Free Online Games for Kids

When it comes to kids' games online, "free" doesn't often mean "best." Of the millions of online games -- from preschool learning games to RPGs on Steam -- many come with a hefty price tag. And the ones that don't can be low-quality or full of ads, or not age-appropriate. That's not the case with the games and websites on this list, including popular brands like Lego, Fortnite, and PBS Kids. These games are all free to play, as well as entertaining, exciting, and (in some cases) educational. Try out these cool games without breaking the bank. And for more low-cost fun, check out these No-Console-Needed Games for Family Fun.

PBS Kids Poster Image
WEBSITE

PBS Kids

age 4+

Simple and safe; a great first site for preschoolers.

URL: http://www.pbskids.org (2007)
SwitchZoo Poster Image
WEBSITE

SwitchZoo

age 4+

Outstanding interactivity with an animal theme.

URL: http://www.switchzoo.com (2012)
Lego Poster Image
WEBSITE

Lego

age 6+

Fun free games for little Lego fans.

URL: http://www.lego.com (2007)
RamoGames Poster Image
WEBSITE

RamoGames

age 7+

Guide to Web's best educational games ideal for all ages.

URL: http://www.ramogames.com/ (2009)
Disney Poster Image
WEBSITE

Disney

age 8+

It's a safe, busy, beautiful world at Disney.

URL: http://www.disney.com (2007)
Friv Poster Image
WEBSITE

Friv

age 8+

Kid-friendly game site could use more educational stuff.

URL: http://friv.com (2013)
Hasbro Poster Image
WEBSITE

Hasbro

age 8+

Lots to play with -- and to purchase.

URL: http://www.hasbro.com/ (2008)
Funbrain Poster Image
WEBSITE

Funbrain

age 7+

Fun games and a strong push to buy Poptropica membership.

URL: https://www.funbrain.com/ (2012)
MapleStory 2 Poster Image
GAME

MapleStory 2

age 8+

Tons of fun, free role-playing in redesigned adventure.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
See full review
Free Rice Poster Image
WEBSITE

Free Rice

age 9+

Learning and ending hunger, a few grains of rice at a time.

URL: https://www.freerice.com (2009)
BrainBashers Games Poster Image
WEBSITE

BrainBashers Games

age 10+

Massive collection of fun, free, online games.

URL: http://www.brainbashers.com/ (2012)
Hearthstone Poster Image
GAME

Hearthstone

age 10+

Popular card game shuffles fun with amusing turn-based play.

Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone (2014)
See full review
StarWars Poster Image
WEBSITE

StarWars

age 10+

Far from the Dark Side, but some violence, ads.

URL: http://www.starwars.com (2008)
Trove Poster Image
GAME

Trove

age 10+

Free-to-play adventure fosters creativity, lacks guidance.

Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
See full review
The Cycle Poster Image
GAME

The Cycle

age 13+

Space shooter focuses on co-op and story-driven quests.

Platforms: Windows (2019)
See full review
Growtopia Poster Image
GAME

Growtopia

age 11+

2D online crafting game tempts kids to spend lots of money.

See full review
Fortnite Poster Image
GAME

Fortnite

age 13+

Battle it out or use strategy in fantastic action game.

See full review
Magic the Gathering: Arena Poster Image
GAME

Magic the Gathering: Arena

age 12+

Collectible card action appeals to beginners and vets alike.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
See full review
Mythgard Poster Image
GAME

Mythgard

age 13+

Gorgeous fantasy game is loads of fun but needs patience.

Platforms: Windows (2019)
See full review
Paladins: Champions of the Realm Poster Image
GAME

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

age 13+

Colorful multiplayer arena offers frenetic team fun.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
See full review