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, July 16



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, July 17



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)
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, July 18



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:00 am–3:00 pm
Imagination Playground at Cooper Hewitt ( 2 East 91st 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, July 19



9:00 am–6:00 pm
Summer in the Square: Story Pirates (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)
10:00 am–11:00 am
Tiny Poets Time (10 River Terrace)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
10:45 am–11:30 am
Reading of Charlotte’s New York Adventure: A Meeting in Midtown (127 East 46th Street between 3rd Ave & Lexington)
12:30 pm–2:00 pm
Delirious Library (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
MOCAKIDS Storytime (215 Centre Street)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Friday, July 20



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Stories in the Garden at Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
1:00 pm–7:00 pm
Peace in the Park: Bringing Communities Together (Central Park, West 72nd 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)

Saturday, July 21



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill Family Art Project (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
Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling (East 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue )
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Storytime at the Strand (12th Street & Broadway)
12:00 pm–1:45 pm
Bryant Park Reading Room Kids: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Showtime Saturdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Sunday, July 22



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill Family Art Project (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
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)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Storytimes by Location


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

Bryant Park



• Tuesday, 10:30 AM


• Saturday, 12:00 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.

Tuesday & Friday 3:30-4:15 pm

Shakespeare & Co.



• Tuesday, 4:00 PM

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum



• Wednesday, 11:00 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

Book Culture on Columbus

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


• Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Union Square

Baby Loves Disco leads storytimes, nutrition education, singalongs, fun activities, special guests and more.


• Thursday, 9:00 AM

Poets House



• Thursday, 10:00 AM

Bright Horizons



• Thursday, 10:45 AM

Madison Square Park



• Thursday, 12:30 PM

Museum Of Chinese In America



Every other Thursday 3:30pm

Wave Hill



• Friday, 11:00 AM Free with admission


• Saturday, 10:00 AM


• Sunday, 10:00 AM

Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell



• Friday, 1:00 PM

Book Culture on Broadway

Weekly themed storytimes come in multiple languages.


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian

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

Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue



• Saturday, 11:00 AM

Strand

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

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling



• Saturday, 1:00 PM Free with museum admission


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