Summer screen time doesn’t have to mean buying the latest game console or heading to the arcade and spending a lot of money. From the comfort of your computer, you and your youngsters can find safe, free online games for kids that won’t cost you a dime. From classic arcade games to games featuring your child’s favorite characters, check out these 12 sources for online arcade games for kids.
Online arcade games for preschoolers
FunSchool.com by Kaboose has rounded up free online games for your preschooler to enjoy without the frustration of arcade games for older children. For households with grade school kids as well, check the bottom of the page for links to arcade games broken down by age group, from preschool to sixth grade.
Disney Junior has taken the characters your kiddos know and love from Playhouse Disney and Disney Preschool and given them a new home. Preschoolers will love playing games for kids featuring Mickey Mouse, Lightning McQueen, Little Einsteins and more.
PBS Kids Sprout lets your kids play with Elmo, The Wiggles, Barney the Dinosaur and the rest of the Sprout gang in a safe environment, from problem solving games to games just for fun.
Nick Jr. is filled with Wonder Pets, Yo Gabba Gabba, Dora the Explorer and your preschooler’s favorite Nick Jr. characters in game form. From games that teach to arcade-style games, you and your little one are guaranteed to have fun.
Free online arcade games for kids
AOL.com is a one-stop spot for free online games for kids ages Kindergarten and up. Your youngsters can play arcade games that are similar to popular video games on the market, from puzzles to action games.
Yahoo.com provides a gallery of arcade games for kids that offer the same skills and action of the popular arcade games on the market. Some of the unique games include NERF N-Strike Elite, Pendragon and Funny Farm.
Nicktoons brings Voltron Force, Wolverine and the X-Men and The Mighty B to your adolescent’s computer screen in games of strategy, action and fun.
Nickelodeon games for kids who can’t get enough of Penguins of Madagascar, iCarly, Monkey Quest and more in arcade game form. Kids can also jump into a game of the popular Petpet Park, created by the well-known kids’ network.
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Online arcade games for tweens
Teen Nick offers free online games geared towards kids between childhood and their teen years. Many of the games mimic familiar arcade games, but the site has its fair share of iCarly, Degrassi, and crush-focused games. Note that popups for surveys do appear on the site, so lay down the rules with your tween before they surf the site.
Disney Channel is your tween’s resource for arcade game fun filled with Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock, Phineas and Ferb and more. The Disney game site requires Flash Player plug-in, but it can be obtained through a free download on the site.
SpongeBob Square Pants fans can find this Krabby Patty-flipping character in free online games of almost any kind, from action games to puzzle games. The site does allow users to post comments once they sign up for a Nick.com profile.
Learn4Good is an education-based website that offers educational resources, including arcade games for kids. The site doesn’t require memberships or downloads and even sneaks in a little learning along the way.
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