12 Podcasts You’ll Enjoy Listening to With Your Kids

These kid-friendly podcasts will keep the whole family entertained.

If your child spends too much time in front of the screen, podcasts are a great option to showcase other forms of entertainment. They can be enjoyed in the car, while doing chores and as a family before bed. Whether your child is interested in reading, science or animals, there’s a perfect podcast out there for them. Read our picks below.

A Kids Book About: The Podcast

The Kids Book About series doesn’t shy away from important topics like racism and cancer. Now the company has launched a new podcast to help kids understand things that matter. Recent episodes cover anti-Asian hate, mindfulness and sexual abuse.

Animal Sound Safari

Discover the weird and wacky histories humans have with animals, as each episode of Animal Sound Safari is jam-packed with cool stories, kooky facts and ‘pawsome’ puns. Kids will learn the tales of celebrity sloths in Costa Rica, camel beauty queens in Saudi Arabia, and more.

Bedtime Explorers

If you feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun to get your child to sleep with no luck, Bedtime Explorers is worth a shot. Designed to soothe kids to sleep, mindfulness coach Amy Taylor Kabbaz guides kids on wonderful, imaginative journeys to magical places, visiting animals with super powers, and meeting up with some very friendly dinosaurs.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Are your kids constantly asking you questions that you struggle to answer? Tune into this VPR podcast that tackles topics large and small about the world around us. Why do we fall asleep? Why do lions roar? Why is ice slippery? Get the answers to these and other mind boggling questions in this weekly podcast.


Tooth brushing can be a challenge for kids and frustrated parents. Fortunately, Chompers is a twice-daily podcast designed to make the time pass by quicker. It’s chock full of jokes, riddles, stories and fun facts that’ll keep your kids entertained while they brush for the full two minutes that dentists recommend.

Dream Big

How do you make your childhood dreams a reality? Join 7-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom Olga as they interview world class performers about how they made their dreams come true. Past guests have included Taylor Swift, Scott Hamilton and Oprah.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Here’s another amazing book series that also offers podcast episodes. Dive into more than 100 episodes in this fairy tale podcast that tells the story of extraordinary women. What’s great about this podcast series is that each episode is narrated by real-life women changing the world.

Smash, Boom, Best

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Aliens versus robots. Chocolate versus cheese. Ice age versus Jurassic. Debaters use facts and passion to make their case to kid judges, while also teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

Story Pirates

Winner of the 2020 iHeart Radio Award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, Story Pirates is made up entirely of stories for kids … by kids! The hosts/performers are world-class actors, comedians, musicians and improvisers who adapt these tales and bring them to life through sketch comedy and musical theater.

Stuff You Should Know

Do you ever wonder how landfills work, or why mosquitos sting? How about how AI facial recognition works? That’s the simple premise for this fascinating show that’s brought to you by the people from the award-winning website How Stuff Works. With more than 1,500 episodes in the archive, you’ll never run out of new stuff to learn.

What If World

What If World is a storytelling podcast for kids. Each week, Mr. Eric takes a “what if?” question from a child and spins it into a story featuring monkeys, dragons, zombies and everything in between. Our favorite: What if Lego bricks were alive? There’s also an interactive component to the podcast, as kids can call in and leave a voicemail with their questions.

Reading With Your Kids

Hosted by children’s author and educational magician Jed Doherty, Reading With Your Kids features insightful conversations with best-selling authors and special storytime episodes where listeners will discover new books (many times, before they are released to the public).

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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.
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