Tomorrow morning we are leaving for a week to visit with family in Montana and Idaho. It is supposed to be record breaking temperatures, so sitting in an air conditioned van could be a good thing. We will visit my mother first, which should be interesting. She and her husband live in the middle of nowhere on the side of a mountain. She called yesterday to ask if we are still coming. We are still welcome, but she told me they are having trouble with their well. They aren't sure if it is dried up or what the real problem is. It means roughing it for a few days. She suggested maybe we will float down the river for our Saturday bath. Should be interesting.
The most interesting part is traveling with the three kids for so many hours in an enclosed space. Of course, we will spend less time in the van than we did last summer when we traveled from Southern Alberta to southern Washington to see the ocean. My aunt offered us their portable dvd player and I have heard from many parents how easy it is to travel with children when a movie is playing. So far I always turn down the offer. My kids travel well most of the time. I pack things for them to do and we have several travel games they like to play like I Spy, The Alphabet Game, The License Plate Game, etc. Now that they are getting a little older, they like to read and do word puzzles.
We are looking forward to getting away for a few days and the kids are excited to see Yellowstone Park for the first time. But I am always looking for new ideas. Does anyone have any other ideas for games or activities to keep the family happy while traveling?