Where to go for a Storytime around NW Suburbs

Looking for a free activity for your child that boost brainpower and learn some school readiness skills like listening and sitting still? Then bring your baby/toddler to a Storytime.

Depending on a place and age group Storytime may also feature songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes or other activities like coloring or making crafts. Usually, after the program, children have an open play to interact with peers, and make friends. At the same time parents/caregivers can socialize with other adults, and make some new friends for themselves, as well :).

Below is a list of places that offer Storytime program around Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Click on the link to check the calendar, and pick the right program for your child.



Other places that offer Storytime:


Barnes & Noble Bookstores offer Storytime and activities for children of all ages. Click on the link to check events at your closest location.

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Children are welcome to come in and enjoy a story, music and a complimentary mini cookie and milk. Notice: All attendees must register through local library website.

Panera Bread Arlington Heights, 5 W Rand Rd
Dates: October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th
Time: 10:00-10:30 am
Partnered with: Arlington Heights Memorial Library – ONLY for children ages 2-5. Registration required, but you don’t need a library card.

Panera Bread Bloomingdale, 370 W. Army Trail Road
Dates: October 9th, November 13th
Time: 9:30-10:15 am
Partnered with: Bloomingdale Public Library – for all ages, drop-in, registration not required

Panera Bread South Barrington, 100 W Higgins Road, South Barrington
Dates: October 9th, November 13th, December 11th
Time: 10:30-11:00 am
Partnered with: Barrington Area Public Library – ONLY for children ages 2-5

More participating libraries and Panera Bread’s locations HERE.



Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Monday mornings in the Lenhardt Library! Afterward, pick up a bingo activity card at the Information Desk and take a walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden and in the Greenhouses.

Stories and activities are geared for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver.

Mondays, January 22 – May 21, 2018, 10:00-11:00 am




Every Tuesday, from 11:00-11:30 am, Pottery Barn Kids offers a Storytime and activities for children.

Kids can become a book club member, and receive a special surprise after attending five events.



  • OLD NAVY AT RANDHURST MALL in Mount Prospect

Old Navy has story time on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm. It’s a free, drop-in event and no registration is required.



  • STRATFORD SQUARE MALL in Bloomingdale

Storytime with a Surprise for children of all ages. Every 1st Thursday of the Month from 11:00 am – 11:45 am at Café Court.




Did I miss anything? Feel free to comment.


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