Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn fun facts, delve into new topics, and enjoy stories and music you may not otherwise be aware of. They are perfect for road trips, winding down at bedtime or for some chilled-out family time at home. Now is the time to get downloading with our list of 10 hugely entertaining and educational podcasts for kids (and the rest of the family!)
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Podcasts for Kids to Enjoy
From science to history and music to mystery, our list of top podcasts for kids has something for everyone:
#1. Wow in the World
Wow in the World is a great new podcast for curious kids to learn about the world around them. The NPR podcast answers questions about space, science and technology, and is full of fascinating facts that both kids and adults will find interesting. Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas host the weekly podcast and answer the who, what, where, why and how that kids will find hilarious and entertaining.
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#2. Sesame Street Podcast
Have a little fun with your favourite Sesame Street characters in tales of friendship, sharing and patience. With plenty of songs thrown in that little ones will love, this podcast is ideal for pre-schoolers.
#3. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This entertaining science fiction podcast series for kids is told in manageable 15-20 minute installments, and revolves around an 8-year-old boy called Finn Caspian aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Finn and his group of friends explore unchartered planets, help the occasional alien, and solve plenty of mysteries along the way.
#4. Eleanor Amplified
In Eleanor Amplified, intrepid reporter Eleanor solves mysteries, outwits villains and always goes after The Big Story. From secret underground laboratories to dangerous jungle islands, Eleanor travels the world in search of her story and delivers a great message for kids in pursuit of truth.
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#5. Story Pirates
The Story Pirates are a group of comedians, actors, musicians and improv artists who turn stories written by kids into comedy genius. More often than not it dissolves into hilarious chaos, but your kids will love it. With episodes like “Pluto and the Pop Rocks”, “Fieldtrip to Oppositeland”, “The Girl Who Turned Into Spaghetti”, and “Eat a Spider Day”, it is laugh-out-loud funny.
#6. Short and Curly
The Short and Curly podcast is designed for older kids and tweens, and merges a mix of ethics and humour in episodes ranging from “Why can’t children vote?” to “Is it ever ok to lie?”. The 20-episode series talks to kids about their opinions, delving into some tough topics in an approachable way.
Exploring stories of scientific discovery, this entertaining science podcast will be enjoyed by the whole family. Hosted by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) and Marshall Escamilla (teacher), the Tumble series bring science to life. With episodes like “The Science of Poop”, “The Tower of the Vomiting Robot”, and “The Mystery of the Exploding Star” there is something for all interests and ages.
#8. Story Time
If your kids love bedtime stories, the Story Time podcast series is a great tool to help them wind down. Each story is 20 minutes long and delivers a great tale, while also still being short enough to keep young children entertained.
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#9. Saturday Morning Theatre
Created to recapture the magic of classic old-time radio broadcasts, Saturday Morning Theatre presents The Mysterious Mysteries of Toby Taylor series. Comprising short adventure stories for kids, from superheroes to westerns, each episode delivers lots of family fun. With a huge catalogue of episodes to choose from, you definitely won’t be stuck for something to enjoy.
#10. The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
This weekly two-hour music program is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the annoyingly chirpy, cringe-worthy kids’ music you may be used to, The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl is much cooler. With band names like They Might Be Giants, Alphabet Rockers and The Boogers – mixed with the likes of The Ramones, The Ting Tings and Regina Spektor – the kids will love it.
Podcasts for kids are definitely becoming more popular. Do your kids enjoy podcasts? Let us know their favourites in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you?