Looking for some easy entertainment that doesn’t involve staring at a screen? These three cool new podcasts are diverse, exciting and will peak even the youngest listener’s interest. Whether you need downtime at home, during a road trip or your daily commute, this new kid content is definitely worth a listen.
Professor Theo's Mystery Lab
Based on stories from Jon Joy’s newspaper column, Read Me a Bedtime Story, this new podcast created by Joy, his son and his wife is a true delight for listeners. Professor Theo’s Mystery Lab is set in the town of Splendid, West Virginia, a town that has “a higher than average number of kid superheroes, giant bugs, time traveling teens” and much more. Though Joy is clearly a master of storytelling for kids, his voice is made for radio. The delivery and tone is perfect for bedtime stories but you’ll find yourself wanting to listen in the car, airplane or just lounging around the living room. Hands down, one of the best new storytelling podcasts that’s come out for kids, do yourself a favor and binge-listen now. Each episode is only about 15 minutes long and is updated weekly.
This news podcast was created by Emmy-winning journalists, and it’s the perfect way to introduce older kids to non-biased, non-scary (no gory details) news reporting. Each podcast is a mere five minutes long and covers everything from politics to science and human interest story. There’s even a quiz at the end to inspire engaging conversation.
New Story Pirates
On Jan. 31st, the popular Story Pirates will launch 20 new episodes. Join the Pirate crew (which includes famous actors, musicians and improvisers) as they take real-life stories from kids across the country and turn them into a wildly creative and original performance. Last time we saw the pirates, they were on a deserted island looking for a way to escape, and according to co-founder and host Lee Overtree, this season’s overarching theme is “quests,” where characters go on journeys "in search of something they really, really want.”
Becoming Mother Nature
From Peabody award-winning Gen-Z Media comes a brand-new podcast, Becoming Mother Nature. A magical story about 12-year-old Chloe, who, when sent to live with her eccentric Grandma Ivy, discovers she’s next in line to be the real Mother Nature. Can she manage the world’s fragile ecosystem while being the new girl in school? Filled with plot twists and suspense, this is a best-best to be a hit with your budding tween.
Ages: 9 & up.
Pinna, the podcast app for kids, has relaunched this month, and now offers even more kids-first audio entertainment. The first ad-free, kids-only space for podcasts, music and audiobooks, you can find original content among well-known and famous titles. Designed with young kids in mind, choose between new episodes of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel or choose from content created by partners like Highlights, Scholastic and more.
Download at iTunes, First 30 days free, $7.99 a month after.
—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier
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