Top Sites for Free Virtual Pets

Play games, earn money, and care for online critters

Digital monster was a classic virtual pet

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Kids of all ages all over the world enjoy taking care of virtual pets: digital animals that require feeding, walks, grooming, playtime, and more in order to thrive. Here are our top eight picks for the best online virtual pet worlds, made especially for people that want to experience the joy of caring for a furry friend.

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Club Penguin Island

Disney's Club Penguin Island

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Club Penguin Island, part of the Disney network of sites, is the new iteration of Club Penguin. It has expanded over the previous game and now leans closer to a massively multiplayer online game style of play.

Club Penguin Island is designed for kids ages 6–14. Users can create their own penguin and then explore the island to participate in a wide variety of activities, such as races, treasure hunts, and dances.

There is a paid membership level for the game that unlocks more features, such as access to exclusive items and areas, unlimited clothing creation, and others.

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Neopets

A screenshot of the Neopets website.

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One of the most popular free virtual pets that has been around since 1997, Neopets is one of the most popular virtual pet sites on the web. There are games, virtual worlds, virtual stores, and a great Neopets community to get involved in.

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Handipoints

Handipoints homepage

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Handipoints lets you adopt and dress up a cartoon cat in the world of Handiland. The game's philosophy is to encourage and reward doing chores and helping others with points, rather than giving in-game money for time spent staring at a screen and playing games. 

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Webkinz

Adopt a virtual Webkinz pet from hundreds available, or create a virtual one based on a real-life Webkinz stuffed animal toy by entering the unique Secret Code that comes with the Webkinz, and enter the Webkinz World. Here you can care for your virtual pet, design their own room, play games, earn KinzCash, and go shopping to dress up your Webkinz. Explore towns, parks, and other exotic locales. Many of the games in Webkinz are designed to educate and promote creativity in young players. 

There are also a deluxe paid membership levels that grant monthly KinzCash bonuses, as well as exclusive items.

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Chicka Pets

Chickapets.com homepage

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Chicka Pets allows you to adopt up to twelve pets at a time. You can take care of these pets, play more than 500 fun games, including Grabatron Machine, and participate in Chicka Pets community. You also get daily freebies and can complete quests to win trophies.

 

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Power Pets

Power Pets homepage

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Power Pets offers a lot of different pets to adopt (more than sixty different species), and lots of fun stuff to collect the more you play with and take care of your pet.

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Moshi Monsters

Moshi Monsters homepage

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Adopt a cute little monster at Moshi Monster, and the more you take care of it and play with it, the more personality it gets. As you play games and complete puzzles, you can earn the in-game currency called Rox. You can level-up your Monster, collect rare Moshlings, care for a garden of flowers, and more. 

As with many of the other virtual online pet games, there are paid membership tiers you can take advantage of that offer access to exclusive features, areas, games, and more Rox.