10 Web Sites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Safe

March 23, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under games, kids

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In these tough times, a lot of families are opting for Spring Break “stay-cations” instead of big holiday trips. But if you’re staying home, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. Many parents are naturally cautious about letting their kids loose on the Internet, but there is a lot of good, free, appropriate content available online – if you know where to look. Here’s a list of 10 web sites to bookmark that can help your kids beat Spring Break boredom if they’re staying home.

Best Set-and-Forget Web Environment for Kids

  • KidZui – KidZui is actually not a Web site at all – it’s the Internet made just for kids. It gives kids access to millions of Web sites (including all of the below), YouTube videos, games and photos that have been vetted by a team of parents and teachers. Kids love the cute little avatars they can create and the safe social networking features, and parents love the fact that there’s no chance of enquiring minds stumbling across anything inappropriate.

Best Web Sites for Kids

  • Club Penguin – A snow-covered virtual world where children play games and interact with friends in the guise of colorful penguin avatars.
  • Lego.com – Ideal for the Lego fan, your child can watch Lego comics and movies, play games and construct their own Web page to show off their creativity.
  • Nick.com – Your child can pledge to save the world, play games, check out the latest news on SpongeBob or create a virtual life on Nicktropolis.
  • PBSKids.org – With games themed around Sesame Street, Clifford, Curious George, Arthur, Barney and other kid classics, your kids will have fun “interacting” with their favorite characters.
  • Poptropica – This virtual online world lets kids create a character, play games, compete with other kids and travel between islands on a blimp to explore new areas.

Best Online Game Sites for Kids

  • Cartoon Network Games – With more than 200 games featuring favorite cartoon characters, your kids can hunt monsters with Scooby-Doo, play Ninja Survival or follow the Path of a Jedi.
  • Funbrain – Part of the Family Education Network, the site provides educational activities for parents and teachers, as well as interactive games to help your kids with math and reading.
  • Funschool – This site, provided by Kaboose, is designed for elementary-age kids and offers free educational games as well as printable activities, coloring sheets and craft projects that will help your kids learn while having fun.
  • Hot Wheels Games – For car fans, Hot Wheels has dozens of vehicle-related games that let kids drive through mazes, race friends and solve puzzles.

KidZui’s Cliff Boro believes that parents needn’t be afraid of letting their kids use the Internet. “The Internet is a wonderful tool that, when used appropriately, provides endless hours of free entertainment for the whole family,” he says. “And more than that, it’s a great way for kids to learn and discover new things without even realizing it!” And what parent wouldn’t approve of that?

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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17 Responses to “10 Web Sites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Safe”
  1. A Maui Blog says:

    Just want to thank you so much for this post :)

  2. LuAnn says:

    Great resources, thanks! You realize, of course, that now my family needs to buy 4 more computers, else Mama will never get any time online! *lol*

  3. groovyoldlady says:

    My girls ADORE Poptropica and I love all the problem solving they have to do there!

    Another great educational site is iknowthat.com

  4. Mandee says:

    Thank you for posting these!! My daughter plays on funschool, we will have to try some others.

  5. Tina says:

    Thanks for the great links – I’ve added them to a binder for my kids already.

    Here is another great set of links in an online binder that are more education focused but fun as well. It is also free and you can get to all the websites from one location – great for kids.

    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=276

  6. Karen L says:

    Great links! It’s always amazing to me how quickly even toddlers learn to use the computer. Books are still my favorite kid activity, but after that comes the computer. It’s much more interactive than TV or videos!

  7. VeRonda says:

    This is good stuff… I love useful information. I need to share this with my girlfriend. She has hand full of kids who could really benefit from this.

  8. Anelly says:

    Thanks for the valuable information. It’s always good to find out more and more safe websites for children.

  9. Willa says:

    my 7 year-old son love to play at Club Penguin, I help him to register on thay game site.

  10. Eryn says:

    My son says almost on a daily basis:

    “Mama, can I go to doubleyou *pause* doubleyou *pause* doubleyou *pause* LEGOCLUBDOTCOME (all one word!)”

    He lovvvvvves the star wars games on there. Thankfully I don’t have to compete with him for computer time!

  11. Eryn says:

    legoclub dot COM of course, stinkin fingers, typing whatever they want to. ;)

  12. jodi @ bpr says:

    great resource – my little guy is more and more interested in the computer, so this will be quite handy!

  13. takohma says:

    hi

  14. Easter Games says:

    Very nice information. Thanks for this. You really have a very informative site, thank you for sharing!

  15. John @ Educational Software Sales says:

    Nice post! Very informative! Couldn’t help but try some of the games you have identified. This post is not only for the kids but surely for those young-at-heart.
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  16. Kids Fun Activities says:

    Thank you for this information. My kids like most the Lego site because the “connection” between their real toys and the games.
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  17. Alice@Eastbourne Nursery says:

    Nice collection of informative and entertaining websites, there are many such kids activities websites but sites like these are really difficult to find.I am sure my kids are gonna love this list.

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