Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

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Once upon a time, preschool storytimes were an integral part of my weekday routine as a stay-at-home mom with toddlers and preschoolers. Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities

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. And, with a couple noted exceptions, each program is completely free entertainment for your young ones.


Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities: Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

  • Wild Rumpus Tale Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis. Time: 10:30am ongoing Mondays. Details: 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!
  •  Storytime w/ Mama Ray | Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis. Time: Currently this runs alternating Mondays, 10:30-11am. We recommend calling ahead; Mama occasionally needs a break. Details: Cozy up on the colorful shag rug for stories by local authors, songs, poems and fingerplays. Best for preschool-aged kids and their caregivers.


  • Story Time with Engineer Paul | Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St Paul. Time: 10am most  Tuesdays – please check the link first. Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store.
  • Book Club Storytime | Pottery Barn Kids, find your closest location here. Time: 11-11:30am ongoing Tuesdays. Details: Become a book club member and your kid is eligible for a special prize after attending five storytimes.



Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities: Como Zoo


  • Barnes and Noble Storytime | Galleria Shopping Center, Edina. Time: 10am ongoing Fridays (and Wednesdays – at this location). Details: For a listing of all local Barnes and Noble story events, click here.
  • Preschool Story Time | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings. Time: One Friday each month, 10 – 11am. Call ahead to register, 651-437-4359. Cost/Details: 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.

Various Day – Pre-Register

  • Musical Story Time | MacPhail Center for Music, Various Campuses. Time: MacPhail offers musical story times. While classes require pre-registration, you can sign up for all or just pick the dates you can go. $9.75/child.

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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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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