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VERMONT SNOWMOBILE TOUR IN A CHILD’S SIZE

Take your pint-sized adventurer to Vermont, where he or she can take a spin on a mini snowmobile built for kids. Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow has launched children’s snowmobile tours, during which anyone 5 to 12 years old can hop on an Indy 120 XC and go for a 15-minute tour on a specially designed course at the Jackson Gore Paleo Field. Children, who max out at speeds of 8 miles per hour, will be led by an adult riding a full-size sled. Kids cannot weigh more than 120 pounds or be taller than 5 feet 4 inches. Okemo provides helmets, which must be worn. The cost is $29 per child per ride; reservations recommended. The family-oriented ski resort also offers ice-skating, snow tubing, and a four-season mountain coaster ride, which takes passengers 7 and older along a 3,100-foot-long twisty track at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. 800-228-1600, www.okemo.com 

NEW HAMPSHIRE WELCOMES OLD-TIME SNOWMOBILES

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Adults can get in on the snowmobile action, too, during New Hampshire’s annual Lancaster Grand Prix, the country’s oldest vintage snowmobile race. Intrepid drivers will race their sleds, dating from the 1960s to the ’80s, around a quarter-mile oval ice track in an effort to win $10,000 in cash prizes. Bring your old sled or cheer on other racers during this weekend-long event, which runs Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 and draws up to 20,000 visitors. The event includes the Vintage Snowmobile Show on Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-
3 p.m.; the Grand Prix Ball with dinner and music, Jan. 30, 5:30-11 p.m.; and a snowmobile parade Jan. 31 following the races. Snowmobile races (pictured above) start at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31, and the Lancaster Grand Prix featured race begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1. Ticket to watch races either day: $10, under 13 free. 603-788-2193, www.lancastergrandprix.com

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AN APP FOR CALMING YOU FOR TAKEOFF

Anxious airplane passengers take note: There’s a new app to help settle your nerves. A recent survey by Japan-based All Nippon Airways revealed that 68 percent of US airline passengers find takeoffs to be the most stressful part of flying. ANA has just launched a free app that aims to help passengers relax. (Note: It works only on flights that allow electronic devices to be used during takeoff.) The ANA Takeoff Mode app, available only through iTunes, provides a simple puzzle that requires users to maneuver a ball on the screen to collect points, while relaxing music plays in the background. The key: The app measures the amplitude and frequency response of the ambient noise inside the aircraft cabin, meaning that when the aircraft’s engines are at full throttle during takeoff, the audio profile triggers a special animation and message for the user.

HAWAII’S NEW POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Calling all football fans: Don’t miss a chance to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on Oahu’s North Shore. This weekend, the PCC became the new home for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which honors 14 inductees from the first two classes, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, the University of Oregon quarterback who was the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year in 2014. The 2015 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inductees include Jesse Sapolu, Mosi Tatupu, Mark Tuinei, Luther Elliss, Ray Schoenke, and Russ Francis. The exhibit showcases the honorees’ achievements with plaques, photos, interactive displays, and mementos. It also features elements of ancient Polynesian architecture, with lava stones, tropical plants, natural woods like ohia and koa, and accents of lauhala mats and other native textures and fabrics. It’s located in the new guest orientation center adjacent to the Hukilau Marketplace. Free admission. 800-367-7060, www.polynesia.com

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A KID-FRIENDLY ANDROID SMARTPHONE

Keep closer tabs on your children when you travel and give them a way to easily reach you or emergency services with the Kurio Phone, an unlocked GSM smartphone built specifically for kids. The phone has a 4-inch screen and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity, and comes preloaded with more than 30 games and apps. Kids can use it to make calls, text, play games, surf the Web, watch movies, take pictures, and more. A parent can impose restrictions as needed, such as setting call and text limits, allowing and blocking certain contacts, and managing apps. The Kurio Genius Filtering System filters 450 million sites daily to block inappropriate content, and lets you set your own filters. The phone also has an internal GPS that monitors the phone’s location, so you can establish safe and danger zones; you will get notified when your child leaves or enters one of these zones. The SIM card is sold separately, so you can choose your provider and plan; the phone works using only Wi-Fi outside of the United States. $159.99. www .kurio

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THE SOLE CHARGER FOR POWERING DEVICES

Throw this hip and durable charger in your travel bag so you can refuel two devices on the go, including phones, cameras, tablets, and GPS units. XSORIES’ Sneaker Power Bank, about the size of a deck of cards, has an 8400 mAh battery that can typically juice up

a smartphone twice before it needs to be recharged through its micro-USB port. The power bank (pictured below), which looks like the sole of a sneaker, is made with tough rubber and silicone, meaning it can withstand tumbles and still keep on working. It has dual USB output ports (1A and 2.1A), and comes with a handy USB cord that has a micro-USB connector nestled inside a 30-pin Apple connector. LEDs indicate how much power is left. $79.99. 442-244-0516, www.xsories.com

KARI BODNARCHUK