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 studying bugs to identifying constellations and creating 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. And also try our Best Health Apps and Games for Kids.

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Sesame Street Family Play App Poster Image
Quick offline games for parents and kids to play together.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Out-A-Bout App Poster Image
Great combo of reading and outdoor activity; some crashes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2011)
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Gro Garden App Poster Image
Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2014)
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Nature Cat's Great Outdoors App Poster Image
Multitool TV tie-in for capturing outdoor adventures.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Fire phone, 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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Disneynature Explore App Poster Image
Get in touch with nature with cool augmented-reality app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Montessori Nature App Poster Image
Grow a garden in this bountiful, multiplayer experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Meet the Insects: Forest Edition App Poster Image
Inspire backyard explorers with bug-tacular resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Meet the Insects: Village Edition App Poster Image
Budding naturalists will go buggy for this rich resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2013)
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Meet the Insects: Water & Grass Edition App Poster Image
Interactive resource packed with content for nature lovers.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2013)
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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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Leafsnap App Poster Image
Leaf collecting goes high tech with free field guide app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2015)
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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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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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Redshift - Astronomy App Poster Image
Incredible amount of information in stargazer's dream tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2014)
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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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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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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids App Poster Image
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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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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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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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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BattleSteps App Poster Image
Fun push for fitness goals, but allows texts from strangers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Bear Grylls - Bear Essentials App Poster Image
Wilderness handbook turns iPhone into a survival tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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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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Magisto - Magical Video Editor App Poster Image
Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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National Parks by National Geographic App Poster Image
Excellent travel-planning tool works as a virtual trip, too.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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VideoFX Live App Poster Image
Freemium tool allows easy creation and sharing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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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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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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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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