Did you know that you can only listen to the soundtrack from Moana so many times before your brain starts to melt out of your ears? I’m not sure on the exact number of times, but I bet I’m getting pretty close. This is why I’m so glad that as a family we have discovered podcasts this last year. Yeah – I’m a little behind the times! Through trial and error there are 5 kid friendly podcasts we have come to love listening to as a family, especially on road trips – and for what it’s worth, I am receiving zero compensation for loving these podcasts..I love them and am telling you about them because they REALLY ARE great.
I first found out about podcasts out of necessity. Our van has a DVD player but I’m not joking when I say we own probably less than 10 kids movies. Plus I’m not a fan of spending money on rentals, and we are a family of frequent roadtrippers! We also listen to Pandora a lot but even then, KidzBop radio can only get you so far. I wanted to listen to something that was engaging for EVERYONE in the car and that would promote discussion as we crossed the barren stretches of highway you certainly hit as you cruise across the Midwest. This was how I started sorting through the cluttered but often enchanting world of podcasts and this is also how I can suggest the following five kid friendly ones to you with confidence.
1. Brains On! Science Podcast For Kids
What it Is: As the title suggests, Brains On! is a science based podcast. While it is definitely built with kids as the target audience, it is really fun to listen to as an adult and I have learned more than a thing or two. Not only that but the content seems to stick with my daughters and has been brought up even weeks after listening to a podcast I was almost certain they were zoning out on.
Some of Our Favorite Episodes: Books and The Brain, Narwhals: Unicorns of the Sea?, and Smash: When Continents Collide.
2. Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls
What It Is: This podcast is based off the NY Times best selling book Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls. Each episode tells the story of a different brave female – some very historical and some more recent. Raising daughters is tough at times. I want to teach them to be themselves, to be fearless, that they can be leaders, and this podcast (along with the book!) has become one of the ways I’m doing it. My oldest (age 7) has really latched on to this podcast and the women in it. We love talking about the struggles some of these women have faced, they ways they were resilient, and the ways they are using their brave souls to help others. The stories are attention grabbing and really enjoyed by my two oldest girls – ages 4 and 7. To us this is really the ultimate of the kid friendly podcasts listed here.
Some of Our Favorite Episodes: Wangari Maathai, Frida Kahlo, and Yusra Mardini
3. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
What It Is: A podcast where each episodes answers a “Why” based question. My 4 year old LOVES this and loves looking through the titles with me to find new episodes to listen to. I have also started searching the episodes when I get a “Why” question from my kids because I know I can trust this podcast to give them a real and interesting answer.
Some of Our Favorite Episodes: Why Do We Laugh?, What Is The Biggest Number?, Why do People Dream?
4. What If World – Stories For Kids
What It Is: A funny story telling podcast that uses some seriously off the wall “What If” questions to build stories that will entertain kids, make them think, and make them laugh. We love building spin off stories after we hear the stories that are created in answer to the What If questions. This is a fun and creative podcast with a little bit of a different feel from the ones above!
Some of Our Favorite Episodes: Episode 79 What If Unicorns To To Rocks When They’re Shy and a Magical Fairy Came and Didn’t Make Unicorns Shy?, Episode 74 What If There Was No Moon?
5. Short and Curly
What It Is: This is a podcast that will definitely spark discussion with your kids. This podcast is based around questions of ethics (What’s the point of school uniforms? Was Robin Hood Right? Why Can’t Children Vote?) and it isn’t afraid to get gritty. I love the way that this podcast encourages my kids to challenge their normal ways of thinking, to consider new perspectives and ideas, and to draw their own conclusions to tricky questions and difficult situations. The content is presented in a way that makes sense for kids and gives them room to ask questions about life without fear. A fantastic dialogue builder as my girls grow and start making their own ethical decisions. Note: This is a foreign based podcasts so occasionally slang is used that your children may not understand if they are USA based – however mine have had no struggle with it!
Some Of Our Favorite Episodes: Do You Have To Love Your Sibling?, What Sort Of Life Should An Elephant Have?, Is It Ever Okay To Lie?
Now, podcasts aren’t JUST for kids and families. Sometimes as parents we need a great podcast just for us (for once the kids finally nod off for the nap you WISH you were taking). That is when I recommend the following podcast that I have really enjoyed.
This Glorious Mess
It’s a great podcast that talks about all sorts of parenting issues from the serious to the hilarious and back again. I’ve found it to be challenging, inspiring, tear jerking, and hilarious at different times. Pull it up and pick an episode. You can’t go wrong!
I hope these kid friendly podcasts will serve your family well on your next major road trip!
What is your favorite family friendly podcast?! Let me know in the comments!