Tired of seeing your child glued to a screen? There’s a podcast for that! Hand him a set of ear phones so he can tune-in to listen rather than watch. While podcasts for adults are all the rage, children’s podcasts are only starting to explode. Just five years ago, there were only a handful of kid podcast options to choose from, but the landscape has most definitely changed. Today, there are dozens and dozens of exciting podcast options for kids that bring storytelling, imagination and more to their ears.
A Bigger Commitment to Kids
The commitment to children’s podcasts is real. Moreover, Spotify is releasing exclusive children’s programming soon. Moonbug Entertainment’s hit TV series CoComelon which targets preschoolers ages 2 to 5 will be here soon. Additionally, a podcast for the PBS cartoon Arthur is in development. The beloved show, which aired its last TV episode on Feb. 21, 2022 after a 25-year run, is getting a podcast reboot. Kids will soon be able to listen to new Arthur storylines and play games all centered around the treasured aardvark and his world.
TOP podcasts for kids
So, what are you waiting for? Check out the following hand-picked podcasts for kids. In addition, do a little exploration of your own, and tune in first to see if you think one of these will get your seal of approval for your child. Then, scroll down to see which children’s podcasts are nominated for this month’s upcoming Ambie Awards.
Wow in the World
A goofy science podcast packed with comedy and insights. The host is Mindy (she has a time machine) along with Guy. The podcast makes serious scientific queries fun for all ages. Subscribe through numerous outlets including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Wondery, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and/or Pocket Casts.
Got kids who like ghost stories? This is family-friendly content exploring urban legends, myths, vampires, clowns and other sketchy topics that’ll make your knees wobble. Give a listen through the app.
Smash Boom Best
A debate show for kids, this fun podcast takes two ideas, mashes them together and lets listeners decide what’s best. Talk about critical thinking! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio or RSS.
A science podcast filled with stories and discoveries … for instance, “Do bugs have elbows?!” Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
Five Minutes With Dad
This podcast is sort of what it’s like to be chatting with Dad. It’s a real dad and his two kids tackling everyday issues and trying to stay positive at the same time. The dad (Nick Pavlidis) and his school-age kids provide episodes approximately 20 minutes long. The family started podcasting in 2014, so there’s lots of content here. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, Google Play or Facebook.
“Why are giraffe tongues blue?” Your kids can get their burning questions answered by sending them to Brains On! Episodes also include all kinds of fascinating subjects that stump humans regularly. are loading with stumpifying questions and brilliant responses. More than 100 episodes. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeartRadio, Spotify, NPR One or RSS.
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
A serialized science-fiction story for kids offered in 15-20 minute episodes. Lots of fun and misadventures in the exploration of strange planets on an intergalactic journey. Listen in on Apple Podcasts.
Little Stories for Tiny People
These are bedtime stories aimed at younger kids that usually last under 30 minutes. Go to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, CastBox, Google Podcasts or Spotify.
The Big Fib
Kids have all kinds of info thrown at them but how can they tell what’s true and what’s false? This game show format places kids at the helm sleuthing out adults on various topics. Give a listen through the app.
All of the adorable characters children know and love share stories, songs and ABC activities. Head to Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Audible.
Check out the top kid podcasts nominated for a 2022 Ambie Award — awards given for excellence in podcasting; the second annual Ambies Awards for Excellence in Audio takes place on March 22, 2022.
2022 Nominees for “Best Podcast for Kids”