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

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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

Joshua Khan Shadow Magic

Joshua Khan Creative Workshop

  • 27 May 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Sat 27 May
2:30pm
Age 7+
Meet Joshua Khan as he rips up the fantasy clichés in his anti-fantasy fantasy book, Shadow Magic. No more heroic knights! No more damsels in distress! No more slaughtering monsters! Meet Lily Shadow, heir to Gehenna, the kingdom of darkness, Thorn the outlaw boy with a deadly secret and Hades, a really, REALLY big bat…

This event will be followed by a book signing.

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential. To pre-book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk. Admission includes entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden.

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

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/

Animation workshops

Animation workshops with Grace Emily Manning

  • 29 May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm
  • 30 May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm
  • 31 May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm
  • 1 June 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm
  • 2 June 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm

Mon 29 May – Fri 2 June
10:30am-12:30pm
2:30pm-4:30pm
Age 5+
Gain an introduction to animation with award winning artist Grace Emily Manning. Create your own colourful character inspired by Dr. Seuss and learn how to make it move.

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential. 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 and is five minutes from Stratford's Jubilee and Central lines, Overground, DLR and National Rail services.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£6.50 adult/child; £5.50 concession; £22 family of four; Children under 2 free.

Website

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

Daddy Do My Hair

Daddy Do My Hair? with Tola Okogwu

  • 17 June 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Sat 17 June
2:30pm
Ages 4+
Listen to author Tola Okogwu tell stories from her Daddy Do My Hair? series. Learn how to create the hair styles featured in the books and create your own paper plate character with twisted, braided hair.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

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 and is five minutes from Stratford's Jubilee and Central lines, Overground, DLR and National Rail services.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£6.50 adult or child; £5.50 concession; £22 family of four; under 2s go free.
Admission includes entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden.

Website

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

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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