Lately I have been looking for some extra things to listen to either at home or in the car. We don’t do screen time with our son during the week (only on weekends) and with the days getting longer and more time in the car going between activities I have been throwing some ideas around. I thought I would start looking into Kids podcasts and we have been trying a few out. I am not getting through books as quickly as we did before and I thought this might be a nice addition to our “Entertainment Review” section! These reviews will come out on Thursdays if I don’t have a book reviewed.
The first podcast I wanted to review quickly became a favorite. My son really enjoys sci-fi stories, as does my husband, and I had a feeling this one would be a lot of fun. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is written and narrated by Jonathan Messinger and editted by his son Griffin.
The story starts out in the first season introducing Finn Caspian. He lives aboard the Marlow 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station with his family and his friends. He is having a birthday (his 8th!) and this is the year he gets his own robot. He is really excited about it and he and his 3 friends (Abigail, Elias, & Vale) sneak down to the robot lab to get a sneak peak. He is finally introduced to his robot, called Foggy, who joins them in future episodes on adventures around the solar system and helps save the day (and Finn’s life in episode 2). The friends stick together and there is a lot of team work, curiosity, supportive wording, and silliness! There is no violence but each episode is leaves you on the edge of a cliff and you want to hear how things turn out! It can be a bit suspenseful and it really keeps kids and adults hooked!
Each episode is around 20 minutes long, which has been great because the time commitment is on the shorter side. The podcast is downloadable from your favorite app store or you can start listening from their web site here! The story is a serial story so make sure you start with episode 1, season 1 so you know the whole story (it won’t make much sense if you start in the middle). They are currently in season 3 and there are additional stories about Bee Bop too. The story telling is fun and clear and we all snuggle in to listen.
They say this podcast is great for kids ages 5-10, and I think that is pretty accurate. Although my kiddo is 10 and he really likes it (so I think kids a little older will appreciate it as well…we’ll see though). There is an interactive component to the show as well where they ask for feedback or suggestions. This lets the kids get involved in the show which I think is a really nice touch. The only thing my son isn’t as keen on and I think this is because he is on the older side is the interview with Griffin at the end of each episode. The episodes we are currently listening to are in season 1 where Griffin is 6 and it feels “younger” at that point. The story portion is something he asks to listen to every night to figure out what is going to happen next so that definitely speaks to the older crowd.
If you are in the market for a podcast for your kids, make sure to check this out!