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Driving Route 66 with kids
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December 26, 2016
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Steve Bellamy
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I know that at some point in the future I'd love to take my kids on a Route 66 roadtrip - they'll love the adventure of it.

However... there will be times when they will find being in the car boring. Has anyone experienced this? And if so, do you have any tips on keeping kids engaged in the experience?

Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.

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Make sure they have seen the movie CARS first!

January 4, 2017
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DynoDave said
Make sure they have seen the movie CARS first!  

Hi Dave - of course! They'd better get used to seeing images of Lightning McQueen if they're gonna do Route 66 😀

Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.

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Yes, I was sort of stating the obvious with the Cars suggestion.

I'll tell the biggest challenge I faced.

When I was a kid, riding in the back seat on the family vacation, it was hours and hours of boredom (I thought at the time), staring out the window. Oh, there were little games I played, reading, listening to music. But a great deal of time was spent simply watching the world go by. Now I look back, and remember all the things that I saw.

Today, I can't get the kids off their phones. Miles and miles and miles of scenery go by, and they never look up from their phones. Whether it's music, games, texts, movies, whatever. They see very little of the country. I have to make a constant effort to get them to look out the window at interesting things. Otherwise, it's like we flew to our destination.

I don't know if you want to deal with kids trapped in a car after you took away their phones, but perhaps some sort of prohibition on their all day use?

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