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How to Avoid “Are We There Yet?” on Roadtrips

The weather is warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and the wildflowers are in bloom. Spring Break on the Central Coast is fast approaching, and what better way to enjoy your hard-earned vacation than with a road trip along the beautiful California coast? It’s time to pile your kiddos in the car, pack up your vacation essentials, and head to the beach! But we know a family road trip can be long, tiring, and hard to sit through when your kids are just too excited to get to your final stop. To avoid the age-old question of “are we there yet?” we’ve picked out some of the best road trip activities that will make your journey just as enjoyable as your destination!

1. Human Jukebox

Nothing livens up a long car ride like a good soundtrack. If you love singing along to the radio, no matter how good or bad you sound, then this is the game for you. The object of this game is to connect song lyrics from different songs to create your own sing-along. First, someone starts singing a song. The next person must use a lyric from that song to connect it with another song, and so on and so forth until somebody messes up the lyrics or can’t think of another song to connect. For example, connect the Beach Boys’ classic “California Girls” with Katy Perry’s pop hit like this: “I wish they all could be California Girls…they’re undeniable!”

2. The Banana Game

Despite its fruity name, this game actually has nothing to do with bananas. This game of observation is a competition to be the first person to spot a yellow vehicle passing by. You can create your own points system depending on the size or make of the car, awarding more points for a school bus versus a taxi. When you spot one, yell “banana!”

3. Battle of the Bands

If you’re the driver or passenger, but hate the pressure of taking the role of car DJ, this game is just what you need to divide the responsibility among your passengers. In this game, one person designates a theme, like “songs about California.” Then two contestants have 60 seconds to choose a song, and take turns playing their song choice. The rest of the passengers judge the selections and pick a winner. Keep tally as you go, and whoever has the highest score wins “Skip Vetos” for the remainder of the car ride, giving them the power to skip any song they don’t want to listen to.

4. The License Plate Game

Who hasn’t heard of the license plate game? This classic road trip game is fun for all ages, and is sure to bring out your competitive side. As you ride, keep your eyes peeled for license plates from all 50 states. When you see one, yell the name of the state you’ve spotted and keep track of how many you’ve seen. Whoever has spotted the most by the end of the car ride wins.

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