Ready to be amazed? Whether you’re looking for something interesting to discuss on a road trip, or just want to learn something new, below are 15 amazing trivia facts for kids. Each of them is in a different category, so there’s something for you no matter what you’re interested in!
Trivia Facts for Kids
Sports: In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single NBA basketball game. No one has broken this record (not even Steph Curry!).
Geography: The smallest country in the world, Vatican City, takes up 0.2 square miles, which is just a little bigger than Disneyland.
Music: The country of Monaco, the second smallest country in the world, has a bigger military orchestra than military.
Movies: 555 is the area code used for phone numbers in movies; it’s not real, so don’t bother dialing.
Television: Curious George isn’t actually a monkey. George doesn’t have a tail, which suggest he’s a chimpanzee. And chimps aren’t monkeys – they’re apes.
Just For Fun: The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. Can you say it?
Miscellaneous: There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. How many can you figure out? We’ll start: one is with four quarters.
History: Abe Lincoln was a professional wrestler long before he became the 16th President of the United States.
Literature: Dr. Seuss’s book “Green Eggs and Ham” uses only 50 words. Besides the four in the title, how many do you remember?
Language: A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same way from both ends, like mom or racecar. Can you come up with a new palindrome?
Science: It takes eight minutes and 19 seconds for light to travel from the sun to Earth. The light you’re seeing right now is over 8 minutes old!
Gaming: There are 18 types of Pokemon: Normal, Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Ice, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Steel, Fairy. Now close your eyes and try to name all 18 from memory!
Entertainment: Spongiforma squarepantsii is the scientific name for a type of mushroom named after Spongebob Squarepants, because it kinds of looks like him!
Religion: The word “halo” is never mentioned in the text of The Bible. Neither is the word “Bible!”
Holiday: In Virginia cities, you’re not legally allowed to go trick-or-treating for Halloween if you’re over 14 years old. Do you think that’s fair?
Can you believe all of these are true?!
If you loved these facts and want to learn more, click through to the curated trivia quizzes for kids on sporcle.com/kids! You can use these quizzes to find more fun facts to share, to see how much you know about a topic, or to complete with the family as a fun learning activity.