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The Best Road Trip Podcasts for Families

These child-friendly/family-approved stories will keep your littles entertained and break up the monotony of a long road trip.

The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast

Engaging storytelling, educational elements (fictional stories with factual information), interviews with pirates, robots, dinosaurs and the rest of the Sugarcrash Kids and kid interviews (listen to real kids tell their own stories and elaborate on various topics). The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast is geared for children, but grownups with love it too!

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Road Trip Podcasts: Tai Asks Why

Fourteen-year-old Tai Poole has no time for small talk. He’d rather discuss the toughest questions out there. Join Tai as he boldly goes where no 9th-grader has gone before to find you answers you never knew you needed. His conversations with everyone from NASA experts, to physicists and dancers, to his little brother Kien will expand your mind, no matter how old you are!

Road Trip Podcasts: Wow In the World

The #1 science podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz share stories about the latest news in science, technology and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency and make us all say “WOW!” New episodes come out every Monday for free.

Road Trip Podcasts: Smash Boom Best

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case—teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

Greeking Out National Geographic

If you have a mythology aficionado in the house or want your kids to discover Greek mythology, check out Nat Geo Kids Greeking Out, a podcast for the whole family that retells stories of Ancient Greece and beyond. Narrated by Kenny Curtis and the Oracle of Wifi, Tori Kerr, who breaks in with facts and tidbits on Ancient Greek history and culture.

Story Time

Do your kids like listening to a story? Story Time has lots of great stories for everyone to listen to. Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free audiobook podcast for children ages 2–13.

Warrior Kids Podcast

Share Indigenous cultures and values so that kids can learn about what it means to be strong, healthy and compassionate warriors for themselves, their families, communities and Nations. This interactive podcast is a celebration of everything Indigenous.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

But Why is a show led by kids! They ask the questions and But Why finds the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. But Why, tackles topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Have a question? Send it to [email protected].

Circle Round

Created and produced by parents of young children, NPR WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4–10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Who When Wow

Join Carly Q (host Carly Ciarrocchi), an aspiring time travel detective, who has made it her personal mission to secretly explore the mysteries of history. As a junior analyst at The Bureau of Universal Time Travel and Historical Exploration Department (aka B.U.T.T.H.E.D.), Carly travels through time to investigate mysterious historical events, following the facts to questions that may have no answers—and she is taking you with her.

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