Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Beach Day

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Colorful fun for the very young, with positive lessons.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The characters spout off nuggets like, "I love taking turns!" Friendly competition (without sore losers or bad winners) and keeping beaches clean are both major lessons of the game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kai-Lan is the ultimate source of logic and reason for preschoolers. She's able to defuse any problem and answer any question. She's polite, friendly, and still knows how to have fun.

Ease of Play

One of the three mini games -- a swimming race -- may move a bit too fast for tiny fingers to keep up with. But on the whole, the controls work very well.

Violence & Scariness

The game is tied to the Ni Hao, Kai-Lan animated series on Nick Jr.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Beach Day is a fun and well-made -- albeit brief -- educational exercise for very young players. The three mini-games within pass on good solid lessons on both mental and social levels. The game's connection to the Kai-Lan TV show and the greater line of toys and products is inherently present, but not highlighted.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written byDelaney11 April 17, 2010

Fine for any age

I think that this show is absolutely fine, and if anything provides ease to racial tensions
Teen, 14 years old Written byleapsterfan1144 March 23, 2018


Only has 3 mini games but they are all pretty fun.

What's it about?

In NI HAO, KAI-LAN: BEACH DAY, the Chinese-American sweetheart from her own Nick Jr show takes her animal friends out for a day at the shore. They will play memory and matching games with pails, sort various fun-in-the-sun items, and challenge one another in (number-based) swimming races.

Is it any good?

There may only be three mini-games in Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Beach Day, but they're all very good ones (and a total of three mini-games is not uncommon for a Leapster cartridge). The brief animated story sequences that frame the games are adorable and carry many good lessons in and of themselves. The stated age range for the game is 4 to 7, but there's a good likelihood that kids on the older end of that spectrum will find the game too simple as it feels solidly geared toward kindergartners and preschoolers.

Online interaction: Leapster 2 users can win rewards, like certificates or coloring pages, which can be downloaded from the website when the Leapster 2 unit is connected to a PC via USB cable. With an online account at, parents can also track their children's progress through this same connection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about beaches. What do you like to do at the beach? What makes the beach different from other vacation or recreation spots? Why do we need to care for and clean up our beaches? What would happen if we didn't?

Game details

  • Platforms: Leapster
  • Price: $24.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: LeapFrog
  • Release date: August 1, 2009
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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