Traveling with kids? There's an app for that.
In fact, there are thousands of apps for that. Some will
help you navigate your way to your destination, some will tell you
about the destination once you arrive, others will help you find
the best restaurant for your family budget and still others will
keep the kids entertained during those long car and plane
Here are a few that will make travel easier for parents
and more fun for kids:
Mom Maps: This free app uses GPS to provide an extensive
list of parent-recommended local parks, playgrounds, restaurants,
museums and indoor play areas. Information includes tips and
reviews so you can find a spot that best suits your child's
interests and needs.
Flashlight: This app comes in very handy in a dark hotel
room when you're trying to find the bathroom without waking
everyone or you want to stay up and read after the kids go to
Sit or Squat: This app is key for any parent in the throes
of potty training. It tells you where the nearest bathroom is
Trip It: This app cuts down on the paperwork by allowing
you to keep all your confirmations organized in one place. All you
have to do is forward your airline, hotel and other confirmations
to your Trip It account.
Road Trip Bingo: This one costs 99 cents, but it would be
worth it during a single-parent trip when there's no one else
available to play the classic road trip game. This app lets the
kid(s) shake the screen to start a new game and then start looking
for signs, cars, buses, animals and trees. When they get five in a
row, they win.
Voice Changer: Sure, you could download apps that help
your kids learn math or read better, but what could be more fun for
the whole family than recording your voices and playing them back
with one of 18 sound effects?
Whatever apps you choose, don't forget the smartphone
charger. The fun only lasts as long as the battery.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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