Storytime Fun and Activities in Northeast Ohio

Storytime Fun and Activities in Northeast Ohio

Libraries in Ohio

Stay warm and have fun this month with a visit to your local library, museum or area attraction, many of which which offer storytimes, crafts, and other fun activities for young children.

Messy Mondays. Children ages 3-8 years with a caregiver enjoy stories, songs and a fun creative and messy activity. 7-8 p.m. Maple Heights Branch Library, 5225 Library Lane, 216-475-5000,

Just Baby ‘n Me. For you and your birth to 24-month-old baby. Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays while meeting other parents. 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Lakewood Library, Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8275,

Stay ‘n’ Play. A special playtime following baby and toddler storytimes. 10:30-11 a.m. Orange Branch Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-831-4282,

Playgroup. For you and your child to meet other parents and caregivers and give your child a chance to make new friends. Ages birth through 5 years. 11 a.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., 330-334-5761,

Baby Bookworms. Babies who are not yet walking (and their caregivers) enjoy one-on-one lap time engaging in stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and more. 10-10:30 a.m. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383,

Baby Play & Learn. Come and have fun with your baby and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and play. Beginning 1/16. 6-6:45 p.m. Elyria Central Library, 320 Washington Ave., 440-322-0287,

Baby Bonanza. Bring your babies (not yet walking) and blankets in for books, bopping and bouncing at this year-round lap-sit program. 10-10:30 a.m. Lee Road Branch Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., 216-932-3600,

Tales for Twos. Stories, songs, rhymes, and more for terrific toddlers. Children age 2 with a caregiver. 10:15 a.m. Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St., 330-653-6658,

Lapsit Storytime. Rhymes, songs and play for children ages birth-24 months with adult caregiver. 9:30-10 a.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, 440-871-2600,

Rock-a-Bye Tales. Learn how best to engage in early literacy activities with your little one, ages 6-24 months. Beginning 1/16. 9:30-10 a.m. Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., 330-928-2117,

Babytime. Storytime for ages birth to 18 months with caregiver. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Geauga West Branch Library, 9:30 a.m. Chardon Branch Library, 11 a.m. Middlefield Branch Library,

Music in Motion. Stories, rhythm and music for an active child and their caregiver. Ages 2-5. 10-10:30 a.m. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383,

Preschool Story Time. Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2-5 years old with an adult caregiver. 10:30 a.m. Akron Public Library, 60 High St., 330-643-9050, and Northwest Akron Branch Library, 1720 Shatto Ave., 330-836-1061,

Baby and Toddler Storytime. Babies, toddlers and their parents or caregivers enjoy a fun, interactive and energetic storytime. 10:30 a.m. Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave., 330-745-1194,

Tyke Time. Tykes and caregivers hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft. 11-11:30 a.m. Headlands Branch Library, 4669 Corduroy Road, Mentor, 440-257-2000,

Noble Story Stop. Hear stories, sing songs, and do a little dancing, too. 10:30-11 a.m. Noble Neighborhood Branch Library, 2800 Noble Road, Cleveland, 216-291-5665,

Family Winter Workshop. Join your children (ages 5-8) and use paint, paper, clay and scrap materials to create a new project each week. Beginning 1/13. 1:30-3 p.m. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499-4712,

Early Childhood Programs. Drop in on the first Saturday of the month between 10:30 a.m. and noon, or the second Friday of the month between 1:30-3 p.m. and enjoy 30 minutes of age-appropriate tinkering activities with your child, ages 7 and younger. Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, 216-694-2000,


Creative Playdate. Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. For ages 12 months-5 years and their grown-ups. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., 330-376-9185,

Story Time in the Parks — 12 Days of Winter. Explore the wonders of winter with a book that highlights the season along with a craft, snack and park exploration. Ages 1-5 with an adult. 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Environmental Learning Center, 7250 Alexander Road, Concord Twp.,

Super Sleuth Readers. Children ages 3-5 read fun stories, sing songs and rhymes, and look further into their stories through play and crafts. 11:30 a.m.-noon. Fleet Branch Library, 7224 Broadway Ave., Cleveland,

JANUARY 8, 10 & 16
Special Needs Storytime. Specifically for children with special needs, features stories, rhymes, songs and other engaging activities in a welcoming environment. All ages, Willoughby, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Willowick, Jan. 10 4 p.m. and Eastlake, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Visit

Book Bugs. Children up to age 6 with a caregiver come for stories, activities and fun. 10-10:30 a.m. Wickliffe Public Library, 1713 Lincoln Road, 440-944-6010,

Messy Art for 2s & 3s. Create with paint, play dough and more. Bring an art smock or cover t-shirt and be prepared to get messy as you explore process-centered art projects. For ages 2-3 and caregivers. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, 440-333-7610,

Tales for Tots. Find out about this mysterious and marvelous creature through a story, craft and hands-on discovery. For ages 3-6 with an adult. 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth, 330-722-9364,

Tiny Trekkers. Learning comes naturally with age-appropriate games, hands-on activities, stories, and crafts.  (ages 3-6). 10-11 a.m. Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive,

Big Stories, Little Actors. A performance-based, interactive program for preschoolers through first grade. Activities and games focus on movement, rhythm, drama and character through storytelling. 10:15-11 a.m. French Creek Reservation, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village,

Nature Stories. Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired storytime intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. 9:30-10 a.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg,

Sensory Storytime. For children with autism, sensory integration challenges, or those who have trouble sitting still or focusing. Time to play and socialize afterwards. Best for ages 2-6. 5:45-6:15 p.m. Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, 330-273-4150,

Ceramics: Family. Children ages 5 and older are eligible to participate with an adult family member and will complete an instructor-led project. The upcoming projects are put on display at the Quirk Cultural Center. 10 a.m.-noon. Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls,

Small Fry. Games, crafts, storytelling and animal encounters engage young learners’ curiosity and creativity. Ages 2-5 with a participating adult. 9-10 a.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803,

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