Got a family road trip coming up? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new, family-friendly activity? A fun podcast could be just the thing to keep your entire brood entertained and nix those dreaded words, “Mom, I’m bored.” Here, nine awesome podcasts designed specifically with kids in mind.
9 Amazing Podcasts for Kids (Yep, They’re a Thing)
“what If World”
This LOL-worthy series answers those hilarious (and tricky) questions that kids love to ask, like “What if cars could talk?” or “What if sharks had legs?” Each question is submitted by an actual kid (so you know it’s going to be good) and transformed into a story complete with silly voices, funny characters and plenty of laughs. Many of the episodes (ahem, “What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream?”) may even answer parents’ most pressing questions, too.
“saturday Morning Theatre”
Forget cartoons—snuggling up with the kiddos on a Saturday morning to tune in to this adventure-packed podcast is hands down the best way to start the weekend. (Preferably with a steaming cup of coffee and some form of pastry.) Short stories from different genres (western, mystery and comedy) will keep the whole family enthralled.
“short & Curly”
Based around ethical questions that your kid may have, this smart series tackles big issues in a thoughtful and funny way. Previous topics have included: “Is it ever OK to fight back against a bully?”; “Do you have to love your sibling?” and “Should celebrities keep it real?” Tricky stuff. (But yes, you do have to love your younger brother, no matter how annoying he is.)
Hey, we get it: There are only so many times you can read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in one day. Instead, play one of these sweet stories that clocks in under 20 minutes and is ideal for lulling kids to sleep (each tale is told in a soothing British accent). While the series is aimed at children aged 2 to 13, each episode has a handy recommended age with a new (and free) story uploaded every two weeks.
“spare The Rock, Spoil The Child”
Don’t be fooled by the title: This genius podcast has plenty of (child-appropriate) rock and roll. A perfect combo of kids’ music (like Sesame Street and They Might Be Giants) and family-friendly songs from your favorite artists (think: Queen, The Ramones and John Legend). Go on, we dare you not to have a family dance party in your kitchen while listening to this.
Want to encourage your child’s creative side? This fun-filled podcast starts with a kid reading a story that they’ve written. Next, the hosts (who are actors and comedians) put the story on as an amazing (and hilarious) play. Finally, they ask the story’s author to tell them more about the story. Great for aspiring young writers who want to get inspired or even submit their own work.
Seven-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom interview experts in different fields every week (recent guests have included a Canadian astronaut, a celebrity dog trainer and a one-handed concert pianist), with the aim to encourage young people to follow their dreams. How cute is that?
“little Stories For Tiny People”
Your three-year-old’s brain is like a sponge, which means you have to be extra careful about what she hears. This sweet podcast created for two- to four-year-olds features original stories and poems that will keep curious minds entertained.
“the Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd”
This whacky podcast started back in 2004, so you’ve got plenty of material to keep kids busy. Each five-minute episode follows the brilliant scientist Dr. Floyd as he battles his arch nemesis, the evil mastermind Dr. Steve. It’s basically like your favorite cartoon strip, in audio form.