Taking a road trip with children no longer has to be a test of one’s sanity. Thanks to the array of electronic inventions, parents have plenty of portable options for entertaining their tots. Apps let you pack a bevy of options from classic road trip games to traditional board games with interactive features—all without the added burden of packing more in your already cramped car. Give your summer road trip a makeover by opting for any or all of these mobile apps.
The Wheels on the Bus
No road trip would be the same without hearing this standard song. However, now you don’t have to embarrass yourself with subpar vocals. The Wheels on the Bus award winning app via iTunes was voted Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, as well as the Best Children’s App at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Kids love the interactive feature of being able to record their voice along with the song, for an impromptu karaoke bar in the car. Meanwhile parents love the option to have several versions of the song sang aloud, including in Spanish and French. Teach your kids a bit about a foreign language while traveling to your next rest stop.
Little kids love balloons but parents hate the choking hazard, not to mention the sure-to-end-badly scenario of a balloon ready to pop. Give your child a treat with the Balloonimals, available on iPhone or iPod Touch. They’ll take turns blowing into the mobile microphone while inflating balloons. By shaking the mobile device, the balloons will be twisted in the shape of popular animals like green dinosaurs. The three-dimensional balloon animals come to life on the screen when you give them a tap or a shake. Keep inflating the balloons for a sudden explosion; no choking hazards or mess to be found.
DIRECTV Phone App
Give yourself a break from pecking at your tablet or mobile device, and opt for the voice search on the DIRECTV phone app. Whether you are searching for a specific television show, such as “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” or you are browsing for a sports game to watch, this app takes the guesswork out of channel surfing. Signing up for DirecTV is very fast and you can unique deals are available using www.SaveonTVDirect.com. Save your energy for dealing with the kiddos, and add this app to your road trip arsenal for a major time, and sanity, saver.
Treat your kiddos to a frosty cone on your next road trip without worrying about sugar overload or brain freeze. The iPhone app Scoops lets kids practice their stacking skills as they collect scoops falling from the sky on their cone. Avoiding vegetables like onions is equally important, as no one wants an ice cream cone that’ll make them cry. Opt for this game when you need some quiet time while on the road. Scoops would also work well for keeping kids in check while you are waiting for a hot meal at a roadside diner.
Transform your iPhone into a wind instrument by blowing into your microphone while pressing the notes on the screen. The Ocarina will let your budding musicians create beautiful, and interesting, music as an alternative to the shrieks and shouts that typically come from the back seat. The app also comes equipped with song books that feature classics, such as Bach’s Ave Maria and the Mario Brothers Theme.