Best apps: Our Recommendations for Families

If it seems like the world of apps is overwhelming, that's because it is! But never fear -- our editors have combed through the thousands of apps out there to pick the best. Whether you want to teach your preschooler the ABCs or read a great interactive story, yes, there's an app for that.
Fruit Ninja App Poster Image
Fun and fast, these super apps keep violence to a minimum.
Harry Potter: Spells App Poster Image
Zap! And these wizardly apps can be yours.
Google Maps - Transit & Food App Poster Image
Handy tools allow families to plan, stay in touch, and more.
Lil Sub ABC - Learn to Spell Sea Animals and Beach Toys App Poster Image
We waded through all the ABC apps for the best.
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Game Poster Image
For kids who love to plan and organize, these apps rock.
Wacky Safari App Poster Image
Beasts who teach and animals that mesmerize.
Artsee Activities App Poster Image
Hunt and you shall find tons o' fun.
DragonBox Algebra 5+ App Poster Image
Great educational apps for grade-school kids.
My PlayHome App Poster Image
From dress-up games to adventure apps, these choices promote creativity and imagination.
Lil Sub ABC - Learn to Spell Sea Animals and Beach Toys App Poster Image
These games encourage early literacy.
Elmo's Monster Maker App Poster Image
A collection of fabulous apps for tons of kid-friendly fun.
Halloween - Where Is My Hat? App Poster Image
Great games to play with friends and family.
Hungry Caterpillar Play School App Poster Image
Open up a world of possibilities and fun for wee ones.
Bandimal App Poster Image
We love the iPad for big-screen kid play.
Tetris App Poster Image
The best games make you think.
Chuck Gnome App Poster Image
Not all shooting games are violent.
Daniel Tiger for Parents App Poster Image
You don't need to spend money for great games.
Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition App Poster Image
The best of the '80s gone mobile.
Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book App Poster Image
Watch movie, get app? Only the good ones.
Frombie Run App Poster Image
Mix a little humor in with your undead.