Playlist

Road Trip with Kids

Here's a list of episodes from great kid's podcasts. Enjoy hours of fun, educational, kid-friendly entertainment!

by Pastime

    Road Trip with Kids #4

    Feb 13 2017

  • The Past and the Curious: Heights

    Episode 6 is all about Heights! Victoria Reibel reads a story about the time The Chicago World's Fair had to build something to top the Eiffel Tower. Jason Lawrence tells the tale of the the world's leading antebellum funambulist. The Tamerlane Trio performs "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" Episode written by Mick Sullivan. Steal it and you are lame.

  • April Eight Winter Songs & Stories: Snowflakes

    Welcome to Episode 17 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. With so much to enjoy about winter, I'm glad it is here! On today's episode, I tell you a little bit about how I wrote my song Snowflake Fairies, and where my inspiration came from - a poem I learned when I was very little indeed. The poem I tell in this podcast is Robert Frost's

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    Jan 25 2017

  • April Eight Stories & Songs: Jemi and the Adventurers

    What’s so great about it: My theory about podcasters is that they all have one secret weapon that they bring to their podcast that sets them apart. For April Eight, it’s her gorgeous singing voice, which can be heard at the beginning of every episode. But this story is also really fun, sort of like Wind in the Willows with a little fairy magic thrown in.

  • Brains On: Fire vs Lasers

    What’s so great about it: This episode of the veteran science podcast features a debate between staffers Sanden Totten and Mark Sanchez about which is cooler, fire or lasers. The build-up to this debate was like Ali vs. Frazier in my house, and of course the battle lived up to the hype. Proof that fighting with factoids and trivia is almost as dangerous as fighting with fire and lasers.

  • But Why: How do you make paint?

    What’s so great about it: I’ll just come right out and say it: I’ve never even thought about how paint was made before this episode from this curiosity-fueled show. But the interview with an artist who makes his own paint (and paintbrushes from things like deer fur), is fascinating, and the sound of him actually making the paint while he’s describing how to do it is so good, you can see the process as you’re listening.

  • Buttons & Figs: Portmanteau Words

    What’s so great about it: Buttons & Figs is a show dedicated to “nonsense literature,” and to my mind, there’s no other literature worth reading. I really love this show, in no small part because it makes words and books and literature alive and fun in a way that’s rarely done these days, and in a way that would make Shel Silverstein proud. And of course, portmanteaus are never not fun. Some great edutainment to chillax to over brunch (see what I did there?).

  • Chloe’s Friendship Circle: Election Day

    What’s so great about it: I want to be like Chloe when I grow up. The kid host of this show is like an old-school DJ, playing songs and conducting interviews with family entertainers, and is about as pro as it gets. On this episode, she chatted with singer Robbie Schaeffer, and did something no other broadcaster has been able to do in the last few months: talked about voting and the election in a way that doesn’t make you angry. Truly a miracle worker.

  • Ear Snacks: Beeps

    What’s so great about it: Listening to Ear Snacks hits the same pleasure center in my brain as Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Fraggle Rock did when I was a kid. And this episode — from its opening beep song that uses kids’ vocalized beeps as lyrics — is a great example of the show’s sophisticated silliness and sly weaving in of interesting information.

  • Good Stuff Kids: Interview with Justin Roberts

    What’s so great about it: The Good Stuff Kids show is a much-needed roadmap for parents trying to navigate the cultural landscape and find stuff they can enjoy with their kids. This episode, Mike has a great interview with kindie legend Justin Roberts, where they talk about how he abandoned a career as a historian of religion to write songs like “Yellow Bus.”

  • Little Stories for Tiny People: The Robot Who Had Feelings

    What’s so great about it: A beautifully told story about a young boy who’s still grappling with his understanding of feelings — his own and others’ — when he meets a robot surprised and confused to discover he has feelings. It’s a fun story of friendship, but also demonstrates nicely how sometimes the best way to understand something, is to help others.

  • Spooky Troop: A Christmas Special Part 1: Reindeer Rescue!

    What’s so great about it: This is a great place to start for this serial from Wonkybot Studios, a richly produced story that features kid actors from around the world portraying a mystery-solving group of kid monsters. This episode, which features original music and a Christmas song by creator Stuart St. John, is like a little bit of Disney and a little bit of Tim Burton.

  • Stories: Dog King (He’s the King of the Dogs)

    What’s so great about it: Fair warning, the song at the beginning of this episode will get stuck in your head (“His mother was a dog, his father was a king! Dog King!), and sets the tone for how ridiculous and funny this story is. Dog jokes, dog adventures, dog royalty. There’s no way your kids their way through this episode.

  • Story Time: The Giant Who Cried Waterfalls

    What’s so great about it: This is one of those original, contemporary stories that when you listen to it, you feel like it’s been a fable passed down for generations. It just nails all of the elements of a classic fable, beyond just having giants in it, of course. Story Time is produced by Bedtime.fm, and this is a perfect bedtime story.

  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Two Heads Are Better than One

    What’s so great about it: This is my show and I can pick one if I want to. It’s a sci-fi serial about four kids living on a space station and visiting ridiculous planets in far-flung galaxies, and no planet was more ridiculous than Planet-bob, with the two-headed aliens named Bob. No other episode has inspired as much listener art as this one.

  • The Past and the Curious: Mail Tales: Pony Express, Air Powered Subway, and more

    What’s so great about it: A new favorite of mine, there’s something very “live” feeling about this show, which mixes sort of idiosyncratic stories from history with music. It reminds me some sort of idealized sense I have of the past, where people would sit and tell stories and sing songs. This episode tells two true stories, but the one about the guy who built a test underground pneumatic subway is delightfully insane.

  • The Show About Science: 0XX: Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions

    What’s so great about it: Everyone who’s listened to this show will tell you that 6-year-old Nate, the host of this show, is the best. Full stop. The best. And this episode, where he interviews a behavioral scientist about phobias and superstitions is really great. Nate brooks no silliness, asking questions like, “So, why are people afraid of the number 13? I mean, it’s just 13, right?” But I especially love when he asks if Loki is to blame.

  • The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel: To the Stars

    What’s so great about it: In some ways, it’s a little bit evil to recommend this as the best episode of the season. If you haven’t been listening to Mars Patel, please do. Go back to episode one and then binge it immediately and then come to this series finale, and then sit back and let the satisfaction waft over you after discovering you just listened to a perfectly realized season finale. And then send it to the writers of The Walking Dead so they can learn a thing or two.

  • Tumble: The Cave of the Upside Down Bat with Micaela Jemison

    What’s so great about it: I hadn’t actually wondered why bats hung upside down before I listened to this episode, and then when I heard a kid ask that question, I wondered why I hadn’t wondered it before. And the answer is everything science should be: surprising, fascinating and figured out by kids.

  • Book Club for Kids: Old Yeller

    What’s so great about it: Oh man. I remember reading Old Yeller as a kid and being knocked dead by it. I still feel somewhat traumatized by it (the movie didn’t help). So listening to this episode — where middle-school kids discuss books they love — and hearing fifth-graders talk about their feelings about the book in such a mature way was…humbling. But also great, of course.

  • What if World?: What if a rabbit laid eggs in a cloud that fell down?

    What’s so great about it: So What if World? host Mr. Eric has set himself a difficult task: improvise a story that answers a “what if?” question from a listener. And like any great improviser soliciting suggestions, his audience has thrown him some curveballs, but this one from listener Grace is a dancing knuckleball. The great ones rise to the occasion, however, and the story he crafts from this question is impressively coherent, fun, and features a blues-singing hill. Are you not entertained?

  • Road Trip with Kids #3

    Jan 24 2017

  • Buttons & Figs: Dreams

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

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  • For Kids: The Ocean, from Sugarcrash Kids Podcast (23 min)

    Full name: The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast (sheesh). This podcast is well produced, with interesting/funny characters, and always a fun song at the end.

    In this episode:
    We kick off the summer by heading to the ocean - a huge and wonderful place full of the most interesting creatures! Captain Crazy Two Shoes is forced to face his fear of swimming as he dives headfirst into the task of rescuing Wallace the Whale from a sticky situation. Brian the Brain com...more

  • For Kids (7+): The Seal Skin Girl (Part 1/2, 26 min)

    From Stories Podcast: When a young boy moves from Dublin to a sleepy little village on the Irish coast, he finds new friends, new myths, and some strange magic.

    This story drew me in from the outset, and kept me (read: my childhood brain) pleasantly entertained throughout with interesting characters. Plus, the narrator does a perfect Irish lilt :) For a bit of old-fashioned radio flavor, you’ll have to wait for episode 2, it’s not out yet!

  • Continuation: The Seal Skin Girl (Part 2/2, 12 min) from Stories Podcast

    If you liked last week’s episode, here’s the exciting conclusion!

  • Episode 9: Rain! by Ear Snacks (20 min)

    As the summer ends and many of us enter a wetter season (for those of us in Amsterdam, it’s pretty much always wet anyway!), I thought this episode on Rain was a great way to introduce the podcast Ear Snacks. The hosts write their own songs – stick around for the sleep-inducing ballad to rain at the end.

    I really like Ear Snacks, because of its great use of music, both songs and ambient textures. The hosts, Andrew and Polly, always work in a bit of science, and the child participants ar...more

  • For kids (7+): The Welcome Wall, from Sparkle Stories (47 min)

    Dante gets struck by lightning on his 12th birthday. He is fine, but it begins a series of events that leads him to the neighborhood welcome wall where he receives a message that changes everything.

    This is the first episode of a 20 part series (!) entitled The Violet Crown: (How to Be Super).

  • For Kids (5+): Extinction from Brains On (34 min)

    As the father of a son obsessed with dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex had feathers whaaaat? None of his dino-toys have feathers, I can tell you that much. Scales all the way.

    In this episode: What is extinction anyway? Could you bring back species that have gone extinct? Plus, a song about our long-lost pal Australopithecus.

    Brains On! is a wonderful science podcast with a nice mix of story and musical elements that will appeal to a wide range of children -- and we adults can l...more

  • For kids (7+, 15min): The Case of the Invisibility Cloak with Andrea Alu

    Calling Harry Potter fans: the invisibility cloak could actually be a thing - learn more in this episode about how researchers are working to make it possible. Very informative, and I got a few chuckles out of it as well.

  • For Kids: How to Become an Astronaut (13 min)

    5 year old Nate hosts this science podcast in which he interviews scientists from around the globe. Yes, he’s a 5 year old podcast host who is also interested in architecture (!).

    In this episode Nate interviews the author of The Astronaut Instruction Manual to get the lowdown on important topics for aspiring astronauts, including the prevalence of space sharks and space dolphins.

  • For Kids (all ages): How Does Music Move Us? (20 min)

    I love the sound of my guitar, and the way that my fingers remember what to do even though I taught them how to play so long ago. This episode from But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids contains thoughts and sounds from young and old musicians who consider what it is about music that moves us so deeply.

  • For kids (all ages): The Bremen Town Musicians (10 min)

    Such an adventure! In this Brothers Grimm story, a donkey, a hound, a cat and a rooster set off to become musicians in the town of Bremen and come across a surprise along the way. Acting together they find the perfect place to set down roots and start a new life.

    I've read this story dozens of times to my kids at home, so I was excited to listen to the treatment The Story Home podcast gave it, and it didn't disappoint. The sound design is excellent, and the narration is also very good...more

  • For kids (8-12, possibly younger): The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (30 min)

    I just came across this new series, described as "Goonies, meets Spy Kids, meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year-olds. Listen along as eleven-year-old Mars Patel and his pals JP, Toothpick, and Caddie set out on a audacious adventure in search of two missing friends." I confess, I really enjoyed this first episode and am looking forward to binging the next 2 :)

  • For Kids (5+): The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified

    This new, rollicking podcast is fun for the whole family: "Join our hero, Eleanor Amplified, the world-famous radio reporter, as she foils dastardly plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story." Yessssss!

  • For Kids (5+): The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    Halloweeen time! Here is an only-slightly-spooky take on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow with original songs! The Headless Horseman is coming...or is he? Ichabod Crane finds out! From Stories Podcast.

  • For Kids (all ages): Stories Alive: Robo Trobo and the Talking Toilet (17 min)

    Stories Alive is a new podcast that features original stories written by young authors, transformed into audio-theater for you to enjoy.

    I particularly enjoyed the 2nd story, Sadie's Inner Magic, about a young girl using her special magic as she enters a new school.

  • For Kids (all ages): Strings

    I needed some help coming up with a kids podcast for this week. Emily encouraged me with: "With Bob Dylan getting the peace prize and Leonard Cohen passing away, it would be great to have a podcast for kids to listen to about musicians that's designed for kids-- but with music." Great idea! Here goes:

    In this finale of Ear Snacks' "Strings" series, I love the way they address what it's like to learn playing an instrument, how to play a tune by ear, the importance of practicing, and th...more

  • For Kids (6+): The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

    The producers describe the show this way: a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in space. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station.

    I find these serialized adventure podcasts to be so much fun! Great for a nightly routine, or for long trips in the car.

  • For Kids (4+): Pluto and the Pop Rocks, from Story Pirates

    Ever wonder how Pluto felt about its cosmic demotion? In this kid-authored story, a family takes a vacation to Pluto to try to cheer it up!

    Story Pirates turn stories written by kids from across the country into awesome sketches and songs tailor-made for the radio.

  • For Kids (6+): The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

    Yes, another "Radio Adventures" series, a classic in fact. First airing as a radio show in 2004, The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd just started a re-broadcast podcast (ch-cha!).

    In this premiere episode, we meet Dr. Floyd, his protege, and their faithful robot companion, C.H.I.P.S., among others. Stay tuned for time travel and villainous hijinks.

  • Five Minutes with Dad: Teaching Kids about Courage

    From “only parenting podcast starring two toddlers,” this episode of Five Minutes with Dad features a 5-year-old sharing what it takes to have courage. The hosts are great, adult and child alike, so it’s a super fun listen.

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  • Stories Podcast: The Seal Skin Girl (Part 1 of 2)

    From Stories Podcast: When a young boy moves from Dublin to a sleepy little village on the Irish coast, he finds new friends, new myths, and some strange magic.

    This story drew me in from the outset, and kept me (read: my childhood brain) pleasantly entertained throughout with interesting characters. Plus, the narrator does a perfect Irish lilt :) For a bit of old-fashioned radio flavor, you’ll have to wait for episode 2, it’s not out yet!

  • Sugarcrash Kids Podcast: The Hero Inside

    A nice spin on our traditional idea of what a hero is, and stick around for the catchy tune at the end! Sugarcrash Kids is an extremely well-produced podcast with great sound design and narration.

  • Sugarcrash Kids Podcast: Are you ready to fly?

    More from Sugarcrash kids: A fun exploration of what it feels like to branch out into the unknown, trying and learning new things. And of course another enjoyable tune at the end.

  • Story Home: The Golden Spoon

    This episode is a soothing, endearing tale imagining the provenance of the golden rule. The Story Home podcast features lovely narration and musical accompaniment.

  • Story Home: The Little Folks' Presents

    Travel through a magical land in this Brother's Grimm fable that explores greed.

  • Ear Snacks: Strings part I

    This episode features a lively introduction to playing guitar, the blues, and an interview with 6 year old Quentin, the lead singer of the Banana Rock'n'Rollers (ha!).

  • Ear Snacks: Strings part V

    In this finale of Ear Snacks' "Strings" series, I love the way they address what it's like to learn playing an instrument, how to play a tune by ear, the importance of practicing, and the background musical accompaniment that runs throughout.

  • The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified: #1 Pilot (Robot)

    This new, rollicking podcast is fun for the whole family: "Join our hero, Eleanor Amplified, the world-famous radio reporter, as she foils dastardly plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story." Yessssss!