By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: How am I going to survive a road trip with my young son and his two friends, ages 5-7? We're going up to the cottage this summer. I hope you can give me some pointers.

A: The name of the game is "having fun." Children love to be amused constantly whether it is inside the house or inside the car.

My friend who embarked on a road trip to Mauii of all places swears it was the audiotapes of children's music and books that kept them sane as the tots sat in the backseats.

If you consider the entertainment factor, then you are well on the road to keeping your own sanity. It may take you longer to reach your final destination, but frequent stops along the way can help. The kids can run around for a bit, toss a Frisbee, or inspect some of nature's treasures.

Some handy listening games that don't cost anything include "Name that Tune," where one person sings a few bars and the others try and guess the title.

The Memory Game is a challenging game where one person begins a story with a quick phrase followed by another person adding another phrase until everyone has created phrases. The trick here is to remember everyone's lines as the story is created.

Some handy items that you will be thankful you packed include: band-aids, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottles.


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