"Daddy, are we almost there?" "No." (2 minutes later) "Daddy, are we almost th—" "AARGH!" The sad truth is that a good sized chunk of kids and teens don't like to travel long distances by car due to lack of interest. How can we fix that?
Instead of doing something educational, they tend to lower their heads to watch a movie, play video games, or sleep. Cars have big windows for them to see what's out there, but they don't seem to do the trick.
During the weekend my husband and I went on a road trip to Fox Glacier Village with our new son for the first time. Normally, it takes about three hours to get there, but it wasn't the case. Our son is a brainiac who likes to explore, and he's learning photography. During the road trip he loved to ask us to pull over to go on a hike and take photos. We encouraged him to do that. We spent most of our road trip teaching him about geography and history, and how to work a manual camera (it has no Auto mode, and it takes—*gasp!*—film). The 3 hour drive turned out to be a 6½ hour drive, but it was a lot of fun as a family.
How do you keep young passengers entertained during a tediously long drive?