Did you know there are a lot of great podcasts out there for curious, young listeners? They’re a great way to keep kids entertained and engaged, while limiting their screen time. And there are plenty of options for all ages on a variety of topics — from science to storytelling to just plain fun.  


Next time you’re looking for a “set it and forget it” solution for entertaining kids, try out some of these podcasts on your favorite streaming services.


Story Pirates – See how any story can be taken to the next level. This podcast features a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Best for: Kids and tweens


Brains On – Experts and kid cohosts tackle the scientific questions that everyone wants to know the answer to, like “What makes us sneeze?” and “Why do cats purr?” And the podcast goes wherever the answers lead. Best for: Kids and tweens


Circle Round – Listen and explore folktales from around the world and important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires deeper conversations. Best for: Preschoolers and little kids


Smash, Boom, Best – This family-friendly debate podcast matches up two cool things, like unicorns vs. dragons and tacos vs. pizza. Hosts use facts and passion to make their case, teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way. Best for: Big kids


But Why – Follow the experts as they try and track down the answers to some pretty intriguing kid-submitted questions. Listen as they tackle topics large and small about nature, words and even the end of the world. Best for: All ages


Eleanor Amplified – This fictional storytelling podcast follows the adventures of world-famous radio reporter, Eleanor Amplified. In every episode, she foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story. Best for: Tweens


ExtraBLURT – Every episode of this interactive audio game show immerses listeners in a different theme, from outer space to pirates. Play along with family, friends or even solo. You’ll be surprised what you blurt out! Best for: All ages


Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest – Weaving in and out of a classroom full of witty grade-schoolers and a weird world full of curious creatures and mischievous foes, each episode features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh take. Listen as fairy tales come alive! Best for: Kids and tweens


Peace Out – These short stories are designed to help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation. Best for: All ages


Stories Podcast – Dive into kid-friendly versions of fairy tales, classic stories and even completely original works. With a slightly longer format and a richer vocabulary, it’s perfect for kids who have a longer attention span and love stories. Best for: Big kids


The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd – This family-friendly twist on “old-time radio” features the adventures of the world’s most brilliant scientist, Dr. Floyd. Join him as he tries to thwart the plans of his arch nemesis, Dr. Steve. All while learning about the people and events that shaped our history. Best for: Big kids


The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel – This mystery series podcast is performed by actual middle-schoolers. Listen along as 11-year-old Mars Patel and his pals set out on an amazing adventure in search of two missing friends. Best for: Tweens


What if World – This podcast series takes silly “what if” questions and spins them into wacky tales. Listen as questions such as: “What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet?” and “What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream?” inspire stories that capture the imagination. Best for: All ages


Wow in the World – NPR hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. They’ll explore the coolest new stories in science and technology. Best for: All ages


A few tips when picking a podcast for your kids:

  1. Test it out – Listen to a few episodes yourself. You don’t have to love it, but make sure you’re comfortable with the content and the message being delivered.
  2. Go with the flow – As podcast listeners know, every show has its own flow. It might be loaded with ads up front or have a tedious introduction. Figure out how to set your child up with the content as quickly as possible to keep them interested.
  3. Beware of ads – See what types of products are being advertised. It’s unlikely to be concerning, but it’s an easy step to ensure your kids aren’t being advertised to inappropriately.