Oh, the infamous long car ride with kids. Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, on your way to the mountains for a family hike, or sitting in the pickup lane at school – there’s only so many times you can listen to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” Lion King’s “Hakuna Matata” or Moana’s “You’re Welcome.” An alternative to Disney classics on repeat? Podcasts for kids – have you tried it? With the holidays ahead, we’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly podcasts to queue up for your next car ride. Take your pick and let us know which podcast inspires you and your family to get outdoors!
Kid-Friendly Podcasts – Inspired by Nature
Wow in the World – a science podcast from NPR – is all about looking up and discovering the wonders of the world all around us. Each episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. It’s scientific, fun, and engaging for the whole family.
Sparkle Stories are simple, delightful, and filled with a sense of wonder. This subscription-based podcast aims to inspire children to play, to marvel, to laugh, and to be kind. Our Hike it Baby members especially recommend Martin and Sylvia’s Nature School Stories – a collection within Sparkle Stories.
Get inspired to get outside with this podcast by Hike it Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges. Each week, Shanti talks to hiking families who inspire her and like minded adventurers she’s met along the way.
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, learn about a range of science and nature topics.
Have a kiddo who always asks “Why!?” The NPR podcast But Why is a show led by kids who tackle topics large and small – about nature, words, cooking, and even the end of the world.
Get inspired by these two tweens/teens who run GraniteGals.org. Alexandra and Sage are 14- and 12-year old girls who have been hiking the Four Thousand Footers of New Hampshire year-round since they were five years old. Between them, they have completed the Four Thousand Footers, the 52 With a View, the Trailwrights 72 peaks, and most of The Terrifying 25. They have also completed thru-hikes of the Camino de Santiago, the John Muir Trail, and Iceland’s Laugavegur Trek. As of 2017, they have also ascended 46 state highpoints. Awesome!
Need a great story for the car ride? Story Pirates to the rescue! 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.
Have kids who love science? Don’t miss this podcast hosted by second grader Nate who creates an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Each episode is filled with fascinating information from scientists and educators around the globe – perfect for curious kids (and adults).
Do you love listening to podcasts with your kids? What are your favorites? Comment below! If we get enough ideas we’ll feature your favorites in a follow up post!