Were you one of those kids who taught all the other kids how to do Jacob’s Ladder? Remember how happy you were when you could finally do it? Now it’s years later and you can’t remember how — so, here are the instructions so you can teach your kids step by step along with a video for the demonstration of those tricky parts. This is a great activity to play in the car on a trip to keep the kids busy hours. Have fun!
March 28, 2012 Comments Off
Road Trip review from Big Bro, one of Road Trip Mom’s kids!
The most thrilling ride for me at the Universal Studios Theme Park was in the Islands of Adventure park, and it is called Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall. You enter the ride with your party and are isolated from the other riders. Before the ride begins, a scary voice comes on and tells you that all safety protocol will be ignored. Then shoots you straight up into the air at what seems like a million miles an hour, and as soon as it gets to the top it shoots you downwards faster than gravity can pull you.
I had a great deal of fun trying to convince my younger sisters to go on it with me. They were terrified at first, but after they went on it once they each went four more times. The ride is very intimidating to look at but it is a blast to go on. The lines were also very short when we went with little to no waiting for a seat. The view at the top of the ride is also outstanding, with the whole park in front of you and the beautiful Florida landscape behind you. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who is looking for thrills at this park.
Keep reading for lots of tips on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios theme parks.
NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a review by my road trip son! He’s helping me out with his own backseat opinions on some of our recent travels. Let’s give him a hand!
February 8, 2012 Comments Off
This kids’ luggage is Cute As A Bug!
There is even more cute luggage at PolkaDottedLuggage.com
January 17, 2012 2 Comments
Here’s a car game you can play without any materials at all. It’s a geography game that I found on Education.com, which also has a lot of other games and printable materials for kids — great stuff for road trips.
The geography game is super easy to play. You simply take turns naming different cities, states or countries around the world. The only catch is that when it’s your turn, your geography point must begin with the same letter that the last person’s ended. Simple! If you have an atlas in the car, this game will have your kids scouring through it and learning new places.
Devra, my friend and frequent road-trip cohort from Parentopia.com, has played this game with her family (and me) for years. But somehow it always seems to me like there are a lot of geography points that start AND end with the letter A — Alaska, Alabama, Alameda, Australia, Angola, Argentina, Albania, … see what I mean? Next time I’m on a roadtrip with them, I’m using “Arkansas” as my secret weapon. If you can’t spell it, you won’t know that it ends in an “S”! And if that doesn’t get them, then I’ll try “Albuquerque.” Ha!
January 12, 2012 Comments Off
My personal favorite road trip amusement item: All-American Car-i-Oke.
This is way better than ordinary music. It’s full participation music!
It has a CD with the music, and all the lyrics in the spiral bound book. It also includes several smaller lyrics booklets – one for the back seat, the way-back seat, and another for anyone who doesn’t like to share.
I bought a copy of All-American Car-i-Oke for my kids a few years ago (Ok, I admit that I probably bought it mostly for me – the biggest kid in the car). We never tire of it, and use it at least once every trip. We have the most fun with the backseat drumming, and the “make up your own Blues” song.
In fact, it helped evolve a rule in our car — “No whining allowed unless you’re singing the Blues!”
September 24, 2010 5 Comments
Reader favorites – fun activities to do in the car….
One child holds out his hand and closes his eyes while the other child “writes” on his hand with her finger. The first child has to guess what the second person is writing. Start with just letters, and if it gets too easy, play with 2 or 3 letter words, pausing between letters. There’s no winner or loser with this game. It can just go on continuously! (Submitted by reader Betsy C. –Thanks!)
TRAVEL BINGO — Print these!
Remember those Travel Bingo boards that you flip the red area when you see the picture on the board? Look for them at dollar stores. OR, try a printable version such as the travel bingo boards posted here! (Thanks to reader Lundy W.)
ANIMAL SOUNDS (Fun for Pre-school age children)
Make animal sounds and let your children take turns naming the animals. If your children are able to do so, let them take turns making the animal sounds and have you guess the animal.
For more travel games for kids, check out the article Car Games for Kids!
September 7, 2010 2 Comments