6 of the best kid-friendly podcasts for road trips

We all look for ways to spend more time with our family. Road trips can be a fun way to share quality time without breaking the bank, but they can, at times, present the challenge of keeping everyone entertained without resorting to screen time. Road tunes will only get you so far, but podcasts can keep the family entertained for hours to come. Here are six podcasts that can help entertain, educate and engage kids while on the road.

Story podcasts for family road trips

1. Circle Round

We can’t always take a holiday halfway around the world, but we can listen to folk tales that take us far away. The 20-minute episodes feature unique stories told with the help of celebrity narrators. Each story highlights important life values like generosity, kindness and sharing, to name a few.

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2. Aaron's World

Want to go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth? Created by a kid, Aaron's World is a dynamic, entertaining podcast following the adventures of a boy and his computer sidekick exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.

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3. Eleanor Amplified

This old-timey, fast-paced radio show is sure to keep the kids (and adults) entertained as Eleanor, a reporter, thwarts the devious plots of villains. Eleanor goes from space to US Congress, using the tools of a good investigator to bring out the truth where she finds herself.

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Great educational podcasts for kids on the road

4. Wow in the World

Looking for a peppy, educational start to your road trip? Look no further than Wow in the World brought to you by National Public Radio. In each 25-minute episode, you might explore space, discover underwater creatures or learn about the human body. As much as the kids will enjoy it, parents should get a kick out of learning new facts and starting fun discussions with their family.

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5. Fierce Girls

Fierce Girls is one of the best kid-friendly podcasts to inspire “girl power” while on the road. Created in Australia, the podcast presents the real-life inspirational stories of courageous, gutsy and trailblazing Australian girls and women throughout the country’s history. It promises to immerse the audience in worlds “the brave, adventurous, and mighty girls and women of the world”.

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6. Pants on Fire

The world we live in today requires a new set of lessons for kids to learn, including how to spot a liar. This podcast teaches kids how to ask insightful questions, be curious and examine evidence. The show is fast-paced and captivating, making it great for long road trips. Parents might even learn a thing or two.

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Written by Angela Vega, Senior Traveler Email Marketing Manger at Vrbo