EXCLUSIVE: Children’s podcast network Fun Kids launches subscription service

Apple Podcasts and Fun Kids website subscribers can access ad-free and bonus content

Fun Kids, a UK-based national children’s radio station and podcast network, has launched a subscription service via its website and Apple Podcasts. 

Subscribers will have access to ad-free content across 33 of Fun Kids’ original podcasts including weekly series such as Fun Kids Science Weekly, Activity Quest, Stream It, and Book Worms, as well as short-form documentary podcasts, educational programs, and stories like My Life, History for Kids, and Space Cadets. Bonus episodes of Fun Kids’ flagship shows will also be available for subscribers. 

“We've been lucky that the show's success means we get lots of feedback from children online but also at our live shows,” said presenter of Fun Kids Science Weekly Dan Simpson. “Fun Kids Podcasts+ gives me another fantastic way to chat to listeners all over the world, and getting the chance to do bonus episodes means I've got more time to spend with superfans who love to hear about stories and science.”

Fun Kids has invested heavily in the podcast market, such as recently launching a new version of its popular Story Quest podcast which includes interactive story ideas from listeners. 

“Our Book Worms podcast lets us explore the best and biggest children's books around, by speaking to their incredible authors,” said Book Worms presenter Bex Lindsay. “Kids books are so important and yet often under-appreciated by the media, so I'm thrilled we have a chance to make more episodes and support as many authors - both new and more established - as we possibly can. Combining the reach of the radio and the podcast also means that we're an essential stop for publishers.” 

Listeners can subscribe to Fun Kids Podcasts+ as a monthly or annual membership via Apple Podcasts’ in-app subscription tools. Users of other podcast platforms, including Spotify and Google Podcasts, can subscribe via the Fun Kids website and link the service to their preferred platform via a special subscriber-only RSS feed. A 30-day free trial is also available to try out for first-time subscribers. 

“We’ve always been keen on giving families the choice of how to access our content, Fun Kids Podcasts+ means that families can now choose to get our podcasts ad-free as well as receive special bonus content by signing up for £3.49 a month or £34.99 a year,” said Matt Deegan, Fun Kids station manager and British Podcast Awards co-founder. “We’re also excited that we’ve been able to provide this service direct to Apple Podcast users as well as those who use other popular apps. 

“We think Fun Kids Podcasts+ provides excellent value in the kids audio market, bringing together 33 shows - a number which will grow - all for a low monthly price. Whilst testing the product we’ve been incredibly pleased with how many overseas users have signed up to get excellent quality english-language content for their families.”