Spring Break season is coming fast.  Can you believe it??  And with Spring Break often comes family travel. And with family travel comes the task of keeping kids occupied.  If your family will be heading on an adventure for Spring Break, here are some of our proven tips that have made the transportation more enjoyable.

1.  Great Family Discussion.

Family trips are a great time to catch up with the happenings of your kids.  Or it is a great time to just chat about things and get to know your kids greater.   Some of our best discussions have been in car rides.  Another great option if you have younger ones is to make a story, each person adding to the story in a period of 10 minutes.   I Spy and Guess A Riddle are also fun time consumers.

2. Audio books from the library.

We recently discovered audio books.   Many are available for free online or at you local library.    There is something about listening to a storyteller that takes a person back to fond memories.

3. Throw away toys

For the younger ones, we gather those small toys and crayons from local restaurant chains and keep them for trips.  If they get lost or broken, it doesn’t seem to matter as much.  Reusable stickers books and Crayola Color Wonder markers are also a hit.

4.  Don’t be afraid to use technology.

When I was a young mom, I really go caught up in how much TV my children watched – even on long trips.  Then I discovered the joy of a portable DVD player.  Why make the trip miserable for both of us?  A few hours on a long trip is not going to make their brains go to mush.  We have also recently invested in some rechargeable batteries for some of their portable games.

5.  Bribery

I must admit, I’m not above bribery when it comes to traveling.  On long car rides or flights, small candies have become a life saver..no pun intended.   The peace and anticipation of “another surprise in 30 minutes if you have a great attitude” is totally worth the $1.50 for a bag of jelly beans.

Happy Spring Break!