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Whether you are traveling for a holiday, a family vacation or just going to Grandma's for Sunday dinner, here are a few games you can play in the car to keep your passengers entertained.

Print out this page and keep it in your glove compartment for hours of fun along the way!

The Alphabet Game

Try to find each letter of the alphabet as you travel along the roadway. Starting with A and ending at Z, look for each letter anywhere but in your vehicle. Call out each letter as you see it. Each player must find a unique letter. First one to get to 'Z' wins!

(You can also play this game looking for something that begins with each letter instead of the letters themselves.)

License Plate Game

You will need a piece of paper and a pencil or pen for each player.

Choose a three or four letter word. Each player writes it on a slip of paper. Choose a letter from the license plates of passing cars to make this word again. As you identify a letter on a license plate, cross it out on your paper. The first player to cross out the word wins the game.

Paired Numbers (for two players)

Player One: use numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Player Two: use numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Look at the license plates of passing cars. Each player gets a point when they spot one of their numbers paired on the plate, such as 33 or 55. The first player to get 10 points wins the game.

Scavenger Hunt

You will need a piece of paper and a pencil or pen for each player.

Players make a list of things they might see along the turnpike, such as a bridge, steeple, pond, cows, toll plaza, and food signs. Each player is given a copy of the list. When a player spots an item on the list, they call it out and check it off. The first player to see the object gets a point. After all the items have been seen, the player with the most points wins.

Guess What I Saw?

One player selects an object that they have just seen and tells how many letters are in its name. Then they give a clue to what the object is and the other players are given 3 minutes or 3 miles to guess what the object is. If no one guesses correctly, another clue is given for another 3 minutes or miles. The player that finally guesses becomes the next person to select an object.

MassPike Quiz

  1. How many rivers does the turnpike pass over? Can you name them?
  2. What is the highest point on the turnpike?
  3. At what point does the Appalachian Trail cross the turnpike?
  4. In what Massachusetts city is the Basketball Hall of Fame located?
  5. What is the Mass Pike's logo?
  1. The MassPike passes over 10 rivers(from west to east):
    • Williams River in West Stockbridge, mile 2.5
    • Housatonic River in Lee, mile 10
    • Westfield River in Westfield, Russell and Montgomery, mile 36.2
    • Connecticut River in West Springfield, mile 46
    • Chicopee River in Chicopee, mile 58
    • Quaboag River in Palemer, miles 61.8 and 66
    • Blackstone River in Millbury, mile 93.6
    • Sudbury River in Framingham, miles 106.7 and 115
    • Charles River in Weston, mile 123
    • Muddy River in Boston, mile 132.5
  2. The highest turnpike elevation is 1724 feet above sea level in the town of Becket.
  3. The Appalachian Trail crosses the turnpike in the town of Becket at mile marker 14.7.
  4. The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield.
  5. The MassPike's logo is a Pilgrim Hat.
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