Best Kids’ Games – For the Road!
Most (if not all) parents are well aware of this: kids need something fun to keep them occupied while traveling! 🙂 While hand-held tablets, MP3 players, etc. might have their place in traveling with children, many parents may also look for alternative sources of entertainment – hands-on, imagination-stirring games and activities while on the road.
What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best (non-digital) travel games for kids. These games are picked and ranked according to both popularity and overall consumer ratings, and are the children’s games that are being raved about more than others – by kids and their parents.
For shoppers: For each of the travel games for kids listed on this page, one or more online resources are recommended to buy it online. These merchants are personally selected for low pricing, trust, security and ease of shopping. Links – where possible – are also provided to reviews.
Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game
2. Disney Eye Found It Card Game
3. Melissa & Doug Travel Memory Game
4. Take ‘N’ Play Hangman
5. Battleship Grab and Go Game
6. Magnetic Fun – Cars Planes and Trains
7. Take ‘N’ Play Tic-Tac-Toe
8. Yahtzee to Go Travel Game
9. IQ Fit
10. Connect 4 Grab and Go Game
Top 10 Travel Games for Kids:
|Battleship Grab and Go Game *||$5.99|
|Connect 4 Grab and Go Game *||$5.99|
|Hangman - Take 'N' Play Anywhere Game *||$7.99|
|IQ Fit *||--|
|Magnetic Fun - Cars Planes and Trains *||$9.29|
|Melissa & Doug Travel Memory Game *||$9.59|
|Tic-Tac-Toe - Take 'N' Play Anywhere Game *||$8.99|
|Travel Scavenger Hunt for Kids *||$6.18|
|World of Disney Eye Found It Card Game *||$5.97|
|Yahtzee to Go Travel Game 2014 by Hasbro Gaming *||$10.21|
Ages: 7 and up
At the top spot of the 2017 top 10 travel games for kids is Travel Scavenger Hunt.
Scavenger Hunt is a fun favorite, especially on long road trips. This is a card game with over 54 cards, and each card has a unique picture and challenge. Kids use their searching skills to spot license plates, letters, colorful cars, and other stuff. Kinda like car-style I-Spy.
Ages: 3 and up
Another fun card game comes in at the #2 spot on this year’s “best of” travel games for kids list with Disney Eye Found It.
I am a mega-fan of anything Disney, so this game is right up my alley. Family-friendly and so much fun, this card game tests observation skills with object identification from many Disney movies. For example, can you spot all of the golden honeypots in a scene from Winnie the Pooh?
The Melissa & Doug Travel Memory Game arrives next on the list.
Travel Memory is pretty much what it sounds like. There are double-sided cards that kids flip over to memorize the pictures, letters, and numbers. Then, they flip them back over to test how much they remember. Includes a sliding scorekeeper.
Ages: 5 and up
Also managing a spot among this year’s best travel games for kids is a returning favorite – Take ‘N’ Play Hangman.
Hangman is a classic. But on-the-road is like an instant dose of awesome for an already cool, albeit macabre, guessing game. The magnetic version is played like the original. One player thinks up a word and other players try to guess. Failure leads to an unfortunate demise for the cowboy.
Ages: 8 and up
The Battleship Grab and Go Game is also a strong favorite among kids’ travel games for 2017 and into 2017.
Battleship, another classic, is a condensed version here. This game comes with two lap-ready, portable boards, both with white and red pegs for hits and misses. Players take turns trying to sink their opponent’s ships, using pegs to remember their shots.
Ages: 3 and up
Holding the 6th spot on the list – Magnetic Fun Cars Planes and Trains.
Cars, Planes, and Trains is imaginative fun, where kids use magnets to create cool travel scenes. On the inside of the storage tin are magnetic scenes, like an airport and crosswalk. Using magnets, little travelers create bustling traffic and cities.
Ages: 4 and up
Another pick from Take ‘N’ Play holds the 7th spot among the top travel games for kids and families for this year.
Another classic. Tic-Tac-Toe is a magnetic, portable version here, with lots of Xs and Os for on-the-road wins. The best part is the storage tin that holds all of the pieces, plus a game board and kid-friendly rules for newbies.
Ages: 8 and up
One of my personal favorites, and I was glad to see it in “travel form.” Here is the Yahtzee to Go as another top pick in children’s travel games.
Yahtzee To Go is a scaled down version of the original game. This one is travel sized with a little bucket for both shaking and storing the dice. Using simple math and a few “poker play” phrases, like Full House and Straight, players roll, count, and keep score to win.
Ages: 6 and up
IQ Fit is a new addition to the 2017 best travel games for kids.
Brain teasers on the road? You betcha! IQ Fit is a puzzling board of marble challenges with a booklet that details 120 brain-teasing missions. Use connected marbles to match creations with the pictures in the booklet. Sounds simple, right? Nope!
Ages: 8 and up
The final pick of this year’s top ten kids’ travel games – Connect 4 Grab and Go.
I love how all of these awesome, classic board games are being turned into travel-friendly, on-the-road games. This one, for instance, is Connect 4. Kind-of like Tic-Tac-Toe and Bingo all in one. Players use red and yellow checkers to outsmart their opponents, striving for four in a row to win.
This Top 10 Travel Games for Kids page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.