Finally! It’s summer! Here’s to long days at the playground, ice cream treats just because, and the great family road trip exploring New England. We try to limit our screen usage, and while I mostly love the time together as a family playing car bingo, singing, and stopping at new-to-us parks, of course we all tire of those things eventually. The solution? Podcasts.
We recently completed a three-week trip down to the southeast and back, where we explored the best podcasts for kids. Here are our favorites:
We all love this science podcast with a special kid guest host, interviews with industry experts, and the recurring mystery sound segment.
Family favorite episode: The Science of Slime
This is a paid content site releasing new and original stories weekly, but periodically the team releases a story for free on their podcast. It’s perfect for wandering creative minds and sensitive kiddos.
Family favorite episode: Momma Opossum
This is another science podcast, but with a campy, comedy bent (and produced by NPR!).
Family favorite episode: The Search for Planet 9 and Our Sushi-Powered Brains
The Story Pirates are an improv and musical troupe that perform original stories written by children. It’s perfect for aspiring writers, actors, singers, and musicians — or anyone who enjoys well-produced funny content.
Family favorite episode: The Farm Plays Basketball
The good news is that our family favorites are merely scratching the surface of what’s available now. It seems there is a new podcast for kids debuting every week! To explore all the offerings and find your family favorites (including podcasts suitable for elementary and older children), check out kidslisten.org and report back!