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Young travellers can plan ahead and beat boredom on family vacations

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Clued in Scavenger Guides can help turn family vacations in New York, Chicago, Washington and Disney World into fun fact-finding missions. The interactive travel guide/scavenging game encourages exploration by providing clues that point kids to specific locales and experiences. Points are accumulated for every item found, earning the winners boasting rights and an award certificate. While away the time spent in long line-ups outside Space Mountain with The Disney World Queue Line Scavenger Hunt, which covers most attractions at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. $9.99 (U.S.); scavengerguides.com

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Afghanistan to Zimbabwe Lonely Planet’s The Not-for-Parents Travel Book lets young explorers flip through the globe. Every country has its own dedicated page with eye-popping photos, a map, facts about local delicacies, fascinating buildings and cool wildlife. The bulky hardcover design doesn’t make for easy packing, so use it as a pretrip primer. $21.99; chaptersindigo.ca

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Rumpled routes From the cartographers behind Crumpled City Maps comes a fanciful junior version that colourfully illustrates the top kid-friendly sights in Berlin, Paris, New York, London and Amsterdam. Its trademark soft waterproof construction allows tiny travellers to scrunch, toss and tread on the map without causing much damage. $14; palomarweb.com/ web/tienda/products/view/

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