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How to Keep Kids Entertained During Long Trips

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Any parent who has gone on a road trip with children understands the challenge that comes with keeping them entertained. Long trips are not always easy for kids who get bored easily. Here are three ways that you can keep your kids entertained as you hit the open road of adventure.

Raise Their Excitement

As Kids are a Trip points out, one of the best ways to keep your children entertained during a road trip is to build anticipation by getting them involved in the planning process. This is a good time to start discussing what you will do when you arrive at the final destination. You can use an electronic device to look up information about the trip or even check out books at the library prior to your trip so that the kids can do research while on the drive. Not only does this pass the time, but it also empowers your kids to be a part of the planning of the vacation. This will help them take ownership and get more out of the trip.

Let Them Move Around

It is no secret that kids have an abundance of energy that they need to burn. A common problem on many road trips with children is that they get bored and fidgety while being forced to sit for long periods. Making an effort to take regular stretching breaks will help the kids to enjoy the journey more. According to Empathy RV, an RV is a popular choice for families as it gives kids plenty of room to move around even while traveling, and it can store plenty of conveniences that will make them more likely to stay calm. The right planning will ensure that your kids do not become restless.

Play Road Trip Games

The classic road trip game is a fun way to get through your adventure with lots of laughs and minimal whining. Some fun ideas to consider include road trip bingo, hangman, and the license plate game. You can find a variety of printables online in advance of your trip to make the game facilitation easier. Even something as simple as turning on the radio and seeing who can guess the song the fastest can provide hours of entertainment.

By thinking outside of the box, you can come up with loads of ideas to keep your kids entertained while out on the road. This will make for a more enjoyable trip for everyone in the travel party.

If you are setting off, don’t forget your road trip must-haves!

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WHO Says Coronavirus Risk ‘Very High’ Globally

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its risk assessment of the coronavirus to “very high” at a global level.

According to BBC.com, WHO’s health emergencies program executive director Dr. Mike Ryan said the agency is not trying to scare people by issuing the highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and impact.

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“This is a reality check for every government on the planet: Wake up! Get ready!” Ryan said in a statement. “This virus may be on its way and you need to be ready. You have a duty to your citizens; you have a duty to the world to be ready.”

The WHO is calling on governments around the world to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously and work hard to contain it within their borders and avoid “the worst of it.”

In addition to the confirmed cases in China, where the viral outbreak originated, at least 4,351 cases have been reported and confirmed across at least 48 countries, including 67 deaths as of Friday.

The WHO said Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Nigeria all reported their first confirmed cases Thursday, which were all connected to the outbreak in Italy. Officials said most cases of the viral infection have been traced to known contacts or clusters of cases.

The organization also recently revealed the number of new coronavirus cases outside China now exceeds those inside the country for the first time. WHO officials said countries must act “swiftly” and “aggressively” to contain the virus.

Earlier this week, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee said the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in July could be canceled if the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of dissipating.

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