If the young people in your life haven’t heard yet, Akron has its very own podcast for children ages 7 to 12. And current and future fans will have the chance to listen to it live—and before anyone else.
Akron Children’s Museum and Snow Day Productions will team up to present “Akron Children’s Museum Presents: Akron Adventures Podcast- An Exclusive Listening Party!” Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Akron Children’s Museum, 216 S. Main St. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m., and the listening party starts at 3 p.m. The afternoon will include kid-friendly activities and snacks, the “Akron Adventures” listening party, door prizes and a special appearance from University of Akron mascot Zippy.
The “Akron Adventures” podcast is written and produced by Julie Drew, Marlia Weisse and Casey Shevlin, local writers, teachers and educational designers whose original-fiction, serial podcast for children is unique in a market that offers primarily nonfiction, one-off stories or dramatized productions for kids.
These entrepreneurs, who founded Snow Day Productions in 2017, say they are deeply committed to writing stories that children find wildly entertaining, but that also encourage empathy, curiosity and community. The “Akron Adventures” podcast takes place in Akron, and each story is based on a location and historical event around the city that is then fictionalized. Season 1 premiered in December 2017 to consistently positive reviews, and listenership has grown ever since.
Akron Children’s Museum offers fun, educational play, events and programming for children of all ages and is a center for STEM learning, with customized experiences for schools’ field trips, Scouting events and other groups.
With engaging programs such as STEAM Team Saturdays, problem-solving adventures and a ninja-like course opening soon, the museum aims to attract middle-school aged children, including its partnership with the “Akron Adventures” podcast.
“This unique podcast aligns with the museum’s STEM-focused pillar, designed to provide opportunities for children to think creatively and critically, this time through the use of technology,” said Executive Director Traci Buckner.