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Road Trip Games and Activities

Every year thousands of families pack up the minivan and hit the open road. Kidzworld's got the lowdown on the best road trip games and activities to keep your brain from slipping into neutral on your vacation with the fam this summer. We've even got some tips from family road trip expert Ann Douglas! Read on for some cool car trip ideas!

License Plate Bingo

You only need a few scraps of paper, some pens and the open road to play this variation on an old favorite. Write five lines of five random letters and numbers on one piece of paper for each player. Each player crosses off the letters and numbers as they see them on passing cars' license plates. The first person to get five in a row (either down, across or diagonally) shouts out "bingo!" and they win. See if your 'rents will spring for a candy bar for the winner at the next gas station!

Movies On The Go

Being stuck in the car with the fam this summer may seem like unfair punishment, but with portable DVD players, road trips have never been more bearable! Watch all your fave vacation flicks like Blue Crush, Cars and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 ! And, just so you aren't being completely anti-social, family road trip expert, Ann Douglas, suggests chatting about the flicks with the 'rents after they've come to an end. If you have to be locked in a car with mom and dad for hours on end, you may as well get those dreaded "Birds and the Bees" talks out of the way so they don't spring them on you when your friends are over!

The Geography Game

To play this game, someone has to name any place in the world - New York, for example. Then the next person has to name a place that begins with the last letter of the first place - so for New York the next person could say "Kuala Lumpur." Whoever goes next needs a place that starts with an 'R' cuz that's the last letter of Kuala Lampur. You can't use the same place twice in a game. If you get stumped, you're out. The last person left in the game is the winner. You can mix things up by using celebrities names, movies or any other subject you can think of!

The Grocery Game

This memory game is bound to whet your appetite for your next pit stop. One person starts by naming something they could buy in a grocery store that begins with the letter 'A' - apples, for example. The next person says, "apples," and then says something they could buy at a grocery store that begins with B, such as bananas. The next person says, "apples, bananas, can of beans," and so on. If you mess up, you're out. The last person standing (well, actually, sitting) is the winner!

Quick and Easy Activities

  • Make sure you have your MP3 player filled up with your fave tunes for those moments when you just need your own space (and don't feel like listening to the 'rents oldies station anymore!).
  • Pack mini, magnetic versions of your fave board games like Checkers, Backgammon and Chess.
  • Get artistic by bringing along a kit full of craft supplies. Just be sure they are car-friendly - best to leave those oil paints at home!
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I'm sad to see you leaving so soon, especially because we have only been friends for a little while.  I didn't know your birthday was coming up so quickly, or that you were going to be 18! I have lots of things to say about you (all good things), but it'll be hard to name them all. I just want you to know that it's not about how long you've been here, it's about the memories that last a lifetime. I hope you have a happy birthday and a great trip!
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" In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule… long have I served as the guardian spirit… I am known as the Deku Tree. The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy…. " *** In his tree-trunk home, the boy was tossing and turning on his little cot. The circular room was dark; it was nighttime. And, as it was nighttime again, his young mind was plunged into the same nightmare again.... Hooves, galloping in a rapid staccato, like a myriad of drums being pounded, raced across a dark path lit on either side by fire as tall as the boy. But they only reached the shoulders of the horse as dark as midnight, its master clothed in cloth and armor just as dark. But that wasn't what was scary... it was the aura of evil practically dripping off the man, with his fiery hair and dark, nearly-green skin.... And how real he felt. *** "...Navi... Navi, where art thou? Come hither...." Back in my clearing, a cyan ball of light entered my line of sight, gently bobbing a few feet off of the ground. A pair of barely visible clear wings were the only indicator that she was facing me. Compared to my massive size, she was almost a speck. " Oh, Navi the fairy... listen to my words, the words of the Deku Tree.... Dost thou sense it? The climate of evil descending upon this realm.... Malevolent forces even now are mustering to attack our land of Hyrule.... For so long, the Kokiri Forest, the source of life, has stood a barrier, deterring outsiders and maintaining the order of the world.... But, before this tremendous evil power, my power is as nothing.... It seems the time has come for the boy without a fairy to begin his journey... the youth whose destiny it is to lead Hyrule to the path of justice and truth.... Navi, go now! Find our young friend and guide him to me... I do not Have much time left. Fly, Navi, fly! The fate of the forest--nay, the world--depends upon thee. "
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AnnaOfExquizurd
So, this is a story version of the game  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  that I'm writing for (a) fun and (b) one of my friends who is interested in it, but can't play it. Some of the characters' words will be direct quotes, and some won't. I'm going to try and make it as exact to the game as possible. I'll have direct quotes pointed out like this: " Hey, listen! " And more paraphrased things will be formatted regularly. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the story--coming up in the next post! I DO NOT CLAIM ANY PART OF THIS STORY--CHARACTERS, PLOT, LORE, AND EVERYTHING BESIDES THE FACT I DESCRIBED IT--AS MINE. ALL CHARACTERS, LORE, AND EVERY BIT OF THE PLOT BELONGS TO NINTENDO. I MERELY DESCRIBED IT AND AM DOING THIS FOR A FRIEND.
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