Do you ever want new ideas for activities to do with your kids?  Even if you could just come up with one new idea a day…it would help keep things exciting, right?  Meet Timbuktu!  Timbuktu is an app that is designed to give you “one cool thing per day to do with your kids”!  This app features free stories, fun and games for parents and their kids to enjoy together each day.  One of the things I love is all the different categories, the content features anything from bedtime stories to recipes to games!  I really love this idea and think that it great for families.

With Timbuktu, you simply hit the “start” button on the main page (you can also login with your Facebook account if you wish) – and your new Timbuktu calendar is loaded for you.  Then, click on “Today”, the first day on your calendar.  When I first clicked on my “Today”, I was given a 50-Bubble Game where you dress up Santa Claus.  So, let me explain the “Bubbles” concept.  Bubbles cost real money, 70 Bubbles for $4.99, 200 Bubbles for $9.99, or 1,000 Bubbles for $29.99 – you can also collect 70 FREE Bubbles for logging in to the app with your Facebook account (valid only for 1st login of course) or by inviting your friends to Timbuktu (10 bubbles per friend, limit 25 invites each time).  You will need Bubbles to unlock certain items in your calendar.  However, there are some days when the content is totally free, no Bubbles needed!  Also, the calendar days range greatly, some days things are only cost 10 Bubbles, where others they may be 50 Bubbles – just depends on the content.  There is a Bubble Store tab on the main page where you may purchase more Bubbles when you need them.

When you use your Bubbles to unlock one of Timbuktu’s premium stories or games, if you love it you can save it to your “Favorites”tab by simply tapping on the star – then it will always appear in your Favorites list for you and your kids to enjoy again and again!  Another neat feature is the “Passport”, where you can earn badges and collect them in your Passport.

I really enjoyed the Dress Up Santa Claus Game that I played on my first calendar day – it was like playing with a felt-board on the iPad.  There were choices of hats, mustaches, clothing, shoes, backgrounds and more.  Once I was finished with my Santa, I was able to take a picture and save it.  There was even an option to send it as a Christmas Card via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

I loved the Timbuktu app and thought it was a great concept.  I think that parents and children would really enjoy waiting to see what game, story, etc. they could “open” each day.  I will definitely be using Timbuktu with my son, and I highly recommend checking it out!

Price when Reviewed: FREE

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  This app is designed for iPad.

Seller: Timbuktu Labs, Inc.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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