After a fun weekend away, I thought I would share a few tips to help you rock a road trip with young kids! When we travel, we tend to choose locations that are in driving distance… since I would rather drive than fly with two young kids. Most of our trips are in Florida anyway, since we are lucky to live about 3 hours from Disney World!
|Packed and ready to go!|
In the past, I have used movies (thanks to a portable DVD player) to help keep the kids occupied. I don’t like them using the iPad unsupervised since I don’t entirely trust the parental controls. (I have found my son on YouTube just randomly searching through videos, and he got there directly through one of his apps) So I was THRILLED when I found out I was a selected as a Leap Frog mom ambassador, since I knew they would send me fun toys just in time for this recent trip.
|Yay! Thanks Leap Frog!|
I received a box full of Leap Frog awesomeness… which included the new LeapPad Platinum and 3 packs of Imagicards! Let me tell you, my kids were so excited to open the box and even more excited to dive in and play.
The LeapPad platinum has a 7-inch hi-resolution screen, tons of apps and it even has wi-fi with a kid-safe web browser. So I know my kids will never get to a website or video that isn’t age appropriate. That was a HUGE plus for me.
My son just turned 7 and my daughter is only 2 and 1/2 so I was a little worried that my son would quickly realize he was actually learning and that my daughter may be a bit too young for this device. Well, I was wrong. My son is obsessed with this pad. He plays it all the time, and has been asking for it over the iPad! That is HUGE people. His favorite game is Stretchy Monkey. Hudson also loves the Imagicards that actually transport characters into the game! He showed that one to his cousins while we were away and they were very impressed.
|He rushed to get ready for school early so he could fit in some LeapPad time!|
|He selected the LeapPad over the iPad!|
|My sweet nephew loved the Paw Patrol Imagicards!|
My daughter quickly figured out how to use the LeapPad. I was able to create a profile for each child, so they just click on their name when they start playing and it brings them to their own customized home screen, organized how they like. Mila loves playing pet pad party. (she now owns a ton of purple animals, since you can customize the colors!) I want to get her some DocMcStuffins ebooks, since I know she would love them.
|She’s obsessed with her pets!|
|I need to get pictures on there, but I love the separate profiles!|
I need to sit with the LeapPad Platinum myself (if I could ever get it away from my kids) to explore all the options and there are a bunch of apps and games that I need to check out! This is going to be a very popular holiday gift and I think it is well worth the money. (it is also more affordable and durable than an iPad!) My kids are very picky, especially when it comes to electronic devices and they love it!
Other tips for a successful car trip with young kids:
- Don’t forget the snacks: Bring PLENTY of snacks & drinks. Pre-cut fruit, nuts and pretzels are favorites for my kiddies.
- Always have a backup: Keep extra clothes where you can reach them in case there are any accident, spills, etc.
- Potty Breaks: My daughter has been wearing underwear full-time, so I packed a little potty for her. (In fact, I always keep it in my trunk with some tissues) That way, when she yells, “I HAVE TO GO PEE PEE,” all I have to do is pull over and have her pop a squat in my trunk. (I have an SUV)
- Create a Fun Playlist: When all else fails, don’t underestimate the power of good music! A mashup of Disney (yes, Frozen is involved here) and pop hits always liven up a car ride and give grumpy kids a boost!
What are some of your go-to tips when it comes to road trippin’ with the kids? Also, be sure to look out for more fun Leap Frog reviews and giveaways coming up!
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