In addition to the audiobooks we love for family roadtrips, we also love to pass the time listening to podcasts. With a wealth of items to choose from, we’ve put together our top picks for family-friendly podcasts that are sure to make your next adventure fly by. See you on the road!

Brains On! is a science podcast for kids from American Public Media, featuring the claim to fame episode “Fart Smarts: Understanding the gas we pass.” Of course, there’s a host of other cool stuff in the series, but, if you have kids who think fart jokes are fall-down-funny, give “Fart Smarts” a listen and enjoy a laugh and some scientific education at the same time.

BUT WHY is a podcast where kids ask the questions and the BUT WHY team finds the answers. This engaging and fascinating podcast features a random collection of topics that will have something for every listener in the car. Subscribe and make BUT WHY a part of your next road trip adventure.

Geared towards the younger listener, DISNEY STORY CENTRAL is a fun podcast with every episode featuring a new Disney storybook read out loud. If you are a Disney family like us, you’re sure to enjoy this podcast as it adds just a little bit of pixie dust to your day.

STORY PIRATES is a highly imaginative and highly entertaining podcast series featuring stories written by children and adapted by a team of actors, musicians, comedians, and improvisers. This smart podcast will have your whole family laughing out loud, and if your kids are anything like ours, you’ll be helping them write their own stories to submit and marveling at their creativity. We can’t recommend this podcast enough. It is hands-down our favorite!

From the publisher (because I think they do a fantastic job of describing this ultra-cool podcast): He can’t sleep, he can’t shake the feeling someone is following him, and he can’t stop the monsters who show up to smash his cake. In other words, it’s turning out to be more exciting than he expected. That’s all in the first few episodes of this serialized, sci-fi podcast for kids. Finn, his friends and their pet robots aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station discover uncharted planets, help aliens in far-off galaxies, and take tips from listeners back on Earth as they try to solve the universe’s great mysteries. It’s great fun and perfect for driving around town or binge listening on a big family road trip.

Focusing on lesser known inventions and their consequences, THE FIRST is a kid-friendly and fascinating look at a host of topics not covered in your everyday history books. With shows ranging from the first Broadway musical to the first woman ever photographed, this relatively new podcast is a welcome addition to the kid and family podcast genre and worth checking out the next time you hit the road.

WOW IN THE WORLD is a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode features hosts Mindy (Absolutely Mindy from SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live) and Guy (Guy Raz from NPR) who guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a high-energy journey. WOW IN THE WORLD is a favorite with our kids and gives us a glimpse of the world in a way that is fun and kid accessible.

Have a podcast suggestion? Let us know! We are always looking for new ways to make travel days just as fun as days in the campground.

Abigail Epperson

Abigail Epperson

Coffee drinker, skoolie owner, partner, unschooler and parent. When Abigail's not hiking through our National Parks she's talking theater as the managing editor Of PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City. She's on Twitter as @Abigail Trabue when she's not leaving a status update, picking filters or tweeting on behalf of Our Wandering Family.

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