Best Road Trip Apps

Road trips can be an opportunity for family bonding, and sometimes a time for whining -- these apps can help with both. Put a modern twist on classic car activities with apps like Wheels on the Bus. Play word games, figure out some puzzles, or even build robots without packing a single piece of machinery! With a phone or tablet, your kids can express their creativity (no markers to keep track of), play games together (no pieces to lose), and collaborate -- all on the go! And, for the most part, once you download these apps, you won't need to worry about having access to Wi-Fi or using data. You might even skip the dreaded question: Are we there yet? And for more travel fun, check out our list of Best Kids' Apps to Download Before a Flight.

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Busy Shapes 2 App Poster Image
Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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LEGO DUPLO WORLD App Poster Image
Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Khan Academy Kids App Poster Image
Creative early-learning activities engage and inspire.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2018)
(2021)
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Sago Mini Road Trip App Poster Image
From packing to taking pictures, preschoolers drive the fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Wheels on the Bus App Poster Image
Classic kids' song becomes interactive in darling ways.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Drawing Pad App Poster Image
Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Tales Untold App Poster Image
Fun, well-crafted audio stories entertain parents and kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens App Poster Image
Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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DragonBox Big Numbers App Poster Image
Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop App Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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This is my car - Mechanics for kids App Poster Image
Hands-on, info-packed app with only a couple of flaws.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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Art Set App Poster Image
Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Me: A Kid's Diary App Poster Image
Creative space acts as unique digital diary.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Rory's Story Cubes App Poster Image
Simple app encourages creativity, storytelling.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2009)
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Wizard School! App Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Minecraft App Poster Image
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Stack the States App Poster Image
Surprisingly fun geography education game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2010)
(2012)
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Subwords App Poster Image
Fusion between trivia and word game engages spellers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Zoombinis App Poster Image
Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2015)
(2015)
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Agents of Discovery App Poster Image
Cool location-based missions for visits to special sites.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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WordBrain App Poster Image
Word hunt gets tough quickly, has ads and purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Google Maps - Transit & Food App Poster Image
Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2012)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2018)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2011)
(2011)
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Google Earth App Poster Image
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2018)
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Codea App Poster Image
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Curious - the game of lifelong learning App Poster Image
Learn stuff, earn smarty points in only a few minutes a day.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Fetch - A Boy and His Dog App Poster Image
Utterly charming adventure story with a dark premise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Interaction of Color by Josef Albers App Poster Image
Outstanding interactive lessons help teens explore color.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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NPR News App Poster Image
Wide-ranging, expanded access to solid radio news programs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows app
(2014)
(2014)
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Paper by WeTransfer App Poster Image
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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High School Story App Poster Image
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Solve the Outbreak App Poster Image
Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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ArtStudio - Draw and Paint App Poster Image
Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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