Weekly Storytimes

Met StorytimeOur literary city has tons of indoor storytimes to keep wee ones entertained (and learning to love books). Neighborhood library storytimes are convenient but crowded – sometimes strollers line up out the door for the limited spots. Store and museum storytimes tend to be more intimate, and many take place in destination-worthy spaces.

All storytimes are great places for meeting other families and often include music, crafts and other activities. The talent (and crowd management skills) of the storyteller can vary, so try out a few and leave a comment below or email us about your favorites.


Need more climate-controlled options? See our guides to kid-friendly museums, drop-in classes, and indoor playplaces or see our weekly events guide.

Storytimes by Day



Monday, May 14



10:15 am–12:00 pm
Gateway Storytime (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:00 am–11:45 am
Chocolate Story Time (221 West 79th Street)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Tuesday, May 15



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co. Storytelling (939 Lexington Avenue between 68th & 69th Streets)

Wednesday, May 16



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:30 am–12:00 pm
Kids Karma Yoga StoryTime (25 West 23rd Street)
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus Storytime (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

Thursday, May 17



10:00 am–11:00 am
Tiny Poets Time (10 River Terrace)
10:30 am–11:15 am
Locomotive Lawn Live (Riverside Boulevard & West 61st Street)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Eloise Story Time at The Plaza (Fifth Avenue & Central Park South)
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Friday, May 18



10:00 am–4:30 pm
Tilly’s Tea with Alice (100 NY-312)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
10:30 am–11:30 am
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Flower Garden Storytime (421 East 61st Street)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
11:30 am–12:15 pm
Not Your Typical Story Hour (1395 Lexington Avenue)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Persian Book Culture Storytime (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Saturday, May 19



10:00 am–6:00 pm
Celebrate Pinkster (381 North Broadway)
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Feathers and Flora Weekend (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington) Storytime (150 East 86th Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Doll-E 1.0 (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)
11:00 am–6:00 pm
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (125 West 18th St)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Storytime at the Strand (12th Street & Broadway)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Storytime ( 52 Prince Street)
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
May Picture Book Bonanza (18 West 18th Street)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Showtime Saturdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Sunday, May 20



10:00 am–4:00 pm
Feathers and Flora Weekend (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
10:00 am–4:30 pm
Tilly’s Tea with Alice (100 NY-312)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Eloise Story Time at The Plaza (Fifth Avenue & Central Park South)
11:00 am–6:00 pm
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (125 West 18th St)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Storytime at the Strand (12th Street & Broadway)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Children’s Book Illustrator Series: Evan Turk (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
1:30 pm–2:30 pm
The Gruffalo: Live on Stage (199 Chambers Street)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Storytimes by Location


American Museum of Natural History

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit to a related museum hall.


• Monday, 10:15 AM Free with museum admission

Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Daily storytimes in the the lovely art-themed Nolen Library (which can be accessed without paying admission via the southern entrance at 81st Street) come with a list of related artworks to hunt down in the galleries.

Monday-Friday 10:30 am

Voila Chocolat



Monday 11–11:45 am & Thursday 4-4:45 pm

Monica + Andy NYC



Monday & Friday 11:15 am
Thursdays 4 pm
Sunday 10:30 am

New-York Historical Society

Hear tales of New York City past and present in a cozy library with a great selection of history-themed books, maps, and 'History Hunt' drawers.

Tuesday & Friday 3:30-4:15 pm

Shakespeare & Co.



• Tuesday, 4:00 PM

Karma Kids Yoga

Read and do age-appropriate yoga at these free action-packed storytimes and puppet shows for yogis up to six years old.


• Wednesday, 11:30 AM

Book Culture on Columbus

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


• Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Poets House



• Thursday, 10:00 AM

Riverside Park, Locomotive Lawn



• Thursday, 10:30 AM

Eloise at the Plaza



• Thursday, 11:00 AM


• Sunday, 11:00 AM

Tilly Foster Farm



• Friday, 10:00 AM $14 at this link


• Sunday, 10:00 AM $14 at this link

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden



The third Friday of every month, 10:30-11:30 am

92Y



Thursdays 11:30 am & 12:30 pm

Book Culture on Broadway

Weekly themed storytimes come in multiple languages.


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian

Philipsburg Manor



• Saturday, 10:00 AM

Wave Hill



• Saturday, 10:00 AM


• Sunday, 10:00 AM

Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington

Join in stories, songs and crafts led by a bookstore employee.


• Saturday, 11:00 AM

Books Of Wonder

Employees from NYC's largest and oldest children's bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 11:30 am

David Rubenstein Atrium



• Saturday, 11:00 AM

The Metropolitan Pavilion



• Saturday, 11:00 AM $30, free/kids under 10


• Sunday, 11:00 AM $30, free/kids under 10

Strand

Each week, staff at this famous bookstore read from a favorite book.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

McNally Jackson Books

Storytimes at this independent, internationally bookstore are led by master storytellers.


• Saturday, 11:30 AM

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling



• Saturday, 1:00 PM Free with museum admission

Guggenheim



• Sunday, 1:30 PM $40 per family (includes a copy of the book & museum admission)

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center



• Sunday, 1:30 PM $30


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