During the holiday season and even all year round, kids love music. It doesn't matter if it's a birthday, Christmas, or just a simple family gathering, kids are usually the first ones to turn on the music.
The Internet is no exception. One of the most popular activities for kids online is listening to music. Very often, they'll tune into free online radio stations for their favorite tunes.
The problem with regular mainstream radio stations is that they often feature content that isn't appropriate for young children. This might include vulgar language or references to explicit subjects.
The following list includes nine of the best online radio stations that offer well produced, carefully selected and appropriate music for young children and toddlers.
FunKids is probably one of the most popular online radio destinations for kids. The reason it's popular is because there are actual shows on at regular times - something for kids to look forward to.
Listen to FunKids Radio
These shows are appropriately themed for toddlers and youngsters with titles like "Giggle", "Nap Hour" and "Bedtime." There's even programming for mom and dad after 9pm. To listen to the station, just click on the red "Listen Live" button at the lower right corner of the screen.
RTE radio offers a variety of online radio content, but for kids, RTE Junior really pulls through. Here, you'll find nursery rhymes, popular hit songs and narrated stories that little ones will love.
RTE Jr Player
While the website itself isn't much to look at, the player is actually decent and opens in a new window so your child can continue using the Internet while listening.
Yahoo does a lot of things right, and Kids Radio is certainly one of them. At Lil' Kidz Tunes offered by Yahoo Music, kids can listen to hit children's songs around the clock for free.
Yahoo Music Player
The great thing about the kids music at Lil' Kidz Tunes is that they are not obscure songs by unknown groups - these are all well-known hits that kids really like to sing along with.
Of all of the online radio stations for kids, Radio Disney is most likely the most popular one with the largest audience of kids. This is no surprise considering that it has the substantial backing and support of the Walt Disney company.
Listen to Radio Disney
Listening to the radio show is as easy as clicking on "listen online" on the main website. Kids will hear all of their favorite stars.
Babies need music too, and one of the cutest online radio stations of them all is definitely My Baby Radio.
My Baby Radio Player
The My Baby Radio player offers soothing programs for baby during morning and night, fun baby songs during the day, and there's even content available for mothers and fathers to learn more about pregnancy and caring for babies.
For somewhat older kids, JenniRadio is the place to go to keep up with the latest news about the stars, and to hear some of the more recent hit songs.
Listen to Jenni Radio
From the main website, clicking on "Listen Live" will open up the JenniRadio player in a new window. The main website also features kid's entertainment content that kids will enjoy reading about.
ORS radio is another online radio site with a multitude of stations, and one of those happens to be called "Kids!"
ORS Radio Player
While most large online radio sites don't always have good kid's stations, ORS does. It doesn't always play the latest hit music, but you'll find content like Blue's Clues and fun kids songs.
When most people think of Pandora Radio, they think of the generic online music player for adults. However, if you search Pandora for "kids", you'll discover a wonderful radio station for kids called, simply, "Kids Radio."
Pandora Kids Radio
The station tagline is described as having "mostly kids' songs," and the content includes some well known children's singers like Laurie Berkner, Raffi and the Wiggles.
Kid's Public Radio is another great source of online kid's programming. There are three distinct children's stations to choose from including sing-alongs, stories or lullabies.
KPR Kid's Radio Stations
The content on these stations open up in Windows Media Player, and the content is fantastic. Kids will really love the singalong station with live shows and music that all kids enjoy singing.
The 9 online radio sites listed above are a sampling of some of the best Internet radio stations that offer high-quality content for kids. When you open up one of these stations for your child, you can rest assured that they're going to love the music, and you don't have to worry about what they might accidentally hear.