Smart, fun games to keep kids entertained during long car rides and layovers
Taking the kids on a trip for March Break? If you’re in for a long plane, train or car ride, download these exciting apps to avoid the dreaded “Are we there yet?”
FOR KIDS 5 AND UNDER
$3.99 | iOS
This colourful app features eight travel-themed mini-games kids can play off-line – no Wi-Fi required. Players choose a mode of transportation and go on a sunny vacation with water slides, sandcastle building and more. Nampa Holiday has no score-keeping, and it’s free of third-party ads and in-app purchases.
Sago Mini Road Trip
Jinja the cat is going on a road trip, and kids can tag along. They choose the destination and the vehicle (we love the pickle car), and they can stop for gas and car washes en route. The controls are easy to use, and no internet access is needed. Road Trip also has no rules, time limits, third-party ads or in-app purchases.
FOR KIDS 6 TO 8
This fun puzzle app has 270 levels, so it’ll keep your little traveller busy. As kids play, they learn about science concepts such as gravity, density and acceleration. This app is no snooze, though. It features quirky graphics, hilarious characters and amusing scenarios. It’s also free of ads and in-app purchases. (For more brain-teasing fun, download the original Thinkrolls.)
Toca Blocks invites kids to dream up and explore cool new worlds, complete with a cast of superheroes. The tactile building blocks have different characteristics (like bouncy, sticky or magical), and they change colours and patterns when combined. Players can take snapshots of their creations and swap levels with other players. The app has no third-party ads or in-app purchases.
FOR KIDS 9 AND UP
Ubongo – Puzzle Challenge
Based on a popular board game, this app challenges players to solve puzzles with interlocking shapes. The faster you work, the more jewels you collect. Ubongo has three single-player modes. Puzzles increase in difficulty, and “free mode” offers more than 6,000 random levels. For added fun, players can race against others online.
In this beautiful, award-winning game, players guide a princess, Ida, on a mysterious quest through a world of fantastical architecture, mind-bending geometry and secret pathways. The game has 10 levels, and the Forgotten Shores expansion (about $3) offers eight more.
This March Break, stay connected and access data, talk and text with Roam Like HomeTMwhen travelling outside Canada. The budget-friendly roaming option available in more than 100 destinations around the world to most Rogers customers*. With Roam Like Home, you can use your phone like you do at home, worry-free when you travel abroad.
To check if you’re enrolled, text “travel” to 222. For more information, visit rogers.com/roamlikehome.
* Refers to consumer postpaid. Pay-per-use rate and subject to change without notice. Taxes extra. Fee charged per line in addition to plan monthly fee and applies for 24 hours from first use in eligible destination. Roaming charges apply when outside eligible destination. Data: Usage exceeding plan allotment charged in increments rounded up to next MB or GB as applicable. Texts: While in eligible destination, includes texts sent to local or Canadian wireless number. Sent/received premium texts, sent international texts to non-eligible destinations charged at applicable rates. Calls: While in an eligible destination, includes unlimited calls to local or Canadian numbers. International long-distance rates apply to calls made to other countries while in eligible destination. Visit rogers.com/terms for full terms and conditions and list of eligible destinations.