Editor's Picks: Sensational Story Times




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Entertaining toddlers and young kids in the winter can be tough. Story times make for a perfect outing and the Oklahoma City metro has plenty. Many of them even accompany hands-on activities. Here are some of our top picks for story times happening almost every day of the week. Click through the calendar on the right to see even more story times.

Monday: Mustang Public Library

1201 N. Mustang Rd.

Mustang Public Library hosts two free story times for ages 3-7 each Monday. The hour-long story times start at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and include a craft activity related to the story of the day. 

Tuesday: Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

555 Elm Ave., Norman

Browsing an art museum might not sound too exciting for kids but the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art makes art interesting for little ones by featuring a special story time each Tuesday. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. for a special story time and art-related project especially for museum visitors age 3-5.

Wednesday: Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W. Reno

Give your kids a new appreciation for the changing seasons with a nature-inspired story time at Myriad Botanical Gardens. At 10 a.m. each Wednesday, staff at the Gardens presents a special story about the natural world catered specifically to ages 2-5 before delving into a related craft.

Thursday: Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W. Memorial Rd.

Drop by Martin Park Nature Center at 10 a.m. each Thursday for an exciting story and an accompanying hands-on activity. We love this story time because parents can make a morning of it by staying to walk the two-and-a-half miles of woodland trails and play on the nature-themed playground. Stories and activities are best suited for ages 3-7.

Saturday: Commonplace Books

1120 N. Walker Ave. (temporary location. Find them at 1325 N. Walker Ave. later this spring)

For some true neighborhood bookstore charm, a visit to Commonplace Books on Saturday morning is a must. This Midtown bookstore invites families in for a free story time at 10 a.m. each Saturday and provides pastries and juice to go along with the selected reading.

Saturday: Full Circle Bookstore

1900 N.W. Expressway

Parents love children’s story time at Full Circle because the on-site cafe has plenty of treats and caffeinated beverages. Kids probably like it because after the story there’s still time to play on the large train table inside the store. Stories are read at 10:15 a.m. each Saturday.

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Children will listen to stories, songs and rhymes, and then, afterwards, participate in a craft activity related to the story that was told for the day. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Kids 11 and under are invited to hear stories read by guest story tellers, meet a keeper and enjoy a snack—all on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo. Story sessions are...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Zoo
2101 NE 50th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 424-3344
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Features story time with staff from the Metropolitan Library System. Open to children ages 0-4 accompanied by their caregivers. Enter through the children's wing located at the west entrance.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
2717 W Hefner Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 507-7311
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Each week, enjoy books, music, stories and games about local community helpers. June 6: Shelby Hays, meteorologist for KOCO 5 news June 20: Jessica Conley, a Army National Guard Medic...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Moore Library
225 S Howard
Moore, OK
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Telephone: 793-5100
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Features a fun afternoon of dodgeball. For ages 9 - 13.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jackie Cooper Gym
1024 E Main St
Yukon, OK
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Telephone: 350-8920
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Each Wednesday in June and July, the History Center hosts Okietales, a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can hear and see history. Dive into history with books and stories and...

Cost: $2

Where:
The Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
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Telephone: 522-3602
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks, to create excitement about reading. Best suited for ages 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Features breakfast and a variety of reading activities. Buddy and Me Schedule: Friday, July 7 Patrons and their buddies can order breakfast from a special menu while children enjoy bubbles...

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Full Circle Bookstore
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 842-2900
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Features stories, sing silly songs and a snack. For children ages 1-6 and their parents.  

Cost: $2 or $2 worth of canned goods for the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank

Where:
The Professor Tutoring Office
9109 N Council
Oklahoma City, OK  73132
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Sponsor: The Professor Tutoring
Telephone: 922-5808
Contact Name: Brian Perryman
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Best of Books is hosting Parents' Night Out. Kids ages 5 and up can enjoy a fun evening of reading, games, crafts and pizza.  Drop off is at 7 p.m. and pickup is at 10 p.m. Preregister,...

Cost: $20

Where:
Best of Books
1313 E Danforth Road
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 340-9202
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Features a fun story time with Miss Julie every Saturday.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Books
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 842-2900
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Extremely hyperactive and interactive, Mr. Steve has been doing story times for Barnes and Noble for over 12 years now. His unique style of storytelling is extremely silly. Everybody gets a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
540 Ed Noble Parkway
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Telephone: 579-8800
Contact Name: Steve Galindo

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Features colorful Oklahoma characters as they reenact history. Departs Exchange Landing on Saturdays.

Cost: $6-$15

Where:
All OK RIver Cruises Landings
Oklahoam City, OK  73109


Telephone: 702-7755
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