Tuesday, May 31, 2011

roadtrippin'


so, we are about to embark on a two week roadtrip from phoenix all the way to chicago and back.  this is where you (by you, i mean absolutely anyone reading this) come in.  i am desperate for some advice on roadtrippin' with kids.  give me some suggestions for the best car games, the best healthy car snacks, the best roadtrip music, the best places to stop in arizona, utah, colorado, wyoming, south dakota, minnesota, wisconsin, illinois, missouri, arkansas (or are we driving thru oklahoma?), texas and new mexico.  do you know websites with good ideas for random stops along the way?  the best piece of pie you ever had in a diner off the highway?  area specific coloring pages for kids?  where is the world's biggest ball of twine?  anything you can suggest would be greatly appreciated!  


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11 comments:

Sush said...

Try to never travel in a car that is longer than your arm can reach to grab/separate children that are arguing. Remember it will one day be a mahvelous memory,(and it will). Picnics on road trips give kids something to look forward to and the running around burns off pent up energy. This I know as the Mom of four boys and one girl. Who lived to tell the tale!
Once again...love your blog, love your family...and extended one. I share so many of your stories with my family they are now enjoying you all!
Hugs!

The Boring Blogger said...

My kids love Audio books. Book of Virtues, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montegomery, and the list goes on and on. Audio books can be expensive, but our library has an awesome collection.

By the way I love your blog, my favorite post being the Alice and Wonderland party! you are super talented!!

Kate said...

We are trippin' to Chicago later this summer! So far I've been staving off the inevitable freak-out by telling myself it's only 30ish 30-minutes segments to be occupied. I'm thinking about making an activity jar and letting the kids take turns picking out what they'll do for some of those - I figure that will add some mystery/fun to the trip, and keep it from being Mom barking at them to "put down the pencils and read now" or whatever. :) Activities: reading, coloring, part of a movie, snack, singing songs, playing toys, book on tape, Battleship with Luke while other kids are sleeping... I'm still making my list but that's what I have so far. Also, there are lots of fun parlor games that I think could work with kids in a car - like the one where you make up a story sentence by sentence, etc. I'm going to make a list of those to pull out when everyone gets antsy.

Anna said...

I know Tommy is younger than your kiddos, but we just flew to Hawaii and back (lots of quiet, plane time!). He loved coloring, reading books, playing "I Spy" or something similar (just made up), lace up cards, the Magnetic Pattern Block set (http://melissaanddoug.com/magnetic-pattern-learning-block-set) and the DVD player was a must. Good luck with the roadtrip (you coming through Dallas?). We have one in July...

Also, Lamberts in Springfield, MO is a fun place to eat - they throw the rolls to you across the restaurant, so the kids will love it!

Bird Feed said...

We used go on long road trips all the time - great memories!! We always brought along a cooler of snacks/drinks (cheese and crackers (I can remember my mom slicing up the cheese in the front seat with her handy dandy swiss army knife), trail mix, juice boxes-which were a treat, grapes, apples, etc...) and a "game bag" full of coloring books, cards, and travel games. I remember we had this one game that was like a bingo card, but instead of numbers, there were pictures of things you might see along the road. I also remember making a list of all the state license plates that I saw along the way - I'm pretty sure I almost got all 50 states. It was also always super exciting to hear the announcement that we were crossing into a new state. Hmmm, I think I'm about ready for a good road trip now. Have fun and good luck!

barb said...

I went to Goblin Valley in Utah 21 years ago and I still remember how freaking amazing it was!! In fact when a friend was in Utah last year I insisted that she check it out. Kirsten, her husband, and her brother... all adults loved it as much as I did when I was 8! They went out of their way a bit to go there and I highly suggest you do to!!

http://www.utah.com/stateparks/goblin_valley.htm

diane said...

You must stop and spend some time in St. Louis. There are so may fun free things to do. The Science Center is free, and right off of Hwy 64/40. It is in Forest Park near the zoo (also free). There is the Arch and City Garden down town. The City Museum isn't free, we haven't been yet, but I heard it is amazing.

The botanical gardens are pretty too!

Here is a link to attractions
http://www.explorestlouis.com/visitors/25thingsOne.asp?pt=1

Mary Weisse said...

There is definitely a place on the internet that you can map your trip and it will tell you were all the weird places to stop are (such as the largest ball of twine). I did it for Angie while back. I will look into it and get back to you. You should finally break down and stop at "The Thing" on your way back.

Mary Weisse said...

The world's largest ball of twine is in Cawker, MO.
See here: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Cawker/twine.html

You can plan your trip around weird sights here:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/
Look under the tab that says My Sights.

Barbara said...

If you go through Springfield, Il the Lincoln Library (presidential museum) is a definite crowd pleaser. Wonderful. Horseshoe sandwiches are the local favorite. Very unhealthy, but it is ok to splurge once in awhile. You can eat at Maldaners where President Lincoln once ate??? I don't know but he did something there. Have a great trip and hopefully we will see you in Chicago!

HeyChicago said...

I like dry cereal in ziploc bags and a whole box (or four) of baby wipes. If I give a snack suggestion do I get to make a stop request? Because clearly I recommend stopping at our house. Good luck!