We love a good podcast around our house and I’ve found them to be a magical tool for keeping peace when dinner or the carpool line become a little too boisterous. Yes, my boys are constantly moving, but the minute I cue up one of these podcasts, they’re transformed into still and silent listeners.
If you’re looking for the best podcasts for boys…or girls (these are all totally awesome for girls too), we’ve got a great list for you. Whether you need a great podcast for a family road trip or want to cut back on screen time with your kids, these podcasts for boys are all winners. And Mom and Dad won’t mind them either!
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The Best Podcasts for Boys (and Girls too)
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Got curious kids? Brains On is all about answering the questions that kids ask. My kids can’t get enough of this super cool science show which features kid hosts alongside experts as they explore everything from how to airplanes fly to what causes hiccups. Look for a topic your kids enjoy and find yourself learning things as you listen along.
Smash Boom Best
Smash Boom Best is from the creators of from Brains On and each week pairs up two categories to go head to head in a hilarious showdown. Will dragons beat unicorns, are castles better than caves? We love to listen to this one as a family and keep score through the various rounds to see if our favorite comes out as the winner or if we’re persuaded to change our minds.
Short fairy tale retellings from famous actors. Circle Round is produced by WNYC so their list of actors is A+. Many of the fairy tales are unique to other cultures so I love that we’re sneaking in a little bit of learning as we listen. These are good for short, one-at-a-time listening.
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This Podcast Has Fleas
While there’s only one season of six episodes, This Podcast Has Fleas is one of the funniest podcasts we’ve listened to. Jones, the smooth talking cat and Waffles, the goofy, lovable dog have competing podcasts in their home and both describe daily life from their perspectives. Parents, this is one you’ll want to tune into too. It’s hilariously smart and fun for the whole family to listen to. Don’t miss Alec Baldwin’s cameos either.
Pants on Fire
Helping your kids know what sources of information are credible is an important job these days. Pants on Fire features a kid host interviewing two “experts” on a subject, one who is legit and one who is a complete fake. By learning to ask great questions and weigh different evidence, listeners have to figure out who is telling the truths. Great for further family discussions and silly enough to keep kids entertained.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this isn’t for boys. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls features short episodes about BA women in history who you may or may not have heard of. These quick history lessons inspire with great role models for both boys and girls and has lead to some fun family discussions about history. Probably best for ages 6+ since they’re not as zany as some other podcasts.
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
My kids have been completely engrossed in The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids, a perfect serialized story told by a dad for his son. Finn and his friends are the children of scientists living aboard a faraway space ship and find themselves and their quirky robots on many adventures. This is a great binge listen since the episodes tend to leave off with great cliff-hangers.
More Great Podcasts for Kids and Families
The only problem with listening to podcasts is that you need more time! I’ve got a list I’m anxious to check out when we take our next road trip or have some days off of school. I love that there is more and more quality content being produced for kids each year so make sure to check back. I’ll add to the post as we find other podcasts we love.
What’s your family’s favorite podcast? When do you like to listen to them? Leave a comment below so we know what else to add to our list of the best podcasts for kids!