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Fun (& Free) Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday

Trying to plan activities for family vacations can be stressful- especially when you have kids of different ages. This collection of family vacation games is not only FREE, but fun for all kids from toddler to teen!

They are also easy games to take on holiday- you can either print them out or save as an image for your phone and play on your trip!

Street Art Scavenger Hunt Game | Fun & Free Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday | Lathrops Gone AWOL Family Travel
This Street Art Scavenger Hunt is fun in any city!

So check out these awesome family games to play on vacation and see how to have fun on a family vacation without all the stress of planning activities into every day, whether you're planning local trips or family world travel!

These games are also perfect for keeping your family travel on a budget, because they help add free activities into your itinerary, so you can focus on other things that make traveling eaiser!

Best Games for Family Vacation #1:

Street Art Scavenger Hunt

First on my list of fun games to take on holiday is a game I created for my own family. We play this in just about ANY big city- and it never gets boring because we see different things every time we play! 😍

Street Art Scavenger Hunt Pin | Fun & Free Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday | Lathrops Gone AWOL Family Travel

It's a scavenger hunt style game for STREET ART- where you find certain types of art and check it off the list.

There's no need to print this, you can save it to your phone and mark it off as you go with your stock pic editor! 😉

The cool thing about fun vacation games like this is that they are easy to whip out when you're dragging kids through a city to go sightseeing.

And since every city has different art, this game never gets boring!

PS- It can be hard to plan the best family vacation with teenager and tween ages because they like to grumble and complain when away from their electronic devices for too long... add an extra twist to this game and have them take a pic of each type of street art they find! You'll be surprised how much fun they end up having!

Snag this free Street Art Scavenger Hunt Game here and get ready for some fun family bonding.

We've actually used this activity in multiple places on our European family vacation AND while we were moving abroad with children, because it keeps ALL of them entertained!

Psst... here's one of my family travel hacks: The older kids often find themselves having fun (yes, really actual FUN!) helping the littler kids find everything on the list. So it's a total SCORE for no-prep travel activities.

Fun Games To Take On Holiday #2:

Beach Sand No-Prep Games

Headed to the beach for your next family trip? These family vacation games are PERFECT for keeping kids entertained at the beach- giving you just a bit more time to relax in the sunshine and listen to the waves. 😘

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This collection of fun family building games requires nothing more than the sandy beach and a stick, making them super easy since you don't have to drag a bunch of stuff down to the shower with you.

With fun activities like tic-tac-toe, beach hopscotch, and cat & mouse- there's no need to print anything, just bookmark this page and pull it up on your phone when kids start to get bored of chasing the waves. 😉

See the full list of no-prep beach games here at MiniTravellers' website.

The best part about this collection is that you won't be dragging extra stuff with you to keep your kids entertained! We all know that beach trips require SO MUCH more family travel gear- towels, suits, extra changes of clothes, etc....

So having games that can be played on the beach without lugging along even more stuff is a total winner in my long list of family vacation tips!

And while we're speaking of family travel gear... don't forget to browse our super cool list of 5 Must Have Travel Items & Kids Travel Essentials For Making Travel Easier. 😉

Best Family Vacation Games #3:

Nature / Outdoors Scavenger Hunt

If you're looking for fun family games to play on vacation in the great outdoors, this one is for you!

This cute scavenger hunt printable from For The Love Of Food can also be used on your phone, making it one of the easiest vacation games out there!

4TheLoveOfFood Free Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable Game  | Fun & Free Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday | Lathrops Gone AWOL Family Travel

Make sure to download the game image to your phone (or print it out) and take it hiking with you.

No additional travel accessories for kids needed, just grab your phone!

It's one of the easiest games to take on holiday and gets the kids engaged with the wilderness and nature around them!

Any time you can trick kids into doing something educational under the idea of having fun is a WIN in my book! Plus, look how cute this game is?!

(And you might have noticed that I'm a HUGE fan of scavenger hunt games because they teach kids so many skills- from learning to pay attention to details, to thinking outside the box and using their visual skills, even learning collaboration and improving memory- the list goes on and on! They really make the best games for family vacation!)

So be sure to grab this cute nature scavenger hunt here before your next hiking trip!

Best Family Vacation Games #4:

Say What? Game - Disney Edition

If you're heading to any of the Disney theme parks for your next family vacation, you might already be dreading the LONG lines to wait for the rides.

If so, never fear! We've got a fun no-prep travel game for you, too! 😉

Having a blog full of travel with kids tips means thinking outside the box to make vacations as stress-free as they can be- and that includes tackling those annoyingly long wait times for princess photos and roller coasters!

This 'Disney Say What Game' by Marcie And The Mouse makes the BEST games for vacation to the Disney parks!

Disney Say What Game by Marcie And The Mouse  | Fun & Free Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday | Lathrops Gone AWOL Family Travel

We make a slight tweak to this game to use it while waiting in the theme park lines.

Instead of using tokens or anything, we just go down the list of questions and each take turns answering!

Not only is it fun to hear everyone's answers, but I feel like it really helps the family bond and get to know each other better!

(And I love family building and bonding games!)

Since there's a great variety of questions, we can usually entertain ourselves for hours instead of getting bored in the line- so I just had to include this on my list of family games to play on vacation for anyone else planning a Disney visit. 😉

So be sure to save this game as an image on your phone (or print it out) before your trip to the parks, and get ready for the best family vacation (even with teenagers!)

You can grab it directly from their website here!

Also, this is a great time to remind you to check out our post about how we use our Family Travel Budget to plan our travel world wide- because theme park vacations get expensive fast, and you might find our tips for budgeting travel with kids to come in handy. 🥰

Best Family Vacation Games #5:

City Scavenger Hunt Printable

Here's another fun scavenger hunt games for vacation in the city! This is a fun one from Lady and the Blog's Vera Sweeney.

I like this vacation game because it has a lot of ordinary things that can be found in almost ANY city, making it easy to do anywhere, even if you're not going on vacation!

City Scavenger Hunt Game by Lady And The Blog  | Fun & Free Family Vacation Games To Take On Holiday | Lathrops Gone AWOL Family Travel

And Vera has put links to a BUNCH of other scavenger hunts at the bottom of the post, also!

This gives you access to tons of different options for fun vacation games to places like the zoo, the beach, and a license plate one for road trips! (She even has holiday and indoor versions!)

Since scavenger hunts are (in my opinion) some of the easiest and BEST games for family vacation, this site is definitely worth the visit if you're looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained on your next trip. 😜

You can find all of her different ones listed here and download what you like best!

And I know I already listed a bunch of the learning benefits for scavenger hunt style games, but they really do teach a lot of neat skills without making learning obvious.

Other Fun Vacation Games To Include In Your Next Trip:

Don't miss these other fun games for vacation activities that are easy to enjoy!

And don't forget to download our Street Art Scavenger Hunt game! (Seriously, it's SO good, we've used it in so many cities during our family world travels!)

You won't know how NOT to have fun on a family vacation with these awesome games!

If you've found any family travel games that YOU absolutely LOVE, please share them below in the comments so we can all share in the fun! 🥰

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1 Comment

Jul 26, 2022

I love the idea of a street art scavenger hung, what a great idea!

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