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Summer Road Trip Games … Bringing The Family Together (And Win A Sony VAIO Tap 20!)

As I’ve talked about before, I like technology best when it brings people together, and I love it when it helps me bring my family closer.

When we go on family vacations, often we take road trips, and in the car it it can seem like everyone’s plugged in to their own device!

But we’ve been trying a few new things:

sony travel

 We’ve now tried bringing the Sony VAIO Tap 20 All-In-One PC on our road trips, and it’s been a fun way to keep the kids busy — plus, we’ve been relying on a few of our favorite in-the-car games.

tap 20

I’ll share some road trip ideas with and without the Sony VAIO Tap 20 — and tell you how you can enter to win your own Sony VAIO Tap 20 below:

When everyone’s plugged into their own devices, it seems like we’re all  “alone together,” (to steal a phrase from About a Boy).

And since family vacations and family road trips are about being together, we’re trying some new and some old ideas.

(Let’s keep it real: I still welcome some times when the car is quiet and everyone’s either watching the car DVD on headphones or on their own headphones!)

 Some Tried and True Games

Yellow Car Bingo: The younger girls (much to the older kids’ chagrin) love to look for yellow cars — and when they spot one, they yell “bingo.” Over time, the rules have become very specific: the vehicle has to be able to travel at freeway speeds, and so forth. The passenger with the most “bingos” wins. Sometimes it’s dad.

State License Plates: You can find printables for it, but we just use pads of paper — and of course, the person who spots license plates from the most US states, Mexican states and Canadian provinces wins.

I Spy: Of course, the old classic “I Spy” is great — when we’re somewhere with scenery. (We have a ban on that game in the entire state of Nevada. Not enough variety.)

What are yours?

New Ideas

And now we bring along the Sony VAIO Tap 20 All-In-One PC!

We have named ours “Scott.” Get it? Scott VAIO? It was my husband’s idea. He even calls it “Chachi” just to be extra clever.

I’ve had a few questions about why the Sony VAIO Tap 20 is called an “All-In-One” PC. It means a few things. First, it works great for movies & games (I love the Sony BRAVIA screen), work, web browsing, and more. And “All-In-One” means it has all of the computer pieces in one unit (except for the mouse and keyboard, of course).

Since it’s “all-in-one,” we bring it on road trips because it’s fun for two or more to play games, draw, or, with a mobile WiFi hotspot, even play some (low-bandwidth) online games together!

Here are some of the games:

desktop with games

You can see some from the Windows 8 start menu. And since the Sony VAIO Tap 20 has a great touchscreen, we can use it as a giant tablet PC in the car!

(see the pics at the beginning of this post for an example!)

desktop zoom games

I’ve moved some apps around, but you can see some of the games that ship with the Sony VAIO Tap 20, like:


TapTiles, a fun, 3-D touch matching game


The classic Minesweeper, updated for touch.

(Note that if you have an XBox Live account it will track your scores!)

puzzle main

A starter edition of PuzzleTouch, where you can choose from premade puzzles, or make your own,

like  Ella’s soccer game picture the girls are trying to assemble in the collage at the start of the post:

puzzle soccer

And the girls also like to compete for high scores on this game:

wordament in progress

Wordament, a Boggle-like game. (You can see them playing that in the collage too.)

And of course they like using the art apps, like the Family Paint app I talked about a few weeks ago, and the fabulous and (free) Microsoft FreshPaint app.

freshpaint sample

FreshPaint is cool, but the Sony FamilyPaint app lets two kids paint face to face!

We’ve had a great time using the Sony VAIO Tap 20 to play with electronics together on our road trips!

sony calendar

To enter to win a Sony VAIO Tap 20,

Check out the features HERE.

And then just tweet your favorite Sony VAIO Tap 20 feature

using the #TryVAIOTap20 and #SonyVAIO hashtags for a chance to win!

Click here to start your tweet RIGHT NOW! (don’t forget to fill in your fav feature!)

You can see the complete rules here.


 Stay up to date on the latest Sony product news on Facebook (@Sony), Twitter (@Sony Electronics, #SonyVAIO, #TryVAIOTap20), YouTubePinterestInstagram and at their blog (blog.sony.com).


What’s your favorite road trip game?

Let me know in the comments!

(The “quiet game” doesn’t count – LOL!)


(This post was sponsored by Sony and Intel, but all opinions and ideas are mine. See my disclosures. Complete giveaway rules here.)



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  3. Wow that Sony VAIO is sick!!! I actually have a website devoted to road trip games, located here at http://roadtripgames.net/ . Would you mind if I included it into my list? I’ll give you credit/recognition? Again, that thing looks epic. Hope you had a fun trip.

  4. Tammy Adams says:

    I love playing card games.

  5. Patricia S says:

    we take our small 7″ galaxy tab on trips with us but the screen is small and the kids argue over who gets to hold it so we always end up going with good old non tech games :) I spy is their favorite and the whole family gets to play.

  6. Chris Baker Cox says:

    I-Spy and 20 Questions are our favorite road games.

  7. Courtney Schuh says:

    We play 20 questions, you have to give us your category….animal, object, favorite meal, it is usually educational for all of us and is helping vocabulary and memory.

  8. We just finished a trip back to Vancouver BC from Oregon and played a few of our favourites: punch buggy (a Volkswagen Beetle), guess what animal I am and a new one invented by by book loving daughter -Guess what fictional character I am (from books, movies, TV shows). It kept them busy for hours.

  9. Wonderful ideas ….. It look so fun,for the kids and peaceful for moms lol

  10. We actually let my youngest take clay, he uses a lap desk, keeps him content….the older two read and draw also. We always let them bring handheld electronics and DVD’s, but between movies they color and sculpt.

  11. Travel bingo. Even little kids can play by finding the pictures on the game piece.

  12. We play magnetic checkers, card games and car bingo. It would be a lot of fun to have this for our up coming move to MS :)

  13. Theresa J says:

    We love to find license plates from all the states

  14. This advice is awesome! Such fun ideas for a long car ride!

  15. I sooooo need this- what an awesome device. My kids would love it & like I said before- I love that it’s so portable yet all the functions I need to really be productive once we arrive at our destination.

    I’m totally laughing about I Spy in NV- yeah- not much to see. I can attest to that after living all over the state for the last 13 years before moving here. It’s like do you see brown or more brown? It gives a whole new meaning to “middle of nowhere” :)
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  16. Mickey Newman says:

    We used to play battleships in the car. But this tablet would be wonderful. You cannot lose the pieces of a game. Thanks, Mickey

  17. Our favorite road trip game is spotting the letters of the alphabet in order, one by one. Our kids are three and five, so this is a great exercise! It works best if you’re traveling on freeways with lots of billboards.

  18. Lovely idea for road trips! My family loves singing songs on the way, we make two teams and take turns. The first team sings a song for 2 minutes, then the last sound the song ends on, the other team has to sing a song with the same alphabet. The team who is able to sing the most songs, wins!

    Its loads of fun and the journey seems worthwhile too!
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  19. One of our favorite car games is cards! The kids get inventive with figuring out how to keep the cards from flying around. Cards would be totally mess-free with this Sony Viao!

  20. Camille says:

    We love playing the license plate game with our kids. https://mobile.twitter.com/sixymama333/status/362536703103221760

  21. That is one nifty device! I think our little family needs one. Our oldest is neaing six years and she’s all about technology and our baby is closing in on a year so it would be a fantastic learning tool. Thanks for sharing this information on this cool computer. It seems we only hear of iPads these days!
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