There’s no question reading aloud is good for your kids. In fact, research shows kids benefit from being read to as early as birth! Lucky for you, Oklahoma City boasts plenty of opportunities for your kids to hear their favorite books in new and exciting settings. Here are some story times throughout the Oklahoma City metro for kids of all ages. For more read aloud opportunities, see our list of best story times in the metro as voted by our readers and our editor’s picks for sensational story times.
(Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19, many of the following events are held virtually or have been canceled. Please contact the venue directly to confirm details. This list was last updated May 10, 2020. Know of story times not listed here? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
FREE Story Time at the Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang). Kids hear stories, sing songs and learn rhymes and then participate in a related craft activity. Best suited for ages 3-6.
FREE Reading Wednesdays at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features a seasonal, nature-themed story time and a small craft to take home in the lobby of the Crystal Bridge. For ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
FREE Preschool Story Time at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont) features a 30-minute program geared for 3 & 4 year olds with stories, finger-plays, music and movement. Caregivers must be present and younger children are welcome. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave., Norman) features a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Story Time Science at Science Museum Oklahoma (2100 NE 52nd St) features a a story and corresponding activity in various locations throughout the museum. Free with admission. Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
FREE Story Times at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) is a wonderful way for your infant or toddler to develop their language and social skills. You and your baby or toddler can experience activities geared toward their age group like songs, dances, finger plays and more. Tuesdays: ages newborn to 18 mos, 10 a.m.; 18 mos – 3 years, 10:40 a.m.; ages 3 – 6: 11:30 a.m.
Okietales at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can hear and see history. Dive into history with books and explore a different topic from the wild West and cowboys to car and pioneer life. Admission includes museum admission following the program. $2. Wednesdays during June & July, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Dr Ste 110, Edmond) features a story and craft time designed for their youngest customers. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m.
FREE Story Time at The Boxcar Coffee Shop (2100 N Eastern Ave, Moore) features story time, songs and a little bit of dancing hosted by representatives of the Moore library. Best suited for kids ages 12 & under. Thursdays during the school year, 2 – 3 p.m.
FREE Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time at the Piedmont Library (1129 Stout St NW, Piedmont) features a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others. For ages birth to 3. Fridays, 10 a.m.
FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. First & third Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.
FREE Story Time at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (540 Ed Noble Parkway) features a themed story time and related activity. Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m.
FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
FREE Children’s Story Time at Best of Books (1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond) every Saturday at 11 a.m.
About the author: Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.