Best Kids Apps


KIDzOUT

Diaper decks, family restaurants, parks, and more near you
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  • Age: parents+ |

  • free


KIDzOUT is a GPS tool for the iPhone that helps parents find the nearest (and cleanest!) diaper changing area, family friendly restaurant, park, or medical facility.

Why we like it:
Obviously, we all know where the good parks and children’s museums are in our own hometowns.  But take us 15 miles in any direction, drop us off, and we parents are usually as good as lost when it comes to the essentials.

Sure, you can try to use Siri or the preloaded iPhone map app, but with its huge, curated database, this app just works better.  Once you enable location, just tap Diaper Deck, Food, Play or Medical and you’re presented with an easy-to-navigate list of choices.

If you want to drill down, you can filter for various options like “kids menu”, “gluten free”, “playground”, “library”, “grocery store” and so on.

Need a park with a bathroom?  Who doesn’t.  This is the app for you.

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Tiny Tower

Build a tower and manage the businesses in it
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  • Age: 9+ |

  • free


Tiny Tower is a cute, relaxing simulation game that lets kids build, own, and manage a skyscraper and all the apartments and businesses in it.

Want to build a new floor?  You’ll have to successfully attract customers and sell them goods and services first.

Why we like it:
The idea of running a business is a total novelty to most kids.  My 9-year-old son loves restocking his shoe store, collecting money at his laundromat, and dishing out dinner to his sushi-scarfing patrons.

You and I would call this “work”.  Kids?  Not so much.

He can also dress his residents in costumes, give them jobs, paint their apartments, or evict them.   He’s a good landlord, though.

Although this free game offers in-app purchases to speed up progress, he’s never bought a thing.  Not in this game anyway.  We have a rule about that now.

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We tested version 1.5.1, which is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and Android.  Developer: Nimblebit LLC.  Read our disclosure policy.



Flashlight

An endlessly useful free utility app for the iPhone
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  • Age: parents+ |

  • free


flashlightFlashlight is one of those apps that people either love or hate.

Most people who’ve reviewed it on the iTunes store seem to hate it.  I love it.  Ever lose something in your purse?  Ever forget your book light when hurriedly packing for a trip?

This is a great utility app that I find myself launching over and over, and best of all it’s free.

Why we like it:
Use it for a book light if you forget yours!  It chews up battery life like crazy, but doesn’t go off until you turn it off.  I used it in a hotel room last weekend while my kids slept peacefully beside me.  It was so much better than going to sleep at 8:00pm when they did.  I’ve also used it to find things in my purse and open the door on my dark porch.

Things I don’t like?  Um, red?  Blue?  Green?  And strobe lights?  I don’t need ‘em, and I bet you don’t either.

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We tested version 1.5.1, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 2.0 or later) and the iPod touch. Developer John Haney Software. Read our disclosure policy.