A Review on Jonathan Park Audio Adventures
“Mommy can we sit in the car and finish?” my kids would cry out from the back as I pulled into the driveway. Turning off the car meant stopping the Jonathan Park adventures we were listening to. Most of the time, I was equally hooked and didn't require much coaxing. So, there we'd sit in the garage with the windows down listening until we reached the end of the CD.
My family is filled with HUGE Jonathan Park Audio Adventure fans!! I have ALL their CDs…yes, all of them! We've been listening to them for almost ten years. I even have CDs that are no longer available. My two older boys loved the stories and the adventure. We'd listen to them on long road trips and just around town. We'd even just listen to them in the house while building legos.
A few months ago it dawned on me that my youngest kids hadn't really listened to them yet. Wade, my eight year old son, was just a baby when we were listening to all the CDs with his older brothers. So, when my box of newly updated Jonathan Park CDs arrived Wade was all smiles.
Yes, I said newly updated! Even the box is redesigned. You see the folks at Jonathan Park have completely repackaged and are re-marketing their product. What is fun for us is that they are actually based right here in San Diego. I contacted them a few months ago about doing a little field trip to see their set up, and we ended up talking about all the fun new changes happening at their company — and about having me do a review for them.
I jumped at the opportunity. Our family has been enjoying Jonathan Park for so many years now. I've told friends and family about it, but it felt like only homeschool families really knew about Jonathan Park. It almost felt like it was the best kept secret out there for Christian parents — but not anymore! The secret is out…
5 Reasons Every Christian Family Should Listen to Jonathan Park
Homeschooling or not, every family needs to learn how to defend their faith and articulate the truth of the Bible. Hence, my love of apologetics. There is no better way than listening through these CDs. Even my husband and I were learning. Aside from all the excitement that takes place throughout the various stories within Jonathan Park, the main characters are constantly being challenged about their faith. It's so amazing to hear historic and scientific data that support creation and our faith.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
1 Peter 3:15
2) It's HIGHLY entertaining!
I had my girls running to sit on my lap as they listened along with Wade (and me) as one of the characters encountered potential peril. All of us just sat there in the school room riveted to the story. It was incredible. Wade couldn't stop asking for us to keep going onto the next episode as we'd finish one — then another. (Eventually, I could tear him away to eat lunch.) Boys and girls will love the action and adventure happening throughout the audio presentation. It's geared for 7-13 year olds, but our whole family loves it. I will note that if you have boys — they will LOVE it!
3) Great for long trips
Whether you are traveling across town or across the country, great audio stories are so wonderful for kids. When my older boys were younger, we were able to keep them thoroughly entertained listening to Jonathan Park when we are on vacation. We'd make our way through several albums during our road trips. It always helped to pass the time. Which leads me to…
4) Less screen time and more imagination
It's so easy to only think about TV shows or movies when we think about entertainment. We get stuck. Yet, audio books and audio adventures like Jonathan Park are incredible at getting kids to use their imagination to create the “picture” of the story being told. I love that when we are listening, we are re-engaging our minds and not just zoning out.
5) Highly educational — for the whole family!
You don't have to be a homeschool family to appreciate the educational element of the Jonathan Park adventures. The stories are filled with historical, geographical, Biblical, and scientific instruction. The best part is that because the stories are engaging and the information is exciting, kids (and adults) remember so much more than I ever would have thought. My older boys still remember details from the series that they listened to so many years ago.
Are you ready for a little sneak “peek” of Jonathan Park?
I really shouldn't say “peek” since we're listening in. Just click below to get your little sample.
Exciting, huh? Be sure to check out Series One today. They have a special discounted price right now. So, miss out.