Road trips can be both fun and exhausting, especially with young children. When games of “I Spy…” and sing-alongs start to fail, these apps save the day from the question every parent dreads: “Are we there yet?” These road trip apps are sure to keep your kids entertained so you’re able to focus on the road, distraction free.
1. Mad Libs
Cost: free, with each additional “book” of 21 stories you purchase costing $1.99
This app is a fun, modern twist on the traditional game of Mad Libs. Unlike the paper version, you aren’t able to see the context of the word you’re suggesting until you’ve filled in all the blanks the entire story is revealed, making every game a surprise. Kids aged four and up can have a blast making silly stories, and your car will be filled with laughs when they’re read out loud.
2. The Game of Life Classic Edition
Family game night just got an upgrade. The Game of Life is a classic board game favorite, and this app brings the game to you without the hassle of a board or setting up, which makes it perfect for a road trip.
This app is awesome because not only does it get your kids playing together, but it allows them to interact with their surroundings, too! It’s a perfect addition to your other road trip apps. Two players go head to head to look for a red car, a mountain, a police car, and more to fill their Bingo card. All ages can play, and it can be played on single player mode as well.
4. Crazy Road Trip—Messy Family Camping Day
Cost: Free, with optional in-app purchases
This game about road trips is perfect to keep your kids entertained on their own trip! With each different road trip destination chosen, the family is presented with a new challenge and it’s up to your child to help them figure out a solution. Your child will have a blast helping fix the car, giving makeovers, and more.
5. Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming
If your child has had their heart stolen by the adorable movie Finding Dory this app will make them happy as a clam. Kids have the opportunity to swim with Dory and friends to help her find her family, facing many challenges along the way. You know what they say: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”
6. Hoopa City
Hoopa City is like a toddler version of The Sims. With a tool box that can build roads, houses, and schools, your child will be entertained for hours building their very own world.
7. Cooking Mama Let’s Cook!
Cooking Mama lets your child select a dish and ‘prepare’ it by chopping, sizzling, and more! It allows creativity so your child can combine meals to make their own unique recipes for Papa. The better their dish, the happier Papa will be, the better their score!
8. Toca Life: Vacation
What better way to keep your kids entertained on a road trip than by reminding them how much fun they’re going to have once they get out of the car? This app allows for adventures jumping on a hotel bed, exploring the beach, and creating the perfect vacation.
9. My Virtual Pet Shop
This fun game allows you to groom and dress up your pet, take care of them, build your own pet store, and more! Your family dog may not have been able to go on vacation with you, but this perfect road trip app lets your child feel like their pet is right by their side!
10. Disney Story Time
This app features all your child’s favorite stories—from classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to Frozen and Finding Nemo. The stories are interactive with animations, music, and more. Allow your child to get lost in the magic of Disney and stay entertained for hours on end.
We all know that long road trips can be boring, especially for children, but these road trip apps are sure to keep them entertained for the entire ride, no matter how long you’re in the car! From building their own world to cooking up new recipes to playing Bingo, these road trip apps will save the day from both boredom and any complaints.