Virtual Pets for Kids

It is not always possible to own a real living and breathing pet. You may not be allowed to have an animal because of where you live or you may not have the money to own the pet of your dreams. Fortunately there are many ways to own a pet without some of the hassles of owning a real animal. Virtual pet games are a great way to experience pet ownership and many types of technology are now enabling us to access pets anywhere and anytime.

Online Gaming
There are so many online options when it comes to accessing virtual pets for kids. Most online pet sites are free of charge and easy to create an account with. The better sites also have good security so they are a safe place to hang out online. Three of the most popular virtual pet sites are:
Moshi Monsters
Pony Stars
Of course there are thousands more online. The best thing to do is to check out some online reviews that can help you decide which one is the best. Checking out reviews and actually going to the sites yourself will help you to find out if it is what you are looking for. You will be able to check if the virtual pet site is fun and entertaining, safe and well made.

Console Options
There are also virtual pet games for kids available on consoles such as Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. These are a great way to experience owning pets and to learn how to care for and interact with an animal. Console games are generally safer than online games as they are not always connected to the internet. The down side to virtual pet console games is that they will cost you money to buy and the interest in them may be short lived. Some of the more popular games for the DS are animal crossing, nintendogs/cats and the Petz series. The Nintendo Wii has similar games and Animal Crossing is also popular on the Wii. On the Playstation 2 and 3 you will have access to games such as Pokémon, Eyepet and the Petz series. Xbox 360 has a few unique games including kinectimals, Viva Piñata and Fantastic Pets. You will find whatever gaming console you own you will be able to get a variety of games that provide virtual pets for kids.

iPad and iPod touch Apps
You can also access a variety of virtual pets for kids on the iPod touch or iPad. Apps for your iPod, iPhone or iPad are relatively in expensive and can be used while on the go. These are great for when you are on holidays or someone else is using the TV so you can’t play the game console. Some of the most popular virtual pet games are the Touch Pets series, pocket frogs, dragoon and Pocket Creatures. Keep your eye on the apples iTunes store because more virtual pets apps are likely to come out.