Keeping your kids engaged on a family vacation used to be difficult. And, while we might think a smartphone in the hands of our teenagers is the enemy, you can make it your ally on vacation. Download these apps for your kids and watch them enjoy the next family vacation!Photo courtesy of monkeybusinessimages/iStock
Skit: Make your own mini animated movies using vacation photos, backgrounds, people, and props from your trip, and the internet. Creative kids of all ages can play together or solo, using vacation photos during and after a trip to re-create every awesome vacation moment. COPPA Compliant. Free!
Geocaching: When traveling on or off the beaten path, geocaching is a fun activity for kids young and old. Think 21st century treasure hunting! This app makes it easy to track down hidden surprises across the globe. $9.99
Postagram: Find that perfect picture on vacation and turn it into a physical postcard sent to anyone in the world. Free to download (postcards are $1 each)
Flickr: Plain, old fashioned picture sharing. Simple, easy, fun. Free to download, create your own picture album!
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt: Got a long road-trip and need to keep the kids occupied? How about a digital version of this old favorite game for long road trips? $0.99
Vacation Mogul: Build your dream vacation in this simulator game. Hotels, shops, beautiful beaches can all be on your island. $1.99
Flight Control: Practice landing planes while you’re on the plane. Or in the car, or just sitting on the beach. This game looks easy until you get started. $0.99
Skype: Is there an easier way to stay in touch with family and friends while your traveling? Free!
Lonely Planet: Instead of lugging a guide book on your next vacation, download a guide to find all the coolest places you don’t know about. Free to download (location guides will cost you about $5 each).
Create your own music stations to take with you anywhere you connect to the Internet. Each station is tailored to your tastes, whether you’re relaxing on the beach or enjoying a campfire party with friends and family. Free (premium, no commercial version available).