Committed to literacy, these businesses, nonprofits and libraries go above and beyond to provide exciting programming for our children. Story hours can be found among butterflies and honeybees at outdoor spaces like Chapel Hill’s Honeysuckle Tea House or Durham’s Funny Girl Farm and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Local bookstores, coffee shops and libraries, of course, are great spots to gather for regularly programmed literary adventures as well.
HONEYSUCKLE TEA HOUSE STORY CORNER
Thursdays, Chapel Hill
Breathe in the herb-scented air as one of Honeysuckle’s own tea slingers reads classic and contemporary children’s stories from the outdoor stage. Afterward, parents can mingle – iced tea in hand – with plenty of room for the little ones to roam.
SARAH P. DUKE GARDENS NATURE STORYTIME
Thursdays through Nov. 16, 2017, Durham
Enjoy a nature-themed story in the gardens followed by a related activity or walk.
JOHNNY’S GONE FISHING KIDS STORIES & SONGS
Parents, take a coffee and biscuit break while children enjoy stories and sing-alongs. Afterward, play with toys and games in Johnny’s “living room,” or explore outside when the weather is nice.
FUNNY GIRL FARM STORYTIME
Saturdays (about once a month), Durham
While not a weekly occurrence, storytimes at Funny Girl Farm are not to be missed. Sign up for the farm’s newsletters to stay up-to-date on themed story gatherings like “Insects on the Farm” and “Touch a Tractor.”
COCO BEAN COFFEE SHOP KID’S STORY + CRAFT HOUR
Tuesdays, Chapel Hill
Kids, get cozy with complimentary hot chocolate for a weekly story and craft, while Mom and Dad recharge with a caffeinated beverage and vegan treat!
KIDZU CHILDREN’S MUSEUM STORYTIME
Tuesdays and Fridays, Chapel Hill
Let your kiddo’s imagination run wild at these storytimes that include activities, crafts or songs, too! Afterward, check out the museum’s engaging exhibits.
MCINTYRE’S BOOKS CHILDREN’S STORYTIME
Join Children’s Book Buyer Sarah Carr for a uniquely curated storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at Fearrington Village’s local bookstore. Visit the goats and cows next door when it wraps up.
THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
Amy Godfrey, who has 10 years of experience as a children’s librarian, brings the fun with energetic, musical storytimes.
FLYLEAF BOOKS PRESCHOOL STORYTIME & ACTIVITY
Thursdays, Chapel Hill
An art activity follows this weekly book-centric gathering.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Durham County Library combine forces to offer this unique story hour settled in the galleries of the Nasher and followed by a discussion and hands-on art making.
TIGER TALES TOUR
After an engaging story time and an animal-themed craft at Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, kids and their guardians are invited to head out to the sanctuary to see the big cats up close.
AN OPEN BOOK
A trip to the library is always a great bet, as their calendars are packed with storytimes for kids, toddlers, babies and families.