Teach your children all about space from home.
Children love looking up at the stars and imagining distant galaxies, but with just your eyes, you can only see so much. Telescopes for kids can help them explore stars and planets, stimulating both their imagination and STEM skills.
Telescopes work by using a lens or curved mirror to gather and focus light from the sky, so you can see the stars and planets more clearly. The ability to collect light is related to the diameter of the lens or mirror (a.k.a aperture); the larger the telescope's aperture, the more you can see.
Worried about knowing which is the best telescope to buy? Trust the science-backed testing at The Good Housekeeping Institute. The GH Little Lab is comprised of engineers who evaluate toys and science tools for accuracy, ease of use, and safety. Plus, we test with kids of all ages who use the toys and provide the kind of unbiased feedback only kids can. These picks are from top tested brands, telescopes with innovative new features, or products with rave online reviews.
When buying a kids telescope, there are many factors to consider, but we recommend focusing on telescope type, aperture size, ease of use features, and cost. Telescopes are available in three general types:
Shop the best telescopes for kids of 2020 to explore galaxies near and far, far away: