Zhuzh up your storytime routine with one of these unique experiences in the city

It doesn’t get any better than curling up in a cozy spot with your kids and a new book. OK, maybe it does in Atlanta because we found some storytime fun where kids can listen to great books with new friends. From professional storytellers in a Victorian home to tales about creepy crawlies told in a beautiful garden, these toddler storytimes are anything but typical. Our tip? Arrive early to grab a front-row seat as some popular storytimes draw quite a crowd. It’s time to get lost in the pages of a new adventure at a special storytime in Atlanta.   

The Wren's Nest

Visit Atlanta's oldest house museum, the historic West End, home of author Joel Chandler Harris. With a mission to preserve African and Indigenous storytelling traditions, the professional storytellers here rarely use books. Every Saturday at 1 p.m., you'll enjoy a theatrical storytelling hour and tour of the historic home.

Insider Tip: Be sure to follow the museum on social media so you don't miss their special storytime in Atlanta event announcements.

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W.
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Related: 100 Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Combine books with nature, and we think you've found a winning combination. Every Wednesday at 10 and 10:45 a.m., the garden's friendly staff read stories about bees, flowers, butterflies, and other garden friends. Weekly storytime is free with garden admission, so your crew can enjoy the Children's Garden after the story. You might even spy a few of the critters and flowers in the stories. 

1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
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Related: In Full Bloom: Insta-Worthy Gardens near Atlanta

Children's Museum of Atlanta

Step into a world of hands-on exploration and discovery that sparks imagination and inspires learning. That's what to expect at this interactive museum created just for kids. Educational storytimes pop up throughout the day, and your children will learn a lot while they get lost in the story. Remind them to listen when the storyteller asks for volunteers. They might get to head up on stage to become a part of the story.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. N.W.
Online: childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Related: Insider's Guide to the Best Museums for Kids in Atlanta

Atlanta History Center

Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of each month for an educational and interactive morning combining storytime with craft time. With names like Pumpkin Palooza and Winterwonderland, it's sure to be a fun time of reading and learning together with your little bookworms. This program is geared toward children ages 1-5. 

130 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W.
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Great Wolf Lodge

Book your next staycation at this super family-friendly resort, and prepare for the coolest bedtime storytime ever. At 7 p.m. cozy up in the Grand Lobby in your comfiest clothes and enjoy bedtime stories about the Great Wolf Kid characters. This perfect end to a fun-filled day offers a serene send-off to dreamland. Storytime is included with your reservation.

150 Tom Hall Pkwy.
LaGrange, GA
Online: greatwolf.com

Zoo Atlanta

You don't have to leave home to learn about the zoo's furry, feathery, and scaly friends. Animal Tails is a weekly, online storytime with the zoo staff and includes educational activities kids will enjoy. The videos are categorized by grade, and there's something from Pre-K through 5th grade. After you enjoy storytime at home, head to the zoo to see the animals you learned about in the stories. 

800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Online: zooatlanta.org

Related: Go Wild! Animal Encounters in & around Atlanta

Barnes & Noble

Be the first to know about the newest children's books when you attend the weekly storytime on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. First, head straight to the children's section to enjoy time with lots of locals who love books. Then, stop at the cafe for a hot coffee and chocolate milk for your little one. The best part is that you can take home your favorite new book to read at bedtime on repeat.

2900 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 310
Online: barnesandnoble.com

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