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Apps for the Family Road Trip

Ways to Save Money and Pass Time

summer road trip!

It’s time to ready the family truckster and hit the road. And we’ve got some apps to ease your travel angst.

Best Road Trip Ever
The app-eal:
It highlights the coolest offbeat spots along your route.
Helpful factor: Among the 7,000+ locations, pit stops like Route 66 landmark Snuffy’s Grill make Mom and Dad the best tour guides ever.
Who’s driving: Front-seat passengers.
Works on: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Cost: $4

GasBuddy
The app-eal:
Find service stations with the cheapest gas for miles.
Helpful factor: Save money. Upgrade to a motel with HBO. Need we say more?
Who’s driving: Front-seat passengers.
Works on: iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
Cost: Free

Family Car Games
The app-eal: One hundred activities entertain on long stretches of interstate.
Helpful factor: The alphabet and license plate games will eventually play out. Arm yourself.
Who’s driving: Backseat passengers.
Works on: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Cost: $2

Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1: the Far Away Island
The app-eal:
Buttons, switches, and sliders, oh my.
Fun factor: The interactive puzzles that kids need to solve before moving on with the story are ideal for readers, amusing for everyone.
Who’s driving: Backseat passengers.
Works on: iPad.
Cost: Free

Faces iMake
The app-eal:
Choose from hundreds of items like food, utensils, tools, toys, and candy for eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
Fun factor: Thousands of combinations make it a time-passer of cross-country proportions.
Who’s driving: Backseat passengers.
Works on: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Cost: $1-$2

Road-Trip-Bingo
The app-eal:
Watch for signs, animals, and types of cars to get the heralded five in a row.
Fun factor: Roll down the windows and be prepared to hear squeals of “Bingo!”
Who’s driving: Backseat passengers.
Works on: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Cost: $1-$2

travel accessories for kids!Getting there is half the battle. We’ve found games and gear to get little ones from point A to point B — as well as more ideas on where point B should be.

this week in atlanta!

BLOOM
Roswell Lavender Festival

What: Take part in old-fashioned games, watch demos, and do crafts.
Why: Munch on food made with the fragrant (and flavorful) herb.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell (770-640-3855). Admission is free.

HARMONIZE
Sing and Sign Story Time

What: Jessica Knoop of My Smart Hands Atlanta teaches toddlers simple sign language.
Why: Learn to communicate long before he can say “mama.”
When: Sat., 10 a.m. (Also June 25.)
Where: Seed Factory, 1170 Howell Mill Rd., Westside (404-355-2043). Participation is free.

SPLASH
The Great Cardboard Boat Race

What: Homemade ships skim across the pool and vie for prizes.
Why: Ahoy, matey, there’s swimming, treasure hunts, and pirate hat making, too.
When: Sat., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Dacula Park Pool, 205 Dacula Rd., Dacula (770-614-2063). Adults and children, $4.

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LOCATIONS
Dacula Park Pool
205 Dacula Rd
Dacula, GA 30019
Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Dr
Roswell, GA 30075
1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-355-2043
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