The 15 Best Podcasts For Kids That Adults Will Like Too

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You may have about dozen podcasts you listen to on the regular (or half a dozen until Fantasy Football season comes back), but how many can you listen to with your kids? Here’s the short list of free, family-friendly podcasts that you can stream on the morning commute, on a long car trip, or in lieu of you telling a boring story before bed. There’s even one that has cereal in the title — and it neither features Sarah Koenig nor breakfast. Although, for all the aspiring podcasters, there’s your million dollar idea. Be sure to share that sweet Stamps.com cash.

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Story Pirates

It’s like Drunk History — but with children. Who aren’t drunk. The Story Pirates (not actual pirates) are a bunch of actors, comedians, and improvisers who act out original stories created by kids. Sometimes they hold together — and sometimes it devolves into silly madness. But hey, if it worked for Axe Cop and Monster Trucks, why wouldn’t it work for podcasts?
Story Pirates

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Saturday Morning Theatre

Grant Baciocco has spent 10 years working on The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (see below). He might as well be the Jim Henson of kids podcasts thanks to his other series, Saturday Morning Theatre. Fashioned in the vein of old-time radio broadcasts, the series gives listeners short imaginative, adventures featuring superhero tales, westerns, and mysteries. With new episodes appearing about 1 to 3 times a month, their catalog runs back to 2013. That a lot of Saturday’s covered.
Saturday Morning Theatre

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Story Time

Love putting your kids to bed, but not always enthused about reading bedtime stories? There’s a podcast for that. Story Time is just under 20 minutes, where one original bedtime story is narrated by the soothing British tenor of host Rob Griffiths. The podcast updates about twice a week, but each story is made for the series. That means exclusive, baby! Plus, you probably don’t have a British accent. That’s not an invitation to try.
Story Time

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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. The series was voted one of the best of 2016, and there’s still no word on season 2, but you can catch up with season 1. Here’s an obvious spoiler, they definitely don’t get stuck in the “upside down” — because nothing is scarier than copyright infringement.
TUDOMP

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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. Season 2 blasts off with geologist on how we silly humans actually tried to drill to the Earth’s core. Turns out we can’t get past the Earth’s crust, no matter what Hollywood says.
Tumble

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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?’ and silly topics as ‘Should pugs exist?’ (Short answer: Yes, of course, they should!) But if your kids ask your opinion, it’s your right as a father to say, “Who am I, Immanuel Kant?” (Google it!)
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, the creepy kids in Little Einsteins. Add Dr. Floyd to the list. Kids will become obsessed learning how he plans to fend off his nemesis Dr. Steve while learning about history in the process. The series is officially wrapped for good, but there are nearly 10 years worth of fun as either giant downloads or you can relive old episodes with week-to-week updates. Just watch out for early-onset megalomania.
The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd

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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”). Get ready for fresh tunes from They Might Be Giants, and pretty much no one you ever heard of.
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.]
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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. At the very least, it’s worth checking out the names of the bands for a laugh, like Jelly of the Month Club and The Boogers.
Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

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Brains On!

Like a podcast version of Mr. Wizard, Brains On! teaches a different science lesson in every episode Hosted by “kid scientists” with enough excitement and enthusiasm to keep all ages engaged and informed ranging from the origins of language, the history of boogers and farts, why we sneeze to why seas turtles live so damn long. It’s aimed at kids, but let’s face it, this sort of intel would smarten up some adults too.
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.
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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. This year already, the team has covered Thor, The Cat Who Caught The Moon, and the origin of the Chinese New Year. At this rate, they might take 2018 off just to recover.
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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!”
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