Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside

Finding the balance between on- and offscreen activities can be tricky, but who says they can't go hand-in-hand? 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 creating creatures to identifying constellations. Plus, there are plenty of educational opportunities for all ages. And, of course, there are play-together games like Pokémon GO, virtual treasure hunts, and fitness inspiration. So grab your device and head outside armed with these amazing tools. And also try our Best Health Apps and Games for Kids.

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Nature Cat's Great Outdoors App Poster Image
Multitool TV tie-in for capturing outdoor adventures.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Plum's Creaturizer App Poster Image
Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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ARrrrrgh App Poster Image
Dig up AR treasure with friends in fun hide-and-find game.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Plum's Photo Hunt App Poster Image
Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Audubon Birds - A Field Guide to North American Birds App Poster Image
Invaluable reference tool for North American bird-watchers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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The Night Sky App Poster Image
Easy-to-use stargazing tool shines in its accessibility.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Star Chart App Poster Image
A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.
Devices: Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Powerful Plants App Poster Image
Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Star Walk - 5 Star Astronomy Guide App Poster Image
In-depth, detailed, and beautiful astronomy app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2012)
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PlantSnap Plant Identification App Poster Image
Take pics to (mostly) identify flowers and plants.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Agents of Discovery App Poster Image
Cool location-based missions for visits to special sites.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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SkyView - Explore the Universe App Poster Image
Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Birds PRO HD - NATURE MOBILE App Poster Image
Encyclopedia of hundreds of high-res photos and basic facts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Project Noah App Poster Image
Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2012)
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Rockd App Poster Image
Geologists go social in high-level interactive reference.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Google Earth App Poster Image
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2018)
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Ingress Prime App Poster Image
Changes to augmented reality game aren't fully for the best.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Virtual Geocaching - Xnote App Poster Image
Send personalized, virtual treasure hunts to any smartphone.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Charge Running App Poster Image
Live remote runs encourage fitness; best used indoors.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
(2017)
(2017)
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Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker App Poster Image
Help charities through walking, running, and biking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite App Poster Image
Pokemon Go meets magic in Hogwarts-themed AR game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Pokémon GO App Poster Image
Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Walkr - A Gamified Fitness App App Poster Image
Combine space-travel gaming with real-life steps tracking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Waypoint EDU App Poster Image
Explore outdoors, take custom quizzes with AR experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Geocaching App Poster Image
Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Randonautica App Poster Image
Coordinate generator fuels curiosity; explore with caution.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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Starmap HD App Poster Image
Exhaustive catalog for serious astronomy buffs.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Zombies, Run! App Poster Image
Zombie-fueled workout fun, violent; adjust privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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