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(Fark)   Subby has a 9+ hour (each way) secluded beach road trip with the family (Mrs. Preggo Subby + 10yo + 5yo) coming up. Looking for recommendations for playlists/ways to pass the time. Subby and 9yo both love Dr. Demento and Firesign Theatre   (fark.com) divider line
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2021-07-30 11:39:56 AM  
Stupid me, is she 9 or 10? She's 9 going on 10. Anywho, yeah, long car ride looking for stuff to listen to maybe car games to play or something like that.

/subby
 
2021-07-30 11:44:59 AM  
I'd honestly rather you just shoot me.

Actually, being truthful, I'd do everything I could to flip my sleep schedule and do this drive starting at 10pm so everyone else sleeps through it overnight.
 
2021-07-30 11:47:30 AM  
Get some road trip bingo cards

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2021-07-30 12:06:41 PM  
Don't have the time to Google it, but I know ( I think) there's a huge CD box set of the Firesign Theater Radio Hour shows available somewhere.  Hours of entertainment that got distilled into the "Dear Friends"  double album.
 
2021-07-30 12:09:40 PM  
A couple podcasts that a generally safe for young ears:

The Uncertain Hour (NPR podcast)
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
The Impact (Vox.com podcast)

All are informative and usually pretty entertaining. One season of the Uncertain Hour discussed government regulations and included a three episode arc about peanut butter which sounds boring as hell but was really super interesting.

Also, if you're into Star Trek there's Mission Log. They keep it pretty clean.
 
2021-07-30 12:17:14 PM  
Oh, for the days of the homemade roadside tourist traps....."Dinosaur Bones!"  "Buffalo Bill's Homestead!"...Can't even get a damn map at the gas station (also brochures for local points of interest)
All destroyed by the interstates.  Thanks, Ike.
 
2021-07-30 12:19:33 PM  
I do a 9 hour drive once or 2x a year with my 8 and 5 year old. We have portable DVD players, tablets and Nintendo Switches to keep them busy. Radio usually just stays tuned to Alt Nation or Hits 1 on Sirius.

Ive tried the car activity books and things like that and they dont entertain my kids for very long.

Snacks are important as well.
 
2021-07-30 12:21:49 PM  
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2021-07-30 12:23:09 PM  
national lamppon radio dinner hour
 
2021-07-30 12:23:23 PM  
might want to skip it with kids
 
2021-07-30 12:25:49 PM  
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (narrated by Stephen Fry version).
 
2021-07-30 12:31:15 PM  
Start the Discworld Novels (narrated by Nigel Planer).
 
2021-07-30 12:36:01 PM  
The ideal car for the family road trip:

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2021-07-30 12:37:14 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (narrated by Stephen Fry version).


Original BBC radio play version
 
2021-07-30 12:38:11 PM  
Cannibal Corpse.  All the way there, and all the way back.
 
2021-07-30 12:40:29 PM  
You need to add an hour or so each way for Mrs. Subby (depending on how far along she is).

A couple of Switches with headphones are helpful.

Designate one kid as a navigator and see if he can keep up on Google Maps (the modern version of the paper maps of old).

Old school games like license plate are fun (although they can get kind of loud).
 
2021-07-30 12:42:27 PM  
If you dig Firesign Theatre, try The Goon Show (BBC radio from the '50s) 90% of the voices are just three guys (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe).
Start with either The Histories of Pliny The Elder or  Robin Hood.

If I can find a link, I'll either send to your Ultrafark address or post here.
 
2021-07-30 12:46:28 PM  

WoolyManwich: Stupid me, is she 9 or 10? She's 9 going on 10.


The wife or the kiddo?
 
2021-07-30 12:47:36 PM  
If she likes video games get "Ready player one" on audiobook.  It's read by WIl Wheaton and is a great way to spend a car trip.
 
2021-07-30 12:48:23 PM  

Billy Liar: The ideal car for the family road trip:

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2021-07-30 1:02:45 PM  
My friend and I drove cross-country with only one cassette tape.

I forget what it was.

/stolen from Steven Wright
 
2021-07-30 1:10:03 PM  
My wife and I will be driving from VA to ME for a vacation soon....not looking forward to driving though.

/need to make some more CDs or something...
 
2021-07-30 1:11:28 PM  
When I was a kid we drove from Indiana to Florida listening to Tales from Lake Wobegon Summer.  It was pretty funny to 9 year old me.  This was long before Garrison Keillor was known for Tales from Lake Grabass.
 
2021-07-30 1:11:49 PM  
Subby and 9yo both get Dr. Demento and Firesign Theatre, the others get earplugs or sleeping pills.
 
2021-07-30 1:14:40 PM  
Play Tom Jones'  "What's New Pussycat" on a continuous loop and every now and again throw in a "It's Not Unusual" just for fun
 
2021-07-30 1:15:11 PM  
Last Podcast on the Left. Your kids will learn a lot of new words.

/don't

In seriousness, you're going to have trouble entertaining kids that disparate in ages. Do you have a portable DVD player? Pixar movies might be the safe way to go. If you don't, something like this could be useful:
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We used something similar. They strap to the headrest of the front seat, and one has the DVD and broadcasts it to the other. You may need to get an adapter as well to keep them charged from your lighter socket.

The five-year-old will get bored without some visual stimulation, so that reduces audio-book potential. You might also want to consider (depending on how often you're stopping) having your wife sit in the back with the five-year-old for a leg of the trip and playing some kind of game with them. Ten's not great in the front, but neither is a pregnant wife, and that interaction will greatly forestall said boredom.
 
2021-07-30 1:23:00 PM  

dionysusaur: If you dig Firesign Theatre, try The Goon Show (BBC radio from the '50s) 90% of the voices are just three guys (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe).
Start with either The Histories of Pliny The Elder or  Robin Hood.

If I can find a link, I'll either send to your Ultrafark address or post here.


Ok, links

Goond Robin HoodGoons Histories of Pliny The Elder
 
2021-07-30 1:25:42 PM  
Everyone gets headphones with their own devices and tell em all the shut the fark up.   "And make sure you hit the head before we leave because we aint stoppin except for lunch !!"

I love family vacation.
 
2021-07-30 1:27:07 PM  
Get one of those FM transmitter thingys for you phone/ipad and load up the original Orson Well's "War of the Worlds" broadcast or the other excellent NPR version. (Which I can't find...but they did a version with the NPR cast being interrupted with ''breaking news")

Then turn that one in the middle of the night.
 
2021-07-30 1:30:49 PM  

Gubbo: I'd honestly rather you just shoot me.

Actually, being truthful, I'd do everything I could to flip my sleep schedule and do this drive starting at 10pm so everyone else sleeps through it overnight.


We used to do the 12hr run to the inlaws in SC this way, left after dinner, I drove through the night, and the mrs. took over at daybreak for the last 3-4 hrs or so, then I'd nap till noon or so

but subby should by 3 bus tickets and send the wife and kids on their way
 
2021-07-30 1:32:01 PM  
OTR Escape!

The "I see a train, you owe me a candy bar" game.   If someone sees a moving train during the road trip, they call it out first, they win a candy bar the next time you gas up (fun for kids and adults)

Kids bop music is good-ish (different).

Battleship, front seat against the back seat.   Always a solid road trip game.

Retell popular movies, in your own words.   So, take Indiana Jones, and retell the story in your words.  Let other people take a shot at it.   It's a pretty fun road trip game if people are into it.
 
2021-07-30 1:34:39 PM  
Hunt down some Firesign albums you might not have heard, like "The Three Faces Of Al", or their non-official albums, like Proctor & Bergman's "Tv Or Not Tv" and Phil Austin's "Roller Maidens From Outer Space", all great stuff.
 
2021-07-30 1:45:15 PM  

Gubbo: I'd honestly rather you just shoot me.

Actually, being truthful, I'd do everything I could to flip my sleep schedule and do this drive starting at 10pm so everyone else sleeps through it overnight.


I have an uncle who would drive all night just so his kids would sleep for most of the trip. Helped that he worked night shift at an auto factory so he was already on that schedule.

OTOH they would show up hours early for family functions.
 
2021-07-30 1:45:20 PM  
Do they still make those magnetic board games for road trips?  I'm not seeing anything appropriate for a 5 yo that'll last more than half an hour when I check Amazon.  You're gonna need something tactile that doesn't require batteries just in case you get stuck someplace.

As for audio, my dad got the entire series of the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show.  That was a fairly good year for our annual beach trip.  That was only 4 hours each way, though.
 
2021-07-30 1:47:11 PM  
 
2021-07-30 2:00:42 PM  
"I Spy With My Little Eye." is a winner.
So is, "Jesus Farking Christ, if you two don't shut up, so help me, I'll leave you on the side of the road.  Gawd."
 
2021-07-30 2:00:48 PM  
Teach them "Punch Buggy" and "Slam Van" (same thing except you slap another player when you spot a minivan)

Tell them to signal truckers to blow their horns

I agree with the previously mentioned Dr Demento/Weird Al as well as HHGTTG radio show and Discworld audiobooks. If you have Spotify there are lots of kid's channels/genres.

If you have Netflix/Prime/Disney+ they offer lots of movies and shows that you can download to your phone/tablet/laptop so you don't need internet access to watch them.
 
2021-07-30 2:02:21 PM  

optikeye: Rusty Shackleford: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (narrated by Stephen Fry version).

Original BBC radio play version


With theme song by the Eagles.
 
2021-07-30 2:28:31 PM  
Fark Answer:  Give the kids Red Bull, your wife gets pictures of your ex-girlfriends (and copies of any correspondence)

Friendly Answer:
When my kids were those ages we did karaoke to:
Butthole Surfers - Shame of Life
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood.
 
2021-07-30 3:04:14 PM  
The "Go the Fark to Sleep" video as read by Morgan Freeman is a good option.
 
2021-07-30 3:15:41 PM  
Wow

"Subby has a 9+ hour (each way) secluded beach road trip with the family (Mrs. Preggo Subby + 10yo + 5yo) coming up."

this is like the picture perfect example of the kind of nightmare i wake up in cold sweat from.

If this were me and my honey, we'll there'd be no kids as that was something we both didn't want beofre we even met.
but yeah we'd a probably just roofied the kids to sleep for the trip in that kinda a nightmare scenario .
 
2021-07-30 3:35:11 PM  
Stock up on cannabis gummies. Hand them out before the trip and watch as everyone miraculously falls asleep around you so you can drive in peace.
 
2021-07-30 3:35:52 PM  
The TMBG series:

Here Come the ABCs
Here Come the 123s
Here Comes Science
 
2021-07-30 3:36:31 PM  
Best music ever for kids & adults to listen to together. You will sing along the second time and be happy about it.

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2021-07-30 4:38:17 PM  
3 sets of headphones/airbuds/whatever.
 
2021-07-30 4:50:47 PM  
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Dad got me one if these for a long road trip way back in the 70's,

He just about shiat himself when I built a siren while crossing Wyoming on I80
 
2021-07-30 4:54:30 PM  
Lots of smartass comments on here.

As someone who has done these kinds of drives I also made sure the kids were stocked up on their favorite books. The Wimpy Kid series are good along with Captain Underpants. The Tiffany Aching books from the Discworld series are good for a young girl around 10. The Amelia Bedilia books are funny.

The 5 year old is a little harder. Get the Crayola coloring books with the "clean" markers that only work in the books so you don't end up with a redecorated car interior.

And, as much as I hate it, stop at a Cracker Barrel to eat. Tell them that if they behave they can pick out one toy and one snack from the store. While the food is basically white people comfort food, the store is is good for kids.

/Snark on Fark?
//The lesser known Doctor Seuss book
///Three slashies to wish you a safe trip where you all arrive ok with your sanity intact.
 
2021-07-30 5:28:19 PM  
Put a couple Weird Al albums on shuffle, maybe some of your favorite Devo and Gary Numan stuff too.
 
2021-07-30 5:35:11 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Put a couple Weird Al albums on shuffle, maybe some of your favorite Devo and Gary Numan stuff too.


The problem with that is that ages 8 and 10....they won't realize Weird Al is a Parody.
 
2021-07-30 7:14:29 PM  
It's pleasant to see Discworld already firmly covered. Audiobooks are a long haul traveler's friend
 
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