Entertainment for long stretches in the car
Heading for a family getaway? For some, summer travel plans might involve hours together in the car–complete with a chorus of “are we there yet?” from the back seat. If you’re looking for ways to entertain the family on your road trip, we have some recommendations for podcasts that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy. Some of these podcasts will make you smile, while some are nail-biters, and others will teach you a thing or two!
Wow in the World
Wow in the World makes learning fun by taking a humorous approach to answering questions and sharing stories and the latest news about science, technology, and innovation. Each 30-minute episode tackles a different topic. The approach is educational and entertaining for both kids and adults.
Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast taking place in the fictional small desert town of Night Vale. In this town, mysterious, supernatural, and strange events are occurring. Each episode is the style of a radio show, where townsfolk call in detailing their odd experiences and listeners can hear local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police. Warning: this podcast can be a bit creepy for young kids and is better suited for older kids and teens.
Storynory features professional voice actors performing both modern and classic fables and stories from all over the world. The podcast also has episodes offering educational interviews and history lessons, so there are plenty of options for all moods and interests.
Each episode of Forever Ago explores the history and origin of everyday things–microwaves, soap, mac and cheese, skateboards, and so much more. This podcast is the perfect mix of educational and entertaining content, complete with a trivia segment and the occasional special guest.
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction podcast centering around 8-year-old Finn Caspian and his many adventures with his friends and their robots aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. With over 200 episodes available, this podcast is one that will withstand even the longest car rides.
The Big Fib
The Big Fib is a game show that helps kids learn to be able to tell fact from fiction. Every episode, a kid interviews two adults, each claiming to be an expert on a particular topic–but only one is an actual expert, and the other is a liar. It’s up to the kid interviewer to figure out who is telling the truth by asking insightful questions, weighing the evidence, and trusting their gut.
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Another pick for older kids, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a fictional mystery podcast that follows middle schooler Mars Patel and his friends as they search for their missing friends. Described as “Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things,” this Peabody Award-winning podcast is perfect for older kids (and adults!) who love mystery and adventure.