Keeping the kids entertained during long periods of time travel be it on the road, air, or train, can be a little challenging. Are we there yet, I don’t wanna go, I wanna go back home, I’m bored, I’m *insert complaint here* are all things I’m sure many parents have heard during episodes of restless travel. Handheld gaming is a favorite pastime for many children as it was for me. Now, there are so many more advanced handheld systems available for all ages making them a convenient source of entertainment. Below are some top handheld systems to pack – in addition to books and other activities children may enjoy during travel:
Vtech MobiGo 2
Wrapped up in a durable kid-friendly design, the MobiGo 2 incorporates touch play and provides fun and educational games, apps, and e-books available for purchase and download via the Learning Lodge. Engaging games and apps teach basic learning skills including math, vocabulary, spelling, reading, logic, drawing and more. MobiGo 2 has the same great touch screen play as the original MobiGo, and now offers a motion sensor and microphone, adding two new features for kids to explore. MobiGo 2 offers for modes of playing; motion, touchscreen, microphone and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The LeapsterGS Explorer offers fast-paced action gaming in a kid-tough design. Downloadable apps and educational games help develop key skills for school and auto-level and give kids just the amount of challenge. Select games offer the option to enter math sets and spelling lists from school. Parents can see and share their child’s learning progress through the online LeapFrog Learning Path. The LeapsterGS features offers built-in camera and video recorder, editing and sharing options with 2 GB of on-board memory. Games and apps can be controlled with the all-new motion sensor, game pad, finger or stylus to tap and trace on the touch screen.
Age: 5 and up
Nintendo DSi systems feature two bright, screens to display game graphics, microphone, and two cameras, allowing for unique gameplay. The bottom screen offers touch sensitivity for a true hands-on gaming experience with included stylus. The Nintendo DSi system plays nearly all of the hundreds of great Nintendo DS titles in addition to Gameboy Advance titles. It also features built-in software and easy access to hundreds of downloadable games and affordable software. Nintendo DSi also makes it easy to play select games with friends nearby join in, even if only one player has the game. Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection lets players link up with other players from all over the world. Nearly all Nintendo DS and DSi games are compatible with Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, and Nintendo 3DS systems.
Age: 10 and up
The PSPgo is 43% smaller than the original PSP system, but it is still mighty. PSPgo features an ultra-crisp 3.8 inch LCD screen, high quality graphics, and robust game-play, playable anywhere and everywhere. Built-in Wi-Fi capability adds the convenience of downloading hundreds of full games, add-ons, free demos, comics, and movies and TV shows directly to its 16GB hard drive. Gamers can join online multiplayer games and use built-in Bluetooth support to connect to a wireless headset or call friends’ PSP systems, cell phones and landlines using built-in Skype connection.
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