In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

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  1. 00clone

    00clone Well-Known Member

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    #1 00clone, Jun 12, 2014
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    Hey fanatics, need some advice.

    Headed on a long car trip coming up, and the missus wants to buy a portable DVD setup to help keep 'em quiet. I am not a movie watcher, and we have a barely used DVD player in our house, other than that, it's cable.

    I tend to think that DVD's are on their last leg, and I suspect bluray will not be long for the world either with streaming, but we're not streaming ready either. I thought the tablet route, at least we'd use those outside the few long car trips a year, but not sure how much is available for offline viewing...like you wouldn't be able to do netflix in the car on the backroads to northwest Iowa.

    Thoughts/ideas?

    *Edit: Ok, let me go back to the beginning and say that I'm specifically looking for advice on an electronic video type solution, not "OH, MY, GOD, DON'T LET YOUR KIDS WATCH TV, GET THEM A PUZZLE OR A COLORING BOOK OR A NEEDLEPOINT KIT"....and that we fully intend on using this electronic tool as ONE of our repertoire of tricks to keep the kids satisfied. We've gone on several road trips, and there's just times when all the other options aren't working...and we spend plenty of quality time with our children...any of you with a full time job want to say you exceed my 6.5 hours per day that I spend with my kids?
     
  2. IcSyU

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    If you go the tablet route, rip DVDs to a computer and put them on the tablet or download DVDs to it before you leave.
     
  3. CYCLNST8

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    A bottle of ether & a rag?

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  4. drlove

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    I figured this would be a good Friday off-topic thread. What did you do during long road trips as a kid to pass the time. How did we survive without DVD players, tablets and stuff.
     
  5. abe2010

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    state/county license plate game
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  6. VTXCyRyD

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    If you have a Prime membership on Amazon go with a Kindle Fire Hd or HDX. You can download some of their free prime movies to watch when you don't have a wifi connection. My daughter uses it quite a bit.
     
  7. Cydar

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  8. 00clone

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    They're 4 and 1.5...they suck at all 3 of these games.
     
  9. ISUKing

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    Risking sounding like my parents who thought VHS wasn't going anywhere, I feel like there is still quite a while before we see DVD going away, more than likely after your kids have outgrown the need for road trip distractions. At the very least, they will be around until your kids are old enough to figure out how to stream something on their own. I'm not sure longevity of the DVD medium should be in the mix.

    That said, my daughter loves watching her "shows" on our little sub $100 portable DVD player.
     
  10. VeloClone

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    Have your trunk monkey babysit them.






    :jimlad:
     
  11. Cybirdy

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    How old are the kids? We are antiquated and use DVD's, mostly for the three and under crowd. But even then, it isn't much good for the 15mo old. Nothing keeps her still/happy for more than 10min at a time. I am already dreading our car trip in a few weeks. Our older kids (11 & 9) read books or do other activities.

    With a tablet you could at least have some options of apps as well.
     
  12. MNCyGuy

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  13. 3TrueFans

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    Bonus, you'll mop the floor with them.
     
  14. Farnsworth

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  15. Cybirdy

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    If you did go the DVD route I would see if you have friends/neighbors who you could borrow DVD's from (maybe even a portable system) or check your local library. We can check out 10 DVD's at a time for a week and then renew them if needed. DVD's could be a very low cost option if you borrow.
     
  16. MNCyGuy

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    1.5 is the tough one because they don't sleep automatically anymore and they don't really entertain themselves yet. We drive home to Minnesota A LOT and when our son was in that age range we did one of two things:

    -Whoever wasn't driving sat in the back with him so they could nip any crabbiness in the bud
    -We drove at night. At dinner at home and put our departure time as close to his bed time as possible so he'd sleep.

    Don't know how applicable either of those are to your road trip situation.
     
  17. MNCyGuy

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    hell, even redbox wouldn't be that expensive and you can just swap them out at all your gas stops so you don't have a big stack of DVD's cluttering up your car.
     
  18. NATEizKING

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    power converter, bring game system or dvd player
     
  19. Cybirdy

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    we we always take them out of cases and put in a CD case--have 3-4 soft sided ones hubby has collected free from vendors at conferences.
     

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