10 Great Children’s Story Times on the Seacoast: More than just reading!

Story times are every caregiver’s tried and true activity, but when you have story times that are fun as these we’ve found around the seacoast, you’ve gone and hit the big time.

Also, a reminder that your local library also offers story time for all ages—check their websites for details!

For a comprehensive calendar of local story times and other fun family activities, visit SeacoastKidsCalendar.com!

1. NHSPCA Story Time with the Animals
NHSPCA, 104 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham NH (603) 772-2921 x134
A donation of $5.00 is suggested and appreciated.

Every Thursday morning at 10:30am, the Learning Center welcomes children 2-5 years old to listen to a story about an animal, color pictures and visit with real animals in the classroom (hamsters, bunnies, birds, chinchillas and sometimes kittens). After story time, you can take a walk around and visit with the kitties that roam and lounge in their shared “bedrooms” or get some tails waggin’ by walking through the dog kennels and saying hello to the canine counterparts. A bag of kitty litter or dog food is always a welcome donation! The perfect story time experience for animal lovers!

2. Barnes & Noble Story Time
45 Gosling Road, Newington NH (603) 422-7733
No registration is required. All events are free and open to the public.

Story times are held in the children’s section of the book store and occur twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:00am. Each week has a different theme where kids enjoy two stories followed by a fun craft. The vibe is always laid back and there are plenty of kids and book to interact with!

3. Noggin Factory Story Time with Ms. Hilary
This story time is no longer happening

53 Washington Street, Dover NH (603) 742-0012
Reservations are required but story time is free.

Join Ms. Hilary for stories, felt board fun, creative movement, finger plays, and a simple craft!  Story Time is designed for children ages 2-6 years old, but younger siblings are always welcome to join in.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Lapsit & Toddlers is held on Fridays from 9:30am-10:00am. Toddlers & Preschoolers is held on Fridays from 10:30-11:15. Please call 603.742.0012 to reserve your spot.  

4. First Friends Playgroup with Baby Storytime
Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover NH 603-742-2002
Free for members. Regular admission applies to non-members. No registration necessary.

Shake-Rattle-andRead! for children ages 6 months – two years is a drop-in opportunity for parents and babies/toddler to play together in the Early Learning Landscape area. Join Lead Educator Meredith Lamothe, MLIS, for time to play and baby “Lap Sit” Storytime on Wednesdays (during the school year) at 9:45am. Learn important early literacy skills to practice with little ones and enjoy some rhymes, puppets, songs and stories. Baby Storytime now has its own blog for information on what’s being shared each week. 

5. Wee Ones Wednesdays
Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover NH 603-742-2002
$7 for members, $10 or non-members, additional children in a family are $5 each for members and $8 for non-members. No registration necessary. 

Wee Ones Wednesdays is an interactive weekly drop-in program for children ages 2-4. Children and a parent or caregiver enjoy art, music, movement and conceptual learning with a new theme each week. Sessions are offered from 9:45-10:30 am and 10:45-11:30 am. Wednesdays (during the school year), 9:45-10:30am and 10:45-11:30am

6. Can’t-Sit-Still Story & Play Time
Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover NH 603-742-2002
This drop-in program is free with museum admission and FREE for museum members.

Do you have a little one that can’t sit still? This active storytime on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00pm will explore books that encourage participants to get up and MOVE! We will also have songs, rhymes, interactive flannel board stories, and more. Check out the website for each week’s theme.

7. Ocean Commotion
Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd. Rye, NH (603) 436-8043
Cost: $5 for member children; $8 non-member children; no cost for adults. No registration necessary.

Ocean Commotion is an active, indoor program that meets Monday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am and teaches about nature through movement, music, stories and games. Check their calendar for weekly activities. Admission applies for non-members who would like to stay and enjoy the Center after the program.

8. Wiggles and Wisdom
Wentworth Senior Living, 346 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 436-0169
Cost: $10 for adult with 1 child (additional children under 2 years old are free), $15.00 for family (1 adult with 2 children over 2 years old)​, $7.00 for additional children (children over 2 years old)

Wiggles and Wisdom brings generations together in our weekly activity classes held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at Wentworth Senior Living facility. Young children (under 6 years old), their parent/caregiver, and senior residents come together for a joyful and rejuvenating experience for all! Drop in classes are every Thursday morning from 10:00am-11:00am​.

9. Preschool Story Time at Discover Portsmouth
Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. Portsmouth, NH (603) 436-8433
No registration is required and this story time is free.

Rose Labrie Story Time is for ages 2.5 – 5. Join us in our balcony space for stories, songs, movement and a simple craft on Wednesday mornings.  This story time is inspired by Rose Labrie who encouraged creativity in children.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will run from Wednesdsay, October 24 through Wednesday, December 19, 9:45am – 10:30am

10. Furry Tales Story & Adventure Hour
Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Road Kennebunk, ME 04043 (207) 985-3244 ext. 109
No registration is required and this story time is free, although donations are always appreciated

Preschoolers and their families explore the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and plenty of animal time. Each week is a new adventure! Furry Tales takes place on Thursdays at 10 am, during the school year.

 

 

 

 

 

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