Australian Podcast Awards 2023: Best kids podcast

As parents seek more ways to replace screen time within their childrens’ media diets, kids podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular category. This category looks at those podcasts which brings their young audiences engaging and enriching content, without talking down to them, helping shape the podcast fans of tomorrow.

Winner: Dino Dome

ABC Kids Listen’s Dino Dome has found an enthusiastic audience of three-to-eight year-old dinosaur enthusiasts keen to absorb each 12-15 minute episode, with a monster 1.6 million downloads to date.

The premise is simple: dinosaurs compete with each other in the greatest race of all time. But not all dinosaurs are well equipped for each biome, and with races taking place in environments varying from deserts and volcanoes to deep sea waters and suburban streets, Dino Dome is a great way for children to learn about prehistoric creatures’ respective strengths and weaknesses in an exciting and fact-filled manner. 

It’s masterful edutainment, with each episode commentated with all the excitement of a sporting match. The rich sound design and high-energy performances make it a show that benefits from repeat listens for dino-obsessed children keen to absorb all the facts and quirks about their favourites.