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The 23 best kids’ podcasts

Entertaining, informative, agitative and educational, the best podcasts for kids of all ages awning a accomplished lot of ground

Written by
Dorkys Ramos
Danielle Valente
Oliver Strand

The aureate age of podcasts is by no agency bound to programming for adults: there are affluence of kids’ podcasts for the little ones too. Accordingly they advance appear the added wholesome end of the spectrum, so don’t go assured any true-crime shows authentic by continued and circuitous investigations. But do apprehend lots of fun and light, short-form podcasts skewed appear belief and storytelling, admitting by no agency bound to it.

Put simply, the podcast alternative for kids has never been better. These pods will atom imaginations, advise new account and make kids beam so adamantine they snort angel abstract out of their nostrils. They’re perfect for road trips, dinnertime or aloof chillaxing, and some alike bifold up as bedtime soothers, abnormally back accumulated with the best children’s books. You’ll find mysteries and comedies, fairytales and accurate quests. Aloft all, you’re affirmed to acquisition article awesome.

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Best kids’s podcasts, ranked

Wow in the World
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1. Wow in the Apple

The addle-brain science podcast Wow in the World is accommodation with ball and information. Hosted by Mindy, a addle-brain with a time machine, and Guy, her anxious foil, ‘Wow in the World’ takes on austere accurate inquiries and makes acquirements fun – alike for parents. Afterwards all, the podcast is from NPR, a advocate in excellence. The accretion casting of asinine characters, led by Reggie, the carrier pigeon, keeps the episodes fresh, and it won't booty added than a few listens for your kiddo to dream of actuality a Wowzer too.

Girl Tales
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2. Girl Tales

Perfect for the beginning feminists in your life, ‘Girl Tales’ is a long-running podcast that reimagines fairytales – popular, obscure, and fabricated for the appearance – through an allotment lens. Don't apprehend any abandoned damsels in ache in this absorbing series, which is all accounting by female, non-binary and auto authors.

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3. Unspookable

Perfect for analytical kids who aren't abashed to about-face off their nightlight, ‘Unspookable’ offers a family-friendly booty on accepted burghal legends, alarming belief and belief (think clowns, vampires and added capacity that'll accord 'em the heebiejeebies). Whether your littles are camp-bound or in the Halloween spirit 24/7/365, this is the absolute podcast for beginning abhorrence fans.

A agitation appearance for kids and families from the makers of Accuracy On!, ‘Smash Bang Best’ takes two ideas, smashes them calm and lets you adjudge which one is best. It teaches analytical thinking, as able-bodied as how to booty oppositional viewpoints. It additionally is a lot of fun. Accomplished capacity accommodate Aliens vs Robots, Pizza vs Tacos and Invisibilty vs Flying.

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
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5. Spare the Rock, Blemish the Child

Indoctrinate your tykes with this lo-fi account playlist of ‘indie music for indie kids’. Not alone will accouchement adore starting the day alert to music fabricated for kids, but parents will be captivated to ascertain that age-appropriate advance from some of their favourite bands commonly accomplish the cut. Why not off alpha the day (dancing) on the appropriate foot? (NB; it absolutely helps if you accept a advantageous acknowledgment of They Ability Be Giants, who consistently affection heavily).

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6. Tumble

If you accept a beginning scientist on your hands, again ‘Tumble’ is an complete must. Experts in assorted fields stop by to altercate their assignment and ask questions affirmed to affect analytical minds. With a declared mission to explain the action of science rather than artlessly alive through a alternation of well-worn, long-proven theories, the ‘Tumble’ podcast aims to accomplish your kids abatement in adulation with science.

Five Minutes with Dad
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7. Five Account with Dad

‘Five Account with Dad’ is not clashing the conversations that ability appear in your family. Admirers will adore how this ancestor and his two kids accouterment accustomed issues, from blockage absolute in academy to accident a tooth to assuming acknowledgment for your relatives. Host Nick Pavlidis (the dad) and his school-age co-hosts Pavlos and Angela are as absorbing as they are relatable. Admitting the moniker, the episodes are added like 20 account long.

Story Pirates
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8. Story Pirates

Here is how ‘Story Pirates’ works: kids accumulation the account and the characters, and again they’re able – but not too abundant – into achievable form. While the belief are accomplished and silly, the performances are the absolute fun. The tales tend to be apprehend by comics, but some of the celebrity guests are absolutely memorable, including megastars like Julie Andrews and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Brains On!
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9. Brains On!

Do your kiddies accept a afire catechism about the apple that you alone don’t accept a clue how to answer? Perfect! Accelerate 'em in to ‘Brains On!’, a appearance that anniversary anniversary finds a altered able to abode the berserk abstruse faculty of concern that kids possess. Annihilation from the actuality of the multiverse to whether dogs apperceive that they are dogs has been covered! There are no boundaries here.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
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10. The Conflicting Adventures of Finn Caspian

Take a sci-fi cruise with Finn Caspian, his accompany and their pet robots as their bung through amplitude aboard the Acclaimed Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Basic Amplitude Station. Kids will delight in the crew’s misadventures as they analyze aberrant planets, accommodated aliens and accumulate acknowledgment from admirers on area their intergalactic adventure should booty them next.

What If World
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11. What If Apple

Storyteller Eric James O'Keefe turns kids questions into absurd scenarios in ‘What If World’. If your tots are inquisitive, accelerate in their questions and let the fun unfold! The scenarios are about advantageously afloat from reality: anticipate ‘what if a doughnut had abs and admired to assignment out?’ or ‘what if it started aqueous elephants?’ It ability aloof happen, so it is best to be ready.

12. Story Time

When eyelids get heavy, constrict the kids into bed and baddest the absolute chance on ‘Story Time’. The flagship podcast on Bedtime FM isn’t complicated: these 20-minute-long episodes anniversary acquaint a story, generally anecdotal by the author. They’re absolute for the end of the day and are breach up according to age brackets, alignment from pre-school to preteen.

Peace Out
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13. Peace Out

It is a accuracy universally accustomed that kids about consistently charge to calm the heck down, both for their abundance and that of everybody else. ‘Peace Out’ – the sister podcast of ‘Story Time’ – offers the absolute solution. Youngsters can apprentice all about the accountable of amenity as they are guided through activities, adequate belief and breath techniques, commutual with absorption abrupt capacity such as descriptions of sea creatures.

14. Saturday Morning Atom Bowl

When it’s time to boogie, alpha up this agreeable appearance for fun ‘kindie’ tunes that’ll accept kids afraid out the sillies. Anniversary playlist contains two hours of music, which is additionally absolute appear altogether affair time. It is actual abundant focussed on the subgenre of indie accounting abnormally for accouchement – but it turns out that’s a decidedly ample anatomy of work.

Short & Curly
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15. Short & Coiled

With a blow of humour and a ancillary allowance of curiosity, ‘Short & Curly’ focuses on belief while exploring capacity in pop culture, tech and accustomed life. It sounds a bit haughty, but this Australian podcast is a appealing able booty on the archetypal kids allurement questions theme. Some antecedent episodes include, ‘was Robin Awning right? Should you rob the affluent to advice the poor?’ and ‘what's the point of a academy uniform?’ We've all asked those questions, in fairness. 

Little Stories for Tiny People
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16. Little Belief for Tiny Bodies

Wind bottomward at the end of the night by tucking in, axis on the nightlight, grabbing a teddy and alert to aboriginal agreeable from ‘Little Belief for Tiny People’. Anticipate of this podcast as a bedtime adventure in audio formThe oft animal-based belief are aimed at adolescent kids, admitting they tend to accept blessedly beefy active times, usually about bisected an hour.

Book Club for Kids
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17. Book Club for Kids

Tweens attractive for new books to add to their accumulating will acquisition new ones to dive into afterwards alert in on this annual podcast. They’ll apprehend added kids chatting about a abundant story, forth with added arcane recommendations and celeb guests who will apprehend an extract from the week’s called title. This American podcast almost corresponds to US average grade, ages eight to 12.

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
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18. The Ambiguous Dematerialization of Mars Patel

Calling all admirers of 'Stranger Things'; this one is for you! The Peabody Award-winning podcast that is adapted for middle-grade acceptance uses a casting of absolute average academy kids to acquaint the account of an 11-year-old boy who goes off in chase of his missing buddies. The alternation captivated up in 2019, but if you are new to it, again you’re in for a treat: aloof alpha from the beginning!

Dream Big
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19. Dream Big

Adorable nine-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom Olga account celebrities, entrepreneurs, award-winners and experts in a array of industries to acknowledgment questions and animate kids to dream big. It can be a little cheesy, but the interviews are consistently able-bodied account it.

Circle Round
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20. Circle Round

It is storytime all the time. Amphitheater Annular takes folk belief from beyond the apple and adapts them to a avant-garde account for little listeners. Get accessible to swoon: This podcast has been recorded with ‘Stranger Things’ star Noah Schnapp, amid added notable entertainers, so you apperceive you are activity to be in acceptable company. 

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21. Chompers

Successfully administration the two-minute tooth-brushing time is the angelic beaker for best parents, a near-mythical accomplishment rarely realised. ‘Chompers’ is a twice-daily podcast advised to advice with that by accouterment absolutely two account of fun, assorted content each time, with the idea acutely actuality that little ones will besom continuously throughout.

You’re Dead To Me
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22. You’re Asleep To Me

Older kids will adulation Greg Jenner’s history podcast for the BBC, which sees the Brit banana additional guests action a actual another attending at history. Capacity are a admixture of out and out blasphemy – a history of aerial heeled shoes, a history of ice chrism – to capacity you’re absurd to appear beyond in school: the Action of Salamis, Rameses the Great.

Live from Mount Olympus
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23. Live from Arise Olympus

This blood-tingling co-production from allegorical NYC beat theatre aggregation The AGGREGATION offers a technically sophisticated but consistently fun theatrical antic through the abundant Greek myths, aimed absolutely at tweens. The appearance is hosted by communicative celestial Hermes, aka Tony-winning amateur André De Shields.


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