Play and Read in NYC this Summer!

Sun’s out, which also means the kids come out to play! Did you know that New York City parks offer a ton of reading events during the summer? There’s no better way to spend your time under the sun than with interactive storytelling, sing-alongs, and great views! 

Here is a list of weekly events for you and your kids to enjoy. 

Storytelling in the Park

When: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
What: An annual Summer tradition, now in its 61st season. Gather at the famous statue for stories from a different story teller (or two, or more…). With folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine. (For ages 3 and older)
Where: Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue; 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue entrance Upper East Side, NY 10021
Website: storytelling-nyc.org

Fun in the Sun Summer Reading at NYPL Mulberry Street SOHO

When: Mondays, 11:30am (through July 24)
What: Music for Aardvarks sing songs about the summer. From the beach to ice cream, summer classics, and more. (For ages 0-5.)
Where: 10 Jersey St. SoHo, NY 10012
Website: nypl.org

Madison Square Kids Storytime

When: Wednesdays, 10am (through August 23)
What: Make your imagination run wild with exciting tales about art and nature! Every week features a different story teller who will transport you to another place and time. (For ages 0-8)
Where: Madison Square Park, Cherry Lawn - Madison Avenue and 23rd Street Flatiron District, NY 10010
Website: madisonsquarepark.org

Reading Room at Bryant Park

When: Saturdays, 12-1pm (through August 19)
What: Spend Saturday afternoons with your favorite literary characters! This program features storytelling, magic shows, and musical performances, too. (For ages 0-10)
Where: Bryant Park - 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown, NY 10018
Website: bryantpark.org

Storytime at the Battery

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am (through August 17)
What: Enjoy an hour-long of storytelling followed by hands-on activities. (For ages 3-8)
Where: The Battery Urban Farm, Battery Park - Broadway and State Street
Battery Park, NY 10004
Website: thebattery.org

Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park

When: Wednesdays, 11am (through August 2)
What: Brooklyn Heights librarians will read stories from their summer reading list and more! Listen to fun stories and sing songs, while enjoying the view of the Brooklyn Bridge! (For ages 0-5)
Where: Granite Terrace behind Pier 3, Furman Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
Website: brooklynbridgepark.org