Summer road trips can be tough with bored kids in the back seat, but it doesn’t have to be. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Western Massachusetts to show off some of the best travel toys to keep kids entertained and happy on long car rides. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and for more on the hottest new toys of the season be sure to view our Spring and Summer Toy Guide.


123 My Take Along Farm Set (Playmobil)

  • Get ready to work on the farm with My Take Along Farm. With a bright and colorful design and large rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers.
  • Feed the animals and store all supplies in the loft. Pay careful attention to which shapes fit in the holes!
  • When playtime is over, store all the pieces inside the farm, close up and grab the carrying handle to go wherever adventure leads you.
  • Set includes one figure, cow, pig, dog, car, bird, and other accessories.
  • Ages 18 MOS+
  • MSRP $39.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target, Amazon

Color Wonder on the Go Mess Free Coloring Books (Crayola)

  • Take your mess-free coloring with you with Color Wonder Color on the Go books.
  • Books include 15 coloring pages and three Color Wonder markers in a durable case that keeps you organized and ready to go.
  • Color Wonder markers won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric and only color on the special Color Wonder paper.
  • Available in fun themes like Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Disney Princess, and Shimmer and Shine.
  • Ages 3+
  • MSRP $4.99
  • Available Amazon, Walmart, Target

Soft Lites (Tech 4 Kids)

  • These fun glowing friends for kids are the new and improved way to see in the dark!
  • Features battery-operated soft lights, giving kids the perfect travel night light to take with them on the go.
  • These adorable dedtime pals keep kids feeling safe and comfortable through the night! With an automatic shut-off mode after 10 minutes, the Soft Lite is safe, plug-free and portable.
  • Comes in Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, Paw Patrol and more
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Ages: 3+
  • Available at: Toys R” Us, Walmart

Sweet Scented Pillow Pets (Pillow Pets)

  • Sweet Scented Pillow Pets deliver the smell of yummy sweet treats in plush you can hug.
  • Subtle scent patches in delicious flavors are the perfect summer travel companion.
  • A stuffed animal by day, it easily turns into a comfy pillow for bed or travel with a simple undoing of the Velcro strap.
  • New scents include Strawberry Milkshake Cow, Sweet Scented Blueberry Muffin, and Bubble Gum Pig
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Available:, Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Travel Spirograph (Kahootz Toys)

  • Now you can create countless amazing designs on the go with the classic Travel Spirograph!
  • This portable Spirograph studio has a built-in design ring, work surface and storage compartment for holding your wheels, pens, paper, design guide and finished artwork.
  • Features Travel Spirograph Design Toy with built-in design ring, work surface and storage tray, six Spirograph Precision Wheels, two Spirograph Design Pens and a 24-Page Sticky Note Design Pad (can be refilled with standard 3″ x 3″ sticky note pads)
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon

Scrabble To Go (Winning Moves)

  • Includes official plastic Scrabble game board with tile lock system
    Includes (100) plastic scrabble letter tiles
    Includes (4) plastic tile racks, drawstring tile bag and instructions
  • This games innovative design allows you to pack up in the middle of the game without disturbing the words you’ve already placed on the board. The tiles snap in place.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $44.95
  • Available: Amazon


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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.