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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PBS KIDS Video
- #7 Family Fun
From the family’s Netflix subscription to their favorite websites, kids have no shortage of resources for streaming video through your mobile devices. With PBS KIDS Video, however, you can at least know they’re watching something kid-friendly. The app collects more than 1,000 educationally appropriate videos from PBS KIDS series such as Sesame Street, SUPER WHY!, and Curious George, all in a colorful interface that requires no reading to navigate. We, however, like the Parent Resources section of PBS KIDS, which lets us approve shows by adding them to our kids’ favorites list and provides us with information about the educational merits of each show.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free