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.