Story times make for a perfect outing and the Oklahoma City metro has plenty. Many of them even have hands-on activities. Share the love of reading with your child at one of these great story time events in the OKC metro.
(Editor’s note: this list was last updated Jan. 23, 2020)
Full Circle Bookstore’s Saturday Story Time
1900 Northwest Expressway
Why we love it: With story times offered every Saturday at 10:15am, this independent bookstore offers a cozy area for young readers, complete with big pillows, red ladders and a great mix of classic and popular children’s books. Stories are appropriate for toddlers through age 10, so this free event appeals to a wide age range—plus, there is a cafe for Mom and Dad to enjoy.
Art Adventures at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Avenue, Norman
Why we love it: Held every Tuesday at 10:30am, this free program is designed for ages 3–5 and combines a different book each week with a themed art project. It’s a perfect way for budding artists to find new books to love while having hands-on creative fun. Then, take advantage of the museum’s free admission to keep the creative juices flowing as you explore permanent and special exhibitions.
Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Why we love it: 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 with Mr. Ben at 10 a.m. each Saturday.
Reading Wednesdays at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno
Why we love it: Explore the natural world with nature-themed books and a craft in the most awe-inspiring natural setting around—the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Held in the lobby of the Crystal Bridge, the free program is held every Wednesday at 10:00am and is designed for ages 2–5. Once each month, the program features special guest readers, including local politicians and TV personalities (see website for upcoming guest readers). Afterwards, explore the Gardens’ 1,000+ plant species or play in the Children’s Garden for even more nature-based fun. (Please note: the program does not include admission into the Crystal Bridge.)
Norman Public Library
225 N. Webster
Why we love it: With one the largest children’s sections in the metro, the Norman Public Library offers story times and music programs several days a week. This newly-built, uber kid-friendly library makes it easy to find a story time or other literacy activity that works for every family.
For more read aloud opportunities, see our list of best story times in the metro as voted by our readers, or this round up of several story times!