Best Road Trip Tech for Kids

Best Road Trip Tech for Kids

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Entertaining kids is easy, but keeping them challenged is not. How often do you hear the words “I’m bored”, “there’s nothing to do”, or “are we there yet?” Keep their gears turning with these five kid-friendly tech activities, from all hands-on family projects to learning how to
code from the back seat of your Chrysler Pacifica.

Kids spend a lot of time in your vehicle, whether it’s going to school in the morning or to practice in the afternoon. Make sure your ride is as tech-savvy as your offspring – while you’re at the wheel of the most technologically advanced minivan on the road, they’re using the seatback-mounted touchscreens in the second row. Each 10-inch touchscreen features educational apps like the math flashcard game, Suduko and Hanging Fruit on the Pacifica’s Uconnect theatre system.

You can also play videos and movies for the whole crew. Watch educational shows like Codename: Kids Next Door, or have the kids plug in their own devices and play games like Tynker, which features over 200 games teaching everything from programming to physics. If you have some kiddos in the third row as well, they can still join in too: each Pacifica features USB charging ports in all three rows.

To help keep kids minds active and ready to learn, they need to stay fueled up throughout the day. Luckily, science and snacks are a perfect match. Your future foodie can test out tasty experiments like flavoured popcorn, homemade cookies and the such, all in the name of edible science. And don’t worry about them eating the van because the Pacifica offers a built-in vacuum allowing for quick and easy clean-ups, wherever you’re at. The light and easy-to-use 11’ extendable hose means kids can pitch in too, because it’s way cooler to use a built-in vehicle vacuum than the awkward upright at home.

Take a family trip outside of the city and away from light pollution to a place where you see the night sky. Explore astronomy and identify different constellations and their changing positions in the night sky with the Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof. Stay warm in the car while you check out views of different planets and stars and learn about the lunar cycle. Map your discoveries with apps like Sky Guide as you find out the names of different celestial objects with your little stargazer.

Building and programming can seem like a boys’ club from the outside, but girls are also in line to be the next leaders in STEM. Toymakers Goldieblox specialize in DIY engineering kits so girls can make everything from zip lines to personalized Rube Goldberg machines. Don’t be surprised if the next world’s best mechanical engineer is right in your living room!

Whether you’re at home or in your van, there’s always an educational scenario where your kids can learn. Build your own list of activities to try out with your family, and be amazed by what kids can do with a little imagination.