Best Free Sites For Kids?

Plans by the Wiggles to charge for access to their official site have the parental community up in arms, but keeping your kids amused and educated online shouldn't cost a fortune.

Over at our sibling site Babble, Amber details the controversy over the plans by the Wiggles to charge $80 a year to access most features on their site. As she points out, "it seems like an odd venture to launch in this economic environment, when there are so many kids' TV sites offering free games and learning tools".

That got me thinking: which sites do you find the best for entertaining your kids? We've covered plenty of tools for rendering your PC safe for children to play on (such as Qimo and KidsMenu), but what are the best free sites to entertain them when you've done that? Share your favourites in the comments

Parents Up in Arms Over Costly New Wiggles Website [Babble]


    Focusing on the younger kids (in keeping with the Wiggles target audience), it's hard to go past the ABC's website -

    My kids mainly play games on the PC, not on the Net. There are some good free programs, and a particular favourite is Tux Paint

    I also like the ABC website for younger children, and the Cbeebies website for the same age:

    My kids are addicted to the site looks ugly but the games are updated regularly and they're fun & educational

    There is plenty of free stuff on wiggle time....everyone needs to pull their head out of the sand and stop giving the guys a hard time. Can you imagine how much time and money has gone into this site. And on top of it they are still donating proceeds to unicef. Even if you dont choose to subscribe you still have lots of free stuff including the forum. Stop complaining!! $5 a month is not even two cups of coffee...get a grip...

      I don't think that it's the fact that it's a paysite, more to do with how much they are asking - aas well as the fact that it's an unknown quantity. Besides, there really isn't that much available on the freesite - half a dozen "games" that haven't changed in a year or more and some colouring-in PDFs?

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