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Family Tracker

Family Tracker is a great app for all types of families! This app allows you to track your husband, wife, and children. With this app you can find out where they are at any time, as long as their device is with them. It can locate the person, even if their device is turned off. This app is very simple and easy to use, and it’s only $3.99.

This app is a product from LogSat Software LLC. Roberto Franceschetti from LogSat Software said, “We’ve always hoped that this could be useful in case something bad happens.”  And for one Florida family, this app was very useful.

At the end of May, a child in Florida went missing for several days. After LogSat Software shared their app with the police, they were able to find the missing child that same night. You can learn more about this story here.

It has always been important to stay in contact with your family, but with today’s new technology, it’s easier to do so. If you have any other apps or stories like this one, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

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Fun Family iPad Apps

Here’s a few suggestions of iPad apps that are great for families!

Scorekeeper XL

Forget using a piece of paper and a pen, this scorekeeper app is perfect for a family game night! It’s simple, easy to use, and appealing. It’s great to use while playing board games or party games with family and friends. This app not only keeps score for you, but it also shows which player is in first place. This app is available for free, but only for a limited time. So make sure you go to the App Store to check it out!

 

 

THE GAME OF LIFE™ for iPad

The old-fashioned board game, The Game Of Life, is now available for play on the iPad! This classic game has always been a family favorite, and with this revamped version, it’s sure to stay that way! It’s even more fun to play the game with it’s new, clear HD graphics. This game is available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store.

 

 

Pictureka! for iPad

Pictureka for iPad is great game for all ages! For just $4.99, you and your family are provided with hours of fun. You could play alone, or work together as a team to find the hidden objects mixed in with the crazy cartoons. This game is great for all ages and it’s fun for the whole family. You won’t regret downloading this app!

 

 

Shot & Found

Shot & Found is very similar to the popular game Draw Something. However, instead of drawing a picture for your opponent to guess, you take the photo yourself. This game is great for all ages, and it’s perfect for families. This is a game you and your family could play at home, or on the go.

 

 

Do you and your family have any iPad apps that you love? Let us know in the comments!

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Fun Family Table Top Games

Although we’re a technology company, we strongly encourage you to take some time away from your devices and enjoy an old-fashioned table top game with the family from time to time. Here are some of our personal favorites, and some games that we think you and your family might enjoy.

 

Apples to Apples Junior
Apples to Apples Junior is “The Game of Hilarious Comparisons!” This is the family friendly version of the original Apples to Apples. It includes cards that your child is more likely to know and understand. Even if it’s the junior edition, this game is enjoyable for every member of the family!

 

 

 

Jungle Speed
Jungle Speed is the lightening fast game of quick thinking and quick reflexes. Stay concentrated and you’re sure to win, if you can stop laughing long enough. Whether you’re playing with a room full of adults, or trying to occupy a room full of kids, Jungle Speed is sure to keep everyone laughing and having a blast, game after game.

 

 

 

Skip-Bo
Skip-Bo is a timeless game, that’s great for families! This is one of our personal favorite card games, and we can’t get enough of it. The object of the game is fairly simple, you just have play all of your cards in numerical sequence to win, but watch out for your opponents who are trying to block you. This game is sure to provide endless hours of fun for you and your family.

 

 

Mexican Train Domino Game
The Mexican Train Domino Game is another one of our favorites! This game is like a tradition in our family. This is a easy to learn game, that’s great for families. This game can be played with at least 3 players, and up to 8 at the most. This is a great game for larger groups, but beware, it can get very competitive!

 

 

 

Rack-O
Rack-O is a classic family game, for 2-4 players.  Players randomly put 10 cards on their rack. The race then begins to draw and discard until one player positions 10 cards into numerical sequence. It’s quite simple, but you’ll need skillful play, concentration, and a little luck to win. This game is sure to provide you and your family with hours of  fun!

 

 

Let us know some of your favorite board games! We’d love to check them out!

 

ETA: We are not receiving compensation from any of these companies to share their games, these are just a few of the games our family enjoys playing together! 

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Summer Apps for Families: Camping

If you and your family have a camping trip planned this summer, these apps might be very helpful to you!

Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot

With this app you’re able to search for over 12,000 campgrounds and RV parks across America. It provides you with reviews of the sites, provides info of services and recreation at the parks, and over 1,000 popular attractions are pinpointed on the map for you. This app is ideal for anyone who is looking into planning a camping trip at any point this summer.

 

 

Campfire Songs

It’s not a real camping trip unless you’re singing songs around a campfire! With the help of this free app, you’ll spend hours singing around the fire. This app provides you with the lyrics to 175 different campfire songs that you can sing along to. You can search through the app by tune, song type, and alphabetical order to find a specific song you’re looking for. Your family is sure to have a great trip with this app by your side!

 

Camp Recipes!

Ever wonder what you’re going to cook on your camping trip? This app will solve that problem! With over 700 recipes, this app is sure to help! There are many types of recipes that you can choose from such as quick recipes, veggie recipes, backpack recipes, and survival recipes. This easy to use app has a huge supply of recipes that is sure to keep you from eating the same meal twice.

 

Geocaching

Looking for an adventure during your trip? This app will be perfect for you! Geocaching is a global treasure hunt that allows you to hide and seek physical containers outdoors and share your adventures online. With this app you’re able to locate geocaches, look up specific items, and share photos for the geocaches. This would be a great way to spend an afternoon, or even a whole day. It’s fun for the whole family!

 

Does your family have any apps that you use when you’re camping? Leave them in the comments so we can check them out!

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Summer Apps for Families: Summer Themed games/apps for Kids

Here’s a few summer themed games/apps that would be great for your kids this summer!

 

Ice Cream Matching Game Lite

This free game is great for kids of all ages to play all summer long! This basic matching game includes three difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard), and it also allows you to challenge other players using Game Center. The Lite version is just a basic sample of the game, for more fun you can buy the full version for .99 cents in the App Store.

 

Tie Dye Doodle

This  game is available for .99 cents in the App Store and is fun for all! It gives you the chance to make your own tie dye shirt, complete with many different designs, shirts, colors, and decorations. The reviews for this game are great, and it seems to get a lot of attention. Check this out for some summer fun for you and your kids!

 

 

Color Me !!! Summer

This free app is available for both iPhone and iPad, and it’s great for kids! It supplies endless hours of fun with multiple pictures that kids can choose from. They can color it however they want, and then shake the device to erase it when they’re finished. This app would be great to help pass time while spending a hot day in the house with your kids.

 

Are there anymore apps or games that your kids like to play in the summer months? Let us know in the comments!

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Summer Apps for Families: Travel

Here’s a few apps that you may want to look into if you and your family are traveling this summer.

National Parks by National Geographic

This free app is available on both iPhone and iPad. This app would be great for vacationing families who plan to visit any of the National Parks. Within this app you can get info about the park, including maps, guides, the current weather, photos, and more! You can also earn collectible stamps for visiting each park.

 

 

Ocean City Mobile

This app is available for free in the App Store. With this app you can find local deals, places near you for food, entertainment, etc., the calendar of events, and much more. This app is great for new visitors, and people who’ve been to Ocean City before. If you’re not in the Maryland area, you can search for apps like this closer to you and your destinations.

 

Zapd

Zapd is an app that allows you to make your own website within 60 seconds from your iPhone. All you have to do is select a theme, add photos/text/links, and you’re done! This app would be perfect for summer day trips to share your photos and thoughts about your trip. Once the page is complete you can directly share it through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to let your family and friends know how your day went.

 

RoadTripBingo HD

RoadTripBingo HD is a great app for both kids and adults. This app is available for purchase for both iPhone and iPad. It’s a great way to pass time in the car looking for various objects such as hotels, state capitals, fast food restaurants, animals, cars, and more. There are hundreds of objects to find, and many different bingo cards to play with. This app is sure to help make your road trip fly by.

 

Are there any apps that you’ve come across that you would suggest to our readers? If so, leave them in the comments.

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Caddy2Go is Now Available!

Our latest app, Caddy2Go, a mini golf scorekeeping app, is now available for download in the iTunes App Store!

You can download it for FREE! But only for a limited time. Get it now, you won’t want to miss out on this great app for your summer vacations with family and friends.

You can read more about the app and see screenshots on our Caddy2Go page or you can hop over to our Facebook page for a little celebration we are having today.

Look for this icon in the App Store today to get started on mini golf fun for this summer!

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Sneak Peek of Our New App

Our new app will be released this Friday and we could not be more excited. This project has been in the works since last summer and we worked really hard to get this done and ready for this coming season.

We are thrilled to share a sneak peek of our new app, Caddy2Go, with you today!

Caddy2Go is an awesome miniature golf scorekeeping app with lots of exciting features!

The team here at Campfire Apps loves to play mini golf and spend a lot of our summer doing just that in Ocean City, MD. We have tried some other scorekeeping apps out there, and they just don’t cut it. We wanted something that looks awesome when you open it and gives you some functionality beyond just keeping score. Since we spend so much of our time playing mini golf (or putt-putt) we take a lot of photos. So try and picture this…

We are on the mini golf course, carrying a putter and golf ball, a paper scorecard, a pencil that is just too tiny, and a camera or our iPhone. Now, how is the scorekeeper ever supposed to make a great shot if they have all pf this stuff weighing them down?

Caddy2Go solves a lot of these problems! For starters, you always have your phone so it only seemed logical to use that to keep score with. Then, we added an in-app camera, so you don’t have to close the app to take photos of your friends doing crazy things on the golf course. Finally, we added fun achievements that you can unlock just by playing the game the way you normally would. You can earn the “Ace!” badge for getting a Hole in One or the “Most Strokes for Your Buck!” badge for, well, scoring much higher than a Hole in One. After playing, you can see how you ad the other players ranked and what achievements everyone earned, then you can share your photos on Facebook and Twitter, or via email.

Let’s take a closer look…

Select players from your Contacts, then easily assign each a ball color

Simple score input and uncluttered scorecard. Keep score for up to 8 players at a time.

At game's end, review all of the achievements earned by each player.

Again, Caddy2Go will be released on Friday. To celebrate it’s launch, we will be hosting a Launch Party on our Facebook page all day on Friday! You are all invited to attend.

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We Have a New App!

The Campfire Apps team is so excited to announce that we have a brand new app that is finally complete! This is an app we have been working on since last summer. We are very thrilled that it is done and almost ready to be shared with the world!

We will be officially releasing the app this weekend and celebrating with a small little Launch Party on Facebook on Friday. We hope you will be able to join us. There will be more details to follow this week about our party on Friday.

However, for now, we would like the app to be a little bit of a mystery! We are going to share some clues with you about the app, and we would like for you to play along and see if you can figure out what our app is or does. Are you in??

Clue #1: Our app can be used by friends, families, and children.

Clue #2: Our app can be used by people young or old. Age is no matter here.

Clue #3: Our app will be used primarily outside.

Clue #4: A photo clue:

Clue #5: Our app is related to a particular past-time popular in Ocean City, Maryland and other vacation towns.

Ok, those are your five clues for figuring out what our new app is or does. Do you have any ideas? Let us know! Share your ideas in the comments here or on our Facebook page. You can also tweet us your ideas!

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Are Your Kids Safe?

While searching through the inter-webs I came across this post and I thought it was very interesting. According to a survey conducted by the Federal Trade Commission apps geared towards children do not fully disclose certain types of data. The consumer protection agency has scrutinized privacy policies and they have  suggested that app developers go back into their apps to make sure that they have disclosers of the data in their app. Young people, teens, and children are the vast majority of people using smart devices such as iPhone and Android. And many of the apps in the App Store are geared for these age groups. However, they’re not always as safe as they seem to be. As a parent, make sure that you’re monitoring what apps your child is downloading and make sure that they’re age appropriate and don’t include or suggest anything that you wouldn’t want your child to see. To read more about this, you can follow the link here to view the whole article.

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