The name says it all – it’s a science podcast for kids!
Tumble is another excellent free podcast for the young scientist. Hosts Lindsay and Marshall interview guest scientists on each episode, in a fun way that brings each topic to life. They cover many a kid-friendly subject. Like poop and ninjas.
If you like Radiolab, you just might love Tumble for your children. Wonderful listening for the whole family!
The premise of Story Pirates podcast is “Kids write stories. We act them out. Kids write more.” And the results are hilarious!
All the stories are original works, written by kids, with definite kid sensibilities. The stories are then adapted by professional comedians, actors, and improvisers.
My daughter is often in stitches. Me too!
Storynory is a popular free podcast that is wonderful for bedtime or quiet time. Main host Natasha has the most soothing British voice ever! Almost puts me to sleep.
This one has been around for years, and though I haven’t counted, I’m sure there are hundreds of stories in their collection, ranging from fairy tales, fables, and myths to original works. It will definitely keep your young child entertained for a long, long time.
Another excellent science podcast for inquisitive kids and adults.
Brains On! is produced by American Public Media, and features a kid co-host each episode exploring a wide range of different kid-friendly topics (like Fart Smarts). The episodes are fun and just the right length to be informative and keep you wanting to hear more. Worth a listen!
Got older kids who would enjoy a serialized mystery story? Performed by kids? Check out this award-winning free podcast! It’s about an Indian-American boy named Mars Patel and his misfit band of buddies who go on the hunt for their missing friends. (Stranger Things anyone?)
I can already envision listening to this when my girls are older, maybe as we take a nice long family road trip somewhere. The recommended age is 8 to 12, so we have a few years, but I even enjoyed listening to it by myself!
If you and your kids like science, check out Wow in the World from National Public Radio. NPR makes dozens of different podcasts (I wish I had time to listen to them all), and have recently put out their first ever family-friendly podcast looking into different stories in science and technology.
Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz are the two funny and fully-experienced podcast hosts. And the podcast is definitely free!
Recommended for ages 5 to 12. I’ve checked out a few episodes and think my daughter (at age 4) is just slightly young for it right now, but I can’t wait to start listening with her soon!
Another wonderful podcast to check out is Sparkle Stories!
Just super sweet, lovely stories. I find the stories to be slower-paced, calmer, and great for bed-time or quiet-time listening. I like how many of them are set in natural settings, and teach really nice life lessons. Never anything inappropriate for really young listeners.
You can find lots of stories for free through their podcast, or on the website here.
Or subscribe to access their entire library. The cost is $15 per month, and lets you both stream and download. There is a short 10-day free trial.
I also love the inspiring arts and crafts tutorials, and recipes, that accompany many of the stories. This one is definitely a keeper!