No-Screen Entertainment: Introduce Your Kids to These Podcasts!

written by Jessica Miller

In an era where everything seems to be about our kids staring at a screen all day, it’s exciting to know there’s an alternative that will keep them engaged while still giving us a few moments of time to ourselves. Or time to wash four day old dishes. Pick your passion fellow parents! Here’s my picks for five podcasts that should cover almost every human in your home.

T is for Toddler: Sesame Street
Is there a toddler you’re looking to entertain? Here’s your go to. The episodes are short so they are geared for little attention spans. You don’t have to worry about content or language; you’re going to find this suitable for the youngest of listeners. Kids are going to hear lessons on making friends, love and acceptance with dancing, and the classic C is for cookie thrown in.

Tween and/or Hard to Impress: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
This is my ten year old Liam’s number one pick, which makes me super excited because I’m a true crime buff! Okay, this isn’t really true crime, but it is a serial mystery with clever and fascinating characters— wait til you meet Toothpick and Caddie—and I can’t help but dream this is somehow laying a foundation for a future interest my favorite genre.

Amped Up and Needing to Calm Down: PEACE OUT
This is for kids, but if you’ve never had the good fortune of learning about mindfulness, you are in for a treat yourself. The description from the creators of the podcast sum the show up beautifully: “Short stories that help children calm down and relax by finding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation.”

Teens (and parents, too): Stuff You Missed In History Class
Really y’all, there’s something here for every type of teenager and parent alike. This podcast has been going on for years, and the hosts Holly and Tracy do a great job delivering education in an entertaining format. Don’t underestimate this as a learning gateway for homework, either! Popular episodes range from “The Mystery of the Devil's Footprints” and “The Halifax Explosion” to “How Agent Orange Worked.” What more can you ask for?

Bedtime Stories: Story Time
Personally, I’m all about anything that could make bedtime a little easier, and this podcast delivers. Story Time is geared to kids ages two to 13, and most of the episodes are under 25 minutes. And you don’t have to save it for the evening: I break it out for nap and quiet time, too!