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

Doodle Town

Doodle Town with Dominika Lipniewska

  • 1 August 2017 2-3pm

Ages 5+
Join author and illustrator Dominika Lipniewska to create a Doodle Town! In this hands-on session you will use stencils, pencils and heaps of imagination to doodle buildings, residents, vehicles and imaginary shops for your town.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular. To pre-book over the phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or online 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: £6.50
Child: £6.50
Concession: £5.50
Family of four: £22
Newham resident: Free
Child under 2: Free
Includes entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden.

Website

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

Leaf book

Leaf with Sandra Dieckmann

  • 2 August 2017 2-3pm

Ages 4+
Join picture book creator and print maker Sandra Dieckmann for a storytelling and craft workshop. Explore themes of friendship and the environment in a fun, inclusive and interactive illustration-inspired event.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular. To pre-book over the phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or online 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
Newham resident: Free

Website

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

Yasmeen Ismail

Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad with Yasmeen Ismail

  • 3 August 2017 2-3pm

Ages 4-7
Join celebrated author and illustrator Yasmeen Ismail as she takes us through a series of super fun art activities inspired by her new activity book Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular. To pre-book over the phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or online 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
Newham resident: free
Includes Day Pass to Discover with entry to Story World and Story Garden.

Website

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

Ranvir Cannot Hear

Ranvir Cannot Hear

  • 4 August 2017 2-3pm

Ages 4-7
Meet author Genevieve Yusuf and illustrator Shermain Philip and listen to their enchanting story of inclusion and empowerment, Ranvir Cannot Hear. Ranvir is a lonely little elephant who crosses the plains of India looking for his hearing. Follow Ranvir’s journey and learn to concentrate on the things you can do, rather than those you cannot.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular. To pre-book over the phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or online 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
Newham Resident: Free
Includes Day Pass to Discover's Story World and Story Garden.

Website

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

Pop-Up Poetry Playground

Pencil & Help: Pop-Up Poetry Playground

  • 5 — 20 August 2017

Make a poem out of big bendy shapes, draw a poem to take home with you and take a picture of the poem you make. Come along to this relaxed and fun space that puts a big zap of fun into poetry with the help of our Story Builders

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required. During busy times you will be allocated a time slot when you arrive.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

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
  • 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.

Website

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

Kevin

Kevin with Rob Biddulph

  • 8 August 2017 2-3pm

Ages 3+
Come and listen to award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph celebrate the launch of his new book, Kevin, a timeless story of imaginary friendship and learning to take responsibility for your own actions. Activity sheets and treats will be provided!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular. To pre-book over the phone 020 8536 5555 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) or online 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
Newham resident: free
Includes Day Pass to Discover's Story World and Story Garden.

Website

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

Geometric Playground by Kristi Minchin

Geometric Playground

  • 22 August — 3 September 2017

Become a part of this giant, colourful artwork and discover its cogs to turn, levers to pull and pendulums to swing. Kristi Minchin’s interactive installation will thrill children and adults alike. Commissioned by artsdepot.

Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to the Story World and Story Garden.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required. During busy times you will be allocated a time slot when you arrive.

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

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

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.

Website

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

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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