On the road or on a plane, travel games help make “getting there” something kids can get excited about. No need to worry about big board games with lots of tiny pieces because many kid and family favorites have been repackaged or reinvented for life on the go. This collection of the best travel games for kids is sure to provide opportunities for kids and parents to pass the time and hopefully connect a little along the way. Plus, as an added bonus, none of the games on this list require batteries . . . or a screen. Enjoy!
Rubberneckers is a card game that makes looking out the window on long car trips a whole lot more fun. Players are dealt a series of cards and earn points for spotting the objects described on the cards. A few additional challenges, like waving to passing cars, are included on special cards inside the deck.
Play a few puzzle games, spot a bunch of license plates, and learn a thing or two about U.S. geography with this fun Plates Across the States activity book. 50 license plate stickers, 25 bonus stickers, and plenty of trivia about the 50 great states are included.
Nothing spices up a word search like a healthy dose of head-to-head competition. Me Vs. You features two identical puzzle books for players to challenge one another in 50 different brain games from mazes to word jumbles.
Spot It! is super fun and highly addictive and available in a specially designed travel edition. This “on the road” version of Spot It! has the classic gameplay and a bonus game style where players match images from their cards to things they find out the window.
Break up the monotony of a long trip by engaging in a little friendly competition between parents and kids. This card-based trivia game features questions that aren’t limited to a single generation. Kids will love the opportunity to “outsmart” their parents.
Mad Libs are always a crowd pleaser and the “on the road” version is perfect for travel. This booklet of Mad Libs will probably be the cheapest thing you buy for the trip, but it may wind up being the biggest hit!
Each Find It Game is a sealed container packed with little objects waiting to be discovered. Trying to spot the tiny treasures buried inside a Find It Game is an adventure that appeals to both kids and adults.
This Brain Quest travel game is an educational trivia game that ask questions from core academic areas like math, science, social studies, and language arts. Questions are leveled by grade, so young and old players can play head to head.
Kids can get their bingo fix just about anywhere with this magnetic version of the game. Rather than numbers and letters, each spot on the board is covered with a different animal character. A simple spinner picks the animals and players mark their boards with magnetic dots.
Family getaways are a great time to engage kids in a little conversation, but getting those conversations started isn’t always easy. This handy travel size Would You Rather game has just the right amount of quirky questions to help get that conversation ball in motion.
Clue Express is a dice and card-based version of the classic board game and is designed to be completed in about 15-20 minutes of gameplay. The game allows for two styles of play--basic and advanced.
If kids like “spot the difference” games, they’ll love this travel tin packed with 120 different spot the difference challenge cards. Each high-gloss card features two “nearly” identical images with 10 differences to discover. Players use dry erase markers to mark the differences.
This ultra-compact version of the game Trouble has a game board that’s only 6” wide, yet there still manages to be enough space at the center for a miniature “pop-o-matic.” Half-inch plastic pegs are used for game pieces and a snap-on lid keeps everything in place for storage.
Classic Monopoly can take ages to play, but the Monopoly Deal Card Game packs that familiar real-estate wheeling and dealing action into about 15 minutes of game play. There’s no top hat or Scottie dog, but those would probably fall between the seats anyway.
Scrabble doesn’t always make the list of car-friendly travel games, but this Tile Lock version of the game features a board designed to keep those slippery letters in place. Plus, the 10” game board is easy to pass from seat to seat.
Not all travel games need to involve fast-paced, multiplayer action. IQ Twist is a single player logic puzzle game that is the perfect companion for those quieter travel moments.
Everything kids need to create a collection of colorful vehicles is included in this magnetized play set. Kids can use the included picture cards to guide them in creating 18 different vehicles or mix and match the pieces to build their own designs.
Take ‘N’ Play Hangman is the perfect travel version of the classic word guessing game.The metal case serves as both the storage container and game board. Magnets make sure the pieces stay where they’re supposed to be. The cowboy even seems happy to face the gallows for your enjoyment.
Stored in a square tin case, this Tic-Tac-Toe game features magnetic pieces that are hard to lose and easy to play with. Another game, “Toss-Tac-Toe,” is included on the back of the board.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas….How many states can you spot driving down the road? This License Plate Game is sturdy and makes it easy to keep track of each license plate you see because there are no loose pieces. California, Colorado, Connecticut, and more….
This classic card strategy game puts player against player in an epic road battle. Use hazard cards to thwart opponents, remedy and safety cards to protect yourself, and distance cards to move down the road. What could be a better theme for a travel game than a cross-country car race?
Paper mazes don’t offer much replay value, but the Amaze game from ThinkFun delivers a puzzle experience that can be enjoyed again and again. The unique maze board changes as you play, and 16 different configurations provide a range of difficulty.
The Memory Match Magnetic Travel Game can be played solo or with others. The magnetic pieces feature animals, and a zippered tin case holds the game, making it easy for kids to play in the car or bring into a restaurant or store.
Spirograph sets were first sold in 1965, and their popularity has skyrocketed again in recent years. This Travel Spirograph comes complete with 6 wheels, a page pad, two pens, and a design guide.
With no loose pieces and 7 double-sided game cards, this Flip to Win Memory Game takes the familiar game and packages it for travel. Older kids enjoy playing the game. Younger kids enjoy flipping the little doors open and close on the memory board. It’s a win-win situation!