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, August 13



10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
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)

Tuesday, August 14



10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
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)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Children’s Story Time @ Fauna (265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave)
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–4:45 pm
Chocolate Story Time (221 West 79th Street)

Wednesday, August 15



10:00 am–12:00 pm
Preschool Play (20 Battery Place)
10:15 am–10:45 am
Story Time for Pre-Schoolers (530 Colonial Avenue)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
10:30 am–11:00 am
Storytime and Singalong for Kids (126 Crosby 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, August 16



12:00 am
A Madeline Tea (100 Martine 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)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Stories in the Garden at Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
11:00 am–11:45 am
Stories In The Shade (1 Marina Drive)
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Topsy Turvy Thursdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Friday, August 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
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Storytime (421 East 61st Street)
11:00 am–11:30 am
Children’s Story Time @ Fauna (265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave)
11:15 am–12:00 pm
Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th 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)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Virtuous Journeys (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Saturday, August 18



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill Family Art Project: Fishy Fun (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–4:00 pm
Summer of Magic: Learn a Parlor Trick (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Showtime Saturdays (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
“This Is My Eye: A New York Story” Book Launch & Performance (10 River Terrace)
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour (159 East Drive)

Sunday, August 19



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill Family Art Project: Fishy Fun (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)
11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society Storytime (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Summer of Magic: Learn a Parlor Trick (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
August Picture Book Bonanza (18 West 18th Street)
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour (159 East Drive)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Storytimes by Location



Monday, August 13


Free, museum admission not required.


Tuesday, August 14


Free, museum admission not required.


• Tuesday, 10:30 AM

$5


• Tuesday, 3:00 PM

Free with museum admission


• Tuesday, 4:00 PM $24


Wednesday, August 15



• Wednesday, 10:15 AM

Free, museum admission not required.


• Wednesday, 10:30 AM $5/family


• Wednesday, 11:30 AM


• Wednesday, 3:00 PM


• Wednesday, 4:00 PM


Thursday, August 16



• Thursday, 12:00 AM


• Thursday, 10:00 AM

Free, museum admission not required.


• Thursday, 11:00 AM Free with admission


• Thursday, 11:00 AM


• Thursday, 3:00 PM


• Thursday, 3:30 PM


Friday, August 17


Free, museum admission not required.

Free with museum admission

$5


• Friday, 3:30 PM Persian

Free with museum admission


• Friday, 3:30 PM Free with museum admission


Saturday, August 18



• Saturday, 10:00 AM


• Saturday, 11:00 AM


• Saturday, 11:00 AM

Free with museum admission


• Saturday, 1:00 PM Free with museum admission


• Saturday, 2:00 PM


• Saturday, 2:00 PM


Sunday, August 19



• Sunday, 10:00 AM


• Sunday, 11:30 AM Free with museum admission


• Sunday, 12:00 PM Free with museum admission


• Sunday, 1:00 PM


• Sunday, 2:00 PM


• Sunday, 2:00 PM


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