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.
Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers

Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers

  • 26 November 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

For children 6 and under

Celebrate the 10th birthday of the classic 'How to Catch a Star' ​by exploring Oliver Jeffers' magical worlds in an exhibition bringing his fabulous picture books to life. Play in your favourite scenes from 'How to Catch a Star', 'Up and Down', 'Lost and Found' and 'The Way Back Home'. Take a trip to the seaside, row a boat, make friends with a penguin and an alien, visit the Lost and Found office and watch as stars magically appear.

Term Time: Tue - Fri 3 - 5pm (Please note that these sessions are not pre-bookable)

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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


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

Getting there

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


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


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

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