EPISODES
  • ENCORE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - A Very Merry Zap to the Future Christmas Special

    Today we have a special episode to celebrate Zap’s favorite holiday and the most magical time of the year. In this podcast story for kids, listen as Zap calls on some of Season 1's characters to help Santa and save Christmas 3022.

    We hope you enjoy this episode written by the voice of Zap.


    Happy Holidays from the Familia Alvarez!

    9m | Dec 21, 2023
  • ¡Ayuda! Stop the Frankenpire Migration! - Halloween Special Story for Kids

    As you may recall from the last episode, Zap was in coding class when he received a future message asking for help to stop a Frankenpire Migration. The message is from the year 2812. What are Frankenpires? And Ayuda means help in Spanish. Will Zap travel to a new country on this adventure? Keep listening to find out.

    If you are listening for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to episode 1 and catch up on Zap’s adventure so far.

    While Zap visits a fictitious future in the middle of a super storm in this episode, in real life a major hurricane hit parts of Mexico on Oct. 25. Zap's adventures focus on helping the future, but let's take a break and help the present. We encourage you to search the internet for the many ways you can donate to the Hurricane Otis relief fund.


    15m | Oct 31, 2023
  • ENCORE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL STORY FOR KIDS: Gombies in Paris!

    Today we have an encore episode of last year's Halloween special. This is a fun, silly, and just spooky enough adventure where Zap gets to travel to Paris, France and practice some French while learning about the Eiffel Tower and helping a new friend stop gombies.

    Usually, we break up our story into short 10-15 minute episodes, but for this special we're combining the three parts of Zap's gombie adventure in Paris.

    We hope you enjoy this episode of Zap to the Future and come back to listen to this year's Halloween special.

    30m | Oct 29, 2023
  • The Volunteer State Returns! Cowabunga!

    As you may recall from last episode, Zap is trying to help organize a beach clean up in the year 4196. Can he inspire future people to help? Will the Volunteer spirit be reignited by a 21st century kid from Chattanooga? Keep listening to find out.

    If you are listening for the first time, we encourage you to head on over to episode 1 and catch up on Zap’s adventure so far.

    12m | Oct 15, 2023
  • Surf's Up Chattanooga!

    Welcome back Zap fans! We've had a bit of a long summer break but as we've gotten back into our homeschooling routine, we've been writing and creating more fun, future adventures and can't wait to share more in Season 2.

    As you may recall from last episode, the mystery caller reminded Zap of the time tablet’s three rules while on a family camping trip. The mystery caller also mentioned environments change over time. How will Chattanooga, TN look in the year 4196? Keep listening to find out.

    If you are listening for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to episode 1 and catch up on Zap’s adventure so far. For now, we are launching straight into the story, enjoy Zap to the Future Episode 14, Surf’s up Chattanooga!

    13m | Oct 1, 2023
  • Let's Go Camping!

    Welcome to Season 2 of Zap to the Future. In this season Zap will jump into new adventures and explore how environments change over time. This season also brings new future friends, space pirates, Franken-pires, and a weather event called a Trash Panda-Nado. What will Zap do to help the future? Will Jay and Abuela pop up in the season? Will Abuela cook more platanitos? Stay tuned to find out. 

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to episode 1 and catch up on Zap’s adventure.

    After listening, draw us a picture of what you think any of the scenes or characters from today's episode look like, and then tag us in it on Instagram @zapfuture. We'd love to see your artwork and share it on our feed!

    If you would like to support Zap to the Future, you can subscribe and give us a review on your favorite podcast player, follow us on Instagram @zapfuture and share it with a friend!

    Zap to the Future is a fiction story podcast for kids based on Zap, a 10-year old boy scout and expert rock climber. He journeys across time to help future civilizations overcome some amazingly silly challenges. Zap applies lessons learned from school, family and scouts to help a variety of fun future characters.

    Zap to there Future is created, written, voiced, and produced by The Alvarez Family. When we started this project we had zero experience in podcasting other than being loyal listeners to quite a few.

    11m | May 19, 2023
  • Zap's May the 4th Special - Moon Battles Part 3

    Happy Star Wars Day Zap Fans!

    Today, in celebration of May the 4th, we circle back to Zap's incredible adventure inspired by his favorite movie trilogy, Star Wars! We hop you enjoy this episode written by the voice of Zap.

    As you may recall from the last Moon Battles special, Zap and the rebel squad are on the Doom Moon trying to recover the superstar rock. Will ap and the rebel squad be successful in retrieving one of the greatest power sources of the Milky Shake Way? Listen in to find out!

    11m | May 4, 2023
  • Moon Battles Part 2 - Zap's Star Wars Parody Remastered

    Hi Zap Fans! If you listened to our most recent episode, celebrating Zap to the Future's 1 year anniversary, then you heard that in our first year of recording and audio production we had a lot of learning to do! Now we're using all those lessons to make Season 2 even better! 

    As we bring you new adventures of Zap going into the future, we're also looking back at Season 1 and remastering the audio. We'll slowly start re-releasing each of Zap's adventures with much cleaner and consistent volume so you can better enjoy Season 1. 

    While we did consider just replacing the previous episodes' audio files, we decided that instead sharing the before and after and how much we have learned, improved and evolved over time can be encouragement to other families who may be interested in producing some sort of creative endeavor but are afraid of sharing something that isn't quite perfect yet. 

    And because Zap is such a HUGE Star Wars fan, before jumping into Season 2, we bring back MOON BATTLES. 

    We hope you enjoy this remastered versions of Moon Battles Part 1 & 2 and stay tuned to celebrate Star Wars day on May the 4th with a new Moon Battles installment! 

    We hope you enjoy these episodes written by the voice of Zap and voiced by The Alvarez Family.

    13m | May 3, 2023
  • Moon Battles - Zap's Star Wars Parody Remastered

    Hi Zap Fans! If you listened to our most recent episode, celebrating Zap to the Future's 1 year anniversary, then you heard that in our first year of recording and audio production we had a lot of learning to do! Now we're using all those lessons to make Season 2 even better!

    As we bring you new adventures of Zap going into the future, we're also looking back at Season 1 and remastering the audio. We'll slowly start re-releasing each of Zap's adventures with much cleaner and consistent volume so you can better enjoy Season 1.

    While we did consider just replacing the previous episodes' audio files, we decided that instead sharing the before and after and how much we have learned, improved and evolved over time can be encouragement to other families who may be interested in producing some sort of creative endeavor but are afraid of sharing something that isn't quite perfect yet.

    And because Zap is such a HUGE Star Wars fan, before jumping into Season 2, we bring back MOON BATTLES.

    We hope you enjoy this remastered versions of Moon Battles Part 1 & 2 and stay tuned to celebrate Star Wars day on May the 4th with a new Moon Battles installment!

    We hope you enjoy these episodes written by the voice of Zap and voiced by The Alvarez Family.

    17m | May 3, 2023
  • Celebrating 1 Year of Zap to the Future!

    A year ago we had zero experience in podcasting other than being loyal listeners to quite a few. But when our kids said they wanted to turn an idea into a podcast, we embraced the mindset that everything is figure-out-able and made it happen. Zap to the Future has turned into an avenue of creativity and connection that we want to continue to share with other families. We've learned a lot from our trial and error and have even more fantastic characters, stories (and sound effects) in store for Season 2. For now, take a moment to celebrate this milestone with us!

    2m | Apr 10, 2023
  • The E-Male Special: The Challenge of the Clickbaiter

    Hi Zap Fans! This is a special episode focused on expanding the Zap to the Future Universe. Today's adventure will return to the 31st century and follows the great guardian of the interwebs, the laser fast WiFi Warrior, the only man on Earth with ultra binary bravery...the dazzling Digital Defender of the 31st Century - the E-Male!

    Get ready for a fun future adventure as the Wi-Fi Warrior matches wits with one of his zaniest foes.

    This episode is inspired by the 1960's Adam West Batman series and a father and sons' love of superheroes.

    12m | Mar 18, 2023
  • Zap vs. the Mega Giant Gombie Kiju

    As you may recall from Episode 11, thousands of Gombies combined to form the mega giant gombie kiju, threatening Zap, Gen and the historic Eiffel Tower. Can Zap think quickly to save them and Paris in the year 2419? Listen to find out!

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to head on over to Episode 10, and catch up on Zap’s Gombie adventure.

    15m | Feb 2, 2023
  • A Very Merry Zap to the Future Christmas Special

    Today we have a special episode to celebrate Zap’s favorite holiday and the most magical time of the year. Listen as Zap calls on some of Season 1's characters to help Santa and save Christmas 3022.

    We hope you enjoy this episode written by the voice of Zap.

    9m | Dec 22, 2022
  • Night of the Living Gombie

    As you may recall from Episode11, thousands of Gombies combined to form the mega giant gombie kiju, threatening Zap, Gen and the historic Eiffel Tower. Can Zap think quickly to save them and Paris in the year 2419? Listen in to find out!

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to Episode 10, and catch up on Zap’s Gombie adventure.

    15m | Dec 12, 2022
  • L'Attack du Gombies - Halloween Special Story for Kids

    In this Halloween Special episode, Zap travels to Paris, France in the year 2419 and battles a silly, but not scary, combination of ghosts and zombies called Gombies.

    As you may recall from episode 9, Zap received a help notification from the French Prime Minister of the year 2419. Gombies have overrun Paris. What are Gombies? How can Zap help Paris, the city of light? Can our young hero save a future super city in under an hour and not miss climbing practice? Listen in to find out. 

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to earlier episodes, and catch up on Zap’s adventure.

    15m | Oct 30, 2022
  • The Grand Reset of the Time Tablet's Artificial Intelligence

    As you may recall from Episode 8, Zap traveled back from the 31st century where he helped stop an ancient computer virus. Zap's time tablet was hack attacked and he needs to manually reboot LaLa, the tablet's voice assistant. Can Zap successfully reboot one of the most advanced pieces of artificial intelligence tech ever created? Listen in to find out!


    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to head over to Episode 8 and catch up on Zap's adventure.

    15m | Sep 20, 2022
  • Rebooting the Future

    As you may recall from Episode 7, Zap traveled to the 31st century to help stop an ancient computer virus. The computer virus is deleting data and replacing it with poop emojis. Zap's time tablet was hack-attacked, leaving the device inoperable. Zap and the Emale went to Ka Ching Tower to find the ancient CPU hardware to set up a code trap. Will the Digital Duo stop the poop emoji virus and help the future recover from the digital disaster it’s left in its wake? Listen in to find out!

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to hit pause, head on over to Episode 5 and catch up on Zap’s adventure with the Amazing Emale.

    15m | Sep 6, 2022
  • Podcasting with Kids - Alvarez Family Q&A

    Zap’s had plenty of adventure so far. From finding the Time Tablet to exploring the 31st century with a digital superhero, every episode has been a lot of fun.

    In this bonus episode, the Alvarez family answers some questions from Zap to the Future podcast listeners and fans. We talk about the reasons why we started this podcast, our story writing and production process, and answer questions about some of your favorite Zap to the Future characters.

    Have a question we didn't get to answer? Or a great idea for one of Zap's adventures? Send them our way! Visit www.zapfuture.com to send us an email or voice message or check us out on Instagram @zapfuture.

    8m | Aug 8, 2022
  • Trap Code that Poop Emoji Virus

    As you may recall from Episode 6, Zap traveled to the 31st century to help stop an ancient computer virus. The computer virus is deleting data and replacing it with poop emojis!!! Zap's time tablet was hack-attacked, leaving the device inoperable. In an effort to stop the virus once and for all, Zap and the EMale went to KaChing Tower to find the ancient CPU hardware to set up a code trap. Can Zap survive the wild levels of KaChing Tower long enough to help the 31st century and reboot the time tablet? Listen in to find out!

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to head on over to Episode 5 and catch up on Zap's adventure with the Amazing EMale.

    15m | Jul 20, 2022
  • The Digital Duo Team Up

    As you may recall from our last episode, Zap traveled to the 31st century where his time tablet was hack attacked, leaving the device inoperable. Can the Digital Defender of the future help restore the time tablet? Will their combined efforts stop the deleting of the ancient code virus? Listen to find out!

    If you are tuning in for the first time, we encourage you to head over to Episode 5 to catch up on Zap's adventure with the Amazing E-Male!

    15m | Jun 27, 2022
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