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10 Online Games for Kids to Play with Friends

10 Online Games for Kids to Play with Friends

Add some socially distanced fun to your kids' virtual playdates with these online games they can play with their friends.


This past year has been hard on all of us, with both parents and children dealing with the transition to remote learning and online activities—though kids were able to be outside for most of the pandemic and could see friends from a distance. Now that we’re in the middle of winter, and indoor activities and outdoor playdates are (mostly) on pause, making sure your children stay connected with their peers can be a challenge. Luckily, technology allows them to still socialize. Here are 10 online games for kids to play with friends—and family!

Online Games for Kids

Connect Four - age 6+ 

Where to play: papergames.io

Connect Four is an instant classic no matter how you play it. My boys love this game and often played it during indoor recess at school. Now they can challenge friends at home through this online version. In fact, they can even organize an online tournament so multiple friends can get in on the fun. This game can be played on Paper Games, which also allows for random matches. Other options on this site include Battleship, Tic Tac Toe, and Gomoku. 

Uno! - Age 7+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store or Web Browser

This game has been a family favorite for decades. Now the Uno app allows kids to play with their pals 1-on-1, in 2-versus-2 mode, or just watch as a spectator. They can also invite their friends to an Uno Room and make up their own rules.

Monster Math Duels Kids - Age 4+ (grades K-5)

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

This app is a win-win for parents and their children. Kids can compete with friends while also sharpening over 67 math skills within geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, multiples, prime numbers, fractions, and decimals. You can either arrange for them to play with pals in the same grade or mix it up with kids at all different levels.

Chess with Friends - Age 4+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

Did your family binge The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix? Players can engage in multiple games at the same time, track their moves and improve their stats.

Monopoly Age 4+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

You can now roll the dice and take over all of the properties in Monopoly online and invite other families to join in on the fun. Why not plan a game night so parents can socialize together as well as the kids?!

Check out this video by App Unwrapper for some details about the game:

Mario Kart Tour Age 4+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store



Friends can be added to your child’s account so they can challenge each other to a race with Mario and the gang. The best part? This version is free. 

Online Games for Tweens and Teens

Draw Something - Age 14+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

 

This Pictionary-style game is perfect for creative kids, but you don’t need to be a budding Picasso to enjoy it! Users simply take turns selecting a word to draw, and then watch friends try to guess what it is. There are random matches on this game, so be sure to monitor that feature. 

Roblox Age 12+

Where to play: App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon, Xbox Live, Microsoft

 

Another one of my boys’ favorite online games, kids can search for one another and become “friends” so they can explore 3-D worlds created by other users. Those that want to create their own experiences can do so for a cost in Roblox Studio.

Scrabble Go - Age 9+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

 

Another classic, Scrabble Go allows kids to play together in daily tournaments, as well as challenge themselves during three fast modes. Rewards enable them to personalize their boards with themed objects and there is also a “chat with friends” feature.

Pokémon Go - Age 9+

Where to play: App Store or Google Play Store

 

Sure, the Pokémon Go craze has calmed down since it was launched a few years ago, but it’s still a popular game for those who love Pikachu and Charmander. Kids can add each other to their friends list to play this online game both indoors and outside—just avoid playing the game on subway platforms, when crossing the street, and at museums.

Back in 2016 when the Pokemon Go craze was at its peak. Remember crowds?!

And if you’re looking for a screen-free family activity to do after dinner, try having a family game night with some favorite board games.

 

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Author: Linda DiProperzio has written extensively on parenting issues for Parents, American Baby, Parenting, and Family Circle, among others. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. See More

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