Reading to your child is not only an opportunity to bond, but also promotes literacy, language development, and school readiness. Sometimes though, you can’t stomach reading the same book for the thousandth time or you just need to get out of your house, and in these cases there are many local options for storytimes that will allow you to both broaden your repertoire and meet new friends.
St. Peter’s School
Mondays 11:00 AM
Give your 18 month to 3 year old a taste of preschool with a morning of songs and stories at this independent, private school. Registration is recommended, so check the website for the schedule and fill out a registration form.
Zoom Dance at Dig Yoga
Mondays 10:30 AM
Bring your 1.5 to 3 year old to the most active story time in the city. Expect to read a story and then explore how the characters move by performing the stories with a twist of toddler imagination and creativity.
Tuesdays 10:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Join librarian Lindsay for her enthusiastic reading of books that teach colors, shapes, animals, and letters. In between books, she gets the kids moving with songs and dancing that you will be sure to incorporate into your home routine. Afterwards most people stay to play and check out books.
Baby Wordplay’s Little Theatre at Dig Yoga
Tuesdays 10:30 and 11:30 AM
Miss Pam is renowned for her animated storytelling and engages the children in sensory play as she weaves a story that captures the attention of all ages. On Tuesdays, the Little Theatre leaves its Graduate Hospital home for pop-up sessions at Dig Yoga, so show them our Queen Village little readers are ready to learn!
Wednesdays 3:30 PM
It is worth the short walk North of Queen Village to find Momo’s Treehouse. This toy store specializes in whimsy. You will find few electronics and many toys that will stimulate your child’s imagination, including puppets, building materials, and art supplies. The staff is eager to help you find exactly what your little one wants (for us, a toy shark) and demo all of the quirky gizmos that you otherwise might overlook. Join them on Wednesdays to hear a story and then browse for gifts for your next birthday party invite.
Queen Village Art Center
Thursdays 10AM (storytime starts at 11)
Join the Creative Playgroup for sensory play, including art, stories, and play. Kids 12 months and younger are free, otherwise the two-hour group is $5. Use this as an opportunity to meet new friends and try out an Art Center class.
Head House Books
Friday 11:15 AM
Do something unique and bring your kids into a real bookstore! I kid, but locally-owned, independent bookstores are getting harder to find. So nestle among the great writers of our time and get to know a neighbor while sharing a book.
For more information about the importance of reading aloud: http://www.reachoutandread.org/why-we-work/importance-of-reading-aloud/
[I have no affiliation with the above businesses. While I have attended some of these storytimes with my children, I have not been to all of them personally due to my work schedule. All dates/times were up-to-date at the time of publication, but check the individual websites for the most accurate information.]