My family takes a road trip from Texas to Colorado every summer. As soon as we cross through Amarillo approaching the New Mexico border, the scenery becomes more interesting (more hills, more greenery, and more wildlife).
By the time we roll into Colorado, the view out the window is stunning. My children generally don’t pay much attention because they are usually staring at a screen. Every year without fail, my husband attempts to get them to look up and notice the scenery. My children don't usually comply to his requests.
One way to encourage kids to look up from their screens is designate screen-free car time. The family can play games or enjoy listening to podcasts or playlists together. Here are a few podcasts and playlists to check out for your next road trip.
Vermont Public Radio produces this podcast. Kids ask questions about a wide array of topics about anything, from politics to science.
Recent episodes covered questions like: Why do spiders have eight legs? How does slime work? Why do baby teeth fall out? What happens when a president is impeached? Best for children.
This Peabody award-winning podcast is scripted for and performed by middle school children. It is a fun, serial mystery described as Goonies meets Stranger things. It is the story of an eleven-year-old searching for his missing friends. Best for tweens.
This podcast explains how things work. The hosts explain the ins and outs of topics ranging from Mexican wrestling to the Electoral College. It is one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time. They occasionally cover adult topics such as drugs and alcohol. The podcast originally debuted in 2008 and has been going strong ever since. You will find a vast archive of things to learn. Best for teenagers.
Disclaimer: These podcasts are not presented from a Christian worldview. I recommend listening with your children so you can hit pause and have family discussions.
Spotify Music Playlists
- Family Road Trip: sing your heart out with songs like Life is a Highway, Don’t Stop Believin', and Sweet Home Alabama
- Kidz Bop: kid-friendly versions of pop music hits
- Kids Songs for the Car: playlist created by a dad for his 2-8-year-old children
On your next road trip, I hope your family takes a moment to enjoy the scenery and each other!