Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Once upon a time, preschool storytimes were an integral part of my weekday routine as a stay-at-home mom with toddlers and preschoolers. The time we spent at bookstores, libraries and other tot spots around town made up a big piece of our social life. We’d see familiar faces, discover new stories, and I would often take away valuable nuggets of parenting advice. The list below of toddler and preschool story times are hosted at highly kid-friendly venues around the Twin Cities. Most of these programs are completely free entertainment for your young ones and drop-in in nature. Where there is a fee or a pre-registration requirement, we have noted this. As always, please call or check the website before coming out! (These times were most recently verified and updated on 2/10/20. We’ve made notes where we are waiting for verification).

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Monday Storytimes

Wild Rumpus Books | Minneapolis

Three cheers for Wild Rumpus Tail Time – the most consistent and dependable story time in the Twin Cities! Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot at this popular story time. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! 10:30am ongoing Mondays. On Hold – But find virtual story times here.

Tail Time at the Wild Rumpus - Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Story Time with Boo @ Kiddywampus | Hopkins

Weekly storytime with Boo, a seasoned actor and teaching artist, filled with imaginative fun and books for all. Complimentary, ages 2+ (younger sibs always welcome), just turn up for the fun. (An indoor play space is coming, too. Combine your weekly story time with play time. Like Choo Choo Bobs, story time will be free, but pay to play). On hold.

Tuesday Storytimes

L.L. Bean at the Mall of America

Tent Tales for Tykes presents storytime in a tent. Nature stories, activities, games and crafts. Toddler Tuesdays are also at the MOA from 10 am to 12pm. Ongoing Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm. On hold.

Tadpole Tuesday Story Time | SeaQuest Rosedale

Animal-themed storytime, crafts and games, included with admission. This storytime may be best for families with a membership. 10:30-11:30am. On hold, but SeaQuest is open.

Pottery Barn Kids | Edina & Maple Grove

Both Twin Cities locations appear to participate in Book Club Storytime (however, we recommend calling the individual store to verify). Become a book club member and your kid is eligible for a special prize after attending five storytimes. Ongoing Tuesdays, 11-11:30am. On hold.


Wednesday Storytimes

Red Balloon Bookshop | St Paul

Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors. Currently 10:30am ongoing Wednesdays; please check for the most recent schedule. Mostly virtual, but there are a couple outdoor story times this summer.

Animal Humane Society | Golden Valley

Furry Tails Storytime is very popular and fills quickly. Required: call 763-489-2221 to reserve a spot. The 45-minute program includes a story, craft and time with an animal. Second Wednesday of each month, 10–10:45 a.m. On hold.

Steppingstone Theatre | St Paul

Theatre Explorers Storytime sessions run on the same schedule as classes and break for summer. Check the link for current schedule. $10.00/family. Drop in program. Pay at the door. On hold.


Thursday Storytimes

Tots and Tales Story | Keg and Case, St Paul

An hour of stories read by local authors of children’s books, along with an interactive learning activity. Special children’s lunch deals from Keg and Case vendors.

Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul

The wonderful Lil Explorer Thursdays program includes two themed storytimes. This is a fantastic free event aimed at preschoolers and includes all kinds of hands-on activities, manipulatives, games and crafts. Meet in the Visitor Center. Ongoing Thursdays, 10am-noon. On hold.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska

The Arb is a beautiful place to spend time year-round. Storytime at the Arborteum is held at the Visitor Center each week. Kids are free, adults will still need to pay admission ($15), unless you are a member. Thursdays, 10:30am. Virtual until further notice.

Wild Rumpus Books | Minneapolis

Sensory Friendly Storytime is a calmer, less busy storytime than the original Tail Time (see above, storytimes on Monday). Second Thurs of the month, 9:30am. This is not currently on the store’s calendar. I have emailed them and will update when I hear back. On hold until further notice.

Animal Humane Society | Woodbury

See above description of Furry Tails Storytime. Call 763-489-2221 to reserve a spot. 10am each 1st Thursday of the month. On hold.


Friday Storytimes

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings

Call ahead to register for Preschool Story Time. There is a fee of $5 per child for this program which includes a story, craft, and nature and animal education. Accompanying adults are free. One Friday each month, 10 – 11am. Registration is required.

Moon Palace Books | Minneapolis

Monday Storytime with Mama Ray & Storytime with Sarah & Bruno are still on hold. For now, watch Zoom Friend & Neighbor Storytime on Fridays at 9:30am.  Registration is required.

Moon Palace Books

Storytime with Mama Ray


Saturday Storytimes

Barnes and Noble Themed Storytimes

These story time themes are chosen by corporate headquarters and offered all over the country. Not all Barnes & Noble stores participate, but a good many local locations do. Sometimes there will be more than one national theme and possibly a local author scheduled. We were told by the Galleria store that they’ll just share all the books when this is the case. You can check for participating stores here. Ongoing Saturdays, 11am. See individual stores for confirmation – virtual story times also offered each week.

Storytime & Activities Sign at Barnes & Noble, Woodbury Minnesota

Wild Rumpus Bilingual Storytime | Minneapolis

A virtual Spanish/English bilingual story time with bookseller Leigh! Sing songs in Spanish and read Spanish/bilingual picture book favorites. Online.


Sunday Storytimes

Boneshaker Books | Minneapolis

It’s Magical Story Time with a mission – to address a need for greater diversity in kid lit and encourage empathy in the youngest book lovers. This links to their Facebook page – please check before coming to storytime.  11am-noon. On hold.


Library Storytimes – Baby, Family & Preschool Storytimes

On hold or virtual – Check your favorite library.

Know of another great gathering spot for stories in your neighborhood? Please drop us a line so we can share your suggestion with other families.


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3 thoughts on “Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities”

  1. Scoops and Stories, a preschool storytime with books, music and more is every Tuesday at 9:30am at Cold Front in St. Paul! Come listen to stories while enjoying coffee and ice cream.

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