No matter how good the songs are on our vacation mix or how many snacks we pack, if we’re not ready with games to pass the time family road trips can get ugly fast. While old-fashioned rounds of rock paper scissors or count the cows are tried-and-true, there’s nothing wrong with whipping out the iPad in that traffic jam or in line at the toll booth. We’ve scouted half a dozen summer vacation apps that are as entertaining as they are educational. Read on, then get ready to download.

Wheels on the Bus

iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
$.99 to $2.99
Age: Preschool

What it's About
Bringing the classic nursery rhyme to life, Wheels on the Bus is an engaging app for the toddler set that can keep their attention for long(ish) chunks of time. In addition to helping the wipers go “swish swish swish,” kiddos can listen to the app’s namesake song in other languages and record their own voice singing along.

Why it's Awesome
Snagging the Parents’ Choice Gold Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, Wheels on the Bus takes a timeless song and makes it completely interactive. Its fun content and accessible price make the app more than worth a download.

  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure
  • License Plate Game
  • Stack the States
  • Geography Drive USA
  • Ultimate Unblock My Car

What’s your favorite family road trip app?

— Sara Billups

All images are app screen shots; featured image from flickingerbrad via creative commons.


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