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, January 17


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…


Friday, January 18


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…

McNally Jackson Storytime

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,…

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…


Saturday, January 19


7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ~ 515 Malcolm X Boulevard ~ Harlem
10:00 am–7:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate the rich tradition of black comix during a two day event featuring activities for all ages including panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Freedom Quilting Bee, Winter Workspace Drop-In & Wave Hill House Exhibitions Opening

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
Create, improvisational compositions out of bountiful donated squares of fabric in honor of Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend, a community in rural Alabama that…

Crafting for Corduroy with Amanda Kingloff

Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–2:00 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15
Join special guest Amanda Kingloff, founder of PROJECT K!D, for a crafty program inspired by the exhibition A City For Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York. Visit the exhibition for inspiration,…

Read-to-Skate

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
FREE
Join Cali Co Cat  at the indoor Overlook, located on the second floor of the Skating Pavilion, to listen to stories, read books, and earn free skate rentals. Free books…


Sunday, January 20


Wave Hill Family Art Project: Freedom Quilting Bee

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
$10, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6–18, free/ages 5 & under
Create, improvisational compositions out of bountiful donated squares of fabric in honor of Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend, a community in rural Alabama that…

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, January 22


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, January 23


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, January 24


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…


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