Discover Children's Story Centre

The Discover Story Garden
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Discover is the UK’s first Story Centre for children aged 0-11 and their families. Let your imagination run wild on our indoor Story World, where you can take a trip in a special steamship or climb a look-out to the clouds. Then take your adventure outside into our Story Garden and slide down a monster's tongue or drive your very own taxi.

Our interactive family exhibition, The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss, invites you to step inside the worlds from some of Dr. Seuss's most popular stories including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax and Oh, The Places You'll Go! Climb into the Once-ler wagon, dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and build your own Truffula trees.

We run a programme of events throughout the year including storytelling sessions for 0-3s, author and illustrator events, workshops and more. Don't forget to visit our shop and cafe before you leave.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Every day, 10am-5pm.

Admission charges

£6.50 Adult/Child
£22.00 Family of four
£5.50 Concessions/Newham residents (with proof of status/address)
£18 Concession/Newham Resident family of four
Under 2s free

Membership available.

Getting there

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

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

  • See above
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.
The Cat in the Hat

The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss

  • 23 July 2016 — 1 August 2017 *on now

Step inside this vivid and immersive exhibition inspired by the beautiful illustrations from Dr. Seuss's funny and fantastical stories including: The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Climb onto the Once-ler Wagon, dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2, play music with the Boom Band and maybe even come across The Cat in the Hat or Sam-I-Am. Dr. Seuss's books explode into life, for all to discover the sense of fun explored in his words and language that make them some of the most popular books of all time.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions/Newham Residents: £5
Family ticket (4 people): £22
Concession/Newham Resident family ticket (4 people): £18
Children under 2: FREE

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Drip Drop event for 0-3s

Drip Drop

  • 2 March — 23 April 2017 *on now

Splish, splash, gurgle, gargle... join us for a brilliant rain-filled multi-sensory event with our Story Builders. Puppetry, voices and movement are all used during this beautiful and fun session for babies and toddlers.

From Thurs 2 March - Sun 5 March we will be running special premiere performances featuring music, singing and puppets with performer Alice Mackenzie, puppeteer and performer Matt Hutchinson and beatboxer Jack 'Hobbit' Hobbs.

Thurs 2 March - Sun 23 April
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1pm
Fri - Sun: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

Included in the price of admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. To pre-book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£6.50 (adult or child); £5.50 (concessions); £22 (family of four); Under 2s free.

Admission includes entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is strongly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Superbat

Superbat with Matt Carr

  • 3 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Being a superhero is harder than it looks. Pat the bat’s friends all have amazing hearing. All of them can fly. And all bats can find their way in the dark. Pat is starting to think that he will never stand out - until a family of mice see him for what he really is... A HERO! Discover your own inner superhero in this creative workshop with author and illustrator Matt Carr.

Mon 3 April, 2:30pm. Suitable for children aged 5-7. Adults must accompany children at all times.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

Stitching Workshop

Stitching workshop with Sam Harvey

  • 3 — 6 April 2017

Join Sam Harvey over the Easter Holidays to work with coloured fabrics, yarns and other materials to design and create your very own Dr. Seuss-inspired character. Choose their eyes, nose, mouth and hair, and make a critter to take home.

Sam Harvey has been working as a textile artist for 10 years and runs stitch, textile and art clubs and workshops for children of all ages.

Mon 3 - Thurs 6 April, 10:30am-12pm. Suitable for ages 4+. Adults must accompany their children at all times.

Admission includes entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

Book of Me

Book of Me with Adam Frost

  • 4 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Join Blue Peter Book Award winner Adam Frost for an epic interactive event filled with facts and questions from his books, and learn all about writing non-fiction!

Tues 4 April, 2:30pm. Suitable for children aged 7+. Adults must accompany children at all times.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

How To Be a Dog

How To Be a Dog with Jo Williamson

  • 5 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Join Jo Williamson as she reads from her two pictures books How to Be a Dog and Messy Molly and shows you how she draws her canine friends with a live drawing demonstration! Jo will also be on hand to help as you create your own dog mask. Will Jo be able to stay clean while she is live drawing or is she just like her character Messy Molly? You’ll have to be there to find out!

Weds 5 April, 2:20pm. Suitable for ages 3-6. Adults must accompany children at all times.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

You Must Bring a Hat

You Must Bring a Hat with Simon Philip and Kate Hindley

  • 6 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Join author Simon Philip and illustrator Kate Hindley as they bring their award winning picture book, You Must Bring a Hat to life. Draw along with Kate and get story making tips from Simon – just don’t forget your hat.

Thurs 6 April, 2:30pm. Suitable for ages 5+. Adults must accompany children at all times.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover’s Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

Violet and the Smugglers

Writing Workshop with Harriet Whitehorn

  • 10 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Listen to Harriet Whitehorn read from her latest story about detective Violet , Violet and the Smugglers, and have a go at writing a mystery of your own in her creative writing workshop. Full of tips from Harriet, this is the perfect session for budding young writers.

Mon 10 April, 2:30pm. Suitable for ages 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover’s Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.
Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#harriet_whitehorn

Kids Do Art logo

Dr. Seuss goes Pop with Kids Do Art

  • 10 — 13 April 2017

In this workshop Kids Do Art will turn the fantastical characters of Dr. Seuss into contemporary Pop Icons. You will be shown how to turn The Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am and Thing 1 and Thing 2 into your very own Pop Masterpieces. By using a mixture of screen printing, painting and collage techniques these amazing characters will come to life.

Kids Do Art are passionate about teaching children art. This is a wonderful way for children to learn technique and to express their creativity under the supervision of professional artists.

Mon 10 - Thurs 13 April, 10:30am-12pm. Suitable for ages 4+. Adults must accompany children at all times.

Price includes admission to Discover’s Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

https://booking.discover.org.uk/

Super Stan

Super Stan with Matt Robertson

  • 11 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Become a superhero with author-illustrator Matt Robertson! Super Stan is about how hard life can be when your little brother is a superhero. The whole world thinks Super Stan is AMAZING . . . but no one notices his big brother, Jack. But sometimes, even a superhero needs a little help. Join Matt for some storytelling, superhero activities and learn how everyone can be a superhero!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Tues 11 April, 2:30pm. Suitable for ages 3+.

Price includes admission to Discover’s Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.
Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#super_stan

Gecko's Echo

Gecko's Echo with Lucy Rowland

  • 12 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Weds 12 April
2:30pm
Ages 3-6
Join picture book author Lucy Rowland and hear all about her new picture book, Gecko’s Echo! Hear the tale of the courageous Mummy Gecko who must protect her precious eggs with some clever trickery and a whole lot of courage.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#gecko_echo

Laura Ellen Anderson I Don't Want Curly Hair

I Don't Want Curly Hair with Laura Ellen Anderson

  • 12 April 2017 1-2pm

Weds 12 April
1pm
Ages 4+
Join author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson for a fun and crafty event. Expect storytelling, live drawing and some crafty, HAIRY fun!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#curly_hair

A Duckling Called Button

A Duckling Called Button with Helen Peters

  • 13 April 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Thurs 13 April
2:30pm
Ages 5-8
Just like the star of her new series of books, Jasmine Green, author Helen Peters also grew up on a farm. A pet sheep, hand-feeding piglets and lambs, collecting eggs from the chickens and using sheepdogs were all part of Helen’s childhood. Come and hear Helen talk about life on a working farm and how it inspired her to become a writer.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#helen_peters

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

  • 14 April 2017 12-12:30pm, 2:30-3pm

Fri 14 April
12pm & 2:30pm
Ages 1-6
Moulded Theatre present Ribbet Ribbet Croak. Join Grandma and Grandpa Frog as they leave the pond to plan a big surprise. Help them keep a look out for their cheeky Grandfrogs, who pop up in unexpected places!

Featuring puppetry, Makaton and plenty of audience interaction, Ribbet Ribbet Croak is a playful multisensory exploration of frog life.

Ribbet Ribbet Croak is suitable for PMLD and ASD family audiences and groups.

*** The Stage – “a great success”
**** Broadway Baby – “a gentle and successful piece of theatre”
*** The List – “inventive sensory elements for an early years audience”
**** Threeweeks – “plenty to see, things to touch and lots of sensory audience participation”

Price includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm.

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Children under 2: free
Includes admission to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Pre-booking is highly recommended. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/#ribbet_croak

Getting there

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

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

Website

Website about Discover's programme

www.discover.org.uk

About Discover children's particpation work

www.designmatters.org.uk

E-mail

Booking/Enquiries email

bookings@discover.org.uk

Telephone

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.
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