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Podcasts the Whole Family Will Love

Amber Brandt  |  October 04, 2020

Did you know the first iteration of podcasting called “audio blogging” actually began in the 1980s? It wasn’t really until the advent of broadband internet access and iPods around 2004 that podcasts hit mainstream popularity.

Today, there are more than 1,000,000 podcasts containing more than 30 million episodes, and the numbers climb each day. Not only are podcasts fun to listen to, they’re a great alternative to screen time – and we’re all getting a steady diet of that!

Podcasts are also a great option for kids and families because you can take them wherever you go or play them in the background while you spend time together at home. Listening to stories helps children build vocabulary, language skills, and literacy. It also helps improve their attention and stimulate their imagination. Here are a few family-friendly options for everyone in your home.

Ear Snacks

Best for preschoolers and little kids

Hosts Andrew and Polly share a variety of themes including music, science, art, and culture in a fun-filled podcast geared toward little ones and adults alike.

Noodle Loaf

Best for preschoolers and children under 10

This interactive podcast brings the family together with music, rhymes, and even a guided doodle where kids are instructed on what to draw.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Best for kids and tweens

Tumble answers questions and unlocks the mysteries around science discoveries with the help of real scientists.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Best for kids and tweens

If your child asks questions nonstop, this is the podcast for them! Created and researched by NPR, children submit questions on a variety of topics and the hosts answer them in a fun and compelling way.

Story Pirates

Best for all ages

With celebrity guests like Patton Oswald and Paul F. Tompkins, you’re sure to be entertained by this delightful podcast of skits and songs featuring stories written and submitted by children.

The Past and The Curious: A History Podcast for Kids and Families

Best for kids, tweens, and teens

Designed to unpack historical events, The Past and The Curious invites kids to learn about inventions, beginnings, and important discoveries throughout history. Topics include the Harlem Globetrotters, astronomy, and even the creation of sewer systems.

Wow in the World

Best for kids and tweens

Every episode of Wow in the World takes curious kids and adults on a journey through our world. Hosts Mindy and Guy share the coolest news stories in science and technology, space, and much more.

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Best for tweens

This serialized mystery podcast is self-described as “Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.” What’s not to love?

Dream Big

Best for kids, tweens, and teens

Aptly titled, this podcast encourages kids to follow their passions. Topics include dealing with stress and how to turn a bad day around. You’re sure to find it inspiring, too.

And if the above podcasts simply aren’t enough for your family’s eager ears, check out this whole list of family-friendly podcasts from NPR.

Happy listening!