Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - What to Do with Kids Until You Get There

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - What to Do with Kids Until You Get There!

Katie Mitchell
Katie Mitchell

May 09, 2022 2 min read

Ready for that summer vacation? We sure are! (Yep, even when you run a toy store, you need a vacation sometimes.) But one thing we know some parents aren't ready for is trying to keep the kids entertained on those travel days (without bringing out a screen)! We've got you covered, friends! Below you'll find a shoppable list of activities, games, and toys perfect for travel - and some other ideas, too. Let's keep the family happy, sane, and off screens!

Minecraft magnetic travel puzzle Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle

If your child loves to spend hours building worlds in this popular game, then this is the logic puzzle for you! Bonus: it will entertain them without the screentime!

DJECO Sea Life Scratch Art Cards Sea Life Scratch Art Cards

These cards bring a beautiful update to a classic activity for kids (and plenty of grown-ups love them, too). You can follow the instructions to create the beautiful photos on the packaging, or freestyle scratch to make your own glow-in-the-dark illustrations! These cards are one of our top gift ideas for kids ages 6 to 11, as well.

Mindware Marble Circuit Marble Circuit

Marble Circuit is an addictive marble puzzle game that puts a twist on traditional logic games. This is a great game for the whole family! With 64 different puzzle cards, it's logic, strategy, and a challenging brain game all in one.

Mindware Colored Pencils in a Tin Colored Pencils in a Tin

The perfect selection of colors, assembled by MindWare toys, for any coloring project! Plus, the 36 pencils pack nicely in an embossed tin.

Seeing Double Fine Felt Markers Seeing Double Fine Felt Markers

Twice as much fun as a regular marker! These unique, double markers feature 2 coordinating colors and are perfect for keeping a special travel journal.

Travel Bingo Cards Travel Bingo Cards

This retro game, originally released in the 1950s, is still a hit! And it's especially perfect for those loooooong stretches of road.

Gecko Blocks Gecko Blocks

These foam blocks stick to windows and other glass. They're also some of the very best bath toys! Gecko Blocks are safe, non-messy, and a great car toy for toddlers!

Hidden Woods Paint with Water Hidden Woods Paint with Water

What's better than coloring? A kids art kit that allows them to color in a safe, no-mess way! Just fill the pen with water and start coloring to reveal all kinds of surprises.

Grateful Dead Series Shashibo Grateful Dead Series Shashibo

If you want something to fidget with and stimulate the mind, Shashibo are the right toy for you! This shape-shifting box transforms into over 70 configurations, and you can even combine cubes to make even larger shapes. They really are some of the coolest magnet toys! Shashibo are some of our favorite sensory fidget toys!

Other fun travel ideas!

  • Brain teaser workbooks (come see us in-person for an awesome selection)
  • Puzzles that snap, tie, and button, for the littlest travelers
  • Window clings
  • Wipe-off activity books
  • Word Teasers joke cards

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip! Happy trails!

Planes, Trains, Automobiles; What to Do with Kids Until You Get There!

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