Carrie is a stay-at-home-mom to two children, Jack (3) and Claire (1). Previously an account manager for a local insurance firm, she now spends the days wrangling small children and wondering how the house got so messy, and considers the day a success if everyone is dressed by noon. She also likes horses, books, iced tea and lip gloss. She blogs about learning to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom at Carrie Elle.

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Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Ladies (and gentlemen) – it’s getting hot!  Summer is right around the corner, and that means miserable weather and the never-ending search for air-conditioned activities.

And in a rare moment of parenting serendipity, I accidentally stumbled upon such an activity the other day.

I was at the mall and decided to run into Barnes & Noble to pick up a cheap book light.  I had both kids with me, which meant that I wasn’t getting out of there without letting Jack play at the train table for a few minutes (we have a train table at home, but for some reason, the one at the store is so much more appealing).  While Jack was playing, another mom asked if we were going to stay for story time.

I didn’t realize there *was* a story time, and I was in no hurry to get back to the house (which was clean, which meant I wanted to spend as much time outside of it as possible…), so I decided to stick around and see what story time at Barnes & Noble had to offer.

We were a few minutes early, and at first, I didn’t think this was going to go so well.

See that blurry object, jumping from the stage? That's my kid...the only one who saw fit to jump from the stage over, and over, and over again...

The story teller arrived shortly after, and to my pleasant surprise, Jack gladly settled down to listen.  She read two summer-themed stories, and once the stories were done, she provided the kids with crayons and coloring sheets (and to my delight, each kid got their own cup of crayons, which meant no one was squabbling over who got to use blue!).

Story time at the Firewheel Mall Barnes & Noble is Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM (check here for the Barnes & Noble nearest you). When browsing their site, I noticed they have a Reading Club for older kids, as well.

And if you can’t make it to the store, you can participate in online story time at any time of the day (or night) – this month the featured book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, read by none other than Eric Carle.  I’ve got this link bookmarked for a rainy (or hot!) day.

Also, although I do not yet see this information up on the website, the store employee informed us that for the month of July, story time will begin at 10:00 AM and last for an entire hour – it will not only include stories but also activities geared towards young children.  An entire hour of free entertainment for children, with air conditioning…jackpot!

You can also join the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Club, which is FREE and provides you with discounts on book purchases and a special birthday cupcake on your child’s birthday (although I am trying to instill a love of books in my children, my guess is that Jack’s favorite perk to the Kids’ Club will be the free birthday cupcake).

We have been stuck inside for most of this past week due to illness and today Jack asked, “Mama, can we do something fun tomorrow?”  Finally (finally!) healthy again, I said, “Sure!  What do you want to do?”

He thought about it for about two seconds before responding, “Let’s go to the bookstore!”

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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