The best photo management apps for families

In this post, we review family photo management apps. These are apps that help manage family photos, store kids’ artwork, create family photo albums, and share photos or artwork with other friends and family.

There are a handful of apps that are targeting families with school-aged kids. And then there’s a plethora of apps that target families with babies or young kids. They focus on tracking pregnancies, baby milestones, and other young childhood moments.

Most of these apps are free to download, but many of them also require a Premium subscription fee to utilize additional features.

Apps reviewed include:

  • Keepy Organize and save kids’ artwork and schoolwork. Invite friends and family to be your kids’ “fan” and have access to their memories.
  • Air Cloud storage solution designed for parents to capture every moment with their kids. Videos are private by default but easy to share with friends and family.
  • Tinybeans Capture and enjoy your child’s life story. Share photos with family, keep memories organized in one safe space, and print beautiful photo books, prints, and more.
  • 23snaps Save all of your special family moments in a beautiful online journal. This free family photo album allows parents to collect photos, videos and stories of their child’s precious moments, and privately share them with family and close friends.
  • Notabli Share and save the best moments of childhood, and optionally print them automatically in beautiful photo books.
  • Moment Garden Privately share, organize and relive those special moments as your child grows up with closest family and friends.
  • Lifecake Share photos and videos to create a simple and organized record of their kids’ childhood. Order print gifts directly from the app.
  • Tweekaboo Timeline your pregnancy, baby and family moments and share them privately with friends and family.
  • HelloBaby Create a virtual baby album or scrapbook with photos, videos and stickers.
  • Precious Automatically track your baby milestones and see your baby’s development. Organize them into monthly pictures, a time lapse, and calendar journal with artificial intelligence.

Keepy

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Keepy is an app that allows parents to organize, save, and privately share their kids’ memories through artwork, schoolwork, photos, awards, and more.

Keepy was founded in January 2013 and is based in Palo Alto, California. It attracted more than 50,000 parents and family members to the platform a little more than a month after the product launched, and reached 500,000 users after one year. The app is free to download on all devices, although a Premium subscription is offered. The app is available on iOS, Android and Web. The app is rated 4.7 stars on iOS (with 829 reviews), and 4.2 stars on Android (with 2,517 reviews).

Overview of functionality:

  • Save photos and artwork: Parents can have an organized and private “feed” and calendar of photos and artwork as their kids grow older. Photos are viewed and organized by age and category tags (ex: 1st grade, Easter, Graduation, etc)
  • Record memories: Parents can record themselves or their child to share the story behind each photo to enhance the memory. Parents can add voice or video recording directly through the app.
  • Share with family and friends: Parents can invite family and loved ones to be their kids’ “fan” so they can access their memories on their device. Their “fans” can also comment with a video, voice, or text comment.
  • Easily accessible: All memories can be viewed and printed from everyone’s own, private Keely app or website. Loved ones who are your kids’ “fan” can also view saved memories through email without registering for the app.
  • Printing Store: Families can buy from the Keepy Store to buy merchandise to save childhood photos and artwork including photo books, printed canvases, and more.
  • Freemium Pricing: The Keepy app is free to download and to use for up to 7 memories a month. They offer a free 7-day trial. The Keepy Unlimited subscription allows access to all the features that the free version does but for an unlimited number of memories. It is available with a monthly or annual subscription, for $5.49/month or $29.99/year.

What’s unique about Keepy:

  • Organized view of photos: Friends and family can use the app and view everyone in the family’s work through a yearly calendar. They can also select a specific child and see their photos organized by age. Parents can upload photos and specify the child’s age and add a tag to it (ex: achievement, outdoors, sports, shown below)
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Figure 1: Choose between viewing everyone’s photos or a specific child’s

 

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Figure 2: Viewing everyone’s work organizes it with a yearly calendar

 

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Figure 3: Viewing a specific child’s work organizes it by age and category

 

  • Family sharing: Parents can invite others to become “fans” or their kids; the app defaults grandparents, aunts & uncles, family, and friends as possible “fans” to invite. They can invite them through contacts or email. After a friend or family member accepts the invite, they can admire a photo or artwork by commenting a voice, video, or text comment. This comment will then be visible to other “fans” of the kids. Parents also have the option of making photos private and not visible to “fans” to control what others can see.
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Figure 1: Add other friends or family to be “fans” of your kids

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Figure 2: Allow “fans” to view and comment through video, voice, and text

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Figure 3: See comments that “fans” write on photos or artwork

Air

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Air is an app that is a family camcorder and cloud storage solution for families. Parents can capture their family life by just pressing record and not worrying about storage, bandwidth, and time limits.

Air was founded in January 2017 and is based in Brooklyn, New York. The app is free to download on iOS, although a subscription is required to use the features. There are currently 700 iOS reviews with a 5.0 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Record unlimited video: With one tap, you’re “on Air” and can record unlimited video to a private Clips gallery which is securely synced and accessible on any device.
  • Bookmark your favorite Clips: After you’ve captured or imported Clips, bookmark your favorites to easily access them later.
  • Create Collaborative Reels: Stitch Clips together to form Reels – living videos made up of multiple Clips. Create private Reels without inviting collaborators or invite friends and family to contribute their Clips to a Collaborative Reel.
  • Advanced video technology: Adaptive streaming balances based on the quality of the internet connection so there’s no need to wait for a video to load.
  • Share with friends and family: Clips and Reels are instantly and easily shareable around the web. Create a link and anyone with a link can watch the videos, even if they don’t have the Air app.
  • Subscription pricing: While the first 30 minutes are free, a subscription is required to continue recording. The pricing is $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

What’s unique about Air:

  • Collaborative Reels: This allows you to combine Clips together to form a Reel. Create private Reels without inviting collaborators or invite friends and family to contribute their Clips to a Collaborative Reel. If you upload old clips from your camera roll or bring in videos from hard drives, VHS tapes, or DVDs, those can be stored in Air too.
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Figure 1: Record Clips or import them to your Clip Gallery. Bookmark your favorite Clips

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Figure 2: After creating or adding a Clip, create a shared link, add it to a Reel, bookmark it, or delete it

 

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Figure 3: After creating a collaborative or private Reel, watch it continuously and see who contributed that Clip

Tinybeans

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Tinybeans is an app that allows parents to capture and enjoy their child’s life story through baby albums, photo books, and the ability to share memories with family and friends.

Tinybeans was founded in March 2012 and is based in Sydney, Australia. The app is free to download on all devices, although a Premium subscription is offered. The app is available on iOS, Android and Web. There are currently 27K+ iOS reviews with a 4.9 star rating average, and 2.2K+ Android reviews with a 4.2 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Save photos and memories: Parents can have an organized calendar of uploaded photos and memories. After you upload a photo, add a personal touch with stickers, text, and filters.
  • Share with family and friends: Parents can share treasured moments with friends and family, even if they aren’t registered Each day, Tinybeans will send added followers an email of added memories for that day. They can turn it off or change the frequency. From the email, they can directly react with emojis, comments or loves, which the parent will be notified about.
  • Create photo books: Using the web version, parents can create a canvas-covered album of their favorite memories.
  • Flashback: See how your kids looked on the same date a year ago to bring back baby memories and milestones.
  • Cards: Get daily cards for parenting tips, reminders, suggestions, articles, and other helpful notes from Tinybeans.
  • Milestone Tracker: Track your child’s growth and development through age appropriate developmental milestones.
  • Premium Pricing/Features: The Tinybeans Premium subscription is available for $8/month, $50/year ($4.17/month), or $250 lifetime payment. The Premium offers longer videos (30 second limit becomes 5 minute limit), easily backuped moments, no app or website ads, search to find special memories, hidden moments to share privately, priority customer support, photo collections/slideshows, and exclusive printing and special offers. They also offer one month free if you refer a friend.

What’s unique about Tinybeans:

  • Cards: These provide a one-stop shop for everything Tinybeans. They send a bunch of new Cards every day, including specialized ones when enough moments are added.
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Figure 1: Examples of different types of Cards, including a parenting tip, reminder to keep a child’s measurements up to date, and birthday present tips

 

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Figure 2: Tinybeans sends daily Cards For You, including “Moment Suggestions”

 

  • Milestones: Track a child’s growth and development through age appropriate developmental milestones. The different milestone categories are Cognition, Communication, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Social, Special Firsts, and Reading. Most of the categories have specialized milestones for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 4-5 years, and 5-6 years. Some milestones also offer tips on how to achieve that milestone. When a milestone is checked off, it allows you to add a moment for that milestone.
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Figure 1: “Cognition” category of milestones with a description of the category and specialized milestones for each age range

 

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Figure 2: “Special Firsts” category with a description of the category and different firsts to check off

 

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Figure 3: Some notes on the purpose of the milestone and tips on how to achieve it, as well as the option to add a moment when checking it off.

23snaps

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23snaps is an app that allows parents to collect photos, videos and stories of special family moments in a digital journal. This family photo album can then be privately shared with close friends and family.

23snaps was founded in June 2012 and is based in London, England. In November 2013, 23snaps announced that the service had passed half a million users in 179 countries. The app is free to download on all devices, although a Premium subscription is also offered. The app is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Web. There are currently 2.4K+ iOS reviews with a 4.8 star rating average and 1.4K+ Google Play Android reviews with a 4.2 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Save photos, videos, and stories: Uploaded these to one central space and choose who it’s visible to and who to tag. Add filters, frame, and vignettes if needed before uploading.
  • Create status updates: Upload new statuses or height and weight measurements for your children.
  • Invite family and friends: Add a partner to also post on your children’s timeline with you, or invite other friends and family to see your updates and view their updates as well. Even if they don’t have a smartphone, they can receive your updates online or by email. Family and friends can leave smiles, hearts, and comments.
  • Create collections: Arrange your photos, videos and updates easily by creating specific Collections and adding to them.
  • Various feed organizations: Organize your family’s feed through a timeline, gallery, or calendar view.
  • Order books and prints: Order photo books or prints of your favorite Collections straight from the app or website.
  • Time Machine: Be reminded of some of your family’s best moments with a randomly generated selection of old and new photos uploaded to 23snaps.
  • Premium Pricing: The Family Premium Subscription is available for $3.99/month. The first month is free with the ability to cancel anytime. The Family Premium Subscription offers High Quality HD videos, extended time of up to 3 minutes per video, 20% discount on all orders, and priority customer support.

What’s unique about 23snaps:

  • Time Machine: The 23snaps Time Machine allows you to discover photos and videos from the past and enjoy content you may have forgotten. With one simple shake of your phone, you can see a selection of past photos and videos generated on the screen. To see a new selection, simply shake again. Tap on an image to see the comments and likes that it originally received. When it comes to which photos are generated by the Time Machine, choose between your family or everyone. You also have the option to turn on or off the vibration that occurs with each shake.
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Figure 1: Use one simple shake to retrieve uploaded memories from the past

 

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Figure 2: Old photos are generated with every shake

 

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Figure 3: In Options, choose which photos are generated and turn on or off vibration

 

  • Collections: Collections are like photo albums where you can save related photos, videos and status updates. Create custom albums to suit your own specific requirements. 23snaps creates default Collections of Firsts, Favorites, Best Smiles, and Holidays to give inspiration. There is no limit to the amount of Collections you can have and you can add content to multiple Collections at a time. These Collections can be shared with anyone- even people that you aren’t connected with on 23snaps by sharing them through email so others can view them online with a unique link.

Notabli

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Notabli is an app that makes it easier for parents to share and save the best moments of their kids’ childhood and optionally print them automatically into photo books.

Notabli was founded in 2012 and id based in Burlington, Vermont. On February 17, 2015, Notabli was acquired by Parent Co. for an undisclosed amount. Notabli is an ad-free, community-funded app that collects donations. The app is free to download on all devices, although an automatic Photo Book subscription is offered on iOS, Android, and Web. There are currently 18 iOS reviews with a 4.4 star rating average and 98 Android reviews with a 4.3 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Save photos and more: Upload photos, videos, audio, and notes for your kids. Select a date and location for each post. Choose to mark the moment as a milestone for the child.
  • Selectively lock individual moments: When uploading a new moment, choose to lock it so it’s only visible to you and other admins.
  • Invite friends and family: Add friends or family through an email, text, or unique request link. People you’ve invited can view your kids’ moments and “heart” them or leave comments.
  • Endless storage: Save all your photos and videos in full-resolution and choose to save or export them anytime.
  • Book Subscription: Enable automatic printing to receive a premium, hardcover book every 50 photos.

What’s unique about Notabli:

  • Book Subscription: Create a book and specify the kids, title, and color of the book. Enable automatic printing or choose to print books at your own pace. Every 50 photos, a book will ship or become ready to ship. These books are 8” x 8” Hardcover Books with colorful, spill-resistant covers. They are created with Mohawk Eggshell paper and printed in the USA. The books cost $39 per book, and shipping is free for Subscriptions. Notabli Books is currently not available on the app but they can be managed on the Web version.

Moment Garden

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Moment Garden is an app that allows parents to privately share, organize and relive special photos and moments of their kids and share them with friends and family.

Moment Garden was founded in 2010 and is based in Rochester, Minnesota. Since the company was founded, they’ve had over 100,000 users. The app is free to download on all devices, although a Premium subscription is offered. It’s available on iOS, Android, and Web. There are currently 19 iOS reviews with a 4.6 star rating average and 1,165 Android reviews with a 4.6 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Organize and save stories, photos and videos: Privately share and save moments easily with unlimited storage. Your data is safe and securely backed up to the cloud.
  • Invite friends and family: Add other people to view or contribute to your Moment Garden. They can have varying Roles (admin, contributor, comment and love, or love only) and Digest Frequencies (immediately, daily digest, weekly digest, or no digest).
  • Moment Memories: Get emails reminding you of moments that happened in the past to easily relive memories.
  • Order books and prints: Create Moment Books, a printed photo book, out of your Moment Garden. You can also create prints, cards, framed pictures, magnets, mugs and more. With yearly Star subscription, all Moment Book orders automatically receive 15% off.
  • Premium Pricing: The Moment Garden Star upgrade is available for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Upgrade to a Moment Garden Star for access to Montage Moments (uploading up to 4 photos in a single moment as an automatically created collage image), longer and clearer high-definition videos, hidden moments, and Moment Book discounts.

What’s unique about Moment Garden: 

  • Varying Roles and Digest Frequencies: Control each member’s access to your garden by assigning a role to them. Someone assigned as a garden’s Admin has full access to add moments, manage moments, and manage members of the garden. A garden Contributor can add moments to the garden, add comments and love moments. A garden Commenter can love and comment on moments. A garden Lover can only interact with moments through loves. By default, all new garden members are assigned the role of Commenter but this access can be changed by a garden Admin.
  • When you add a member to your garden, you can also choose how often they receive a digest email (or not at all). Choose between No Digest, Weekly Digest, Daily Digest, and Immediately. Daily digest is recommended for most friends and family since they’ll only get an email at most once per day, and only if new moments were added in the past day. Immediately is recommended for other Admin.
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Figure 1: When adding a new member to your Garden, change their Role and Digest Frequency.

Lifecake

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Lifecake is an app that allows parents to share photos and videos to create a simple and organized record of their kids’ childhood.

Lifecake was founded in 2012 and is based in London, England. Lifecake was acquired by Canon Europe on April 23, 2015 for an undisclosed amount. The app is free to download on all devices, although a Premium subscription is offered. The app is available on iOS, Android and Web. There are currently 12K+ iOS reviews with a 4.8 star rating average and 21K+ Android reviews with a 4.6 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Organize memories in a visual timeline: View memories on your timeline by choosing to view all memories or select memories for a specific child. You can also favorite photos and choose to only view favorites.
  • Invite friends and family: Invite others to view your timeline through email or contacts. Others can then view, favorite, and comment on posts in your timeline.
  • Create photo books and more: Make high-quality books starting at $37.99 for 24 pages and $0.80 per addition page, plus shipping. They’re created with 2,400 dpi print resolution. You can also print memories on photo packs, phone cases, posters, fridge magnets, tote bags, and more.
  • Premium Pricing: The VIP Subscription is available for $4.99/month or receive a 40% discount with an annual VIP Subscription for $35.99/year. The VIP Subscription removes the 10GB storage cap and allows for unlimited amounts of photos, videos, and stories in full quality and length.

Tweekaboo

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Tweekaboo was founded in 2010, and is based in Cork, Ireland. It is an app that allows families to timeline their pregnancy, baby and family moments and share them privately with friends and family.

The app is free to download on iOS and Android, and its usage is completely free while in its beta phase. Once they complete their test phase, the app will become freemium. The basic services will still be free, but certain additional services and features will be subscription-based. There are currently 40 iOS ratings with a 4.3 star rating average and 77 Android ratings with a 3.7 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

    • Create a pregnancy journal: Add ultrasound scans, photos of your bump, and add small notes to document your pregnancy.
    • Import and save photos: You can import photos from your camera roll, Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram. This allows the app to function as storage for pictures as well.
    • Journal on the go: Import or take a photo, add a short caption, and upload it instantly to your journal.
    • Create albums: Create different albums to store and sort your special moments so you can easily find them later.
    • Personalized journal for each child: Create special journals for each child or add them to “Moments” that you can search for later on.
    • Share with friends and family, or keep private: You can select whether you want to keep your moment or post private, or to share with family, friends and/or Facebook. The choice is up to you.
    • Create a timeline: You can add dates to your moments so that you can keep track of all your firsts, milestones, holidays and more.
    • Community: You can view the journals or moments your friends’ choose to share by going to your feed.

What’s unique about Tweekaboo

  • Privacy Controls: This allows you to have complete control over who can see what you post. You can allow a select group of friends and family to view your journals, or you can have it set to private. Even if you want to keep more private overall, you can still share select memories or pictures on Facebook or Twitter. People who you allow to view your post can add comments to your pictures. You can also adjust the privacy of your moment even after it has been posted.
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Figure 1: Choose who can view your moment.

 

  • Add your children: You can add a profile for each child (or baby bump) to help sort your memories into a diary for each child to look at. You simply tap the + button, and you can organize your photos as you journal.

 

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Figure 2: Create a profile for each child so that you can catalog moments for them individually.

 

  • Order a book: With this feature, you can turn your digital journal into a physical book. Design it on the app, then order online to get your memories delivered to your door. Pricing for this book begins at $33.58 (£25.95) for a 24-page hardcover book. Every page after that it is an additional £0.50.
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Figure 3: Creating your Tweekabook can be done from your phone and you can preview what your book will look like.

 

HelloBaby

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HelloBaby is an app that allows you to create a virtual baby album / scrapbook with photos, videos and stickers.

It was founded in 2014 and is based in Menlo Park, California. The app was selected as Apple’s Best of 2015, and was featured as the best family app several times. The app is free and has no advertisements.

The app is available via iOS and Android. There are currently 189 iOS reviews with a 4.5 star rating average, and 174 Android reviews with a 3.9 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Virtual scrapbooking: This allows you to create events and upload pictures to catalog into your digital scrapbook. You can document all sorts of memories, from holidays, to milestones to all the firsts you can think of.
  • Invite friends and family: With personalized links, you can share your child’s milestones and stories with family and friends.
  • Decorate with stickers: Parents can select from 500 different stickers to decorate their pictures with. You can edit the stickers even after you publish your snapshot.
  • Print out an album of your story: If you want to convert your digital scrapbook into a physical one, you can order it online. You need to have at least 10 events, and you can choose between making your album from a story or a moment. Albums start at $30.
  • Generate videos: If you choose to capture a video instead of a photo, you can catalog memories with clips as well.
  • Measurements: Parents can create graphs of their baby’s height and weight. This serves both as scrapbooking memorabilia and also a helpful tool to keep track of your child’s health.

What’s unique about HelloBaby:

  • Access a community of users: You can browse other parents’ content and join the HelloBaby community of users. There are a wide variety of users, including celebrities, top baby experts, top moms and dads. View other users’ stories and read about some of their best parenting tips and tricks.
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Figure 1: View what friends, celebrities and other brand are posting on their stories

 

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Figure 2: Follow the parenting styles of top moms featured by HelloBaby to get some more ideas on how best to raise your own child.

 

Precious/Baby Art

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Precious/Baby Art is an app that allows parents to automatically track their baby’s milestones and development by organizing monthly pictures, a time lapse, and calendar journal with the use of artificial intelligence.

Precious was founded  in 2016 and is based in San Francisco, California. In 16 months, the app acquired 54,000 paying users. The app is free to download on iOS, although subscription is required to utilize the app after a free 7-day trial period. The app is only available on iOS. There are currently 18.4K+ iOS reviews with a 4.7 star rating.

Overview of functionality:

  • Organize memories in a Photo Calendar: Save and view memories easily with an organized photo calendar.
  • Automatic Albums: Allow the app to find and organize baby photos for you and automatically organize them into albums.
  • Create Time Lapse Videos: Playback moments and watch automatically created videos of your children grow.
  • Order prints and more: Shop for unique products like phone cases and magnets.
  • Pricing: The app is free to download and everyone is welcome to a free 7-day trial period of the in-app purchase. From there, a Baby Art Unlimited subscription is required to continue using the app and gain unlimited access to the app’s premium content and features. The subscription is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year.

What’s unique about Precious:

  • Use of Artificial Intelligence: The app relies on facial detection to identify photos of kids and determines if photos are noisy, blurry or poorly lit to find the best pictures. For families with more than one child, Precious also considers heuristics like age and gender to differentiate between siblings. Once it decides which photos to use, the app automatically creates photo collages and albums each day.
  • One of their features using AI is an automatic time lapse creator that automatically finds and aligns photos of your child’s face so you can watch them grow up in a short video. It goes through and sorts through and organizes all your photos to build a time lapse.

Conclusion

  • Keepy: This app is best for storing kids’ artwork and having one central calendar and feed to manage and share their kids’ artwork as they grow older. Parents can easily add friends and family as “fans” so they can view and receive updates of photos and artwork.
  • Air: This app is best for video sharing and storage. With unlimited storage of HD videos that can be shared with one simple link, this app is very useful in giving one central place for parents to record and store videos of their kids as they grow older.
  • Tinybeans: This app is best for recording milestones for kids. Parents can easily track a child’s growth and development through age appropriate developmental milestones that are already implemented in the app as well as add photos and videos associated with those milestones.
  • Precious: This app is best for organizing memories without personally investing a lot of time into it. With the use of AI, the app automatically creates photo collages and albums by choosing the best and most appropriate pictures of your children.

The best activity finder apps for your family

It’s Friday, and you need to plan your weekend. Your kids are antsy, and eager to try something new. “Surely, there’s an app for this!”, you say. And yes, there is. There are multiple apps – some mobile, others web-based – that help you find fun activities for your kids. They help you find (and in some cases book) summer camps, after-school activities, and fun places to visit like science museums, amusement parks, playgrounds, and the like.

Apps:

  • Winnie Winnie is a place for moms & dads to connect, share their stories, and find new things to do with their children.
  • ActivityHero An online marketplace where you can shop for camps, after school classes, workshops, and kids’ nights out.
  • Red Tricycle Explore fun things to do with or for your family in a community of other families who like to have fun with their kids.
  • Pearachute Monthly membership club that makes it easy for parents and caregivers to discover, book, and drop into kid classes nearby.
  • Trekaroo Helps parents and family members find places to visit with their kids.
  • Playground Buddy A free app that helps families find playgrounds from a worldwide database of over 200,000 playgrounds.
  • Yuggler An app for parents, grandparents and caregivers to find fun activities for kids and families near your current location or travel destinations.

Winnie

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Winnie is an app that allows parents to connect with other parents, and get advice on childcare, and on fun places to go with kids.

The app offers a feed-based system similar to Facebook or Twitter and gives parents the opportunity to connect that way, and also allows them to find events and discover new topics. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in San Francisco. The founder, Sara Mauskopf, previously served in product leadership roles at Postmates, Twitter, and YouTube/Google. The app is available on both iOS and Android. Winnie has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, TechCrunch, and Bloomberg. The app has a total of 228 iOS review with an overall rating of 4.6 stars and 132 Android reviews with an overall rating of 4 stars. The app is free to download and use.

Overview of functionality:

  • Main feed: Provides a main feed similar to Facebook and twitter where parents and family members can communicate with each other and voice their questions, comments and concerns.
  • Topic exploration: Allows users to explore different topics relating to family life, children, housing, etc. and after clicking on a topic, provides them with features and related posts from the main feed relating to it.
  • Event finding: Allows users to find various events and services near the current location, and also to find events based on filters.
  • Community: The app allows parents to connect with other parents.

What’s unique about Winnie:

  • Feed-based system: Winnie’s ability to provide a feed-based system that allows parents to communicate with other parents is what truly differentiates it from other parental apps. Its feed is very vast, covers a wide range of topics/ideas, and can be customized based on the needs and wants of various parents.
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Figure 1: Winnie’s feed-based system

 

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Figure 2: Comments on posts

 

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Figure 3: Customization of feed

 

  • Community: The app serves to connect parents with each other. The ability to interact with other parents is what makes this app unique from other apps.
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Figure 4: Topics to chat with other parents about

 

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Figure 5: Event searching based on filters

 

ActivityHero

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ActivityHero is an online marketplace where you can shop for camps, after school classes, workshops, and kids’ nights out.

ActivityHero was founded in 2012 and is based in Palo Alto, California. In December 2014, ActivityHero acquired Zoetic, which offers an app that lets users discover and share new places and activities. The acquisition of Zoetic brought a new focus on mobile and activity discovery to ActivityHero. ActivityHero is free to browse, and is only available on Web.

Overview of functionality:

  • Browse camps, classes, and workshops near you: Filter based on city and age group to find a variety of camps, classes, and workshops.
  • Book camps and classes: While most other apps allow parents to find activities for their kids, ActivityHero makes it easy to actually book camps and classes.
  • Write activity provider ratings: Rate different activity providers and write comments for other customers to view.

What’s unique about ActivityHero:

  • Book camps and classes: While most other apps allow parents to find activities for their kids, ActivityHero makes it easy to actually book camps and classes.
  • Activity Provider Ratings: Customers can look at the reviews of activity providers and hear from past customers.
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Figure 1: Example of a tennis academy’s activity provider review.

 

Red Tricycle

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Red Tricycle is a website that serves as a community for families looking for fun things to do with their family and kids. Red Tricycle was founded 12 years ago and is based in Sausalito, California (SF Bay Area). Red Tricycle is free to browse and only available on Web.

Overview of functionality:

  • Browse thousands of family-related things: The categories include events, things to do, food, news, products & gear, holidays, travel, and parenting. There are several sub-categories under every category for each city (Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.)
  • Submit a story: Submit a story about a store, product, or event and a Red Tricycle editor will cover it. This includes kid-friendly restaurants, birthday party themes, “hidden-gem” travel places, and more.
  • Newsletter subscriptions: Sign up for Red Tricycle newsletters and tailor them to what you want to receive (daily or weekly digest, local editions, type of content)

What’s unique about Red Tricycle:

  • Newsletter Subscriptions: Sign up for newsletters and tailor them based on daily or weekly digest, local editions, and type of content.
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Figure 1: Fill out some family information (age/number of children) and how often you want to receive newsletters (Daily Fun- delivered daily or Sunday Digest- delivered weekly).

 

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Figure 2: Check where you live to receive newsletters of things to do with your family in that city.

 

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Figure 3: Check what type of content you’re interested in to receive a newsletter tailored for your interests.

 

Pearachute

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Pearachute is an app that allows parents and caregivers to discover, book, and drop into the best kid classes in their city at the touch of a button and at an affordable rate. The app currently offers activities in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Pearachute was founded over 2 years ago in February 2016 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. The app is free to download on all devices, although a membership fee is required to utilize the classes and services. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Web. There are currently 67 iOS reviews with a 4.7 star rating average and 31 Android reviews with a 3.5 star rating average.

Overview of functionality:

  • Browse thousands of classes: Filter classes by age, activity, neighborhood, and more in the best kids locations in town.
  • Invite friends to do activities together: Coordinate classes with friends or family to enroll in classes for your kids together.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancel an activity up until an hour before the activity without incurring any fees or losing credits.
  • Calendar integration: Add events to your Google Calendar or Apple iCal through the app.
  • One-Time Purchase Pricing: Buy credits with no subscription necessary and add up to 5 kids. Buy 5 credits (2-5 activities) for $59 or 10 credits (5-10 activities) for $99.
  • Monthly Subscription Pricing: Buy credits that renew every 30 days and rollover for up to 6 months. Add up to 5 kids and cancel anytime. Buy 4 credits (2-4 activities) for $39, 9 credits (4-9 activities) for $79 or 30 credits (15-30 activities) for $199.

What’s unique about Pearachute:

  • Browse and book thousands of classes: With multiple convenient ways to browse activities in your area, Pearachute allows you to discover new activities and spaces in your area that you may have not known about before. With low costs, your kids can explore a variety of new activities before you sign them up for a series of classes. Drop-in for classes as often as you’d like with different pricing credits that rollover for up to 6 months.
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Figure 1: View activities in your area in list form. Pin or favorite certain activities.

 

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Figure 2: View activities in your area in map form.

 

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Figure 3: Filter through activities based on neighborhood, distance, age, time, categories, cost, spots available, and more.

Trekaroo

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Trekaroo is an app that enables parents to find places to travel to and visit with children.

The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Pacifica, California. The company was created after the founders traveled to Machu Picchu with their newborn son, and after experiencing this joy and euphoria first-hand, realized the vast potential in creating an opportunity for others. The app is only available on iOS, and has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 4.0 stars. The app is free to download and use.

Overview of functionality:

  • Explore nearby: Provides a list of activities nearby, as well as information on those activities
  • Activity search: Allows users to search locations, and the app will find activities based on this search
  • Reviews & itineraries: On the main page, it provides reviews, trip guides, and itineraries, as well as a “Review of the day”. When you click on various states, it many reviews, travel guides, and itineraries for various places in that state
  • My guides: A section in the app that allows users to add and manage their travel guides
  • Destinations: Section in the app that allows users to select various states in the US and Canada, as well as countries around the world, and then offers reviews of various locations, guides, and itineraries
  • Add photo: Lets users add their own photos

What’s unique about Trekaroo:

  • Map Customization: The ability of Trekaroo to find kid-friendly places to travel to and visit is what really makes it unique. The opportunity to travel alongside children is the true magic of the app. Trekaroo does a great job in adding various features to the main map, allowing users to explore various places for kids, hotels, and restaurants all at once.
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Figure 1: Customized map with various events, as well as indication of nearby hotels and restaurants

 

  • Review guides & itineraries: Trekaroo does an exceptional job in providing many review guides for various US states as well as countries around the world. This is extremely helpful in reassuring users as well as introducing them to previously unknown, but fun places.
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Figure 2: Various states available for customization

 

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Figure 3: Customized review guides & itineraries

 

Playground Buddy

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Playground Buddy is an app that lets families find playgrounds. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Victoria, BC, Canada.

The app is available on both iOS and Android.

It is available on both iOS and Android. It has 9 iOS reviews with an overall rating of 3.7, and 96 Android reviews with an overall rating of 4.0. The app is free to download and use.

Overview of functionality:

  • Location search & customization: Allows users to search for various playgrounds by typing an address or playground name, as well as choose certain filters to customize the search
  • Add playground: Allows users to add playground by choosing a spot on the map and then showing many playgrounds nearby
  • Playground map: Illustrates a comprehensive map of all the playgrounds near a user’s current location
  • Playground favorites: Allows user to add playgrounds to their favorites

What’s unique about Playground Buddy:

  • Focus on playgrounds: This app *really* knows playgrounds. It lets you see all the playgrounds in a given area, and search for playgrounds using very specific parameters, such as proximity to bathrooms.
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Figure 1: See all playgrounds in your vicinity

 

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Figure 2: Search for specific parameters

 

Yuggler

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Yuggler is an app that enables parents, grandparents, and caregivers to find activities for children and family near their current location or travel destinations. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Yuggler is only available on iOS, and has 29 reviews with an average 4.3 stars rating.

Overview of functionality:

  • Event-finding: The app finds various events in a user’s current location or a specified location. The app also allows users to implement filters to help select the best locations.
  • Map: Allows users to add filters and then show icons of the various events on the main map
  • Top charts: Shows Top 10, Top 20, Top 50, and Top 100 charts of the the top activities. Lets users further explore these activities and customize these rankings based on filters
  • Organize: Lets users organize various events by managing their bookmarks, favorites, reminders, and settings
  • Suggest new activity: Allows users to suggest an activity and have it featured in the app
  • Premium membership: Requires that users are premium members in order for them to use the full capabilities of the app. The fee is $0.99/month and allows users to invite friends, share various events, add photos, tips, bookmarks, etc.

What’s unique about Yuggler:

  • Customization: Yuggler lets you customize activities to a very detailed level, allowing users to truly find the best activities for them and the children.
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Figure 1: Activity customization based on event type

 

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Figure 2: Activity customization based on logistical information

 

  • Activity Rankings: Yuggler also provides charts of the rankings of top kids activities, allowing parents, grandparents, and caregivers to find the best, most enjoyable activities to partake in. Yuggler also allows users to customize these top charts based on filters, helping them truly find their most desirable activities:
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Figure 3: Chart of top event rankings. On the top menu bar, there is a filter icon that allows users to filter these charts based on various categories

 

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Figure 4: Ability to provide various filters to customize the top event rankings to truly choose the best list of events suitable for you

 

We hope this review helps you find the perfect activity for your kids. Now over to you, our readers. What are you favorite activity-finding apps?