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.


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



10:15 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)

Tuesday



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
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)
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



10:30 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)
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)
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)
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)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Virtuous Journeys (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Saturday



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)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Storytime ( 52 Prince Street)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Showtime Saturdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Storytime at the Strand (12th Street & Broadway)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture Storytime (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Sunday



11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Storytime at the Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

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

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

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

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

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Thursdays 11:30 am & 12:30 pm

Book Culture on Broadway

Weekly themed storytimes come in multiple languages.


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian


• Saturday, 3:30 PM

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

McNally Jackson Books

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


• Saturday, 11:30 AM

Strand

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

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

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