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Family Travel Question:

Q | What are the best kid-friendly activities for the car?

Keeping kids content in the car may seem like an impossibility, but it’s made easier by some planning and preparation.

A | Don’t leave home without audio books

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  I would never leave so much as the driveway (let alone the state) without a nice big stack of children’s audio books.  I get mine for free at the public library, but online sellers or your local bookstore work too.

We’ve taken more road trips with our kids (now 8 and 10) than any sane parents would.  Forget religion.  Audio books are the opiate of the people, at least the people in my car.  When you find a good one, the miles just seem to fly by.   We drove from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon and then to Phoenix and back last spring break, but with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on board, it was no problem.

If you’re new to audio books, here are some of my favorites:

Ages 2-3
Love You Forever: The Best of Robert Munsch
Uglified Ducky: Traditional and Original Stories

Ages 4-5
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Flat Stanley Audio Collection

Ages 6-7
The Roald Dahl Audio CD Collection
Alvin Ho: Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

Ages 8-9
You’re a Bad Man Mr. Gum
The Castle in the Attic

Ages 10-11
A House Called Awful End
The Indian in the Cupboard

Ages 12 and up:
Hoot
Fablehaven

Good luck!

Photo courtesy of Jamie Pearson

4 Responses

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  2. Debra says:

    The Tale of Despereaux is also fantastic. You can’t stop listening!

  3. Mo Travels says:

    Travel books and podcasts are a must on our road trips.

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