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The 23 best kids’ podcasts

Entertaining, informative, exciting and educational, the best podcasts for kids of all ages cover a whole lot of ground

Written by
Dorkys Ramos
Danielle Valente
Oliver Strand

The golden age of podcasts is by no means limited to programming for adults: there are plenty of kids’ podcasts for the little ones too. Inevitably they lead towards the more wholesome end of the spectrum, so don’t go expecting any true-crime shows defined by long and complex investigations. But do expect lots of fun and light, short-form podcasts skewed towards stories and storytelling, though by no means limited to it.

Put simply, the podcast selection for kids has never been better. These pods will spark imaginations, teach new ideas and make kids laugh so hard they snort apple juice out of their nostrils. They’re perfect for road trips, dinnertime or just chillaxing, and some even double up as bedtime soothers, especially when combined with the best children’s books. You’ll find mysteries and comedies, fairytales and scientific quests. Above all, you’re guaranteed to find something awesome.

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Best kids’s podcasts, ranked

1. Wow in the World

The goofball science podcast Wow in the World is jam-packed with comedy and information. Hosted by Mindy, a klutz with a time machine, and Guy, her uptight foil, ‘Wow in the World’ takes on serious scientific inquiries and makes learning fun – even for parents. After all, the podcast is from NPR, a standard-bearer in excellence. The expanding cast of silly characters, led by Reggie, the carrier pigeon, keeps the episodes fresh, and it won't take more than a few listens for your kiddo to dream of being a Wowzer too.

2. Girl Tales

Perfect for the budding feminists in your life, ‘Girl Tales’ is a long-running podcast that reimagines fairytales – popular, obscure, and made-up for the show – through an empowering lens. Don't expect any helpless damsels in distress in this likeable series, which is all written by female, non-binary and trans authors.


3. Unspookable

Perfect for curious kids who aren't afraid to turn off their nightlight, ‘Unspookable’ offers a family-friendly take on popular urban legends, scary stories and myths (think clowns, vampires and other topics that'll give 'em the heebiejeebies). Whether your littles are camp-bound or in the Halloween spirit 24/7/365, this is the perfect podcast for budding horror fans.

A debate show for kids and families from the makers of Brains On!, ‘Smash Boom Best’ takes two ideas, smashes them together and lets you decide which one is best. It teaches critical thinking, as well as how to take oppositional viewpoints. It also is a lot of fun. Past topics include Aliens vs Robots, Pizza vs Tacos and Invisibilty vs Flying.


5. Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

Indoctrinate your tykes with this lo-fi weekly playlist of ‘indie music for indie kids’. Not only will children enjoy starting the day listening to music made for kids, but parents will be delighted to discover that age-appropriate tracks from some of their favourite bands routinely make the cut. Why not off start the day (dancing) on the right foot? (NB; it certainly helps if you have a healthy appreciation of They Might Be Giants, who invariably feature heavily).

6. Tumble

If you have a budding scientist on your hands, then ‘Tumble’ is an absolute must. Experts in various fields stop by to discuss their work and ask questions guaranteed to inspire curious minds. With a stated mission to explain the process of science rather than simply working through a series of well-worn, long-proven theories, the ‘Tumble’ podcast aims to make your kids fall in love with science.


7. Five Minutes with Dad

‘Five Minutes with Dad’ is not unlike the conversations that might happen in your family. Listeners will enjoy how this father and his two kids tackle everyday issues, from staying positive in school to losing a tooth to showing appreciation for your relatives. Host Nick Pavlidis (the dad) and his school-age co-hosts Pavlos and Angela are as charming as they are relatable. Despite the moniker, the episodes are more like 20 minutes long.

8. Story Pirates

Here is how ‘Story Pirates’ works: kids supply the ideas and the characters, and then they’re polished – but not too much – into performable form. While the stories are excellent and silly, the performances are the real fun. The tales tend to be read by comics, but some of the celebrity guests are truly memorable, including megastars like Julie Andrews and Lin-Manuel Miranda.


9. Brains On!

Do your kiddies have a burning question about the world that you personally don’t have a clue how to answer? Perfect! Send 'em in to ‘Brains On!’, a show that each week finds a different expert to address the wildly esoteric sense of curiosity that kids possess. Anything from the existence of the multiverse to whether dogs know that they are dogs has been covered! There are no boundaries here.

10. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

Take a sci-fi trip with Finn Caspian, his friends and their pet robots as their hurl through space aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Kids will delight in the crew’s misadventures as they explore strange planets, meet aliens and gather feedback from listeners on where their intergalactic journey should take them next.


11. What If World

Storyteller Eric James O'Keefe turns kids questions into wacky scenarios in ‘What If World’. If your tots are inquisitive, send in their questions and let the fun unfold! The scenarios are typically gloriously unmoored from reality: think ‘what if a doughnut had abs and liked to work out?’ or ‘what if it started raining elephants?’ It might just happen, so it is best to be ready.

12. Story Time

When eyelids get heavy, tuck the kids into bed and select the perfect adventure on ‘Story Time’. The flagship podcast on Bedtime FM isn’t complicated: these 20-minute-long episodes each tell a story, often narrated by the author. They’re perfect for the end of the day and are split up according to age brackets, ranging from pre-school to preteen.


13. Peace Out

It is a truth universally acknowledged that kids almost constantly need to calm the heck down, both for their well-being and that of everybody else. ‘Peace Out’ – the sister podcast of ‘Story Time’ – offers the perfect solution. Youngsters can learn all about the subject of mindfulness as they are guided through activities, relaxing stories and breathing techniques, paired with interest piquing topics such as descriptions of sea creatures.

14. Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

When it’s time to boogie, start up this musical show for fun ‘kindie’ tunes that’ll have kids shaking out the sillies. Each playlist contains two hours of music, which is also perfect come birthday party time. It is very much focussed on the subgenre of indie written especially for children – but it turns out that’s a surprisingly large body of work.


15. Short & Curly

With a touch of humour and a side helping of curiosity, ‘Short & Curly’ focuses on ethics while exploring topics in pop culture, tech and everyday life. It sounds a bit haughty, but this Australian podcast is a pretty clever take on the classic kids asking questions theme. Some previous episodes include, ‘was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?’ and ‘what's the point of a school uniform?’ We've all asked those questions, in fairness. 

16. Little Stories for Tiny People

Wind down at the end of the night by tucking in, turning on the nightlight, grabbing a teddy and listening to original content from ‘Little Stories for Tiny People’. Think of this podcast as a bedtime story in audio formThe oft animal-based stories are aimed at younger kids, though they tend to have blessedly chunky running times, usually around half an hour.


17. Book Club for Kids

Tweens looking for new books to add to their collection will find new ones to dive into after listening in on this biweekly podcast. They’ll hear other kids chatting about a great story, along with other literary recommendations and celeb guests who will read an excerpt from the week’s chosen title. This American podcast roughly corresponds to US middle grade, ages eight to 12.

18. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Calling all fans of 'Stranger Things'; this one is for you! The Peabody Award-winning podcast that is appropriate for middle-grade students uses a cast of actual middle school kids to tell the tale of an 11-year-old boy who goes off in search of his missing buddies. The series wrapped up in 2019, but if you are new to it, then you’re in for a treat: just start from the beginning!


19. Dream Big

Adorable nine-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom Olga interview celebrities, entrepreneurs, award-winners and experts in a variety of industries to answer questions and encourage kids to dream big. It can be a little cheesy, but the interviews are always well worth it.

20. Circle Round

It is storytime all the time. Circle Round takes folk stories from across the world and adapts them to a modern tale for little listeners. Get ready to swoon: This podcast has been recorded with ‘Stranger Things’ star Noah Schnapp, among other notable entertainers, so you know you are going to be in good company. 


21. Chompers

Successfully enforcing the two-minute tooth-brushing time is the holy grail for most parents, a near-mythical achievement rarely realised. ‘Chompers’ is a twice-daily podcast designed to help with that by providing precisely two minutes of fun, varied content each time, with the idea obviously being that little ones will brush continuously throughout.

22. You’re Dead To Me

Older kids will love Greg Jenner’s history podcast for the BBC, which sees the Brit comic plus guests offer a very alternative look at history. Subjects are a mixture of out and out irreverence – a history of high heeled shoes, a history of ice cream – to subjects you’re unlikely to come across in school: the Battle of Salamis, Rameses the Great.


23. Live from Mount Olympus

This thrilling co-production from legendary NYC avant-garde theatre company The TEAM offers a technically sophisticated but invariably fun theatrical romp through the great Greek myths, aimed squarely at tweens. The show is hosted by gossipy deity Hermes, aka Tony-winning actor André De Shields.


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