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20 Best Podcasts for Kids
As frequent travelers, we needed a balance between mindless binging on shows and movies and reading books on the plane. The solution? Podcasts! It’s screen time without overstimulation, perfect for winding down on long flights or road trips. Podcasts are a great way for kids to learn about pretty much anything! And the best part? You will probably love these as much as your kids and may learn something new in the process.
Milana is now 8 and has been listening to podcasts since around 4 years of age. For the plane, I highly recommend these headphones for toddlers and kids up to around 8. Milana has been using hers since she was around 18 months old and had the same pair til we replaced it with the bigger kid version at 8. These are indestructible and unlike most kid headphones that have a volume limit built in, these have an optional volume limit cable, meaning you can actually hear things over airplane noise.
We have listened to lots of podcasts and have discovered some of the best kid-friendly podcasts that your family will love.
How to Listen to Podcasts
So how do you listen to Podcasts? We are an Apple family and Milana has her own iPad with the Podcasts app. Another app you can use is the Stitcher for Podcasts app which will play the podcasts right through the app or SoundCloud, another app that lets you stream podcasts as well as music. If you have an Android device, download the Google Podcasts app. Pocket Casts is an app you can download to your Apple or Android device and listen to Podcasts. As you can see, there are many ways to listen to Podcasts!
Aside from Podcasts, be sure to also download kid-friendly audio books for your trip!
There are a ton of podcasts geared towards kids, but I will mention 20 that Milana loves and listens to on a daily basis. These are in no particular order.
Best Podcasts for Kids
1. Purple Rocket Podcast
This will quickly become your family favorite! We especially love Season 1 which is called Grandpa’s Globe. Your kids will be taken on adventures all around the world! We all love this podcast and highly recommend it to families with kids. Update: Season 2 of Grandpa’s Globe is now out too, I know I said these aren’t in order but this is by far our favorite Podcast so it gets place #1. If you only listen to one, make it this one! And if you’re listening to episode 1 of season 2 of Grandpa’s Globe, listen all the way to the end for a special shout out!
2. Molly of Denali Podcast
This is one of our favorites, and one that is bound to keep your kids engaged! This is a podcast that tells native stories with native voices. Molly lives in Alaska with her parents but what sets this podcast apart from many others is that all of the characters are voiced by indigenous actors. Give this one a try, the stories are great for kids of all ages as well as adults. I’m not sure which one of us likes it more! The only downside is, there are only a handful of episodes and it’s now a show on PBS Kids which we also recommend!
3. Brains On!
If your child loves science, this is great for them! This podcast takes questions submitted by kids and experts answer them. Your child will learn things like why we smell and what happens to pee and poop when you flush. It’s funny and entertaining, surely to keep them engaged and learning.
4. Stories Podcast
This podcast shares a new story every week. These stories range from complete original works to remakes of favorites like Three Little Pigs and Rapunzel. Every story is G rated, so you can let even the youngest kids listen without worry.
5. Imagine This
This one is one of our family’s favorites! The podcasts are short and to the point, most under 10 minutes. They answer questions like why do leaves fall off trees and why we lose baby teeth. Your child will love these short, factual stories and is bound to learn a lot from listening to them!
6. Reading Bug Adventures
This podcast is created, written and produced by an independent children’s bookstore. For the little travelers, there’s an episode called An Airplane Adventure and An Antarctic Adventure. Every episode features an original story with original music.
7. Earth Rangers
Do you have little nature lovers? This podcast is for you! The host, Emma, travels the world and learns lots of facts about different animals around the world. Your child will learn about polar bears, elephants and everything in between!
8. Animal Sounds Safari
This is another podcast that takes you around the world. Your kids will learn about sloths in Costa Rica, lucky cat statues in Asia, and buzzing bees in Lithuania. This is a must for kids who travel!
9. Barefoot Books Podcast
You’re probably familiar with Barefoot Books and the awesome books they have. Now your child can listen to their stories in this podcast! This podcast features classic stories, songs and fairy tales that is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.
10. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
As a parent, you have definitely heard the dreaded, ” But Why?” from your kids more times than you can count! This biweekly shows answers questions such as why sugar is bad for you and how mussels get their shells. They will take over answering the dreaded why question, if only for a little bit! This one is a family favorite one in our house, we are listening to some of the older episodes we missed in between waiting for new ones.
11. Cool Facts About Animals
What’s cool about this podcast is that it’s a podcast for kids, by kids. Your kids will learn about king cobras, frogs, goats and pretty much everything in between.
12. Fun Kids Science Weekly
This is a weekly science podcast from the UK, with episodes talking about everything from robots and dinosaurs to killer whales and mummies.
13. Highlights Hangout
If you like Highlights magazine, then you’ll love this monthly podcast! This magazine style show has songs, puzzles, games and stories. It’s probably better for the older kids, and even better if they’re familiar with the magazine.
14. Little Stories for Tiny People
These are the perfect stories for even the tiniest listeners, as the stories are all super cute and will keep even the youngest listeners engaged. The stories are all original, many about animals. If you are looking for a good way to wind down at the end of a long day, turn on one of their bedtime stories. We love this podcasts, especially the episodes about Little Hedgehog.
15. Sparkle Stories Podcast
These are weekly original stories from around the world. Our whole family enjoys listening to these! The stories are wholesome and engaging and there are hundreds to choose from.
16. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This one is probably better for the 6 and up crowd. This podcast shares the story of an 8 year old boy who lives on a space station and solves mysteries with his friends. This is perfect for those long flights or road trips as there are many episodes to listen to. Everything in this podcast is completely PG and violence free, so you can let your kids listen without worry.
17. Story Pirates
The Story Pirates are a bunch of actors who tell stories that were written by kids. They have episodes like, “I Lost My Tooth in Hollywood,” and “How the Beaver Came to Canada,” it’s bound to entertain your entire family!
18. This Podcast Has Fleas
With a name like that, you know it has to be good! This is an original comedy series that is sure to keep your kids laughing. It’s not exactly educational but sometimes we all need to zone out and listen to some lighter content.
This is one of the best science podcasts for kids. It not only addresses science topics like hurricanes and volcanoes, but real life scientists are interviewed making it even cooler!
20. Wow in the World
This podcast is NPR’s first show for kids that discusses the latest news in science in technology in a way kids can understand. This is a hit with both adults and kids. Your kids will learn how astronauts poop in space and you won’t have to google when they ask because they’ll already know (and let’s face it, they will ask at some point in their childhood!)
Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us what they are in the comments below!