It's official! At least when it comes to vacations, if not the calendar. The summer season has started. And if you're hitting the road for that family vacation, we found something more important than road maps, fast food guides and gas station listings.
Before you pack the car, surf your way to Mom's Mini van. There are hundreds of ideas on making road trips more fun and less torture for you and your kids. Start with the obvious games, some with new twists, like counting cows or making phrases out of license plate letters. How about a song? the site is a little sneaky, slipping in ads for games and books, like song books along with the ideas, but at least they're on- topic. There's a free section with all the lyrics for most of the favorites.
Here's a great suggestion... Have the kids start a scrapbook about the trip, picking up souvenirs, even cheap ones, and pictures, and most importantly, memories along the way. They can plan this one for hours between stops.