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How do I entertain my toddlers on a road trip?

We are driving form MA to Niagara Falls and then onto Toronto. 8 hrs for the first leg of the trip. We know it will be longer as we may need to make frequent stops if the kids are cranky or to stretch our legs/ get a bite to eat. My son is almost 3 1/2 and in the midst of potty training and my daughter is 16 mos and just starting to take her 1st steps. We will be staying at a hotel, too. any ideas to make the trip enjoyable for them , too? Thanks so much, ladies!!


Asked by 2coolmama at 10:03 PM on Jul. 10, 2008 in Travel

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  • My two year old loves his travel-size magna-doodle. Maybe consider borrowing or buying a portable dvd player or laptop. My son also loves cds with fun kids songs & books.

    Answer by Teacher_Momma at 10:12 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • We like to leave around dinner time, so that it's not long before the kids go to sleep. I like to stop at rest areas, so we can run around for a minute, use the rest room and get right back on course. I'd bring the potty if you have room.

    Get a bunch of library books before you leave, bring kids CDs, markers/ crayons, pencils & pens

    Grapes, cheese cubes, strawberries, melon, honeydew

    Answer by TXdanielly at 10:17 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • I definitely agree with the magna doodle. My daughter loved having that in the car when we went on long rides. I agree with the mini dvd player for the car too. And night driving is easiest with two little ones. Mine are 15 months and 4 1/2 so it is helpful!22

    Answer by pr1ncessmeesha at 10:39 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • We bought a DVD player for our car rides because we travel six hours when visiting family. Baby Einstein, Sesame Street, Blues Clues, and Barney help our a lot. Also, childrens cds in the player help! I also bring all the toys I can get and books. Also, cheetos and lollipops work wonders for him. Hope this helps you some. Good luck!!

    Answer by MichaelsMomm122 at 1:24 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • My advice: Portable DVD, a tray with crayolas (Yoy can buy in One step a head (http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=534362&parentCategoryId=85184&categoryId=85218&subCategoryId=86220)

    Answer by Amelita at 11:06 AM on Jul. 12, 2008

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  • We have had 3 - 4 hour drives and what works for us is giving our daughter a video game. The beauty of it is that is it a game that teaches as it does keeping them entertained on a long trip..it saves space too as all other toys pale in comparison LOL...anyway ours uses the Vtech smile travel size game and has a bag of games..*S*

    Also if you can get them looking around at the cars...couting cars or something (slug bug game, making semi drivers honk their horns, etc.)
    and if you sing...or love to sing...get them to do a sing along...it's all in good fun!

    Answer by truetigress at 2:46 AM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • We go on day long trips nearly every month. and all i have to say is DVD's! Without that magical little device I don't know how we would get thought the trip!

    Answer by Amber1109 at 8:03 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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