The Most Wonderful

It’s that time of year, so here are some fun distractions.

Listen While You Drive


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Audio subscription service Pinna makes being in the car with your family a lot more enjoyable. The platform organizes content by age, so select age 4 to access audiobooks about fairies read by Julie Andrews, or age 6 to binge two seasons of podcast The Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show. Quiz games like ExtraBLURT Jr. get the whole family shouting (but for once not at each other) and Pinna-produced series such as Opal Watson: Private Eye engage older kids long enough to make it to San Diego in peace. From $6/month


Plane and Simple

Travel-accessory maker Stoney Clover Lane has even more ways to stay organized on flights this season. Pick the right size bag and color for you, and personalize it with new holiday sew-on patches featuring nutcrackers, gingerbread men, and Rudolph with a red heart nose. For Star Wars fans, Grogu is featured on a new line of bags that range from plush fanny packs to a pink Grogu-printed duffle. Patches from $16, pouches from $38


Whistle While You Read

Reading can be fun, and reading with an interactive button that plays music or your parent’s voice can be even better. New from Los Angeles–based Cali’s Books are versions of favorite fairy tales, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears ($40). Built into the book is a recording device for parents to use while reading the book aloud. The next time the child pages through the story, they can press a button on each page to hear the book read to them. New from The Story Orchestra, In the Hall of the Mountain King ($25) includes a button on each page to hear a 10-second clip of an orchestra playing Greig’s famous composition. This is the seventh book in the series, which also includes The Nutcracker, featuring the music of Tchaikovsky.

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