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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Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes
- #4 Family Fun
Family night out at the movies can be a logistical headache. You have to look up showtimes, find the closest theater, buy tickets, make sure the film is family-appropriate, and possibly make dinner plans while you’re at it. Flixster, thankfully, packs all of these features into one easy-to-use app that lets you search for movies as well as restaurants (thanks to integration with our other recommended app Yelp), and buy tickets in advance so you can head straight to the concession stand. Prefer a movie night at home? You can also rent movies from the iTunes Store to stream on your mobile gadget.
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