Weekly Storytimes

There are tons of amazing storytimes is this literary city. Check out local library events (which can be crowded and may require competitive advance lining up) and these upcoming destination storytimes featuring music, crafts, yoga, live animals and more. Special events like author reading come up each week so keep checking back!
Need more climate-controlled options? See our guides to museum family programs, drop-in classes, and indoor playspaces plus our weekly events guide. And our favorite books for at-home storytime.
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Thursday, April 25


Another Poem in Your Pocket Day & Haiku Workshop

Poets House ~ 10 River Terrace ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–2:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, a national initiative that promotes poetry, with a haiku workshop with Amy Losak, based on the award-winning H is for Haiku by her mother, Sydell Rosenberg, as…

Earth Day Every Day: Drag Queen Story Hour

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Celebrate Earth Day with environmentally friendly DIY fizzy bath pods, botanical sculpture workshops and a fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour.

Tiny Poets Time

Poets House ~ 10 River Terrace ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–11:00 am
FREE
Enjoy songs and poetry readings for ages 1 - 3 in a lovely room filled with objects intended to promote thought and creative association.

Transit Tots

New York Transit Museum ~ Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street ~ Brooklyn
10:15 am–11:00 am
$10 $5/ages 2-17 & 62+
Enjoy stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes like animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, subways and buses.…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

MOCAKIDS Storytime

Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under
Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new…

Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
FREE
Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


Friday, April 26


Gateway Storytime

American Museum of Natural History ~ West 81st Street & Central Park West ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–11:45 am
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under
Ages 2 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a…

Children’s Story Time @ Fauna

Fauna ~ 265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave ~
11:00 am–11:30 am
$5
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions.

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children's center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little…

Virtuous Journeys

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under
Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


Saturday, April 27


Arbor Weekend at Wave Hill

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate trees in a lovely landscape of leafy giants. Activities for all ages include a Junior Arborist Station where ages five and up can don tree-climbing harnesses and hardhats and…

Astro Pea Interactive Story Time

Bank Street Bookstore ~ 2780 Broadway at 107th Street ~ Harlem
10:30 am–11:30 am
FREE
Join award winning author, illustrator and storyteller Amalia Hoffman in an Astro Pea adventure with props, lights and her finger puppet, Pete the pea. Follow Pete on his cosmic adventure…

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
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.

Colors de la Runway Community Coloring Event

Book Culture LIC ~ 26-09 Jackson Ave ~ Queens
11:30 am–12:30 pm
FREE
Join a special community coloring event led by Colors de la Runway author, Clarence Ruth. Drawing inspiration from the book's theme, participants of all ages are invited to fill in…

McNally Jackson Storytime: Books & Art

McNally Jackson Books ~ 52 Prince Street ~ Tribeca/Soho
11:30 am–12:30 pm
FREE
Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and favorite classics. Some sessions include guest authors and illustrators,…

The Amazingly Awesome Amani Storytime Event

Barnes & Noble Park Slope ~ 267 7th Avenue ~ Brooklyn
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Authors Jamiyl and Tracy-Ann Samuels read their children’s book, The Amazingly Awesome Amani, based on their son Trey Amani, who is on the Autism spectrum. The book promotes Autism awareness, anti-bullying,…

Wendy Warbler Up Close: A Children’s Reading and Activity Hour

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15/family
Educator Angela Parrino, PhD, owner of Honey Tomes, LLC, a publishing company dedicated to wellness materials for children and adults, will be reading from Courtney Appel-Sadler’s book Wendy Warbler Up…


Sunday, April 28


Arbor Weekend at Wave Hill

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–3:00 pm
$10, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6–18, free/ages 5 & under
Celebrate trees in a lovely landscape of leafy giants. Activities for all ages include tree ring mandala making workshops, maple syrup tasting and a tree-themed guided family walk.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
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.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Birthday Party

Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library ~ 10 Grand Army Plaza ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–12:30 pm
FREE
Be part of The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 50th birthday celebration and nationwide tour. Listen to Eric Carle's beloved children's book at this very special story time, participate in fun crafts…

New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:30 am–12:30 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…


Tuesday, April 30


Children’s Story Time @ Fauna

Fauna ~ 265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave ~
11:00 am–11:30 am
$5
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children's center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little…


Wednesday, May 1


Coquí Club

El Museo Del Barrio ~ 1230 Fifth Avenue ~ Upper East Side
9:30 am–10:30 am
FREE
On the first Wednesday & Saturday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and…

Storytime and Singalong for Kids

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe ~ 126 Crosby Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:30 am–11:00 am
$5/family
Join Amy Virginia Buchanan for reading, singing, and dancing appropriate for kids 3 and under and their caretakers.

Kids Karma Yoga StoryTime

Karma Kids Yoga ~ 25 West 23rd Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:30 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Read stories and learn age-appropriate yoga poses at these free action-packed storytimes for yogis up to six years old in a gorgeous brick studio with pretty flower murals. Even at…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…


Thursday, May 2


StoryDance Playgroup

Downtown Dance Factory ~ 291 Broadway ~ Tribeca/Soho
9:30 am–10:15 am
FREE
Enjoy story time, craft, dance games and activities and free play time in a nurturing, supportive, creative and professional environment. RSVP by email ([email protected]) with child's name and date of…

Tiny Poets Time

Poets House ~ 10 River Terrace ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–11:00 am
FREE
Enjoy songs and poetry readings for ages 1 - 3 in a lovely room filled with objects intended to promote thought and creative association.

Transit Tots

New York Transit Museum ~ Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street ~ Brooklyn
10:15 am–11:00 am
$10 $5/ages 2-17 & 62+
Enjoy stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes like animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, subways and buses.…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
FREE
Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


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