Best software, video games, websites, APPS and more

Allen Rausch has worked for game developers including Acclaim Entertainment, Toys 'R' Us, Interplay Entertainment, UbiSoft, Riot Games and Nexon America. The PC Editor for GameSpy.com for seven years, he has been a contributing author for games, a noted columnist-reviewer and an editorialist for publications such as PC Gamer, GameSpot and Gamasutra.

 
 

MLB 11: The Show

State-of-the-art for baseball video games. Lighter modes like home-run derby make the game fun for younger kids, and true baseball fans will love this game. Sony Computer Entertainment America; $59.99; us.playstation.com; ages 10 and up.

 
 

Fooz Kids

This kid-safe Web browser comes with a ton of great games, videos and Web destinations for kids, and includes safe email and video chat functions. Best of all, easy-to-use parental controls give complete control over what's available for your kids. Fuhu; free; foozkids.com; ages 2-11.

 
 

Pat the Bunny

An extraordinary digital update version of Dorothy Kunhardt's classic touch-and-feel children's book. The illustrations are interactive, with excellent reading of the text and vocal feedback. Random House; $3.99; randomhouse.com/kids/apps; ages 2-6.

 
 

Toca Hair Salon

A delightful "e-toy" app that lets kids cut hair, style it, color it and experiment with all sorts of wild hairstyles for people and animals. Tocaboca; $0.99; tocaboca.com; ages 2-6.

 
 

LeapPad

This is an amazing iPad-style touchscreen computer that comes with fun apps including a virtual art studio and digital camera. New apps are $10 each. Includes impressive online and parent features, including emails that track kids' educational progress. LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.; $99; leapfrog.com/leappad; ages 4-12.

 
 

Disney.com/Create

An online art studio with an amazingly powerful set of art tools for kids. Disney Interactive Media Group; free; disney.com/create; ages 5-15.

 
 
 





 
 
 
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