What’s the Best Fitness Watch for Kids?

Looking for the best fitness watch for kids? We've rounded up four of the top fitness watch options to help motivate your child to get moving.

In an age of technology, most kids would rather stay inside and watch television,
play Fortnite or browse the internet. Sometimes they need a little nudge to get going and to do any type of physical activity. But, if they had of these fitness watches, they would be reminded to get up and get moving!

Want to purchase a fitness watch for your kid – but aren’t sure which one is the best? Peek at these four options below.

Fitbit Ace

The newest of the bunch made its debut in late-May 2018. With it, kids ages 8-13 became part of the “fitbit fam.” This Alta-lookalike is showerproof and has five days of battery life. The watch tracks sleep, steps and encourages the wearer to stay active. Sells for around $99.95 on Amazon. Expect the second-gen Fitbit Ace 2 soon.

Garmin vivofit jr. 2

This is the upgraded version of the last kids’ watch from Garmin. There’s a color screen and for the first time, Garmin teamed up with Disney to bring a range of branded designs – including Star Wars, Minnie Mouse and The Avengers. It monitors sleep and reminds kids to be active in a fun way – unlocking more stuff after 60 minutes of daily activity. This watch is for kids 4-plus and is $79.99.

LeapFrog LeapBand

This watch has a really cool feature for kids ages 4-7. For $29.99, children can take care of a virtual pet, without even knowing they are getting a workout. This watch challenges kids to walk, run, jump and dance – in order to buy new things for their pet. The LeapBand comes in three colors: blue, pink and green.

Kids Power Band

UNICEF and Target teamed up to make this kids fitness watch. It encourages them to be active and helps feed undernourished children all over the world. This step-counter comes in blue, green, black and orange – and has Star Wars versions in black and green. The band is available for $39.99.

This post was published in 2018 and is updated regularly. 

Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


  1. I bought this for my 8 year old’s birthday two weeks ago. The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is more amazing then I expected! The day after her birthday, I was ordering a Vivofit Jr. for my 5 and 10 year old children.

    Each child is really into all the functions, steps taken, daily activity time, chores complete, coins received, the timers and stop watch. Before bed, my children like to read the trail, the next clue or animal. We have sat down as a family to design rewards. On Fridays, if they have earned enough coins, they can receive their allowance or bank coins for other rewards.

    My five year old is learning higher numbers and reading time. My 8 and 10 year old have asked to use the treadmilll (rainy days) or go for bike rides to meet daily goals. They are really excited when they have doubled, even tripled, their daily activity goals. Their chores are done quicker (and correct), they are asking for more ways to help around the house.
    One problem i did encounter was that they keep asking for updates can you please guide me on how do i do that.


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