Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Okay, it is time to admit that story times have changed and we are not sure when and if they will ever go back to normal. We no longer have a story hour option for every day of the week and many of the current offerings are not free and have limited capacity. We have broken story times into four categories: (1) live and in person events, (2) online events, (3) library story times and (4) all the rest of our favorites that we hope to see return soon.

As always, if you know of a story time that we have missed, please leave it in the comments and we’ll share with the community.

infant music class

2022 Play Partner: Songs with Sarah

Songs with Sarah is an audition based music school that specializes in early childhood music and offers lessons and classes for children through adults! Heavily influenced by Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, we help students find their musical through ear training, singing, chanting, movement and creative play. Every teacher has a degree in music and is committed to using improvisation in every lesson and class!

There is a budding musician in each and every one of us- come find it here!

Live & In Person Story Times

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. You can check for participating stores here. Ongoing Saturdays, 11am. FREE!

Storytime & Activities Sign at Barnes & Noble, Woodbury Minnesota


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. Reservations are currently required.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
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. Meet in the Andersen Horticultural Library. Final Friday of each Month April through October in 2022.

Moon Palace Books | Minneapolis

3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Monday Storytime with Mama Ray & Storytime with Sarah & Bruno are still on hold. However, Picture Books on Parade are offered on Saturday mornings during the Midtown Farmers Market from 8am-1pm during the summer of 2022.

Moon Palace Books

Preschool Story Time

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Monthly Friday Story Times, 10am-11am
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.

Boy playing with branches at Carpenter Nature Center in St. Croix Minnesota
Carpenter Nature Center

Puppet Story Time

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Monthly Monday & Friday Story Times, 10am-11:30am
Stories about a different nature theme each month told by the Westwood puppets. There is a fee of $4-$5/pp for this program which includes a story, naturalist-led activities. Registration is required.

Puppet Story Time @ Westwood Nature Center

Red Balloon Bookshop | St Paul

891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors. Wednesday Mornings at 10:30am – outdoors, weather permitting. Learn more here.

Steppingstone Theatre Explorers

Park Square Theatre, 20 W 7th Pl, St. Paul, MN 55102
Watch for new dates in the fall of 2022.

Themed group songs and stories followed by independent play and art stations in a mixed ages setting (ages 2-5). Dress to get messy. Pay As You Are Able ($17/class covers the cost of one family). Pre-Register or Pay at the door.

Online Story Times

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.

Library Storytimes – Baby, Family & Preschool Storytimes

Most of the libraries are offering virtual story hours; some have brought back in person events.

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.

Children's section at Sun Ray Library in St. Paul, Minnesota
Sun Ray Library

Story Hours Currently On Hold

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.

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

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.

Animal Humane Society of MN

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.

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.

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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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