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Story Times For Kids in Columbus Ohio

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

woman reading a story at chick fil a on sawmill

  • 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.


indoor play area at the shops at worthington place

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

gramercy books bexley, ohio

  • 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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