The Ultimate Guide to Story Times in Cincinnati

As a parent of young kids, story time is a regular part of the weekly routine. What’s better than cozying up with your kid on your lap, and listening to a hand-plucked lineup of children’s classics? It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, meet other parents and have someone else do the work (and silly voices). Plus, story time is almost always free! So shake up your routine by attending a new story time this week.

We present to you the Ultimate Guide to Story Times in Cincinnati:

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Behringer-Crawford Museum Tot Tuesdays!

Tot Tuesdays!, designed to help prepare preschoolers for reading readiness and socialization, are held from 10:30-11:30 am on the third Tuesday of every month. Included with admission plus a $1 craft fee/child. Admission is free for BCM members, and $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60+ and $5 for children. 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011

Blue Manatee Literacy Project

This local gem offers a variety of baby, toddler and preschooler story times each month. Bonus: buy a book, and BMLP will donate a book! 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati (Oakley), Ohio 45209

Boone County Public Library

6 branches with a huge variety of weekly story times and kids events.

BCPL hosts a monthly Sensory Storytime for families. Read all about the Main Branch here!

Brazee Street Studios

Brazee’s story times are for kids 3-6, and feature an accompanying glasswork activity. 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati (Oakley), Ohio 45209

Campbell County Public Library

Three branches in N. KY host a variety of weekly story times.

Cincinnati Art Museum REC Reads

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs, and sensory activities. This free, 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati Museum Center

Story Tree Time is held at 11 am every Wednesday in the Children’s Museum. (Membership/Museum tickets are required.) 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203

Clermont County Public Library

10 branches in Clermont County mean lots of story times from which to choose.

Nature-themed story time at The Sharon Center.
Nature-themed story time at The Sharon Center.

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Free story times are held weekly at various Great Parks locations. (A 2020 Motor Vehicle Permit required for park admission.)


  • Cincinnati: Story times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am. If you’re out and about on the weekend, don’t miss the Saturday morning story time at 11 am!
  • Crestview Hills: Story times on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 am.

Kenton County Public Library

KCPL offers more than 25 weekly storytimes for children ages 5 and younger, plus weekly activities for older children and offer special programs for struggling readers including Puppy Tales, Reading Buddies and new this summer Horse Tales (reading to a horse). A storytime for children with sensory issues is also offered!

King Arthur’s Court Toys

This local gem hosts a FREE story time Tuesdays at 11 am. Stay afterwards and play in the store’s fabulous, Medieval-themed indoor play place, The Dungeon!

Liberty Center

Take a break from shopping for story time at The Liberty Center's Discovery Center.Come for a FREE story time in the Children’s Discovery Center every Friday at 11:30 am. 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069

LilyPad Play

This play space in O’Bryonville hosts a number of weekly classes, including Spanish Story Time and Music and Learning. 2008 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

MidPointe Library

If you’re closer to Butler County, MidPointe Library boasts five branches with a variety of weekly story times and events. While you’re at Liberty Center, be sure to visit the MidPointe Library Liberty Branch!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Follow TCT on Facebook for info on their character-themed story times!

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Story times held six days a week (Monday-Saturday) at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s 40 branches. 

Tent Tales/Tales & Trails at L.L. Bean

Yep – even L.L. Bean has story time! Check L.L. Bean Kenwood’s store events page for the next Tales & Trails. Some are held at the store; others, at beautiful, offsite locations! All Tales & Trails are free; but registration is required. Story times held monthly at L.L. Bean Kenwood


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