Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
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.


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

Storytimes by Day


Monday


10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
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)

Tuesday


10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
10:30 am–11:30 am
StoryTime with Cali Co Cat (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) at Book Culture on Columbus Storytime (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)
11:00 am–2:00 pm
Summer Dance (One Bowling Green)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Eloise Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th 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


10:00 am–11:00 am
Mad. Sq. Park Story Time (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:30 am–12:00 pm
Yoga Storytime (25 West 23rd Street)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Eloise Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus Storytime (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

Thursday


10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:00 am–2:00 pm
Summer Dance (One Bowling Green)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Eloise Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Topsy Turvy Thursdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Friday


10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Eloise Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
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)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Virtuous Journeys (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Saturday


10:00 am–1:00 pm
Make It Rooted! (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)
11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus Storytime (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Madeline: Storytime and Crafts (12th Street & Broadway)
11:00 am–5:00 pm
NYC Children’s Poetry Festival (Governors Island)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling (East 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue )
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Bryant Park Reading Room Kids: Happy Hooping with Amy Rogers (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Showtime Saturdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture Storytime (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Sunday


11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Madeline: Storytime and Crafts (12th Street & Broadway)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Storytimes by Location


Robert F Wagner Jr Park



Monday–Wednesday 10:00 am–12:00 pm

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

Bryant Park



• Tuesday, 10:30 AM


• Saturday, 12:00 PM

Book Culture on Columbus

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


• Tuesday, 11:00 AM Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) at


• Wednesday, 4:00 PM


• Saturday, 11:00 AM

National Museum of the American Indian - New York

Through the end of May, learn about Taino culture through stories, song, movement, and hands-on activities in this free weekly drop-in music and movement class for ages 18 months - 4 years old.

Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

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.

Tuesdays - Fridays 2 pm

Shakespeare & Co.



• Tuesday, 4:00 PM

Madison Square Park



• Wednesday, 10:00 AM

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

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling



• Thursday, 3:30 PM


• Friday, 3:30 PM Free with museum admission


• Saturday, 1:00 PM Free with museum admission

Book Culture on Broadway

Weekly themed storytimes come in multiple languages.


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian


• Saturday, 3:30 PM

High Line 14th Street Passage



• Saturday, 10:00 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

Strand

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

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

Governors Island



• Saturday, 11:00 AM

Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue



• Saturday, 11:00 AM


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