Road Trip Games: How to Invite Theater into Your Car Rides

Road Trip Games

Pack up the car, get out the map, and fill up the tank! It’s summertime, and for a lot of families, that means it’s road trip time.

More and more folks are taking to the open road for their family vacations, especially this year. Family road trips mean lifelong memories, quality time, and fun adventures. Road trips also mean long days in the car, close quarters, and restless kiddos. Keep those memories sweet by bringing pretend play on the road with you! Our road trip games and activities are ideal for engaging young ones (and their parents) during those long car trips.

The Rabbit Hole Original - Audio Tales & Color Sheets

The first stop on our road trip is our very own Spotify channel paired with our original, themed coloring sheets. Immerse your family in the whimsical audio worlds of mermaids, ice cream castles, warrior princesses, and magical clockmakers while the kids get creative with crayons and characters in the back seat.

Coloring Sheets
Below, available for download, are our hand-drawn Road Trip Coloring Sheets for your kiddos to follow along as they listen to the audio tales and get creative with.

Magic Wand for the Road

In this case, your wand can be whatever is handy. Maybe your child brought a wand from home, or perhaps they’ve found a stray marker that feels magical. Either way, this wand has the power to transform everyday vehicles into something extraordinary.

Collaborate with your kiddo to determine which cars you see on the road get the magic treatment. Perhaps you create a dragon spell for red cars or an ice spell for white cars. The only limit is your child’s imagination. Appropriate for ages 3-6

Road Trip Translator

Our third road trip game is appropriate for creative young ones ages 5-10. In Road Trip Translator, one person in the car pretends to be a character who speaks a silly, made-up language only the translator can understand. One person acts as the translator. Everyone else in the car gets to ask questions. 

  • The character could be a robot speaking robot language, an ice fairy speaking Ice Fairian, a whale from the ocean bellowing in Whale, or anything else you can dream of. 
  • The translator’s job is to interpret what the character speaking the unfamiliar language is saying for everyone else in the car.

Everyone else in the car takes turns asking the character questions like, “what’s your favorite food?” The character answers in their own silly language, and the translator interprets (or makes up) the answers in a language that everyone can understand.

Guess Who I Am

Road trip car game number four is a theatrical guessing game. In Guess Who I Am, each person in the car takes turns pretending to be a character (human or animal). When it’s your turn, say “ready, set, action!” and start acting like your character. The other kids and adults in the car get to ask questions about your character, like, “Who are you friends with?”,  “what do you like to eat?” or “can you swim?” to help figure out who you are. Appropriate for ages 4 – 10.

Two Truths and a Lie

Our fifth road trip game involves a little creative fibbing. In Two Truths and a Lie, everyone in the car takes turns saying three things about themselves. Two of the things will be true, and one thing will be a lie. After each participant makes their statements, the other passengers guess which statement was the lie. Be as outlandish as you choose! Great for ages 5-10.

Pass the Story

Our final road trip game suggestion is Pass the Story. Everyone in the car takes turns building a story together as a group. The first person starts by saying, “Once upon a time…” and continues with whatever comes into their imagination. From there, the story gets passed to the next participant. Each person in the car gets about one minute to add on to and enhance the tale! This story could be about ANYTHING. You never know where this one will go. We love playing this one with kids ages (do we have an age range for this game?)

Road trip games and activities can help keep the kids entertained, the creativity flowing, and the atmosphere upbeat when the car travel days get long. 

You can enhance the travel experience by engaging your child’s imagination while you’re on the road. Let the memories of magic spells cast, stories told, languages spoken, and characters portrayed during pretend play linger just as long as the memories of the sights you see on your road trip.  
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Mary Eriette Atanante

Teacher and Characters

  • Favorite Character:  Sabirel
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Camelot

Mary has been a teacher at The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater for the last four years. You can find her teaching a class, creating activity books, dressing up and performing for kids or jamming at a birthday party! 

A recent graduate from San Francisco State University studying Theater and Communications,  Mary  loves to help children unlock their imaginations and motivate them to create the wonderful ideas in their mind!

Chelsey Mony

Teacher

  • Favorite Character:  Alice 
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Wonderland

Chelsey is an actress, dancer, improviser and has an exuberant passion for musical theater. Her love of theater began when she was a little girl.

When she is not helping those in need, she found joy in performing in a community theater group in Las Vegas- having starred in multiple shows for the past 5 years.

Chelsey  moved to the Bay Area in 2019, and  joined the Rabbit Hole team. Her love of theater and wonder will be an excellent asset to the team as she encourages children to find their own unique love of theater and wonder.

Creating a safe space for children to exercise their imagination and creativity is her mission in this work.

Melania 'Mel' Rivas

Head of Product Development

  • Favorite Character:  Sailor Moon 
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Neverland

Mel is an eclectic, curious and creative individual who has learned and experimented with many different arts & crafts forms since she was a little kid.

Fascinated by the healing power of art and its ability to express our inner worlds, she has pursued and completed studies in art, early childhood education and psychology.

Mel has taught bilingual exploratory art to children during the last 5 years and now she makes use of her passion for creativity and children’s education to bring The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater ideas to life for kids all over the world to enjoy!

Strider Patton

Project management

  • Favorite Character:  Wizard Merlin
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Invisibility
  • Favorite storybook land: Middle Earth

Strider Patton is founder and director, Brooke’s husband, and partner in The Rabbit Hole. A third-generation self-taught artist, Strider grew up appreciating and making art.

He is a professional contemporary visual artist himself, specializing in sculpture, murals, and studio art. When he is not in his studio or on an installation, he is working with the Crew at The Rabbit Hole. Building sets, designing products, creative planning, and the occasional puppet show keep Strider involved with the company from many angles.

He has worked with youth and communities since he was young, valuing the role that creative expression plays in communities and individual lives.

Ariella Cooley

Head Creator.Sound Designer.Teacher

  • Favorite Character: Pirate
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flower Power
  • Favorite storybook land: Narnia

Ariella Cooley has been teaching and creating at The Rabbit Hole since 2017. As a lead teacher, she uses theater games, song, dance, masks, puppetry, and crafts to tell stories with the kiddos in her class.

As sound designer, she pulls from her classroom experience to make the Rabbit Hole Queendom come to life aurally. Crafting whimsical underscores, creating kooky sound effects, and finding expressive character voices make her tasks endlessly enjoyable!

Ariella earned her B.A in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz, focusing primarily on acting and directing. Her work as a vocalist and songwriter inspired her expansion to audio production and theatrical sound design.

At Rabbit Hole, she is able to tap into all of these artistic loves and fold them into her work with children.

Meryl Theo Press

Head Creator.Illustrator.Teacher

    • Favorite Character: A drowsy cat with a cupcake farm  
    • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying 
    • Favorite storybook land: Narnia not under the white witch’s rule

    Meryl Theo Press has an affinity for play. She brings humor, music, visual art, and empathy to her work with the Crew at The Rabbit Hole. With these tools, she enjoys creating magical worlds for kids to inhabit, in order to stimulate their imaginations, encourage self-expression, and nourish joy.

    In the classroom, her focus is on “seeing” the child. In her illustrations, Meryl appreciates detail and seeks a thread of storytelling. In summoning voices for The Rabbit Hole’s audio plays, she digs deep and scoops out the absurd characters within. She uses her longtime love of singing to bring musical elements to Rabbit Hole classes and productions.

    Meryl studied printmaking and painting at California College of the Arts and has performed with various bands in San Francisco, the United States, and Europe. She has been a part of The Rabbit Hole since 2016. Meryl’s 9-year-old daughter Vida is her most treasured and valuable collaborator.