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, June 18



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, June 19



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, June 20



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
10:30 am–11:30 am
Songs & Stories at River Run Playground (Riverside Drive & 83rd 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, June 21



9:00 am–6:00 pm
Summer in the Square: Astrograss (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)
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)
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, June 22



10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler 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)
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, June 23



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
10:30 am–11:45 am
The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper (39 Battery Place)
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: Eeyore (12th Street & Broadway)
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)

Sunday, June 24



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
“Colors” Story Time with Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford (12th Street & Broadway)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder Storytime (18 West 18th Street)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag (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


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

River Run Playground



• Wednesday, 10:30 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

Riverside Park, Locomotive Lawn



• Thursday, 10:30 AM

Museum Of Chinese In America



Every other Thursday 3:30pm

92Y



Thursdays 11:30 am & 12:30 pm

Book Culture on Broadway

Weekly themed storytimes come in multiple languages.


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian

Wave Hill



• Saturday, 10:00 AM


• Sunday, 10:00 AM

The Skyscaper Museum



• Saturday, 10:30 AM $5/child

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, 11:00 AM

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


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