We know you’ve mastered the silly voices and sound effects, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take over the storytelling! From art story times to nature story times, there’s an event for you and your little book lovers. Check out these local story times that your bookworms are sure to enjoy.
Green Bean Books
The enchanting Green Bean Books is always offering some magical new happenings. With multiple story time options throughout the week, you’ll find plenty of chances to come and hear a great new book in the delightful and colorful space. Regular story times happen on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. The littlest book lovers get a special baby story time on Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Insider tip: Green Bean Books shares a restroom with Helser’s café next door, and they have a changing table.)
Sunday morning story times happen from 11 to 11:30 a.m., and often include a visit from an author or illustrator, along with plenty of fun. Occasionally Saturday author and illustrator story times are offered, so check the website for the most recent events. While you’re there, don’t forget to pop a few tokens in the Unlikely Friends machine and take home a new duo of tiny pals!
Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St.
Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Multnomah County Library
With well over a dozen locations, you can always find a great story at your favorite Multnomah County Library. Choose from Book Babies, Cantonese Storytime, Mandarin Storytime, Preschool Sensory Storytime, STEAM Storytime, Black Storytime, Pajama Storytime, Family Storytime, Spanish Storytime, Toddler Storytime and lots more! Events and times vary by location, so check the Multnomah County Library website to find the best story time for your crew.
Multnomah County Libraries
Portland Children’s Museum
Kids can easily spend a day playing hard at the Portland Children’s Museum, but sometimes a little quiet time is in order. Luckily, the museum offers daily story times, so take a break from all that splashing and digging, and enjoy a story in The Treehouse. Story time takes place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and is included with museum admission.
Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Rd.
Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$10.75/ages 1-64; $9.75/ages 65 & up and military; FREE/members & under age 1
Made You Look
Made You Look is all about fun. With swoon-worthy toys, a secret tunnel and an airplane ride playing “Danger Zone,” you’ll find yourself smiling every time you enter this sweet spot on Burnside. After the new year, keep an eye out for the return of their popular Story Club. Each meeting focuses on a story about community, leadership, diversity or an inspiring individual, and includes a related craft or short activity.
Check Made You Look’s website for the upcoming Story Club schedule, and follow them on Instagram for the hilarious adventures of Bear and Pig, as well as one of the most playful social media feeds out there.
Made You Look
2418 E. Burnside St.
Sun. – Wed., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Story Time with Olive and Dingo
Olive and Dingo’s high-energy and entertaining Story Time shows are a hit for kids and kids at heart. With multiple events each week, you can definitely find a Story Time that fits your family’s schedule! Combining stories, music, jokes and a few surprises, Portland’s loveable clowns put on a show that is guaranteed to be a good time. All shows are drop-in, and $5 per child is suggested for entertainment and balloons.
Olive and Dingo perform Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Know Thy Food Cooperative, Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. at Pie Spot, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hammer and Jacks Toy Store and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. at Seahorses. Be sure to check their website for the most updated schedule and other fun Olive and Dingo happenings around Portland!
Olive and Dingo
Spanish Story Time with Portland Early Learning Project
Get ready for lots of music, stories and movement at the lively Spanish Story and Play Time hosted by Portland Early Learning Project. Engaging, interactive and tons of fun, this free event takes place at various family-friendly bookstores and cafes, so check the website for the current schedule.
Portland Early Learning Project
Photo: Nelley B. via Yelp
Head downtown and let yourselves get lost in Powell’s enormous world of books at their flagship store! Saturday mornings at 11 a.m., the store offers Story Time for kids. Hear a tale, make some new friends and then browse for some new treasures to take home. It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday!
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Daily, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Stories and making art! What could be better? On Wednesday mornings at Smartypants, gather around the big orange couch for a story, and then join in an art project related to the book. Story time is included with Open Studio admission, so little artists can stick around to explore, play and create a masterpiece!
5512 N. Montana Ave.
Mon., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$12/first child; $8/each additional child
Tryon Creek Story & Stroll
At Tryon Creek State Natural Area, families can join Story & Stroll, combining stories with nature exploration, art and outdoor play, with a different theme each week. Story & Stroll is free and geared to kids age 2-6. Registration is required and takes place in the Nature Center 30 minutes before each program, so make sure to arrive early and snag a spot! (Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Sundays at 11:00 a.m.)
Do you have a favorite Story Time in Portland? Will you try any of these? Let us know in the comments below!