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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 dallas!

DEVOUR
Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off

What: Take a whirl on old-fashioned rides, catch a magic show, and watch folks stir up frozen treats.
Why: Beat the heat and taste a scoop or two.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. Tickets at 972-562-8790 or online at chestnutsquare.org. Festival admission is free. Crank-off tasting, adults and teens, $10; children 3 and older, $5.

BOP
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

What: A mash-up of reggae, bluegrass, and G-rated rap for your mini music lover.
Why: It’s hip-hop his ears can handle.
When: Wed., 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington (817-543-4301). Admission is free.

READ
Booksmart Festival

What: A celebration of all things literary with stories, musical performances, and appearances by award-winning authors.
Why: Norton Juster of The Phantom Tollbooth fame drops by.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. (214-922-1818). Admission is free.

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LOCATIONS
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
100 W Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010
817-543-4301
Chestnut Square Historic Village
315 S Chestnut St
McKinney, TX 75069
972-562-8790
1717 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
214-922-1200
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