Podcasts that will keep the whole family entertained on a long road trip. I hope. Well, that’s the plan. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!
The majority of these can be found easily on the podcasts app on an iPhone or on Spotify and the ones that I couldn’t find in those apps I just googled and went straight to the source to work out where to listen.
Some of these podcasts aren’t from the kids and family category but each of them have come recommended by someone with kids so just make sure you suss each one out a bit and decide whats suits your kids best before they listen.
As I update this post Max and Ivy are 5 and 4 and this is hands down their current fave podcast. Episodes go for about half an hour which is handy as you’re not trying load the next episode every ten minutes.
The Story Pirates turn stories submitted and written by kids all over the world into sketch comedy and songs, and they do a bloody good job of it!
I listen to them on Spotify but they are available on iTunes as well. Go straight to Story pirates on Apple Podcasts here.
Number two current fave podcast on our list at the moment is this one, the adventures of Simon the mindful frog.
“Simon is an Australian Green Tree Frog who loves sharing two things, facts and jokes.
Every episode is chock-a-block full of amazing facts, cool music, sound effects and Simon’s excellent jokes.
(Well, he thinks the jokes are excellent but they will make you smile!)”
My two love learning different languages at the moment and this combines story telling and language perfectly. You can find Little Yarns on the ABC Kids Listen app.
“Australia is full of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations. From Bunuba to Wiradjuri, Mabuiag to palawa, every mob has its own language and unique culture.
Each episode of Little Yarns will take you on a journey to a different nation to learn a first word on Country.”
This one came to my attention when I heard a lot of good things about The Big Life Journal for kids, and then found out that they were also doing a podcast.
“What is the Big Life Journal?
At Big Life Journal, we create engaging resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.”
“SHORT & CURLY is a fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions like about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.
SHORT & CURLY is especially designed to be listened to alone or as a family, with questions to think about and time to discuss it together.”
Go straight to Short & Curly in iTunes by clicking here.
“Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
We’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.”
Go straight to Wow in The World on iTunes by clicking here.
“A Free Children’s Story Podcast for Bedtime, Car Rides, and Kids of All Ages.
The Stories Podcast was created to provide family-friendly content to families on the go, always free, the podcast is a great way to entertain kids on the go and limit screen time while encouraging imaginations.”
Go straight to the Stories Podcast on iTunes by clicking here.
“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast is a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us.
The show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder.”
Go straight to Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls on iTunes by clicking here.
“Irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.”
Go straight to the Infinite Monkey Cage on iTunes by clicking here.
“Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood.”
Go straight to Shirtloads of Science on iTunes by clicking here.
“Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.”
Go straight to Story Pirates on iTunes by clicking here.
“Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show and podcast which combines the relaxing sounds of nature with awesome stories of wildlife and environmental science, all recorded in the outdoors.”
Go straight to Off Track on iTunes by clicking here.
“Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media.
Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.”
Go straight to Brains On in iTunes by clicking here.
“Fun videos to inspire, intrigue and stir your imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers.”
Go straight to Ted Talks: Kids and Family on iTunes by clicking here.
“Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends.
Let Natasha’s voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children’s stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance.”
Go straight to Story Nory on iTunes by clicking here.
“The Stories Alive! podcast is produced in partnership with Jefferson Public Radio (JPR). The podcast is a fun, unique, audio theatre experience for all ages.
Each episode features three to four original stories written by elementary students. Stories Alive! brings them to life with professional actors, sound designers and musicians.”
“What do kids think about the environment, school or social media? This Kid Lifeis a podcast where kids get to talk about topics they aren’t often asked about.
They unpack some big ideas and ask questions of adult experts. Join us and our host Jennifer Macey to find out what kids think and hear the questions they ask.”
Go straight to This Kid Life by Sydney Opera House on iTunes by clicking here.
“He can’t sleep, he can’t shake the feeling someone is following him, and he can’t stop the monsters who show up to smash his cake. In other words, it’s turning out to be more exciting than he expected.
That’s all in the first few episodes of this serialized, sci-fi podcast for kids. Finn, his friends and their pet robots aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station discover uncharted planets, help aliens in far-off galaxies, and take tips from listeners back on Earth as they try to solve the universe’s great mysteries.”
Go straight to The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian on iTunes by clicking here.
“But Why is a show led by you, kids! You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there.
On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.”
Go straight to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids on iTunes by clicking here.
“The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality.
Your hosts Eva Karpman (currently 7-years-old in 2nd grade) and mom Olga Karpman interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day.”
Go straight to Dream Big on iTunes by clicking here.
“Each episode includes (but is not limited to) engaging storytelling, educational elements (fictional stories with factual information), interviews with fictional characters (pirates, robots, dinosaurs, and the rest of the Sugarcrash Kids), kid interviews (listen to real kids tell their own stories and elaborate on various topics), and a brand new Sugarcrash Kids song each time!
The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast is geared for children, but grownups will love it too!”
Go straight to The Cremazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast on iTunes by clicking here.
“What If World is a storytelling podcast for kids. What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world?
Join Abacus P Grumbler, Randall Radbot, and Whendiana Joan as they help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions!”
Go straight to What If World on iTunes by clicking here.
“Little Stories for Tiny People is a children’s podcast featuring original audio stories that will delight the tiny people in your life.
Perfect for bleary-eyed parents, innovative teachers, and at-wits’-end babysitters looking for an alternative and non-annoying way to engage the toddlers and young kids they love at bedtime or any time! Each story is lovingly written and performed with attention to the whimsical senses of humor children often possess.”
Go straight to Little Stories For Tiny People on iTunes by clicking here.
“Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world are adapted for today’s families and feature top talent from the stage and screen.
With original music and sound design, these stories delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and their grown-ups; created and produced by parents of young children.”
Go straight to Circle Round on iTunes by clicking here.
Well there you go, that’s all I’ve got for ya right now.
Please do let me know if there’s something your family loves that I should be adding to this list.
For some other ideas on how to keep the kids off your case in the car check out apps for road tripping with kids (that don’t involve screens) and 10 ways to entertain your kids on a road trip.
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