Story Time Is the Perfect Downtown Saturday Activity!

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Downtown Greenville is the perfect place to hang out on Saturdays especially once the Farmer’s Market kicks off in May, but there is a weekly event that you might not know about already–storytime at M. Judson bookstore. This fun event takes place in the children’s nook inside M. Judson bookstore, and it’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend downtown.

My first visit to story time at M. Judson

My mom and I took Preston to M. Judson’s Story Time. Believe it or not, I had not been. I’ve been to the bookstore many times. In fact, it’s one of our favorite places to relax. The atmosphere is appealing with its high ceilings and homey décor. Free Wifi accompanied by coffee and a small snack from the quaint café, The Chocolate Moose, is also a plus. You’ll want to check out the children’s nook in the back of the store. Our kids love to chill by themselves while we stroll through the adult titles.

Although the event does not begin until 10:30 am, we arrived downtown around 9:30 am. The Farmer’s Market is on Main Street every Saturday morning starting in May, so parking can be tricky. Personally, I am partial to the garages. There are several located within close proximity to the bookstore, although walking is part of the charm of a cool morning on Main.

There is a garage directly behind the Poinsett Hotel (beside M. Judson). Most of the parking garages have free weekend parking but (even though the cost is minimal) this is not one of them. The garages that offer free parking have a sign at the entrance – if there is no sign, only the first hour is free.

M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers downtown Greenville

Okay, on to story time

As the group made their way inside the first thing I noticed was the age range of the children. This is one thing you want to keep in mind when planning your visit to Storytime. It is definitely geared to a preschool audience. Thankfully, I didn’t make JP (who is 10) come with us. The majority, and by majority I mean all, of the crowd was 3 years and under.

I encourage you to check the M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers website for a list of really cool activities for older children. They have plenty!

An employee of the store set up in the children’s nook to read. She began reading promptly at 10:30 am and wrapped things up at 11:00 am on the nose. I imagine I’m not the only parent who appreciated their respect of time. The storyteller was sensitive to the attention span of all the little wiggle worms.

Story time was a nice addition to our Saturday morning in town. The best part is, it’s thirty minutes that someone else is reading to your child!

After story time a small cupcake treat is often provided for all the little ones, thanks to The Chocolate Moose!

Have you taken your kids to story time on the steps at M. Judson yet?

About the Author
Andrea Beam works for the Greenville County School System, but her passion is writing! Greenville has always been her home. Her family enjoys exploring everything the town has to offer. In addition to Kidding Around Greenville, she blogs at Sunshine & Rain.

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