Interactive Stories

Let’s explore children’s books that examine big ideas like empathy, community building, and responsible decision making. Join us for live classes designed to engage your imagination through play or pre-recorded storytimes created just for you by NYCCT’s theater artists, teaching artists, and more!
Creative Clubhouse KIDS

Live Classes with Caitlyn

Creative Clubhouse Stories is an interactive, virtual storytime class that uses children’s literature to explore diverse narratives through theater, music and movement!

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Pre-Recorded Storytimes

Creative Clubhouse Stories storytime videos invite NYCCT artists, teaching artists, and more to share stories with you! Explore some of NYCCT’s favorite children’s books through theater games, activities, music, and more!

Hello Goodbye Dog

Hello Goodbye Dog

To celebrate the first day of school in NYC, join NYCCT Teaching Artist Caitlyn for a read aloud of one of our favorite back to school stories: Hello Goodbye Dog!

Summer of Stories: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Summer of Stories: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald just wants to dance but as a giraffe, it’s hard! But with a little encouragement, Gerald learns anything is possible. Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Mackenzie to read the book and act out animals!

Summer of Stories: Thank You, Omu

Summer of Stories: Thank You, Omu

When Omu makes her delicious stew everyone wants some! And Omu graciously shares. But what happens when there’s none left for her? Join Miranda, NYCCT’s former Arts Administration Apprentice, to read the book today.

Summer of Stories: Found

Summer of Stories: Found

Bear finds a lost stuffed bunny and is determined to bring the bunny home. But Bear quickly becomes attached to the bunny so what happens when they find the bunny's owner? Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim to read the book and learn some new words in ASL.

Summer of Stories: Farewell Floppy

Summer of Stories: Farewell Floppy

Our main character is ready to say farewell to Floppy, their bunny best friend - or are they? Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim to read the book and learn some new words in ASL.

Summer of Stories: Julian is a Mermaid

Summer of Stories: Julian is a Mermaid

When Julian sees mermaids on the subway, he’s excited to go home and make his own mermaid costume! But will Abuela think of the mess and the way Julian is expressing himself? Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kasia to read the book and make your own mermaid crown!

Summer of Stories: Mango, Abuela, and Me

Summer of Stories: Mango, Abuela, and Me

Mia and her Abuela have a hard time communicating until Mia has a brilliant idea - to get a special friend that can help them talk to each other! Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim to read the book and learn some new words in ASL.

Summer of Stories: I Am Yoga

Summer of Stories: I Am Yoga

Meet a young girl who gets a little overwhelmed by things going on around her. When that happens, she knows just what will make her feel better: yoga! Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Jackie to read the book and learn some movement and yoga.

Summer of Stories: Escargot

Summer of Stories: Escargot

All our friend Escargot wants to enjoy a nice salad - but there’s carrots in it...and Escargot does not like carrots! What’s a snail to do? Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim to read the book and learn some new words in ASL.

Summer of Stories: Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Summer of Stories: Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. She tries on different hats, but they just don’t feel right. What will Madame Chapeau do? Join Miranda to read the book today.

Summer of Stories: The Hula Hoopin’ Queen

Summer of Stories: The Hula Hoopin’ Queen

Meet Kameeka - a young girl who is competing in a hula hoopin’ competition with her friends! It isn’t long before everyone - young and old - is joining in! Join Kasia to read the book, learn how to hula hoop, explore a story mountain, and more!

Summer of Stories: Something Extraordinary

Summer of Stories: Something Extraordinary

Our main character wishes for many special things - breathing underwater, his drawings come to life, and more! But he soon learns that awesome things can happen anywhere! Join the girl and Buddy as they read one of our favorite books - Something Extraordinary!

Summer of Stories: Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug

Summer of Stories: Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug

Tiny T-Rex has a huge problem! His friend needs a hug but with his tiny arms that’s just not possible...or is it? Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim to read the book and learn some new words in ASL.

Summer of Stories: Ooko

Summer of Stories: Ooko

Ooko is a quirky, funny book that follows a fox who is a little bit lonely as he tries to fit in and make new friends. Read the book with NYCCT Teaching Artist Mackenzie and play games today!

Summer of Stories: Planting a Rainbow

Summer of Stories: Planting a Rainbow

A young girl and her mom have something amazing happening in their backyard - they’re planting a beautiful garden. Follow along as they plant, nurture, and grow their flowers! Join the girl and Buddy as they read Planting a Rainbow!

Summer of Stories: Today I Feel Silly

Summer of Stories: Today I Feel Silly

In today’s whimsical story, our main character finds herself feeling many things - silly, cranky, sad, excited, and more! Read the book with NYCCT Teaching Artist Carrie then learn some acting games to help you explore your emotions!

Summer of Stories: Lottie & Walter

Summer of Stories: Lottie & Walter

Lottie is nervous to get in the water at her local pool. She’s sure there’s a shark in the water! Soon, a special friend shows up to show Lottie that the water isn’t so scary after all. Read the book with NYCCT Teaching Artist Kalle then make a book and your own story!

Summer of Stories: Taste the Clouds

Summer of Stories: Taste the Clouds

Taste the Clouds proves anything is possible with your imagination! Join the girl and Buddy as they read one of our favorite books - Taste the Clouds!

Summer of Stories: Ribbit!

Summer of Stories: Ribbit!

Ribbit! tells the story of a group of frogs that are perplexed when a pig joins them and says “Ribbit!” Is the pig mocking them or is there something else going on? NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim is going to read you the story and teach you how to say some of the words from the book in American Sign Language (ASL)!

Summer of Stories: Lucia the Luchadora

Summer of Stories: Lucia the Luchadora

Lucia the Luchadora tells the story of a young girl who loves to pretend to be a superhero, but is told that girls can’t be superheroes. However, a family secret just might change that... Read the book with NYCCT Teaching Artist Kasia then play theater games to create your own character!

Summer of Stories: A Bike Like Sergio’s

Summer of Stories: A Bike Like Sergio’s

A Bike Like Sergio’s follows a young boy who finds some money on the floor. Finders keepers, right? Soon, Sergio realizes it’s not that simple! Join NYCCT Teaching Artist Sam to read the book and play some games!

Summer of Stories: Maybe Something Beautiful

Summer of Stories: Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful is a colorful book about a little girl who transforms her neighborhood through her art! Former NYCCT Arts Admin Apprentice Miranda is going to read you the story today!

Summer of Stories: Trombone Shorty

Summer of Stories: Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty is a beautiful book that follows the journey of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, an American musician, producer, actor and philanthropist from New Orleans. Learn about how he made his dream come true with hard work! NYCCT Teaching Artist Rae is going to read you the story and have you interact with her as well!

Summer of Stories: Dragons Love Tacos

Summer of Stories: Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos is a fun, funny book with colorful illustrations all about...dragons who love tacos! But what happens when they find the spicy salsa? NYCCT Teaching Artist Kim is going to read you the story and teach you how to say some of the words from the book in American Sign Language (ASL)!

Proud Read Aloud: They, She, He, Me: Free to Be!

Proud Read Aloud: They, She, He, Me: Free to Be!

Join actor, writer, and human rights advocate Maybe Burke to read They, She, He, Me: Free to Be!, a playful story that celebrates gender fluidity!

Proud Read Aloud: Prince & Knight

Proud Read Aloud: Prince & Knight

Join Teaching Artist Tamelan to read Prince & Knight, a modern fairy tale that explores love and acceptance!

Proud Read Aloud: What Riley Wore

Proud Read Aloud: What Riley Wore

Join Teaching Artist Stephanie to read What Riley Wore, a fun book that encourages self-expression and celebrates being yourself!

Proud Read Aloud: Jacob’s Room to Choose

Proud Read Aloud: Jacob’s Room to Choose

Join Teaching Artist Ania Upstill to read Jacob's Room to Choose, an engaging book that explores and celebrates gender expression!

Proud Read Aloud: Auntie Uncle

Proud Read Aloud: Auntie Uncle

Join Teaching Artist Eric Gelb to read Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero, an uplifting story about letting your true self shine!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Yoshiko Uchida!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Yoshiko Uchida!

Throughout March we will be celebrating women in history and exploring their stories through theater. Today, we celebrate: Yoshiko Uchida!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Cherokee Chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Cherokee Chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller!

Throughout March we will be celebrating women in history and exploring their stories through theater. Today, we celebrate: Wilma Pearl Mankiller!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Helen Keller!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Helen Keller!

Throughout March we will be celebrating women in history and exploring their stories through theater. Today, we celebrate: Helen Keller.

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Frida Kahlo!

Creative Clubhouse Stories Celebrates Frida Kahlo!

For the next 4 weeks, we will be celebrating women in history and exploring their stories through theater. Today, we celebrate: Frida Kahlo.

Play Theater Games with Khalia!

Play Theater Games with Khalia!

Join former NYCCT Teaching Artist Khalia to play theater games based on the book Harold and the Purple Crayon!

Explore Rhythm and Rhyme with Caitlyn!

Explore Rhythm and Rhyme with Caitlyn!

What is rhythm and rhyme? Join Caitlyn today to explore what that means and make some rhymes and rhythms of your own!

Share Your Dream with Caitlyn!

Share Your Dream with Caitlyn!

Mae Jemison used to dream of becoming an astronaut! What's do you dream of becoming when you grow up? Share your dream with Caityln today!

Pretend to Play an Instrument with Caitlyn!

Pretend to Play an Instrument with Caitlyn!

Have you ever played an instrument in a big parade? You can today with a little help from Caitlyn and your imagination!

Sing a Winter Song with Caitlyn!

Sing a Winter Song with Caitlyn!

To get ready for The Storm Whale in Winter, Caitlyn wants to sing a song with you! It's a song you may know, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, but with a fun new winter twist!

Pretend to Play in the Snow with Caitlyn!

Pretend to Play in the Snow with Caitlyn!

Caitlyn loves to play in the snow - don't you? But how can you play in the snow when there's none on the ground yet?

I Promise Read Aloud with Caitlyn

I Promise Read Aloud with Caitlyn

Today is the first day back to school for many students in NYC! Whether you're learning in person, online, or both, NYCCT is wishing you an amazing school year and kicking it off with this read aloud of I Promise from Caitlyn!

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Dancing in the Wings

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Dancing in the Wings

Today, you and NYCCT Teaching Artist, Bekah, will explore the book Dancing in the Wings Dancing is the Wings is the story of a ballet dancer named Sassy who learns to be proud of who she was and that being herself is enough Join Bekah for a warm up, read aloud, and dancing!

Storytime with Buddy | Something Extraordinary

Storytime with Buddy | Something Extraordinary

Something Extraordinary is about to happen...

Play a Back to School Game with Caitlyn!

Play a Back to School Game with Caitlyn!

Zara and her dog, Moose, are best friends! Moose loves hellos, but when Zara starts school again, he needs to say goodbye. Or does he? Moose follows Zara to school, but Zara's teacher says dogs are not allowed!

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | How Do You Dance?

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | How Do You Dance?

Grab your instruments! Today, you and NYCCT Teaching Artist, Bekah, will explore the book How Do You Dance? Join Bekah to explore different ways to dance! Warm up, read a book all about dancing and then try out some moves! Join Bekah for a warm up, read aloud, and dancing!

Paint a Mural for Your Community with Caitlyn!

Paint a Mural for Your Community with Caitlyn!

Maybe Something Beautiful tells the story of a little girl who transforms her gray neighborhood into a colorful community!

Mermaid Storytime | This is Sadie

Mermaid Storytime | This is Sadie

Gather around everyone! A mermaid in Sadie's room wants to read YOU a story!

Storytime with Buddy | Planting a Rainbow

Storytime with Buddy | Planting a Rainbow

Do you want to read a story about imagination?

Learn About the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival & Play a Guessing Game with Caitlyn!

Learn About the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival & Play a Guessing Game with Caitlyn!

A Big Mooncake for Little Star was inspired by The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival which is a holiday celebrated in China and Vietnam.

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Captain Starfish

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Captain Starfish

Grab your instruments! Today, you and NYCCT Teaching Artist, Bekah, will explore the book Captain Starfish with a musical exploration!

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Come On, Calm!

Exploring Emotions with Bekah | Come On, Calm!

Today, you and NYCCT Teaching Artist, Bekah, will explore the book Dancing in the Wings Dancing is the Wings is the story of a ballet dancer named Sassy who learns to be proud of who she was and that being herself is enough Join Bekah for a warm up, read aloud, and dancing!

Storytime with Buddy | Taste the Clouds

Storytime with Buddy | Taste the Clouds

Do you want to read a story about imagination?

Read Ruby Finds a Worry with Caitlyn!

Read Ruby Finds a Worry with Caitlyn!

Now that we've made a worry, let's find out what to do if we find one in real life!

Play Monster Games with Caitlyn!

Play Monster Games with Caitlyn!

Now that we've taken our sailboat to the island like Max, we're going to meet the monsters!

Try Some Stew and Say Thank You with Caitlyn!

Try Some Stew and Say Thank You with Caitlyn!

This week at Creative Clubhouse stories we will be reading Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora.

Become a Mermaid with Caitlyn!

Become a Mermaid with Caitlyn!

Join Caitlyn and become a mermaid today!

Become a Listening Rabbit with Caitlyn!

Become a Listening Rabbit with Caitlyn!

Join Caitlyn and learn how to listen like a rabbit today!

Walk Like a Penguin with Caitlyn!

Walk Like a Penguin with Caitlyn!

Join Caitlyn and learn how to walk like a penguin today!

Play in a Concert with Caitlyn!

Play in a Concert with Caitlyn!

This week we are reading Jack's Worry! This book is about a little boy named Jack who loves to play the trumpet - he even gets to perform in his first ever concert! And today, you do too! Join Caitlyn and play in a concert!

Play a Swimming Game with Caitlyn!

Play a Swimming Game with Caitlyn!

Today Caitlyn is going to show you how to go swimming without leaving your house! You'll go swimming in a pool, in the ocean, and in...Jell-O?

Practice Your ROAR with Caitlyn!

Practice Your ROAR with Caitlyn!

This week we are reading Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival! Play a game with Caitlyn to practice your Roar, but also learn a great tip on how to cool down!

Go on an Imagination Adventure with Caitlyn!

Go on an Imagination Adventure with Caitlyn!

In the book This is Sadie, Sadie has to stay inside, just like we need to stay inside right now. But, because Sadie uses her imagination, she's able to go on adventures to far away places! Join Caitlyn on an imagination adventure - just like Sadie's!

Play Masked Feelings with Caitlyn!

Play Masked Feelings with Caitlyn!

Join Caitlyn to play a game called Masked Feelings, inspired by the book Lily's Cat Mask!

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our final book pick: Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau!

My Name is Yoon

My Name is Yoon

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our sixth book pick: My Name is Yoon!

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our fifth book pick: Trombone Shorty!

Jack’s Worry

Jack’s Worry

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our fourth book pick: Jack's Worry!

Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our third book pick: Mae Among the Stars!

Alfie

Alfie

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our second book pick: Alfie!

Lucia the Luchadora

Lucia the Luchadora

Welcome to NYCCT's Summer Reading Club! Our first book pick: Lucia the Luchadora!

An Interview with Sara O’Leary

An Interview with Sara O’Leary

In honor of National Author's Day, we sat down with Sara O'Leary to talk about the inspiration for This is Sadie, her excitement for the adaptation of the book into our dance/theater production, and more!

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