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Road Trip Games to Entertain the Whole Family

What fun road trip games for the family should we try? 

No matter how mesmerizing your Subaru is, it might be hard to keep the car-talk conversations going when your company hasn’t been satisfied with your first thirteen answers when they’ve asked “why?” And while you might try talking torque for hours on end, chances are the only real response you’re going to get is: “are we there yet?”

Yup! The good old South African annual holidays. A time many of us associate with long drives in a car packed with bags, beach goodies, coordinated playlists and creature-comforts of the mobile kind. Wherever you’re going, travelling with kids deserves its own meritable line-item on your CV because, no matter how good the collective’s intentions are, the novelty usually wears off about 45 minutes in (if you’re lucky).

Road Trip Games to Entertain the Whole Family

Road trip games are an easy island between the sleeps and the singalongs, and while we’re sure you’re aware of the added advantage on the topic of staying-alert, we’re also pretty confident that games will be a welcome change from the eighth, ninth or tenth playback of the songs from Paw Patrol.

Top 10 Road Trip Activities For Families

What are the best family road trip games?
There are plenty of road trip games for the family to enjoy, these may include the most common games such as the following:

  1. Build the story
  2. Did you know?
  3. The Letter Name Game
  4. Ten Questions
  5. Family Tree Knowledge
  6. Name that song!
  7. Would you rather?
  8. Subaru Spotting
  9. Car Bucks
  10. Bon voyage!

Build the story

Once you’ve chosen who will start, you all follow on from that person’s original sentence building the narrative as you go. For example:

  • First person: “Once upon a time, I saw a bear…”
  • Second person: “…knitting a poncho under a tree…”
  • Third person: “…when along came a rabbit and a duck…”
  • Fourth person: “…and they were singing Jerusalema…”

The story is likely to get funnier as it goes. A real treat is to record and then transcribe this and craft into something of a keepsake for your box of memories.

Did you know?

Use this as a funny fact-finding mission on the basis of ‘things you didn’t know about your own family members’. Each person has a turn to answer the same question, and you cover interesting / funny topics such as:

  • The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten was…
  • I like daydreaming about…
  • The three things I want to have achieved within the next year are…
  • If I could stop being scared about one thing, it would be…
  • The funniest thing I can remember laughing most about was…
  • My favourite holiday memory is…

The Letter Name Game

Choosing a topic such as animals, the person who starts calls out the first animal that comes to mind. The person who follows has to call out the name of an animal using the last letter of the previous person’s choice as the first letter of theirs. For example:

  • Elephant
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Tortoise
  • Eel
  • Ladybug
  • Giraffe… and so on.

There don’t have to be winners or losers and you can substitute the topic with whatever areas of interests your family has, such as TV shows, cities or countries, etc.

Ten Questions

One person secretly thinks of either a person, place, or thing. The other players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions, such as “Can it fly?” or “Does it grow in the ground?” After the players have asked 10 questions altogether, each player gets a chance to make a guess.

Family Tree Knowledge

Get the little ones to call-out their cousin’s names and which aunt is which parent’s sister and so on. Award points for correct connections.

Name that song!

A goodie for older children and teens! Take turns singing a lyric to a song. Everyone else in the car can guess the singer or title. Bonus points if they get both!

Would you rather?

Going clockwise around the car, one person asks and the next one answers. Once they’ve answered, they then choose the next questions. These should be as imaginative or ridiculous as possible, for example:

  • Would you rather have knees on your ears or ears on your knees?
  • Would you rather eat bird poop once or cabbage every night for a whole year?
  • Would you rather be able to fly or be able to turn invisible?
  • Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great-grandchildren?
  • Would you rather explore space or the ocean?
  • Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
  • Would you rather be very short or very tall?
  • Would you rather be trapped for an hour in a small room full of mosquitoes or cockroaches?
  • Would you rather have a nose that’s always running or a nose that’s always blocked?
  • Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?

Subaru Spotting

No road trip games list would be complete without a tie-in to your favourite car of all time, right? Get the family members to track how many Subaru’s they see on the trip and the person who scores the highest gets a prize.

Car Bucks

A currency or vouchers of your choosing from the road trip games options where scores are kept.

Bon voyage!

The end of the year can never come soon enough, and given the time of it we’ve all had lately, everyone is no doubt in need of some ‘unplugged’ time. We hope you get some use from our road trip activities for families list, but moreover, we hope you travel safely and carefully to your destination for that well-deserved break.

If you want to discuss being sure your Subaru is ready for the trip, call us on +27 11 608 0116 or email info@subaru.co.za and a skilled member of our team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, use our store locator to find your nearest dealership, and come in to chat to the team.

If you aren’t a Subaru owner yet, why not experience any of our six incredible models first-hand by getting behind the wheel and booking your test drive today?


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