Summer travel plans? Keep kids entertained the whole way with kid-favorite feature-length video apps.
A few years ago during a family vacation, my husband had to fly home early, so I was left to wrangle our two young children through the airport with all our gear. I dreaded the trip—I imagined hours of whining, tantrums, dropped binkies, lost lovies and potty accidents.
When I learned our flight was delayed, I nearly lost it. What I didn't realize at the time was that this little lag was exactly what we needed.
I’d been so stressed and felt so rushed that I was the one making the day impossible, not my children. Now we had time—time to dawdle through the airport, time to answer a million “What’s that?” questions, and time to fish through our bags for little toys and books (and put them back, and take them out, and put them back, etc., as toddlers do).
I learned an important lesson that day about traveling with kids: give yourself time. Young children don't react well to being rushed, and you'll all be happier if you're prepared for the unavoidable dilly-dallying and delays. I also know to plan ahead by selecting a few new apps and videos to keep the kids entertained during road trips, flights and layovers.
Here are a few of our longest video apps sorted by playing time. Enjoy the trip, and take your time!
For all video apps that are one hour or more, see our complete list of Road Trip Recommendations. What's your child's favorite video for travel?