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

age 2+

Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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LEGO DUPLO WORLD

age 2+

Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Khan Academy Kids

age 3+

Creative early-learning activities engage and inspire.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Sago Mini Road Trip

age 3+

From packing to taking pictures, preschoolers drive the fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Wheels on the Bus

age 3+

Classic kids' song becomes interactive in darling ways.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Drawing Pad

age 4+

Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Tales Untold

age 4+

Fun, well-crafted audio stories entertain parents and kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

age 5+

Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox

age 6+

Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop

age 6+

Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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This is my car - Mechanics for kids

age 6+

Hands-on, info-packed app with only a couple of flaws.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Toontastic 3D

age 6+

Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.

Devices: Android, Chromebook (2017)
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Art Set

age 7+

Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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Me: A Kid's Diary

age 7+

Creative space acts as unique digital diary.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Rory's Story Cubes

age 7+

Simple app encourages creativity, storytelling.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2009)
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Minecraft

age 8+

Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Stack the States

age 8+

Surprisingly fun geography education game.

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Subwords

age 8+

Fusion between trivia and word game engages spellers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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