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. And, with a couple noted exceptions, each program is completely free entertainment for your young ones.
- 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.
- Preschool Storytime | Red Balloon Bookshop, St Paul. Time: 10:30am ongoing Wednesdays. Details: Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors.
- Furry Tails Storytime | Golden Valley Animal Humane Society. Time: 10am each 2nd Wednesday of the month. Details: Call 763-489-2221 to reserve a spot – these fill very quickly! The 45-minute program includes a story, craft and time with an animal.
- Theatre Explorers Storytime | Steppingstone Theatre, St Paul. Time: 10am Jan 31st – May 30, 2018. Details: $5.00/family. Drop ins welcome, but only 10 children per session allowed. You can pre-register for one or all.
- Family Storytime | Ramsey County Library Roseville. Time: 10:30am. Details: Stories, songs, creative movement and more for toddlers and preschoolers. For a complete listing of library story hours in the Ramsey County system, click here.
- Lil Explorer Thursdays Storytime | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul. Time: The free program runs 10am – noon, ongoing Thursdays through April 28, 2016. Two themed storytimes are held during this time. Details: 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.
- Furry Tails Storytime | Woodbury Animal Humane Society. Time: 10am each 1st Thursday of the month. Details: Call 763-489-2221 to reserve a spot – again, these fill very quickly. The 45-minute program includes a story, craft and time with an animal.
- Preschool Storytime | Red Balloon Bookshop, St Paul. Time: 10:30am ongoing Thursdays. Details: Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors.
- Sensory Friendly Story Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis. Time: 9:30am second Thursdays. Details: A calmer, less busy storytime.
- StoryTime | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska. Time: 10:30am Details: Adults will still need to pay admission ($15), unless you are a member.
- 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.
- St. Paul Public Library Storytimes
- Hennepin County Library Storytimes
- Ramsey County Library Storytimes
- Dakota County Library Storytimes
- Washington County Library Storytimes
- Anoka County Library Storytimes
- Carver County Library Storytimes
- Scott County Library Storytimes
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.