Activities for Babies, Kids, & Teens

Summer is coming and Once Upon A Time has fun activities for all ages!

Sign ups start May 1st. 

Grandies Day Camp at Once Upon A Time Bookstore

Grandies Day Camp

Structured fun & memory making with your grandchild (or parent/child). Twice weekly "camp" with storytime, themed crafts, activities, games, songs, & snack. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am. Will not meet on Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday. $50 for 11 sessions or $7 per session. Best for ages 2 - 5. Find dates here

Crazy Critters Book Club

Have you herd? Once Upon a Time wants ewe to join our Crazy Critters Book Club this summer! We’ll migrate from farms to mouse holes to the Arctic circle on a wild and wooly ride. Sign up meow! Meets every Wednesday from 4 pm to 5 pm. $125 including all books. For ages 6 to 9. Find dates here

Reading Without Walls Book Club at Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Reading Without Walls Book Club

Expand your reading horizons! Read a book outside of your comfort zone. The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Tang Yang, has challenged readers to explore diverse voices, genres, and formats. We have taken up the challenge this summer with our middle grade book club aimed at ages 9 to 13. $125 including 6 books with genres including: graphic novel, realistic fiction, historical fiction, poetry, mystery, and non-fiction. Find dates here

Adventurers Writing Club at Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Adventurers Writing Club

All writers explore the world they live in through their writing.  In the Adventurers Writing Club, we take it to the next level using Kerri Smith's Adventure Lab, a set of books dedicated to exploring creativity.  Go people watching to craft a great character.  Turn your home street into a magical kingdom.  Create great fiction wrought from the bones of reality.  Join Pete for 6 weeks of writing about the world around us and the worlds that could be. For ages 10-13.  $125 including Keri Smith's Adventure Lab box set. Find dates here.

Dragon Tamers Book Club at Once Upon A Time Bookstore

Dragon Tamers Book Club

Many of the great classics of fantasy are dragon stories, and the best dragon stories feature people working alongside dragons.  Join Dragon Master Pete on a 6-week journey as we learn to tame dragons by reading great stories where people and dragons work together as friends.  Ages 10-13. $125 including 5 books. Find dates here.

Writing Fantastic Short Stories

Spell for writing: In a cauldron boil together, dew off a snow lily, captured light from a full moon, a sprinkle of imagination and of course a dash of bookstore magic. Come create your own spell to bring your own stories to life. We'll be reading fantasy short stories together and then learn how to write our own. Meets for 5 weeks, Tuesday at 4 pm. There will be no meeting on Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday. Ages 14-18. $100 including books. Find dates here.

Representation Matters YA Book Club

This summer the theme for the YA Book Club is representation. Join us as we read and talk about the need for books to represent the variety of identities and cultures and the unique ways YA authors are rising to meet that need. Meets for 5 weeks on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday. Ages 14-18. $100 and includes all books. Find dates here.

PJ Storytime Reader, Michael, at Once Upon A Time Bookstore

PJ Storytime

Our most popular storytime is ready to delight and dazzle with our reader extrodinaire, Michael! Come in your PJs and listen to a few stories. Every Thursday night at 7 pm.  Free to attend. Find dates here.

Weekday Summer Storytime

Make new animal friends, explore outer space, or rediscover beloved fairytales. Come be surprised and delighted with our themed storytimes featuring 2-3 amazing picture books. Every Wednesday during the summer at 10:30 am, except otherwise noted. Free to attend. Find dates here.

Summer Weekend Storytime

Get ready for a deep sea dive, a princess parade, or a safari setting. Come be surprised and delighted with our themed storytimes featuring 2-3 amazing picture books. Every Saturday during the summer at 10:30 am, except otherwise noted. Free to attend. Find dates here

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Staff Picks

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