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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Sunday, September 23


Latinx Arts Festival

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 National Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize Latinx Americans’ contributions to art and culture. Create stamps and prints, inspired by the work of Cuban artist Belkis Ayón, use neon paper…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Bundle Dyeing and Hapa Zome

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
Join visiting artist Natalie Stopka to create botanical works of art featuring common herbs and garden flowers—like marigolds, coreopsis and hollyhock. Practice the technique of hapa zome, also known as…

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.

Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

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…

Sukkot at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 145 Brooklyn Ave ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–3:30 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under
Celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and neighbors to join them inside for meals and festivities, with…

Japan Society Creative Play & Family Workshop

Japan Society ~ 333 East 47th Street ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15
Explore Japan’s seasonal customs and culture through art making based on a different theme each month. From 1–2 pm, preschool-aged children and their caregivers attend a full moon viewing party…

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…

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the…


Monday, September 24


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…

Preschool Play

Robert F Wagner Jr Park ~ 20 Battery Place ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided, plus water play.

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:15 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…


Tuesday, September 25


Preschool Play

Robert F Wagner Jr Park ~ 20 Battery Place ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided, plus water play.

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

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…

Chocolate Story Time

Voila Chocolat ~ 221 West 79th Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
$24
Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role…


Wednesday, September 26


Preschool Play

Robert F Wagner Jr Park ~ 20 Battery Place ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided, plus water play.

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

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. My 2-year-old loved trying handstands against the wall.

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…

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Book Culture on Columbus ~ 450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
FREE
The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


Thursday, September 27


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.

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Sukkot at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 145 Brooklyn Ave ~ Brooklyn
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under
Celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and neighbors to join them inside for meals and festivities, with…

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.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…


Friday, September 28


Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

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.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:15 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…

Persian Book Culture Storytime

Book Culture on Broadway ~ 2915 Broadway at 114th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
FREE
Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children's section of an independent bookstore.

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, September 29


Wave Hill Family Art Project: Tiny Terrariums

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
Create a mini-terrarium in a recycled glass jar. Craft a small world to nurture a little succulent bud through the winter. Add layers of sand, tiny rocks and natural materials,…

Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington) Storytime

Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington ~ 150 East 86th Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–11:30 am
FREE
Join in stories, songs, coloring and activities led by a bookstore employee.

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.

Stories at the Statue: The Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party

Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue ~ East 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Central Park
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate the Ugly Duckling's birthday in the finale of the Hans Christian Andersen Statue Storytelling season, featuring Andersen himself, live music and storytelling.

Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

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,…

Showtime Saturdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under
Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


Sunday, September 30


Wave Hill Family Art Project: Tiny Terrariums

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 a mini-terrarium in a recycled glass jar. Craft a small world to nurture a little succulent bud through the winter. Add layers of sand, tiny rocks and natural materials,…

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.

Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

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…

Sukkot at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 145 Brooklyn Ave ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–3:30 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under
Celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and neighbors to join them inside for meals and festivities, with…

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…


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