7 Ways to Keep Children Entertained on the Road

There’s no arguing that road trips are a fun and memorable thing to do as a family – and luckily, they’re often quite affordable compared to other means of family travel. And while it’s easy to see the many benefits to a family road trip, there are a few – perhaps – disadvantages that can be mitigated with proper planning and preparation.

With the kids crammed into the backseat for extended periods of time, they’re sure to get restless. Keep them entertained the whole way with these car ideas:

Play a game.

There are plenty of classic car favorites that your kids are sure to love. From I Spy, to Simon Says, Rock, Paper, Scissors, spelling bees, and more, there are many technology and supply-free games that are easy to plan, but are sure to engage the whole family.

Listen to an audiobook.

There’s nothing wrong with everyone reading their own book, and this is often a great distraction for children. To involve the whole family, play an audiobook aloud of something the kids are excited about – perhaps it’s an old favorite, or a new release in their favorite series. Audiobooks can be paused at any time for discussion, questions, and so on.

Bring a bag of tricks.

It never hurts to bring a few toys or gifts to surprise the kids with when you’re on the road. If your road trip is more than a few hours long, consider packing a few gifts that can be distributed every hour. Examples include:

  • If you’re driving at night, bring a few glow sticks as an exciting treat for the children to enjoy
  • A trivia game or other travel version of favorite board games
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Other small Dollar Store items

Pack good snacks.

Filling kids up on lots of sugar won’t lead to a calm road trip. But just because candy isn’t the best idea, doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with what you pack. Kids often love the mini, single serve versions of everyday items like cereal. Or, instead of a candy necklace, make your own homemade version with cheerios, pretzels, froot loops, and so on. Or make up a few snack boxes with various fruit, nuts, cheese, cookies, and so on, all separated into individual compartments.


Pack a few coloring books to keep the kids entertained, or get a little more creative and print out a blank map of the route you’re traveling and have the kids color in the states, towns, and so on as you pass through them. This also helps educate the kids on where you’re going and how far you’ve come!

Play music for everyone.

Try to find some music that everyone in the family can agree on. If that’s not possible, compile a playlist that includes a few of everyone’s favorites and take turns letting the kids pick which song they’d like to hear next.

Take breaks.

Letting everyone out to stretch and get a little fresh air is an important part of a successful road trip. Map out a few key pitstop areas in advance – including restaurants, picnic areas, and so on. Encourage children to get out of the car even if they don’t feel like they need to use the washroom, stretch, etc. – they’ll feel better if they do!

When the road trip is over, let the whole family unwind with a stay at one of our many extended stay properties in the US, offering kitchens, dining area, a large flat panel TV with premium channels, and high speed Internet access.

Feel Right at Home in Colorado Springs.

Planning on staying in our recently purchased extended stay property in Colorado Springs? We’ve put together a short, yet informative guide of what’s available nearby to help you settle more comfortably into your home away from home.


Colorado Springs is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat as well as the most populous municipality of El Paso County. The area is serviced by public transportation – the Mountain Metro. The I-25 runs north and south through Colorado, crossing the city for about 18 miles. Our property is also conveniently located near the New Santa Fe Regional Trail and the Ronald Reagan Highway.


Looking to pick up a few groceries during your stay? We’re only a 15 minute walk (or 2 minute drive) away from the nearest Trader Joe’s – perfect for picking up some of your fridge fresh grab-n-go foods like fruit, vegetables, milk, yogurt, eggs, and more. For pharmacy and other grocery needs, take a 4 minute drive down the road to the nearest Costco.

Looking for more retail therapy? Check out the nearby Tiffany Square Mall or the University Village of Colorado.


For the evenings when you just don’t feel like cooking, and want to go out to eat instead, you’ll find plenty of dining options nearby! Take your pick, from Mexican cuisine at Las Palmitas, to Italian fare at Zio’s, to Chinese favorites at China Inn II. In the mood for a cup of joe and a baked good? Try the nearby New Day Cafe. Looking for standard pub or fast food? Give the Titled Kilt a try, the Outback Steakhouse, or Hooters.


Looking for a few ideas to keep you busy during your stay in Colorado Springs? Worry not – there’s plenty to do. Choose from outdoor trails and greenspaces, like the ever-popular Pulpit Rock Park, or the Rockrimmon Open Space. For popular landmarks or attractions, check out the Garden of The Gods Visitor & Nature Center, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, or the Manitou Cliff Dwellings – all reasonably close to your home away from home at InTown Suites.