A few weeks ago my family and I took an epic road trip, spanning 3,500 miles, five states, and several national parks.
It was fantastic vacation, but along with a lot of great family memories came many, many hours in the car. Some of our biggest driving days were 10-12 hours long. I admit my kids did spend a lot of time on electronic devices, but we didn’t want them plugged in all day long. Along with coloring sheets and “I Spy” games, one activity that occupied many hours on our trip was listening to podcasts. Here are a few great ones that you can listen to with your kids!
Three Road Trip Podcasts to Listen to with Your Kids
This was by far the favorite of the trip. Greek myths are told in a manner appropriate for young listeners, with assistance from “The Oracle of Wi-Fi” and some great production, music, voices, and sound effects. Episodes range from the adventures of Hercules to a full season covering the Trojan War. They also cover some myths from other cultures and geographic areas. There are six full seasons available, and the next season will come out in the fall of 2022.
Short, 10-15 minute episodes take listeners to some of the strangest and most interesting places in the world. My kids were especially intrigued by their episode on the World’s Oldest Edible Ham.
Want your kids to learn about economics, and be interested while doing it? This series from NPR’s Planet Money has six episodes, each tackling a different topic — bonds, 401K, index funds, and The Stock Market. I admit I was surprised that this kept my kids’ interest, but they listened intently to each episode and maybe even learned something on the way!
Podcasts are quickly becoming a go-to entertainment for us during long car rides.