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We've driven from Tucson to Kansas City more times than I can count. There is a wonderful little dinosaur museum in Tucumcari, New Mexico (on Hwy 40, east of Albuquerque). It is a fun place (may be 10 minutes off the hwy) and a great place to run around and touch things. Amarillo TX has a quarter horse museum (right next to the hwy) that has fun places to run around, put on cowboy gear, sit on fake horse, etc. Both of these are small museums that you can visit in 45 min. to an hour -- just the right amount of time to break up a road trip. (We would stop at one of them going to KC, and the other on the way back).

We have a video player in the car and do a movie, then listen to a CD and play with something (you've had tons of great ideas here) and then watch another movie when the CD is over. So many people have DVDs for their cars you could most likely borrow one for the trip. One thing that helps my kids on trips is to just have one thing out to play with at a time -- just have the magna doodle out. Then put it away and get out color wonder, etc. If everything is out all over the back seat, they just get grouchy.

HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
 

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What about small containers of playdoh?
no offense, but this is a bad idea. It would most likely make a mess that would be impossible to ever clean up. If you driving across the southern part of the US at this time of the year, you have to consider what anything in your car will be like at 140 degrees because it can get that hot while you are parked so you can eat. It gets hot enough to melt crayons. I don't even want to think about what playdoh would be like.
 

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You can do it in two days.
On long trips, we start very early in the morning, putting the kids in the car still asleep and in their jammies. We take lots of stops to strech legs. We drive for a couple of hours after dinner. You can get 10 hours of driving in pretty easily that way. When we were driving Tucson to KC it was a total of 24 hours of driving and we did it in 2 days.

Is this your drive when you are moving? Are you going to have pets with you?
 

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Forget the museums I suggested -- you can't leave your dogs in the car in this weather


What route are you taking? We took 10 east out of Tucson, then went straight north through New Mexico, and headed east again at Albuquerque. There are many rest stops on this route. Traveling with pets in the heat we only eat fast food in the car because we are afraid to leave the animals in the car when it is so hot. (I know fast food is evil, but this is a trip that you will ever make again with your dogs.) We stopped often at places where we could get the dogs out, and the kids could strech their legs, too.

Be sure to pack water bottles and dishes, toys, etc. for your dogs.

You will most likely be tired and stressed out before you even get in the car. Even if you think kids should never watch TV, get a DVD player for your car and some new DVDs. You can give the thing to charity afterwards if you don't want it, but this is going to be a hard trip for all of you.

We've made many long trips with the kids, but traveling while moving is a much more complicated deal. Do whatever you need to get through this. You can get back to your usually parenting (little or no junk food and TV) later.

I hope I don't sound negitive, but I've been there done that with little kids. You will survive and you will be stronger for the experience. Once you've done this you will know that you can do anything. Your kids will grow up as great travlers that you can take anywhere.

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Not all hotels allow dogs, but Holiday Inns do. There is an extra charge (usually $25). If you are moving your own things or towing anything, the drive will take significantly longer than if you are just driving your car.
 

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I've never had a problem... but maybe we never used it while it was that hot in the car. Perhaps you can remember to take things like crayons and playdoh with you if you park the car for awhile.
I'm going to go put playdoh in the oven and see just how bad it gets!
to get the full effect, you'd need to put little crumbs of it on a carpet square, step on them, bake, and then try to get out of the carpet


We had crayons melt into the car carpet when we lived in Tucson. It was pretty icky.

Traveling with 2 small kids and 2 dogs is not a time to have anything complex in the car the has to be removed everytime you get out of the car.
 
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