Best Outer Space Apps and Games for Kids

Space frequently captures our imagination. It's vast, it's full of mystery, and there are lots of incredible constellations and sights scattered across the stars. Below, we've gathered a handful of apps and games based around exploration and observation of the stars. We've even included some strategy games to let young astronauts try their hand at space colonization, which seems to be the future of the space program. For kids that are interested in simulations, make sure you check out our Simulation Games and Apps list, and for kids who are fans of science, check out the STEM: Apps, TV, and More for Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math list.

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Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids App Poster Image
Cute characters and planet facts not out of this world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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This is my Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids App Poster Image
Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children App Poster Image
Stroll through the sky with kid-friendly astronomy tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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What's in Space? App Poster Image
Astronomical amount of info for young space enthusiasts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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NASA Kids' Club Website Poster Image
Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.
URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
(2011)
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NASA App App Poster Image
Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Space by Tinybop App Poster Image
The sky's no limit on this interactive solar system app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Britannica Kids: Solar System App Poster Image
Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Mathmateer (formerly Rocket Math) App Poster Image
Practice math skills and launch a rocket ship into space.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Lost Orbit Game Poster Image
Dodge your way to safety in this galactic adventure.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(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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Solar System Explorer App Poster Image
Beautiful astronomy app is a handheld planetarium.
Devices: Android
(2013)
(2012)
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Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model App Poster Image
Beautifully illustrated, interactive model of solar system.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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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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Surviving Mars Game Poster Image
Optimistic but realistic, challenging sci-fi city builder.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Affordable Space Adventures Game Poster Image
Fun, puzzling astronaut adventure that's out of this world.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
(2015)
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Arloon Solar System App Poster Image
Use augmented reality to explore a 3-D solar system.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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DIY Sun Science App Poster Image
Spark kids' interest with excellent, free astronomy tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Journey to the Exoplanets App Poster Image
Vast expanses of stellar knowledge at older reading level.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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No Man's Sky Game Poster Image
Sci-fi tale spans vast galaxy with virtually endless play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Osmos App Poster Image
Unique, Zen-like puzzler requires patience to appreciate.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2013)
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Sid Meier's Starships Game Poster Image
Accessible, action-heavy space strategy with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Sky Map App Poster Image
Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
(2011)
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Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth App Poster Image
Immersive astronaut sim combines space and life science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2016)
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Star Trek: Bridge Crew Game Poster Image
Authentic starship simulation in VR promotes teamwork.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Stellaris Game Poster Image
Deep, engaging space strategy has big challenge for players.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Aven Colony Game Poster Image
Off-world city-builder rewards patience with deep gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Luna's Wandering Stars Game Poster Image
Gravity-powered astronomy game fun, teaches physics.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Mobile Observatory App Poster Image
Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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SimpleRockets App Poster Image
Space-science physics game a blast for budding engineers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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SkySafari App Poster Image
Beautiful astronomy resource is rich with information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Stellarium Mobile Sky Map App Poster Image
Mobile planetarium brings night sky up close, beautifully.
Devices: Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Solar System for iPad App Poster Image
Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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WorldWide Telescope Game Poster Image
Virtual planetarium takes kids on a tour of the universe.
Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2013)
(2013)
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Into the Stars Game Poster Image
Lead humanity through space in stat-heavy simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Starmap HD App Poster Image
Exhaustive catalog for serious astronomy buffs.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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