Sometimes it can be difficult to find a truly kid-friendly radio station. If you’ve been wishing for something I have a solution you’ll be interested in. It is called Smart Kidz Radio from Smart Kidz Media when we recently had a chance to review their online radio station.
Smart Kidz Radio is what you would call and edutainment radio station. There is some educational quality to it and it is entertaining. It all online and streaming. You can listen from your computer or use the IOS or Android Apps. The station claims to be designed for children ages 3-10. There are several podcasts available for your listening convenience. At the moment they consist of mostly fairy tails and other songs. The music you’ll find coming through your speakers on this station is designed to teach children positive character and values. There are a lot of songs with the theme of building positive self-esteem and treating others well. There were songs about controlling your thoughts, being unique, being creative, controlling your anger, eating well, exercising, learning, and more.
Eventually, there will be an on-demand membership that will come with a yearly fee of $39 and give you access to more specific programming, Bible stories, and more advanced options where you can select content based on the age of your children.
To listen to the music, you go to the website and create a log-in account. Then you hit play and away you go. We chose to listen to while at home and on wifi in order to avoid a hit to our monthly cell-phone data. I had the music play while the kids were doing their usual activities like playing Legos or drawing.
The songs are all very upbeat. My oldest two boys (ages 10 and 12) weren’t fans at all. They thought the music was meant for much younger children. I agree. The style is very bubble-gum sugary and something I might have bought on CD back when I was running a toddler room at a daycare. My 8-year-old daughter thought they were ok. She told me she didn’t mind listening but wouldn’t if I didn’t say we needed to for the review. My 3-year-old daughter took some delight in them. She liked to whirl around to the beat and even remembered a few choruses and would sing them a bit when the music was off. Many of the songs have a catchy sort of tune that sort of sticks in your head.
It seems the songs may be on some sort of loop. If we listened for any kind of stretch of time, we’d hear the same songs repeated a couple of times. This delighted my 3-year-old as at that age children really enjoy repetition.
My 8-year-old and my 3-year-old both enjoyed the podcasts. They like fairy tales. Each one is about 20 minutes or less and were enjoyable at bedtime or what we call “rest-time” in the afternoons.
The streaming service is free and might be a great fit for families with small children. If that’s you, I’d recommend you give it a try. It’ll be interesting to see what they come out with for on-demand content eventually. Perhaps that’ll be more interesting to my older kids.