Looking for some easy entertainment that doesn’t involve staring at a screen? These 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.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Your fave gals pals are now in audio form! The creators behind the inspiring books on powerful women have released season three of the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls podcast. Listeners can learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Priscilla Chan, Celia Cruz and the Mirabel Sisters and many more over the course of the last few seasons.
Find wherever you listen to podcasts.
The Floor Is Lava
Ivan Brett is an author and podcaster of his own show, The Floor Is Lava. The family-friendly podcast follows Brett as he meets people "in their natural habitat" and plays all types of games, most of which are bound to make you giggle and are sure to improve your quality time together.
Enjoy on Stitcher, Apple and wherever you listen to podcasts.
The Imagine Neighborhood
Committee for Children's new podcast, The Imagine Neighborhood launched at the perfect time. The podcast where kids learn about Emotional Intelligence, kindness and big feelings is free, downloadable, ad-free and perfect for kids to enjoy with their parents. So far, the episodes cover handling feelings of excitement, anger, fear and the coronavirus.
Wow in the World: NPR
Join hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz on adventures through our wonderful world. Kids will love learning about amazing animals, scientific achievements and the technology. Told with hilarious voices and silly humor, this podcast is just as fun for adults as it is kids.
You can find more info here, and listen on plenty of popular services like Apple Podcasts and Spotify, free.
Mystery Recipe: American's Test Kitchen
Hosted by Molly Birnbaum, America's Test Kitchen's new podcast, Mystery Recipe is perfect for little chefs and bakers. Each week highlights a mystery ingredient that will accumuluate into the season's final episode that will combine them all into a meal cook-along! Not only does the show help littles get excited about cooking but it also encourages everyone to learn more about fun and interesting facts about the food we eat.
Listen on Apple Podcasts, free.
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
Season three is finally out! 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 & Karly Wood
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