Awesome Road Trip Apps For The End of Summer
Road trips can be fun and memorable experiences, especially when traveling with your family. Unfortunately, the ride there and back from your destination isn't always one that children want to endure, especially when their favorite book or music isn't cutting it as far as entertainment value anymore. These days, when nearly all members of the family have their own iPad or iPhone, there are some easy solutions to boredom that can grant parents a bit more sanity, as well as providing the kids with interesting and sometimes educational diversions. That means more quiet in the car, better concentration for Mom and Dad, and a lot more fun for the kids. Check out our picks to optimize your next family vacation or even the ride home from school and soccer practice -- they're good for everywhere!
1. Road Trip Bingo HD
You're probably already playing a version of this game as the street names and the countryside whiz by, so it makes sense to pick up the app where you can keep better track of who's scoring and who's winning without Dad adding on a point here and there because he wants to make himself sound better. It's a fun, colorful way to keep kids engaged and on the lookout for landmarks and monuments along the way. Brothers and sisters can even play together on the same iPad for double the fun and less passing the device back and forth to avoid the dreaded "Cheetos Hands iPad" phenomenon.
Download Road Trip Bingo HD for iOS.
2. The Oregon Trail
While traveling cross-country in the luxury of a car or plane, why not travel back to the olden days and see what it was like for the poor souls of The Oregon Trail? It's a classic throwback that'll appeal to older children and parents and young children alike as it kindles a flame for nostalgia and gives the fan-favorite game a much-needed update. The best part? Having to hold it until the next rest stop starts to seem like much less of an emergency than the poor game family dying of dysentery, and the mini-games should offer up plenty of chances for some good old competitive spirit.
Download The Oregon Trail for iOS here.
3. Pocket Planes
If you're headed out by plane, what better way to keep the kids entertained than with an app that has players maintaining and setting up their very own airlines? There's the potential of in app purchases, so parents should keep an eye on the kids should they decide to go with this choice, but it's such a brilliant little sim that teaches and entertains as it becomes horrendously addictive. If the kids have been playing with Tiny Tower or Tiny Death Star and you want to introduce them to the logistics of how and why you're dealing with so many weird lines at the airport, this might be a fun one to introduce.
Download Pocket Planes for iOS.