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The 12 Best Podcasts For Kids That Adults Will Like Too

If you, like the rest of the world, were obsessed with NPR’s Serial podcast (both seasons), at some point you probably listened to it while chauffeuring Junior around and confused the hell out of them by making them cover their ears during a show they assumed was about Cap’n Crunch. It seems only fair, then, that you let them control the dial sometimes, and luckily there are a few proven kid-favorite podcasts you just might enjoy, too — including one with actual cereal in the title. Cruelly, that one’s not about breakfast, either, although for all you aspiring podcasters, there’s your million dollar idea. Be sure to share that sweet Stamps.com cash.

The Unexplainable Disappearance Of Mars Patel

You grew up on The GooniesThe Explorers, and to lesser extent Stand By Me. And, now that Stranger Things has made these kid-centric adventure stories from the 80s cool again, it’s time to throw on Blobfish Radio’s new serialized mystery. TUDOMP (as it will one day be acronymed) centers around Mars Patel and his pals who are on a quest to find their missing friends. They better not be in the “upside down” — because nothing is scarier than copyright infringement

Best Podcasts For Kids

Tumble

All you need to know is that this is basically Radiolab for kids. In each episode, science is brought to life (figuratively, because nobody has that technology yet) through creative stories. If your children have graduated from Sid the Science Kid and his weirdo friends, turn them on to this one.
Tumble

Best Podcasts For Kids

Short & Curly

This unfortunately named podcast teaches kids aged 7 -12 about ethics, but not about the ethical implications of naming your show after slang for pubic hair. Once you’re past that, the podcast talks to real school kids on difficult topics, such as ‘Is it ok to fight a bully?’ or ‘What would happen if chimps went to school with human children?’ (Answer: Monkey butlers.) But if your kids ask your opinion, it’s your right as a father to say, “Who am I, Immanual Kant?”
Short & Curly

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The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd

There are lots of evil cartoon geniuses that try to take over the world that kids can model themselves after: Dexter, Brain, all those creepy kids in Little Einsteins. Add Dr. Floyd to that list. They’ll become obsessed learning how he plans to fend off his nemesis Dr. Steve while learning about history in the process. Just watch out for early onset megalomania.
The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd

The Best Podcasts For Kids

Spare The Rock Spoil The Child

It’s the NPR All Songs Considered of kids radio shows, complete with the soothing intro, interjected commentary, special requests, and familiar tunes (like the Schoolhouse Rock smash single “3 is the Magic Number”). In other words, you’re going to leave it on in the car because it actually sounds like something you’d keep on in the car. Kids, don’t touch the presets!
Spare The Rock Spoil The Child

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OWTK’s Kids Music Monthly

Host Jeff Bogle for the win. The writer and father of 2 has tackled everything from print journalism, to photography, to the much more lucrative world of free podcasts. His monthly curated playlists make for hours and hours (or at least minutes upon minutes) of musical distraction. It’s everything that Kidz Bop wishes it could be.
OWTK’s Kids Music Monthly

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The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Technically, this is a stage production starring comedy nerd idols like Paul F. Tompkins and Busy Phillips with guests ranging from Natalie Morales to Jon Hamm and Patton Oswalt. However, since the actors read and sing from scripts on a bare stage, backed by a 6-person orchestra, you miss nothing listening to the podcast. It’s actually meant to replicate an old-timey radio show, so the truly optimal listening experience involves your kid pressing their ear against a clunky wooden box while you frantically pace the room positioning a tin foil antenna. [Note: Contains some strong language you may find inappropriate for very young kids.]
The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

Here’s 2 full hours of kids music that’s smart, funny, and more interesting to your trained music snob’s ear than the latest Kidz Bop. So no, it doesn’t suck, but yes, it’s still goofy kids music. Because you can convince yourself your kid will grow up a Radiohead fan, but your kid doesn’t want to grow up at all. New episodes premiere about every 2 weeks, often organized around themes ranging from feelings to space to food, because cereal.
Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

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Brains On!

Like a podcast version of Mr. Wizard, a new kid co-host teaches a different science lesson in every Brains On! episode, ranging from the origins of language to the origins of boogers and farts. The show incorporates interviews, interactive bits, songs, and skits to keep kids interested in science without a shred of video or special effects, and it’s all produced by 2 public radio outlets, because any children’s program that manages to do that must be woefully underfunded.
Brains On!

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StoryNory

The podcast home of the popular audiobook site that posts a new kids’ story — classic fairy tales and original poems, myths, and adventures — every week(ish). Previously unknown names like lead storyteller Natasha and original characters Bertie The Frog Prince, Katie The Ordinary Witch, and Astropup will quickly become familiar favorites. Running times can meander beyond 20 minutes, so this podcast uniquely manages to promote both listening skills and sleep.
StoryNory

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Stories Podcast

Another great source for stories is the Stories Podcast, which has both an apt and impossible to Google name. The fine folks at GoPlayPretend have amassed an impressive collection of G-rated tales, sticking mostly with the classics like Aesop’s fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Ant And The Grasshopper. This will ensure that your kid has all their parables covered while you search for newfangled books that subvert those oldfangled messages.
Stories Podcast

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Sesame Street Podcast

Get a weekly dose of your kid’s favorite monsters delivered directly to your phone. They teach all the same lessons of friendship, reading, patience, and caring as the classic episodes you know and love, only you can deploy them in the car, at the store, or anywhere else a distraction may be needed. Brought to you by the letter “M,” for “Meltdown!”
Sesame Street Podcast