Download the Year's Best Free Kids' Apps!

Hundreds of new children's apps came out this year. Our mission was to zero in on the releases that cost nothing yet offer plenty of fun. After hours of testing, here are our favorite freebies. Have them ready before your next road trip!

StoryBots Tap & Sing

StoryBots Tap & Sing

Preschoolers can play along to three free tunes or create their own music. 2 years+, for iPad

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Curious kids pretend to navigate a rocket to Pluto, dig to the center of the earth with a robot, and more, learning along the way. 4 years+, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Tic Stac Toe

Tic Stac Toe

The classic game of Xs and Os is even more exciting in 3-D. When kids play vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, they have to get creative to win. 4 years+, for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Collect bananas and defeat villains for a chance to become Minion of the Year. Warning: addictive for adults too. 4 years+, for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android

Match Blitz

Match Blitz

Perfect for car rides! Compete to see who can spot matching symbols first. 4 years+, for iPad and Android

Minuscule: The Private Life of Insects

Minuscule: The Private Life of Insects

In this racing game, kids help a ladybug escape from an angry fly and collect treasures like coins and rings during the journey. 6 years+, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet

The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet

Players complete physical challenges and group activities that encourage math and literacy skills. 6 years+, for iPad and Android

Kung Fu Robot

Kung Fu Robot

With its vibrant graphics, this interactive comic book will wow the bigger kids. 8 years+, for iPad

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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