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Software & Video Games for the Family

Whether you're looking for cooking software or video games for the kids, we've got recommendations for what's hot and what's not. Keep your family organized, fed, entertained and educated with the best software and video games on the market.

Just Dance 2 Review
A review of the Just Dance 2 video game for the Wii.

Reviews of iPhone Apps for Kids and Families
If your family has an iPhone, you may be on the lookout for good - and bad - iPhone apps for kids and families. Use these reviews of iPhone apps for kids or add your own. See submissions

Reviews of Blackberry Apps for Kids and Families
If your family has an Blackberry, you may be on the lookout for good - and bad - Blackberry apps for kids and families. Use these reviews of Blackberry apps for kids or add your own.

Reviews of Android Apps for Kids and Families
If you have an Android phone, you may be searching for good - and bad - Android apps for kids and families. Use these reviews of Android apps for kids or add your own.See submissions

Reviews of iPad Apps for Kids and Families
If your family has an iPad, you may be on the lookout for good - and bad - iPad apps for kids and families. Use these reviews of iPad apps for kids or add your own. See submissions

iPad Apps for Kids and Families
It's no secret that kids love gadgets. If you've already purchased an iPad, you've probably experienced that first-hand. But it's not always easy to find quality apps for your family that entertain, simplify life or maintain the Internet safety you promote at home. These iPad apps will help keep your family mobile computing life fun and safe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Video Game for the Wii
If you have Harry Potter fans in the house, you may want to try out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. Your wizard wannabes will be casting spells, dueling and playing Quidditch in no time.

A Review of Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies is a quirky casual game with plenty of surprises in store. Find out if Plants vs. Zombies is right for your family.

Disney's The Princess and the Frog Wii Game Review
The Princess and the Frog Video Game for the Wii allows up to four players to explore the world of Disney's The Princess and the Frog

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure DS/DSi Game Review
Are you a fan of Tinker Bell? If so, you'll want to read this review of the Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure DS Game.

Learn to Draw with Imagine: Artist
Imagine: Artist from Ubisoft is a DS game that helps girls learn to draw.

Reader's Choice Awards - Best Family Friendly Video Game
Nominate your favorite family friendly video game for the About.com Reader's Choice Best Family Friendly Video Game Award.

What is the Best Family Friendly Video Game
Welcome to the About.com 2010 Reader's Choice Award for the Best Family Friendly Video Game. Nominate your favorite video game in January and come back in February to vote.

The Beatles: Rock Band Review
The Beatles: Rock Band is a great game for families to play together, as well as for fans of The Beatles to enjoy.

A Review of The Sims 3
The Sims 3 is the latest in the line of Sims games from EA. With new personality traits, job types and customization options, the Sims 3 has a lot to offer. Read my review of the Sims 3 to see if it's right for you.

A Review of Toy Story Mania (Wii)
Toy Story Mania from Disney Interactive is based on the popular ride of the same name at Disney World and Disneyland. Toy Story Mania is family-friendly and has a multiplayer option, but is it worth buying?

Family Video Games
Let's face it. Video games are expensive. So when it comes time to shop, why not find games that the whole family can enjoy? These family video games have appeal to different ages and genders, so you can not only save money, but enjoy some fun time together. *Please note: I have included some games that are E10+. They may not be appropriate for your younger family members, so please use y…

Boom Blox Bash Party - A Family Friendly Game for the Wii
Boom Blox Bash Party is a great family game for the Wii.

ItzaBitza Educational Software from Sabi
ItzaBitza is a creative and educational software for kids by Sabi. It encourages literacy, creativity and problem solving.

Video Game
LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures is a fun video game for kids and families. Find out why.

Bob the Builder Can-Do Zoo
Bob the Builder is a favorite among the preschool crowd. Now kids can help Bob and the gang build a new zoo with Bob the Builder Can-Do Zoo.

World of Goo
The World of Goo Corporation invites you to build with goo. Will you? Find out!

I Spy Treasure Hunt for Leapster
I Spy Treasure Hunt for Leapfrog’s handheld Leapster video game sends you on a quest to find missing pieces of a pirate’s treasure map. Solve I Spy riddles and other tasks to earn map pieces and complete the game.

How to Allow Popups When You Have a Popup Blocker Installed
How to Allow Popups When You Have a Popup Blocker Installed

How to Disable the Popup Blocker in Internet Explorer
Disable the popup blocker in Internet Explorer

How to Disable the Popup Blocker in Firefox
Disable the popup blocker in Mozilla Firefox

Family Friendly Video Games You Can Try for Free
Check out these games that you can start playing for free.

Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby
If your kids are anything like mine, they love pressing the keys on your keyboard to see what will happen. It's a great way to lose files. Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby is a great solution for that problem, which creating a positive first computing experience for your kids.

Thomas & Friends: Special Delivery
James the Red Engine is chosen to pick up animals and deliver them to the new zoo! Join Thomas & Friends in this Special Delivery adventure from Brighter Minds Media.

Creativity Express Review
Creativity Express by Madcap Logic is an engaging software package that encourages art fans of all ages to explore art history, famous artists and their own creativity.

Safe Eyes Internet Filter and Parental Control Software
Safe Eyes is more than an Internet filter. This parental control software allows parents to monitor internet activity, set time limits, and restrict access to inappropriate websites.

Caillou: Ready to Read
Caillou: Ready to Read is a fun way of teaching kids basic reading skills.

Speed Racer Comic Book Creator 2
Speed Racer Comic Book Creator can unleash your creative side.

Bee Movie Game
Bee Movie Game

Shrek the Third the Game
Shrek the Third the Game is based on the third movie in the hit Shrek series. Will the game be a hit or a miss in your household? Find out.

Radica Video Journal
The Radica Video Journal with Wireless Handheld Device is the newest way for kids to keep their thoughts private. The combination of hardware and software gives you eveything you need to make a colorful digital journal.

SimCity Societies
SimCity Socities is a city building simulation. Is it the right choice for your family?

Disney Learning: Preschool
Disney Learning Preschool comes with 3 CDs of activities. Each CD focuses on a different set of Disney characters including Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Stanley from “Stanley: Wild for Sharks!”

Home Cookin
Home Cookin is a simple piece of software for tracking and sharing your favorite recipes, designing meal plans, and creating grocery lists.

A Review of Zoo Tycoon 2
Zoo Tycoon 2 is an engaging, youth-friendly simulation game. Users design, build and manage a zoo from building habitats and adopting animals to ensuring that guest have adequate facilities for food, drinks and restrooms. With a number of expansion packs available, Zoo Tycoon 2 allows players to create zoos with water animals and shows; endangered species; sky trams and jeep tours; and even dinosaurs.

Open Office
Open Office is a free software suite with a word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation creator, and drawing program. It has similar features to other, more expensive, packages. Open Office is Open Source software.

Scratch: imagine, program, share
Scratch allows kids to program with a simple language to create their own animation and games. It can be downloaded for free from their website. Recommended for kids 8+.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland DS Game
Read reader reviews of Disney's Alice in Wonderland Game for the DS/DSi.

A Review of the Alice in Wonderland DS Game
The Alice in Wonderland video game for the DS is a quirky little gem that the whole family can enjoy.

A Review of Toy Story 3 for the DS/DSi
A review of the Toy Story 3 video game for the DS/DSi.

Disney's Toy Story 3 DS Game
Read reader reviews of Disney's Toy Story 3 Game for the DS/DSi.See submissions

Disney's Toy Story 3 Video Game
Read reader reviews of Disney's Toy Story 3 Game for console and PC

A Review of the Toy Story 3 Video Game
The Toy Story 3 Video Game for Wii, Playstation and Xbox is a great combination of free play and story-driven activities.

Nintendo DS Games for Kids and Families

If you're looking for Nintendo DS games as gifts for kids, here's a quick list of some great options with short descriptions. We've even got some longer Nintendo DS game reviews and the opportunity for readers to post their own reviews.

Best Nintendo DS Game - What is the best Nintendo DS game of all time?
What do you think is the best Nintendo DS game of all time? Tell us which DS game is best and why.

Nintendo DSi and DS Game Reviews
Reader submitted Nintendo DSi and DS game reviews. Read other opinions and then submit your own DSi and DS game reviews.See submissions

A Review of Club Penguin Herbert's Revenge
Disney's Club Penguin Herbert's Revenge

Dance Video Game Reviews
Read reader reviews of dance games for the Wii, the PS3, and Xbox 360.

A Review of Just Dance for the Wii
Just Dance is a group dancing game that gets the whole family dancing together.

E10+ Rated Video Games

These video games are rated E10+, or for everyone age 10 and over, by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Expect to find mild violence or cartoon violence, as well as mildly suggestive themes and language. These games may be a good fit for your tweens and teens, as well as adults, but may be less appropriate for younger family members. If you are concerned, please consider trying a game out (via free demo or video game rental) before purchasing it for your family.

A Review of Dance on Broadway for the Wii
Dance on Broadway allows you to live out your dream of becoming a Broadway dancer.

Handheld Gaming Systems for Kids
Review your handheld gaming systems. Do you prefer the iXl? The MobiGo? The Leapster Explorer? DS or DSi? The iPod Touch? iPhone? iPad? PSPGO?

Top Handheld Gaming Devices for Kids
Handheld gaming devices for kids are a hot item right now and they come with a range of features including cameras, touch screens, slide-out keyboards, Wi-Fi, e-readers, music players, web browsers, drawing tablets and more. Some lean more toward educational content, while others are simply about having fun. This guide is designed to help you...

A Review of Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure
Sesame Street Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure is a video game for preschoolers that helps them learn basic literacy skills.

Six Reasons Xbox Kinect is Wrong for Your Family

Everyone is talking about how great Kinect for Xbox 360 is. Here are six reasons you might want to buy a different gaming system.

Does Kinect for Xbox Live Up to the Hype?
Readers share their thoughts on Kinect for Xbox 360 and you can as well.See submissions

What is Exergaming? What are Exergames?
What exactly is exergaming? Here's a quick definition of exergaming and exergames.

Exergaming Success Stories - Does Exergaming Work?
Does exergaming help you lose weight and get in shape? Share your exergming success story and read what has worked for others.

Which Exergames Have the Best Workout?
Users share their reviews of exergames and exergaming.

Virtual Field Trip to the Louvre
Virtual Field Trip to the Louvre is an online tour of the Louvre museum in France. The article provides an introduction to the famous art museum for kids and families.

Five Useful Apps for Going Back to School
Useful Apps for Going Back to School examines five digital tools to help start off the new school year right. These applications are perfect for high school students looking to become more organized.

5 Great Game Websites
5 of the best online game sites, including links and descriptions for each site.

Story of how "Find my iPhone" rescued me from losing all my family pictures...
Story of how "Find my iPhone" rescued me from losing all my family pictures and videos.

Parents Guide to Video Games

10 Video Games For Social Good For Teens and Children

8 Free Coding Apps And Websites For Kids

5 Awesome Video Games for Teens and Tweens

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