17 Columbus Based Virtual Story Times for Kids

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When you can’t go to the library for a traditional story time, watch one of these virtual story times for kids provided by Columbus area businesses and libraries!

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With library programs on pause, we miss our local story times! If your voice is getting hoarse from reading the same book over and over to your kids, let one of these local businesses and libraries take over for a little bit! This list includes options for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged kids!

So many local organizations (and of course Columbus area libraries) have been providing online story times for kids over the past few months! I’ve compiled an example for each and also a link to where you can find more stories from each organization! 

Virtual Story Times for Kids from Columbus Libraries and Other Local Organizations: 

I’m going to start out this list with our traditional library story times and then end it with story times that are being offered by other local organizations that are not libraries!

1. Columbus Metropolitan Library

Virtual story times from Columbus Metropolitan Library can be found on their YouTube Channel and the story featured below is The Widemouthed Frog, a cute pop up book!

2. Grandview Heights Public Library

Online story times from Grandview Library can be found on their YouTube page! The Story below features the book Go Away, Big Green Monster!


3. Worthington Libraries

Worthington Libraries has a whole list of online story times available on their YouTube Page. The story below is one of the beloved Elephant and Piggie Books: Should I Share My Ice Cream?


4. Bexley Library

Bexley Library has rhymes, stories and other activities on their YouTube page. The story below is for elementary ages: I am Jane Goodall.


5. Southwest Public Libraries

Southwest Public Libraries is offering stories and songs on their YouTube Channel. The story below is the colorful book Elmer.


6. Upper Arlington Public Library

The UA Public Library has a collection of videos for kids including story times songs and crafts. The video below features Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow.

Visit their YouTube page for more story times!

7. Delaware County District Library

The Delaware County District Library has family friendly videos on their Facebook page including craft time, story times, a kids cookbook club and crafts. The video below features the book Not Quite Snow White.


8. Westerville Public Library

Westerville Public Library has family storytimes, baby story times, toddler story times, and more on their YouTube page! There are stories, songs, activities and more!


9. The Underground Railroad Museum

The Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio is doing a weekly story time. This one features the book Frederick Douglass.


10. Paulette’s Princess Parties

Paulette’s Princess Parties has done several online story times featuring various princesses and super heroes! On their Facebook page, you can view the story times, dances, songs and more!


11. CATCO is Kids

CATCO is Kids offers CATCO is Storytime, Playwriting lessons and artist spotlights! The video below features the classic Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham!


12. Spanish for Niños

Spanish for Ninos has an online story time available in Spanish! They are also offering online Spanish classes! This story time video features the book Hormigas En Mis Pantalones / Ants in My Pants!

Visit their Facebook page for more videos!


13. Columbus Police Department

The Columbus Police Department offers Books and Badges via Facebook video! In the video below, the officer reads from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and has a visit from his dog!


14. Little Bottoms Free Store

Little Bottoms Free Store has been providing story times via Facebook Live. This video features the book How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?.


15. The Shazzbots!

Captain Captain from The Shazzbots! has been doing daily songs and stories via Facebook Live! If you visit their Facebook page, there are months worth of videos to watch! 


16. Piccadilly Play Cafe

Piccadilly Play Cafe has a YouTube channel with stories and online art camp classes. Below, a staff member reads the book The Big Hungry Bear!

17. Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Grange Insurance Audubon Center has several online videos that feature story times, singalongs, science experiments and more! The video below features the book Say Hello Like This!.


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Story Times For Kids in Columbus Ohio

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These story times for kids in Columbus, Ohio will keep your kids entertained with stories, crafts, treats and other fun activities! 

There are so many fun story times for kids around Columbus! I especially love the addition of story times at restaurants! Books + Food = a perfect combination! But whether or not you want a snack, a walk on the farm or a themed craft, there’s something on this list for everyone! Make sure to double check with each location’s calendar to make sure the story time is still on!

reading area inside Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers.

Enjoy a story time for kids at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers.

Story Times for Kids in Columbus Ohio:

LL Bean

  • 4222 Easton Loop W., Columbus, OH 43219

Tent Tales for Tykes – Storytime at L.L.Bean takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30. Each week features a different nature or outdoor theme, and related activities, games or crafts. Recommended for children ages 3-6. Register online.

Duck Donuts (Dublin)

  • 7717 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Takes place every other Monday morning from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Includes story, coloring and a demonstration of how donuts are made! Recommended for ages 3-6. Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Chick fil A on Sawmill

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  • 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Takes place on the First and Third Mondays of the month at 10:00 AM. The theme varies each time! (Plus CFA Sawmill serves breakfast until 11:00 AM!) Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Cheryl’s Cookies

  • 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082

Story time takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Story time includes reading 2 stories, a craft and a snack size cookie for all participants. (Take advantage of their daily value on Wednesdays: 5 cookies for $5). Call 614-901-0046 with questions.

Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center

  • 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Story Time takes place the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is $5/family. The theme is seasonal based on what is going on on the farm at the time! Double check their events page for updates.

Ohio Wildlife Center

story time at Ohio Wildlife Center

  • 6131 Cook Rd. Powell, OH 43065

 Wild Story Time takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and includes stories, a craft, a tour of the grounds and a visit from an animal resident! Double check their events page for updates.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Story time at Scioto Audubon Columbus, Ohio

  • 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215

Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM and features nature themed stories. Inside the Center is also an indoor play area for young kids! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.


  • Multiple Locations

Story Time at Lifeway takes place at 10:00 AM on Saturdays with several stories! Kids of all ages are welcome. Click the link for store locations.

Franklin Park Conservatory

story time at Franklin Park Conservatory Columbus Ohio

  • 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Nature Storytime takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 AM. This is appropriate for kids ages 3-5 and features stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. During the spring and summer, the story time takes place in the Children’s Garden. Storytime is included with admission or membership. Check their calendar to stay current on the location.

Cover to Cover Bookstore 

  • 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

Story times take place on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and Sundays (including kids yoga) at 9:00 AM. Double check the calendar for times and stories. There are also frequent author visits and other events at this beautiful bookstore just for children!

Barnes and Noble

  • Multiple locations

Most Barnes and Noble locations have story times on at 11:00 AM on Saturdays. Each week there is a new book and theme. More info.

Dublin Toy Emporium

  • 28 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017

Story times take place monthly along with other kid-friendly classes. Check the website for events

Prairie Township Fire Department

Reading with a Fire Fighter Columbus Ohio

  • 123 Inah Ave., Columbus, OH 43228

Reading with a Firefighter takes place weekly in July and August and includes stories read by Firefighters, snacks and climbing on the fire trucks afterward! Double check their Facebook page for exact dates.


Fundamentals Toys and Books, Delaware, Ohio

  • 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Takes place once a month! Story time includes picture books, and a craft or music activity around a common theme. Story Time will last for 30 minutes, and is appropriate for children 2+. Double check their Facebook page for dates. 

Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Fashion Place

Pottery Barn Kids Play area, Columbus, Ohio

  • 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Takes place every Tuesday at 11:00 AM and includes stories, activities and more. Check the website for more info.


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Locations with Occasional Story Times for Kids in Columbus:

Cub Shrub

  • 1257 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Prologue Bookshop

  • 841 N High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Gramercy Books

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  • 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Check the events on their website for current information.


  • 1900 Ikea Way, Columbus, OH 43240

Check in on the restaurant level for information on story times for kids!

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

So many of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer story times or special programs for kids of all ages. Start by searching their Event Listing by choosing “All Parks” and Preschool as an age group!

Library Story Times in Columbus:

Of course there are tons of story times happening at our local libraries! Too many to list! But here are the websites for each of the local libraries where you can check for their most recent and updated story times!

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Southwest Public Libraries

Bexley Public Library

Worthington Libraries

Westerville Public Library

Delaware County District Library

Grandview Heights Public Library

Upper Arlington Public Library

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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4 Nature-Themed Story Times Around Columbus

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These four nature-themed story times around Columbus combine stories with great educational, hands on experiences!

I’ve mentioned probably more than a few times that my kids are really into bugs right now. So, when I saw that Ohio Wildlife Center had a story time about insects, we were there! It prompted the idea to put together a list of story times with a nature theme.

The bonus is that these story times also come with so much more than just a story! Maybe there’s a craft, animals to meet or a woods to explore – whatever the case may be, these story times make a for a great way learn AND have an up-close, hands-on experience with nature!

1. Ohio Wildlife Center

Times: Second Wednesday of the month
Location: 6131 Cook Rd. Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-734-9453
Cost: $5 for anyone over 5, including adults.

Ohio Wildlife Center hosts a Wild Story Time on the first Wednesday of each month. Check the calendar here. We went in July and the theme was Insects. As I said, my boys are REALLY into bugs right now so they were completely enthralled! There were a couple of stories with an insect theme and then a visit from a resident opossum!

After the story time, we all got to take a tour of the grounds, check out the animals that live there, and then do an insect-themed craft!

When the program part was over, we were allowed to explore the grounds on our own so we borrowed some binoculars and went on a hike through the woods and looped back around to visit the animals again! Ohio Wildlife Center cares for wild animals that have been hurt or abandoned and then releases them as they are able. Some of the animals housed on the grounds included raccoons, coyotes, owls, turkeys and more.

The Ohio Wildlife Center is not open to the public on a daily basis so in order to visit, you need to attend a story time or one of their “Open to the Public” events which takes place on the second Sunday of each month.

2. Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Times: Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Location: 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-545-5475
Cost: Free

Twice a week the Pre-K Storytime is held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in partnership with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. See the calendar of events here (search for Scioto Audubon program). The story time takes place in the beautiful library at the Audubon Center with a stunning view of downtown Columbus.

Afterwards you can visit the aquatic animals and play in the indoor play area. Outside the Audubon Center is a sandbox, playground and rock climbing wall. See 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon.

3. Franklin Park Conservatory

Times: Thursdays at 10:30 AM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000
Cost: Included with admission or membership

Franklin Park Conservatory is currently hosting a Nature Storytime on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM in the Scotts Miracle Grow Foundation Children’s Garden. This is appropriate for kids ages 3-8 and features stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. Of course afterwards you can enjoy the amazing Children’s Garden which is full of hands on activities!

Franklin Park Conservatory hosts several new events and programs in the garden. See the upcoming schedule of events here.

We attended the Little Adventurers Program last summer, which took place indoors. The book was The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and the craft was making a firefly with a glittery (“glowing”) body. Ok, let’s be honest, due to a rain storm and circumstances beyond my control, we were about 10 minutes late and missed the story, but you get the point! 😉 The boys had just spent the previous weekend catching fireflies at their grandparents’ house so this craft was extra appealing to them! The Little Adventurers program is free with admission or membership!


Afterwards, check out the Enchanted Forest, a children’s play area on the lower level and take a walk through Blooms and Butterflies (open March – September) to see butterflies up close and personal. Newly emerged butterflies are released every day at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

4. Stratford Ecological Center

Times: Second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548
Cost: $5 per family

Stratford Ecological Center hosts Story Time on the Farm on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM starting in March and running through November. See the Calendar of Events. We haven’t actually been to the story time here yet, but we have been to the farm and I have heard that the story time is very popular! The story time lasts an hour and is based on what is going on at the farm during the current season! After the story time, you can explore the farm, dig in the dirt and visit the animals! See A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to do at Stratford Ecological Center.


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