Common Sense Media says

Sweet bilingual activity site has games and more.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Original characters are innocent and sweet.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Google ads, banner ads, and products sold on this site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this bilingual site is a great destination for kids who speak or are learning French, although any kid will enjoy it. It's mainly for kids who can read simple directions and have mastered Web site navigation (using the back and play buttons, finding activities through layered choices, etc.); adults may need to help kids under 6 roam around. Banner and Google ads are present throughout the site, and merchandise is sold at the "Toy Shop." A premium version without ads is available for $6.60 per month and includes partial content in Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Come one, come all (or at least those who are under 10) -- UPTOTEN.COM is full of games and activities available in English or French. The original characters Boowa and Kwala appear in games, storybooks, and animated songs (not to mention merchandise for sale). Kids can join the free club to save their favorite games and get a birthday ecard and screen saver (parents must join as well first -- limited information is required).

Is it any good?


Although other similar English sites have more to offer, this French import is full of sweet charm. There are many activities to choose from (and new content is added every day), but some kids may have some difficulty navigating due to the amount of choices and the fact that a few internal pages don't provide a direct link back to the home page. The huge number of games is well organized by age, category (puzzles, races, creative), and skill development. And, the free animated ecards are very possibly the most charming around.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Web site navigation. What should kids do if they lose their way? Have they tried using the back button to retrace their steps? Have new pages opened up on top of where they started? They can also talk about the benefits of learning a foreign language.

Website details

Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 May 12, 2011

fun for kids

This is a nice little website for kids. There's no innapropriate content whatsoever. There are some educational games, but some aren't.
What other families should know
Educational value
Parent of a 3 year old Written bylibrarymama March 23, 2010

Not all songs are OK for 3 and under

The scary wary song made my 3 year old cry and she is not easily intimidated. She became very upset. I don't consider "fart" to be a bad word but I don't want my daughter going around singing it in a song either. She loves the site and I would let her listen to the other songs. I think parents should check the lyrics before allowing their children to listen. (You can do this on the site.)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 12 year old Written bycrankylibrarian January 3, 2014

Great for pint sized French learners

My daughter loved this when she was about 4 and in a bilingual French/English preschool. There are lots of great memory and problem solving games, and it gave her a chance to use and hear French outside of school. Encourages reading in both languages. The free version is fine; she never felt unduly pressured to buy the pay one.


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