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Gear to Get: Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids is stressful. Keep them busy in the car, plane, train, or boat with toys that stimulate and engage — plus a bonus for parents’ comfort while on the road.



Got older kids? Hack can help them learn how to code, develop creative problem-solving skills, and build confidence on the go. The Hack Key comes on a USB and can be plugged into any laptop when kids are ready to play. The Flip-to-Hack feature and Hack characters help develop familiarity with basic coding.
Ages 8+, $39.99,


Hoyle Waterproof Playing Cards

Go Fish is easier to play when the cards can get wet. No need to worry if the cards fall into a puddle or off the side of a boat — they’re waterproof. Although the cards are clear, the face cards are still visible, come in the standard playing card size.
All ages, $5.97,




Highlights Magnetic Mazes

Mazes are educational, but they come with so many pieces that can get wedged between car seats. Magnetic mazes are self-contained. Kids use the magnetic pen to move balls to the right spot on the game board, which helps develop fine motor skills. The Monsters Munch maze features hungry monsters that kids feed while counting.
Ages 2+, $19.99, Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe & Party Boutique, 400 Harrison Ave.,



Haba USA Magnetic Game Box

Ideal for travel because the magnetic pieces safely store in the box. This product stimulates creativity, with the amusing characters and accessories. The Creature Creations box contains 51 magnetic pieces and three background images to dress-up funny animal characters. The box also folds out for an easy-to-use easel.
Ages 3+,$19.99,



BONUS: A little comfort for parents and the environment.

Tasc Performance

Tasc offers clothing that is easy to wear and is easy on the earth. Its line of MosoTech apparel, a blend of organic cotton, bamboo, and lycra, offers a silky-soft feel with natural performance benefits. Men: Easy Stretch Pocket Polo; various sizes, colors, and patterns. $72. Women: Suns Out Dress; various sizes, colors, and patterns. $80.
Tasc, 3913 Magazine St.,


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