions consist of “are we there yet,” this game consists of questions that are much more fun to answer. There are various ways to play 20 questions, but the objective remains the same: guess the object before the 20th question. Depending on your version of the game, your answer can either be an animal, vegetable, mineral, person, place, or thing. The players ask directed questions to try and guess the answer, but the trick of the game is that the answers to these questions can only be “yes” or “no.” If there is no winner by the 20th question, you can ask a 21st question to give everyone one last guess before the answer is revealed and a new round is started.
This game is great for kids of all ages and can vary in levels of difficulty. For younger players, have them call out letters they see in license plates in alphabetical order. The first player to reach the letter Z wins. To make things more interesting, challenge them to find license plates that contain two or three of the same letter or number, such as AA or 333. Whoever has the most doubles or triples by the end of the trip wins. For older kids and teens, have them search for out-of-state plates in alphabetical order. Or have them create phrases out of the sequence of letters. For example, a license plate with RLK – 3601 could generate the phrase, “Regis likes Kelly.” The phrases can be literal or nonsensical – as long as everyone is having fun. While there is no physical prize, bragging rights can be just as satisfying.
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The Picnic/Grocery Game
If your family needs to improve their memory skills, this is the game for them. Player one starts by saying, “I went to a picnic and I brought X” or “I went to the grocery store and bought X.” Then the player names an item that begins with A, like apples. Player two then repeats Player one’s phrase, followed by naming an item that begins with the letter B. This sequence continues until the final player can recall all of the items from A to Z. Good luck figuring out what you can buy from a grocery store that begins with X.
Who am I?
No, you’re not suffering from amnesia. In the game, “Who Am I?” players try to guess who you are through a series of clues or “yes” and “no” questions. Are you a celebrity? A fictional character? A historical figure? Your brother’s best friend? Whoever you choose to be, make sure it’s someone that everyone in the car knows. Whichever player guesses your identity correctly becomes the next mystery person.
Name That Tune
Sometimes the most fun games are the simplest. Developed after the television game show, “Name That Tune” consists of one player humming, singing or whistling a melody while the other players try to guess the song. Add to the fun by choosing themes like musicals, movies, even commercial jingles. The winner of the game then becomes the “singer” in the next round.
Team Story Telling
This road trip game will test your creativity and your talent for story-telling. One person starts by creating the first line of the story. It can be as simple or as complex as you like because everyone will get a turn to contribute to the tale. Each player adds a line to the story as it builds over time. Depending on the creativity of your group, your story could go on for hours.
Family road trips can be fun, but let’s be honest – most of the time they can be downright boring. Turn a mundane three hour drive into hours of fun and excitement with these road trip games. No assembly required.
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