Discover Children's Story Centre

Discover Story Trail Photo Credit Jeff Moore
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Discover is an amazing place for children and families from 0 - 11 years old to play and create stories. Focused on storytelling, children can let their imaginations run wild in the indoor Story Trail or venture outside into the Story Garden. Follow the Story Trail from the Lollipopter through to the Sparkly River, over the Trip Trap Bridge and through the caves. Dress up, make puppets and hold your own show and create your own stories with the help of the story-builders.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
Open everyday during the holidays

Term-time Mondays

Mon 8 - Fri 12 September 2014

Thu 25 - Sat 27 December 2014 and 1 January 2015

Admission charges

£5.00 for children and adults
£18.00 for a family of four
£4.50 concessions & Newham residents (with proof of status/address)
Under 2s free

Membership available

Interactive exhibits encouraging children to develop their imagination and literacy skills whilst having fun! Exhibits include: The Magic Tower(where children can listen to stories in different languages and go down a slide), the Lollipopter (which could be a boat, plane, helicopter, submarine or spaceship), the Secret Cave, and Polka-Dot Sounds (sound beams and lights are used to create and magical mixture of sound and movement).

Collection details

World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Personalities, Performing Arts, Music, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Michael Rosen's Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

Michael Rosen's Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

  • 16 October 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

Fri 16 October 2015 - April 2016


Ages 0 - 11

Step inside a humongous chocolate cake and explore a secret larder, swishy swashy and splash splosh your way through a Bear Hunt. And dare you explore the Bad Things in the Dread Shed? Discover hidden rooms and brilliant clues that show what inspired Michael Rosen’s writing including his Grandparents’ sitting room and his classroom. Younger children can enjoy a Bear Hunt trail, whilst older children can go on a fun fact finding mission on Michael Rosen and create poems of their own to take away.

'This exhibition is one of the most exciting things to have happened in my writing career… I am so looking forward to it.' Michael Rosen

Exhibition Times:
Newham Term Time: Tue – Fri 3 – 5pm

Weekends and Newham school holidays:
10.20*, 11.20am, 12.20, 1.20, 2.20, 3.15 and 4.15pm *Weekdays during Newham school holidays only

Included with admission to Discover with access to Discover's Story Trail, Story Garden and events.

To pre-book phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or go online up until the evening before the event

Discover is open:
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
Open every day during the Newham school holidays.

Discover is five minutes from Stratford's Jubilee Line, Central Line, DLR, Overground, National Rail Services and bus stations.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


Child/Adult £5
Family of Four £18
Concessions/Newham Residents £4.50
Under 2s Free


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Discover's London Children's Book Swap

Discover's London Children's Book Swap

  • 13 February 2016 11am-5pm

Calling all book worms! Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap returns for the fifth year running. Bring your old books to a participating venue for a day of book swapping, free activities and fun.

Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap takes place in family friendly venues across London including Discover Children’s Story Centre, Barbican Children’s Library, Firepower, Royal Artillery Museum and Greenwich Heritage Centre, Jackson’s Lane, Geffrye Musem, Southbank Centre, Unicorn Theatre, V&A Museum of Childhood, William Morris Gallery and Soho Theatre. For information on participating venues, free activities and events, go to or check us out on twitter @LDNChildBkSwap #LDNChildrensBkSwap.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


Discover Children's Story Centre
383-387 High Street
Greater London
E15 4QZ


Website about Discover's programme

About Discover children's particpation work


Booking/Enquiries email


General Enquiries

020 8536 5555

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.