Free Storytime at Barnes & Noble (765 Rt. 17 South, Paramus, NJ): Storytime at Barnes & Noble Paramus is held every Wednesday at 11am and 4pm. Recommended for ages 3 to 5 but all are welcome. The 4pm session will include a craft. Stores hours are 9am-11pm.
Our experience: B.C. (before children, corny I know) I went to the bookstore for peace and quiet. To me it was a quiet store, where people meander through the isles, getting lost amongst the books and their thoughts (in hopes to read them all…do you do that too, enter a bookstore and feel inspired to know everything inside every book?). I never thought of a bookstore as kid-friendly place. But it is. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your kids.
We went a little before story time and let the kids play with the trains. The story was Elmo’s Birthday and the two of them actually sat through it but then immediately went back to the train table. Our children are over two so it’s much easier to get them to sit and listen to a story now then say six months ago. So if you have a little one who won’t sit (like I did) don’t be discouraged, they will soon, keep at it.
I have heard mixed reviews about the choice of stories from other Moms. Some have said the books are not age appropriate and do not keep the children’s interest. However, the store recommends this storytime for ages 3-5 but says every child is welcome. Just give it a shot, the worst thing that could happen is you have to leave, right? But be aware the reason the store didn’t want me to take pictures is that sometimes “mother’s use this place like a camp” and you might get an uncomfortable stare or two if you allow your child to run around unattended.