Pre-school story-time at the Library (Wellington City)
Best for ages 18 months – 5yrs. Stories and songs for pre-schoolers. Even the occasional ukulele. No booking required and the classes are free!
Brooklyn Library Tuesdays 10.30am
Central Library Tuesdays and Fridays 10.30am
Island Bay Library Thursdays at 10:30am
Miramar Library Thursdays at 10.15am
Kilbirnie Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30am
Ngaio Library Wednesdays at 10.30am
Karori Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
Johnsonville Library Tuesdays at 10.30am
Khandallah Tuesdays at 10.30am
Newtown Wednesdays at 10.30am
Tawa Library Mondays at 10.30am
(Note many libraries stop classes over the holidays – please check with the relevant library whether classes continue. Classes do often continue at Central Library and Karori Library).
More information: Storytime at the Library.
Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori
Monthly storytimes in te reo are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. Open to anyone, these free 30min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waita in te reo, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers. Details: Kohunga Korero.
Preschool Storytimes (Hutt City)
Stimulate your child with stories and rhymes with library staff. Mix with other young children and make new friends. Suited to children aged 2-4 years.
Regular session times are:
- Naenae Library – Wednesdays 10.30am
- Moera Library – Wednesdays 11.00am
- Eastbourne Library – Wednesdays 2.00pm
- Petone Library – Thursdays 10.30am
- Stokes Valley Library – Wednesdays 10.30am
- Wainuiomata Library – Fridays 11am
- War Memorial Library – Tuesdays 2.00pm
Check your times and libraries here: Hutt Valley Storytimes.
10.15am Wednesdays and Fridays. More information: Porirua Library.
Upper Hutt Library
Busy Babies: Wednesdays, 10.30am. Busy Babies sessions run for approximately 30 minutes and include mostly songs, nursery rhymes and musical playtime. These sessions cater for babies and non-walkers (excludes school holidays).
Busy Bodies: Mondays & Thursdays, 10.30am and Tuesdays, 10.30am (Pinehaven only)
Busy Bodies sessions run for approximately 30 minutes and include short stories, songs, rhymes and musical playtime. These sessions cater for children aged up to 5 years (excludes school holidays).
Seven for 7 at Hutt War Memorial Library:A monthly evening storytime for 7-year-old plus. Have a cosy hot chocolate while you listen to stories and get up to other mischief.
First Friday of every month – Does not run in January. Starts at 7pm (runs about an hour) 7 years + (although we allow anyone aged 6-12 to come). Held at War Memorial Library, Mezzanine Floor. For more details see www.library.huttcity.govt.nz
Schools Out @ 4 at Stokes Valley Library: Held on the last Friday of each month, an afterschool story session for ages 5 – 13.
Story time, Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop
Free story time every Friday morning at 10.30am. Come along for 30 minutes of good ol’ sing alongs and enjoy some fabulous picture books. There’s a lucky draw every week, as well as discount vouchers for coffee or tea at Plaza Pizzeria across the road, and 10% off the normal price for the books. For children between 2 and 5 years. More information: Children’s bookshop.
Ni Hao Stories & Rhymes
A Mandarin-Chinese language story time session at various days and locations in Wellington. For more details and the term schedule check out Ni Hao Children’s Community.
Te Papa Storyplace
Held in an activity based learning centre on level two (near the parent room), this fun interactive storytime is for children aged 12 months to 5 years. Programmes change every 8 weeks and each Storyplace session runs for 45 mins.
Monday – Friday, year-round (excluding public holidays)
- 10.30am–11.15am (buy your tickets by 10.25am)
- 11.30am–12.15pm (buy your tickets by 11.25am)
- 1.30pm–2.15pm (buy your tickets by 1.25pm)
Storyplace tickets have a small fee (buy your tickets at the Information Desk on Level 2). More information here: Storyplace.
Story time at Zealandia
Free story time and craft session on selected Tuesdays at Rata Cafe at Zealandia from 10am till 11am, especially for under 5s. For more information, visit Zealandia.