Minilab Studios

Minilab Studios


Minilab is a digital production company based in London that develops creative and educational apps for children to explore, play, and enjoy.

Our principal charge is to try to answer the question that many parents and educators have been asking themselves over the last few years as mobile devices have rapidly transformed our world:

How can we make screen time matter?

Minilab seeks to answer this question with a suite of products that engage children with everything from the natural world, to literature, design and art, astrophysics, engineering, and maths. And it's all delivered with graphics created by award-winning illustrators, expert sound and game design, and the invaluable expertise and consultation of educational specialists, academics and most importantly children.

App Story

We saw a gap for more rich, beautifully designed applications that immerse children into their own learning experiences, to equally be explored in traditional and educational contexts, and enjoyed at home. Astro Cat’s Solar System was created by a small team within children’s book publisher, Flying Eye Books, and was informed by the writer of the Astro Cat books, Dr Dominic Walliman, and illustrator Ben Newman.

Science can seem like an overwhelming subject at times, that even parents might be intimidated by! At Minilab, we are keen to address this by helping both children and parents understand some of science’s big questions. One reviewer of Astro Cat’s Solar System, Dads and Design said ‘It turns out I know nothing about the solar system, or at least I didn’t! But I can now confidently explain to my 5 year old why the moon changes shape rather than my old answer-‘because it needs pumping up again’.’ Through educational and fun apps, we can help shed some light on these mysteries and open up a discussion between parent and child, that benefits them both.

Minilab Studios Awards & Recognition