Budget Travel

Your membership includes:

  • Access to our exclusive booking platform with private rates.
  • Newsletters with weekend getaways, trip ideas, deals & tips.
  • Sweepstakes alerts and more...
  • Don’t have an account?Get a FREE trial membership today. No credit card needed. Sign up now.
  • FREE trial membership. No credit card needed. Limited time only. Already have an account? Log in here.
    By creating an account, you agree to our Terms of Service and have read and understood the Privacy Policy
Close banner

Puzzle Solved!

By Brad Tuttle
updated February 21, 2017

Bored kids spread misery like it's peanut butter. But why buy a minivan-load of books and puzzles when you can download free games?

Scavenger hunts

Laurel Smith, a mother of three from Louisiana, posts road-trip bingo, in which kids check off boxes when they spot a plane or barn, and a scavenger hunt of sights--including Wal-Mart (momsminivan.com).

Lyrics and trivia

Printouts from hotel chain Americas Best Value Inn teach lyrics for classics like "On Top of Spaghetti" and list bizarre laws: "In Pennsylvania, you may not catch a fish using any body part except your mouth" (bestvalueinn.com).

Bingo and quizzes

Kampgrounds of America has license-plate bingo, coloring-book pages, quizzes on state capitals and nicknames, and campfire-story audio files (koa.com).

Word searches

Discovery School lets you create customized word searches, as well as mazes, cryptograms, and other games (puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com).

Keep reading