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Apps That Make Family Road Trips More Fun For Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

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Do you have a love / hate relationship with family travel? When you think about long road trips from point A to point B do you break out in a cold sweat?  Is the backseat warzone the stuff of your nightmares? Are you the one repeating, “ ARE WE THERE YET”?  Yup, been there.  It doesn’t stop us from traveling, but we are constantly looking for ways to make the travel time go a little smoother. My kids love arriving at our destinations and my wife and I usually pack the schedule with fun activities for them and a bit of downtime too, like pool time or even a movie.  We always have a great time while we are on the actual vacation, wherever it is, because we planned it out carefully.
kid in Niagara Falls
Fortunately, we have found some really cool technology and came up with some neat ways to keep our kids occupied on our long car trips to and from our destinations. I’m not saying that there won’t be the odd argument, spilled drink or snack food littering the backseat of your car, but these tech finds will definitely save some of your sanity the next time your family embarks on a vacation. Plus, there are even some cool apps to help you find activities along the way, to stretch your legs or snap some awesome selfies.

Kids in Toronto

We are planning to download these apps for our upcoming trip to the new Samsung: 

iExit

Look hundreds of miles ahead and discover great spots at upcoming exits. Food, hotels, gas; it’s all there.

Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers helps people discover the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process.

MadLibs

Bridge the gap between the old school road trip fun you used to have when you were a kid and the digital age version for your own children. Type in nouns, take pictures or use photos from your smartphone or iPad’s photo gallery, and watch the comedy ensue. It even saves your story as a photo for recalling the fun after the trip has ended.

Tales2Go

What? Your kids get car sick looking at books and apps in the car? No sweat. Tales2Go is here to help. It’s the Netflix of audio books. Follow your favorite book characters, listen in Spanish, choose books by celebrity narrator or by grade level. It really brings the whole family together not to mention makes your road trip more educational. Win win. There is a subscription fee but they also give you a free 30-day trial.

DrawingPad

Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio! Create your own art using photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, roller pens and more!

 

Buying Mobile Plan at Walmart

Our Spring Break is coming up at the end of March and we headed to Walmart to get on their new family mobile plus plan and picked up the really cool Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphone. I am loving this phone as it has a very stylish design, a 5MP rear facing camera that takes really good quality photos and the Ultra Power Saving Mode makes the battery last longer than my previous phone; and all of this a a great price point! But what I’m more excited about is the affordable Family Mobile Plus Plan, which has unlimited Talk, Text and Data with 10 GB 4G LTE for just $49.88 per line and that we can get a free VUDU movie every month: which is fantastic for those long trips in the car or downtime at the hotel!

I also put together this really fun Bingo game that you can take on your family road trips as well for some low tech fun.  Happy travels!

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package Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Stephanie

    My kids would have so much fun with this Bingo game – and it’s such a great way to keep them busy and engaged while giving them a break from some of these great apps. It’s always nice to have a good combination of things to keep them busy – some tech, and then some non-tech! #client

  2. Monica

    Muy buenos consejos no conocía la mayoría de los apps pero los tomaré en cuenta para mis hijas. Los planes de Walmart son muy convenientes y tienen muy buenos aparatos a elegir.
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  3. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Estos planes me encantan, gracias por las ideas!
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  4. Brenda/Mejorando mi hogar

    Muy buenas apps, no las conocía pero se las voy a mostrar a mi hija para entretenerla en los viajes 🙂 Saludos, bonitas fotos!!

  5. Veronica Cervera

    Que maravilla esos Apps! Gracias!

  6. adriana martin

    I love traveling you are offering great tips and those pictures look so nice!
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  7. Laura Rodriguez

    Qué buenas recomendaciones, no sabía de estas aplicaciones, me gusta mucho ese teléfono, tal vez lo compre para mi familia. Gracias!
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  8. s. Yissele

    Excelente para viajar con mi Pequeña, muchas gracias por la recomendación, saludos!
    s. Yissele recently posted…Miércoles Mudo/Wednesday Wordless: Caminando por el Downtown de Winston-Salem NC. #DTWS #MMMy Profile

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