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 who 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

age 5+

Cute characters and planet facts not out of this world.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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JFK Moonshot

age 6+

Shoot for the stars with free, immersive AR history lesson.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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This is my Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids

age 6+

Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

age 6+

Stroll through the sky with kid-friendly astronomy tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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What's in Space?

age 6+

Astronomical amount of info for young space enthusiasts.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Cosmolander - Missions in the Solar System

age 7+

Space journey lets kids explore and play at their own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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NASA Kids' Club

age 7+

Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.

URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov (2011)
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NASA

age 7+

Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Space by Tinybop

age 7+

The sky's no limit on this interactive solar system app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Mathmateer

age 8+

Practice math skills and launch a rocket ship into space.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Lost Orbit

age 8+

Dodge your way to safety in this galactic adventure.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2015)
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The Night Sky

age 8+

Easy-to-use stargazing tool shines in its accessibility.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model

age 8+

Beautifully illustrated, interactive model of solar system.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Star Chart

age 8+

A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.

Devices: Android (2011)
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Star Walk - 5 Star Astronomy Guide

age 8+

In-depth, detailed, and beautiful astronomy app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Sky Guide

age 9+

Explore your night sky and study the history of the stars.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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SkyView - Explore the Universe

age 9+

Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Surviving Mars

age 10+

Optimistic but realistic, challenging sci-fi city builder.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2018)
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Affordable Space Adventures

age 10+

Fun, puzzling astronaut adventure that's out of this world.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U (2015)
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Arloon Solar System

age 10+

Use augmented reality to explore a 3-D solar system.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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