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Fitbit Ace 3: Making fitness fun for kids

Extended battery life and a swimpoof design make the FitBit Ace 3 an excellent introduction to the wearable market for children looking to adopt healthy habits.


Following a tough year in which many of us, including children, have spent our daily lives staring at screens for work, school or Netflix escapism. It has been increasingly tough to free ourselves from devices, stay active and build healthy habits, especially when confined to the home. 

Wearable technology brand Fitbit is looking to change all that with the launch of the Fitbit Ace 3, a colourful fitness tracker that has been purposefully designed with children in mind.

Fitbit Ace 3

Targeted at children aged six and over, the chunky yet durable Fitbit Ace 3 comes in two vibrant colourways. A snazzy black and sports red combination, and a colourful cosmic blue and Astro green matching the space-age design of the product. The adjustable silicone bands are both comfortable and secure, featuring a bumper design built to withstand spills and tumbles.

The kid-friendly design expands upon the features children have enjoyed with previous Ace models. The Ace 3 introduces animated clock faces, sleep tracking and battery life of up to one week on a single charge.

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Unboxing the device from its rectangular packaging, we find setting up the device to be a cinch, requiring little more than a quick app download and a power source. Within minutes, my daughter is faced with a tough choice between animated clock faces. Eventually settling on a cartoonish unicorn that transforms into a glittering disco ball when the daily step count is reached. Sceptical at first, it appears these characters are a great motivator for hitting those all-important steps.

The combination of cute animations, a durable device that can be used for swimming, and the option for families to go head-to-head in daily challenges and goal-oriented tasks, makes the FitBit 3 more than just a glorified pedometer. In the Fitbit app, kids can connect with parent-approved friends and family, engage in friendly competition via Family Face Off challenges, and celebrate milestones with virtual badges and trophies. 

Fitbit Ace 3

In a year where distance learning, lockdowns and forced curfews have impacted the entire world, Ace 3 inspires children to get moving regardless of circumstance and, in the process, helps them build healthy habits to last a lifetime. The device helps motivate kids to reach the 60 daily active minutes with reminders to take at least 250 steps per hour, with an option to customise during school time. Plus, kids can easily set personalised goals and track their activity by reviewing their stats on the bright, easy-to-use touchscreen, setting timers and racing against the stopwatch. 

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My daughter especially enjoyed the handy on-wrist timer and stopwatch to test her speed during swimming races at the pool and timing handstands at the park.

Sleep tracking and bedtime reminders help parents and kids work together to develop a consistent sleep schedule that gives kids enough time to rest and energise. A quiet buzzing on the wrist acts as a bedtime reminder or a gentle morning alarm, and sleep duration tracking lets parents check to see if kids are getting the amount of rest they need. 

Fitbit Ace 3

The Fitbit Ace 3 is the ideal device for children, tracking every move, skip and jump in easy and fun ways. With an accessible price point and an extended battery life that allows for less time charging and more time moving. The swimpoof FitBit Ace 3 can withstand the pool or ocean and is an excellent introduction to the wearable market for children looking to adopt healthy habits.

GO: Visit fitbit.com to shop the brand and for more information.

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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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