Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside

Give your smartphone or tablet a workout while you and the kids head outside for some healthy, tech-infused fun. Apps designed for outdoor adventures let kids do everything from study bugs to identify constellations and create a compilation video of bike stunts. Whether you're interested in family fitness, DIY, or survival skills, you'll find plenty to keep kids active and engaged. So grab your device and head outside armed with these amazing tools.

Browse Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside

 
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Quick offline games for parents and kids to play together.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Great combo of reading and outdoor activity; some crashes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
 
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Get in touch with nature with cool augmented-reality app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
 
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Inspire backyard explorers with bug-tacular resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
 
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Budding naturalists will go buggy for this rich resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
 
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Interactive resource packed with content for nature lovers.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
 
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Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
 
Invaluable reference tool for North American bird-watchers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Leaf collecting goes high tech with free field guide app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Easy-to-use stargazing tool shines in its accessibility.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
 
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Incredible amount of information in stargazer's dream tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.
Devices: Android
(2011)
 
In-depth, detailed, and beautiful astronomy app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
 
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Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
 
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Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
 
Encyclopedia of hundreds of high-res photos and basic facts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
 
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Wilderness handbook turns iPhone into a survival tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
 
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Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
 
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Excellent travel-planning tool works as a virtual trip, too.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Freemium tool allows easy creation and sharing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
Devices: iPhone, Android
(2010)
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Augmented reality game involves exercise, but iffy safety.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Exhaustive catalog for serious astronomy buffs.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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Zombie-fueled workout fun, violent; adjust privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)