10 best holiday travel apps for kids

Make the phrase "Are we there yet" a thing of the past with these top apps to keep kids amused while travelling

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  • ClickySticky, £1.49

    Sticker books have gone digital! Now your children can create unique sticker book scenes on the go, from underwater adventures to days at the zoo. Stickers can be added and removed too, so one sticker book becomes 100. Perfect for long car journeys.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later) and Android Market (2.3.3 and up, £0.64).

  • Moody Monster Manor, Free

    What child wouldn't want their very own moody monster to tame? From feeding their monster to playing with them, kids must keep them happy. They can even earn monster merit points for their efforts. (Suitable from 3 - 8 years)

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later). Currently not available on Android Market.

  • Panda BBQ, £0.69

    Get into the summer BBQ spirit whatever the weather! Kids must help out the BBQ-loving panda by matching three of the same food stuffs on a kebab stick. (No age restrictions are listed, but note there are options to play against global players).

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later) and Android Market (2.1 and up, free).

  • Monopoly Hotels, Free

    We heard from the guys at Harrods that Monopoly is going to be BIG this year. So we're getting in early with this Monopoly Hotel app. Children can build and run their own hotel and might even have some VIP guests like Mr Potato Head pop by. Great if you're heading to, or just back from, a hotel holiday.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later). Currently not available on Android Market.

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  • Ice Age, Free

    School summer holidays wouldn't be the same without an Ice Age adventure. So while you're off on your annual break, get your kids to help Manny and the gang out of their latest scrape with the environment.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later) and Android Market (2.0.1 and up, free).

  • Snow Cone Maker, Free

    Nothing says holidays like a snow cone! Rather than keep asking you for a real ice cream, kids can crush their own ice and pick a flavour for their cone. A quirky app that'll keep kids quiet while you're reading your fave summer book.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later). Currently not available on Android Market.

  • Pet Hotel Story, Free

    With Pet Hotel Story your kids will be able to take some beloved pets along with you on your summer break. You can welcome pets of all shapes and sizes into the hotel, care for them and make the hotel their paw-fect destination.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later) and Android Market (2.2 and up, free).

  • Paddington Bear, £2.49

    Paddington Bear is the ultimate travel companion for kids (complete with marmalade sandwiches) and now your children can record their own version of the story. Shortlisted in Junior magzine's awards, this is the app for mini explorers.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later). Currently not available on Android Market.

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  • Bubble Mania, Free

    If you're not keen on your lovely summer garden being peppered with water balloons, get kids trying out this bubble-tastic app. Children must take on the evil bubble wizard by matching coloured balloons together. There are different levels, with new backgrounds to try, too.

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later) and Android Market (2.1 and up, £1.24)

  • Chess Academy for kids by Geek Kids, £2.99

    When the BBQ is starting to fizzle and the sun is slowly going down, spend some time playing chess with your kids. Much easier than carting a chess board and pieces around on hols and there are lots of tutorials to help you both learn a few new tricks. 

    Available from iTunes (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later). Currently not available on Android Market.

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