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The Best Podcasts for Kids

The Best Podcasts for Kids

If you’re a parent, like me, you know that sometimes you need to find something that will keep your kid’s attention for at least a little while.  Whether you’re on the hunt for captivating stories, educational content, or just a fun way to pass the time with kids during a long car ride, my roundup of the best podcasts for kids promises to deliver something special for every young ear. Join me as I explore a variety of audio adventures that are not only parent-approved but also kid-adored!

Earth Rangers

Earth Rangers

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If you’re fascinated by animals, you’re in for a treat! Join Earth Ranger Emma as she journeys across the globe uncovering the most astonishing animal facts and unraveling nature’s deepest mysteries. Packed with thrilling top ten countdowns, exciting animal guessing games, insightful conservation chats, and intense animal showdowns, this adventure is one you simply can’t miss!

But Why

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Listen to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

“But Why” is a podcast where curiosity leads the way, driven by kids! They come up with the questions, and we dive deep to discover the answers. The world is vast and intriguing, and on “But Why,” the podcast explores a wide array of topics, from nature to language, and even the mysteries of the universe.

Circle Round

Circle Round

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Developed and produced by parents with young kids in mind, WBUR’s Circle Round transforms meticulously chosen folktales from across the globe into vibrant, sound- and music-enriched radio plays. Each episode, lasting between 15 to 25 minutes, dives into vital themes such as kindness, persistence, and generosity. Plus, every episode concludes with an activity designed to spark meaningful discussions between children and adults.

Short & Curly

Short & Curly

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“Short & Curly” is a lively and engaging ethics podcast designed for kids and their parents, tackling the tricky questions head-on. From debates about banning candy to the ethics of trusting robots, and from the dilemmas of colonizing other planets to the controversies around eating pets, “Short & Curly” explores a wide range of thought-provoking topics.

Purple Rocket

The Purple Rocket Podcast

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An award-winning podcast brimming with excitement and adventure, perfect for kids! Join twins Sawyer and Suzie as they journey around the world with their Grandpa’s magical globe, traverse the cosmos on the Space Train, soar with fairies, or spend a thrilling summer with dinosaurs at Camp Dino, among many other adventures. The Purple Rocket crafts exhilarating audio stories that families everywhere will love!

The Genius Generation

The Genius Generation

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Meant for more kids of high-school age, this podcast explores a single remarkable invention, entrepreneurial feat, or discovery in each episode, focusing on the young innovator behind it. Did you know that a 16-year-old invented the trampoline and that young people also created popsicles, snowmobiles, and Braille? This podcast chats with enterprising kids, tweens, and teens who are running businesses, making discoveries, or inventing through science.

KidNuz

KidNuz: News for Kids

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Kids need a daily newscast tailored just for them. Jumpstart their day with 7 minutes of fresh, unbiased news that’s perfect for young listeners, covering everything from politics to pop culture, science to sports. Crafted and presented by four Emmy-winning journalists who are also moms, this professional newscast airs five days a week starting at 7 am.

Anorak: The Happy Podcast for Kids

Anorak: The Happy Podcast for Kids

Listen to Anorak: The Happy Podcast for Kids

Anorak: the Happy Podcast for Kids encourages children to ask their most intriguing questions about the world, like “How do whales pee?” and “Should every house have a jetpack?” A diverse group of guests from rock stars to scientists, architects to ice cream makers, come on to provide answers. Plus, there’s plenty of humor with jokes in every episode!

Good Words Podcast

The Good Words Podcast

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The Good Words Podcast invites both kids and adults to revel in the joy of hilarious, intriguing, and beautiful words. Together, we aim to improve how we use words and choose better ones. The podcast is crafted by Lynn Hickernell, who also writes and performs music for all ages under the stage name Miss Lynn.

The Story Seeds Podcast

The Story Seeds Podcast

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This Webby Award-nominated podcast pairs kids ages 6-12 and their story ideas with diverse, renowned children’s authors. Each episode captures the magic of their collaboration and includes a story time read aloud by the author. Bonus episodes offer interviews with the host, Betsy Bird. 

Wow in the World

Wow in the World

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The top science podcast for kids and their grown-ups, hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz. They bring you the latest and most exciting news in science, technology, and innovation, sharing stories that inspire hope and a sense of agency, making everyone exclaim “WOW”!

Book Club For Kids!

Book Club for Kids

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A gathering spot for young readers to discuss books, this show features a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. Hosted by Kitty Felde, an award-winning public radio journalist, the Book Club has earned accolades such as the California Library Association Technology Award and the DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities.

Greeking Out

Greeking Out from National Geographic Kids

Listen to Greeking Out from National Geographic Kids

Tune into this podcast as it revisits some of the greatest tales ever told. This podcast is all about the stories of gods and goddesses, monsters, and heroes! Experience these classic ancient Greek myths, retold in a kid-friendly manner for the whole family to enjoy. A truly terrific podcast that I’ve listened to with my own daughter. 

Fierce Girls

Fierce Girls

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From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission leaders, and from the depths of the ocean to the vastness of space, Australia is home to girls who break the mold. These are girls of adventure, courage, and resilience. Girls who stand tall and declare, “Watch out world, here I come!” What are they? They’re FIERCE.

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Listen to Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On is a science podcast from American Public Media that caters to curious kids and adults alike. Every week, host Molly Bloom teams up with a different kid co-host to tackle fascinating listener-submitted questions about the world. Wonder if dogs are aware they’re dogs or why feet smell? We’ve got you covered! Along with expert-checked facts, enjoy mystery sounds to guess, songs to dance to, and much more.

Little Stories for Tiny People: Anytime and bedtime stories for kids

Little Stories for Tiny People: Anytime and bedtime stories for kids

Listen to Little Stories for Tiny People: Anytime and bedtime stories for kids

Little Stories for Tiny People offers original tales that the whole family will adore. Packed with charming characters and creative plots, this podcast is designed to ignite your child’s imagination and entertain everyone. Carefully crafted for listeners of all ages, LSFTP is ideal for car trips, bedtime, or whenever you need a delightful story!

Unspookable

Unspookable

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Unspookable offers a family-friendly exploration of the histories and mysteries behind beloved scary stories, myths, and urban legends. Every week, host Elise Parisian looks into history, brain science, and power dynamics behind phenomena like Bloody Mary, Charlie Charlie, and Ouija Boards to uncover the real stories that fuel the frights. (Recommended for ages 8 and up)

Five Minutes with Dad

Five Minutes with Dad

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“Five Minutes With Dad” features elementary school children Pavlos and Angela Pavlidis along with their dad, Nick Pavlidis. Tune in to this podcast for a peek into special father-son and father-daughter moments and discover valuable resources for engaging with your children. Whether you’re searching for family-oriented activities, parenting tips, or inspiration to spend more quality time with your kids, you’ve found the perfect spot!

Planet Storytime

Planet Storytime

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The Planet Storytime Podcast (PSP) is a captivating narration and music program suitable for kids of all ages. Each episode invites listeners to unleash their imaginations through a blend of original content and classic adaptations. Narrated by Thomas Mitchell with music and sound effects by Paxton Stanley, the duo’s collaboration mirrors the artistic spirit of icons like Fred Rogers and Sesame Street. Ideal for bedtime, road trips, or family gatherings. 

What If World - Stories for Kids

What If World – Stories for Kids

Listen to What If World – Stories for Kids

This storytelling podcast for kids asks questions like: What if a dragon lived in my closet? Or there was a never-ending bowl of ice cream? Join Mr. Eric and a cast of pirates, fairies, wizards, robots, and friends as they spin tales inspired by kids’ imaginative questions. What If World offers progressive stories that entertain while nurturing curiosity, imagination, and resilience in young listeners.

Radiolab for Kids Presents: Terrestrials

Radiolab for Kids Presents: Terrestrials

Listen to Radiolab for Kids Presents: Terrestrials

Life on Earth sure has its quirks, doesn’t it? The team behind Radiolab, known for their hit podcasts for adults and teens, brings you a special series crafted just for kids. Each episode includes unique “shovels,” which are activities designed to help young listeners dig deeper into the content. This series is especially ideal for classroom use.

Story Pirates

Story Pirates

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The award-winning Story Pirates Podcast transforms stories written by kids into sketch comedy and songs. Featuring a dynamic team of talented comedians, songwriters, and frequent celebrity guests, the Story Pirates encourage creativity among children. They bring joy to audiences of all ages with uproarious sketches, catchy songs from various genres, and interviews with the young authors who inspire the content.

Peace Out

Peace Out

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Mindfulness stories designed to help children relax and develop social-emotional skills by engaging them in visualization and breathing exercises that emphasize kindness and intriguing science facts. Ideal for parents or teachers aiming to introduce mindfulness and self-regulation techniques.

Tai Asks Why

Tai Asks Why

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Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole is on a mission to unravel the universe’s mysteries, one intriguing question at a time. In the fourth season of his Webby-winning podcast, Tai engages with a diverse group, from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians, and even his inquisitive little brother Kien. Whether you’re curious about why a deep belly laugh feels so good or why you can’t stop eating Doritos once you start, Tai explores these questions and more.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Listen to Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Dive into stories of scientific exploration with Tumble, a family-friendly science podcast. Hosted and produced by science journalist Lindsay Patterson and teacher Marshall Escamilla, Tumble brings exciting scientific discoveries to listeners of all ages.

Do you know of another podcast for kids that you think should be on this list? Let me know.

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