Kids can get bored fast when cooped up in a car for hours at a time, so remember that the best way to keep them interested is to get them involved. When you're planning the trip, get feedback from your child about where they would like to go, perhaps somewhere they're learning about in school or the town where their favorite movie was filmed. If they like swimming, stop at a lake; if they like sports, catch a baseball game. You can also keep kids interested by giving them a daily travel allowance with which they can buy books or toys in gift shops along the way. Such strategies will help your kids remain more engaged and develop fond, lifelong memories about your travels.
When in the car, there are several things you can do to keep your children occupied. Before you leave, pack a "car kit" for them that includes crayons or markers, pads of paper, a travel pillow, familiar toys and a few treats. Kids may also enjoy travel games in which you try to find license plates from every state or common objects along the roadside. Try to use electronics like DVD players and video games sparingly; road trips provide an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about the areas through which they're traveling.