Summer is here and that means one thing for many families: road trip! If you’re planning to spend hours on the road this summer, then you already know that you need to find a way to keep the kiddos entertained.
Otherwise, you’ll be answering endless questions like “Are we there yet?” and “When can we stop?” (Pro tip: anytime you stop, make everyone go potty, even if it’s only been 20 minutes. Trust us!)
While road trip games like “spot every blue car” or “find all the alphabet letters in signs” are a great way to occupy older kiddos, it’s not always as easy when kids are younger and still learning those details, not to mention, rear facing. We also find that we burn through snacks faster than the speed of light, so while a hefty supply of snacks remains critical, it’s not the end-all-be-all.
Music is the answer to your road trip woes
So what’s an enterprising driver to do? Hit play on great playlists like this one, which features the album “Can you feel it?” by Oregon-based Jessa Campbell and the Saplings, whose fun songs introduce nature and its wonders to audiences of all ages!
We know you’ll “Feel it!” with all of these super fun songs, which will have you and your kids singing along cheerfully in no time. And, as a bonus, even if you’re not driving for hours at a time, this music will also deliver for quick drives to your favorite hiking grounds.
In addition, almost ANY kids’ (or regular) movie soundtrack can keep the kids singing nonstop. These songs are usually super upbeat and we all know most of the words, anyway. (Trolls, Lilo & Stitch, Pitch Perfect, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Moana, Frozen, Secret Life of Pets, etc.)
If you’re looking for more of our favorites, check out these options!
- Popcorn: Barenaked Ladies, Snacktime
- The Supermarket Song: Jewel, The Merry Goes Round
- Little Green Fountain: Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Childrens Album
- The Poopsmith Song: Over The Rhine, For The Kids 3 (compilation album)
- Pirate Girls Nine: They Might Be Giants, Here Come The 1,2,3’s
- Allergies: Barenaked Ladies, SnackTime
- Thriller: Michael Jackson, Thriller (Let’s be honest, most anything from the King of Pop will get us pumped.)
- The Saga Begins, Weird Al Yankivich, Running With Scissors (Again, most of his music is also great for motivation and singing along.)
- Go, Go, Go: Backyardigans, Born to Play (Check out Nothin’ Too Tough, and W-I-O-Wa; those are my favorites.)
- Who Put The Bomp, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Blow In The Wind
- I Wan ‘na Be Like You, Fall Out Boy, We Love Disney (compilation album)
- Baby Shark, PinkFong (full disclosure, we get that you may want to use this at your own risk!)
- Catch the Moon, Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell
And because we love our a cappella groups, here are a few of those too.
- Stand Out: AccaBellas, Seamless
- I’m Yours/Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Straight No Chaser, With A Twist
With all this great music at your fingertips, you may just want to extend your drive so you can keep singing. At minimum, you and your kids will be ready to rock out, sing-a-long style anywhere you go.
Happy road tripping!
What are some of your and your kids’ favorite road trip music to get you pumped and singing your heart out?
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Photo by Vong Hamilton.