Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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- #5 Family Fun
Sometimes you don’t know what you want to do until you get there — and that’s when Goby comes in handy. You can use the app to search for specific activities in your area, but because Goby syncs with your smartphone’s GPS, you can also explore more than 350 categories of things to do and places to see (including plenty of kid-friendly destinations) nationwide. Goby covers every town, city, and state in the U.S. and promises more than 6 million things to do in all. You may never hear, “Mom, I’m bored!” again.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free