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

Scrambled Eggs Super!

Dr. Seuss for toddlers: Scrambled Eggs Super!

  • 19 January — 26 February 2017 *on now

Thursday 19 January-Sunday 26 February 2017
Monday-Thursday 11am & 1pm
Friday-Sunday 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

An eggs-cellent way to start the day! Join our Story Builders on an adventure to find the rarest and most exciting eggs to make an amazing breakfast.

Dr. Seuss for Toddlers sessions are included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover, with access to Discover's Story World, Story Garden and interactive family exhibition, The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss.

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
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adult/Child: £6.50
Concession/Newham Resident: £5.50
Family ticket: £22
Children under 2: FREE

To book please call 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or book online www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Dylan the Shopkeeper

Dylan the Shopkeeper with Guy Parker-Rees

  • 28 January 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Sat 28 Jan
2:30pm
Age 5+
Come and hear Guy Parker-Rees read from the latest Dylan adventure, Dylan the Shopkeeper. See how Guy draws Dylan and some of his friends, join in the drawing fun and make your own pom-pom, just like Purple Puss.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Advance 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

£6.50 (adult/child); £5.50 (concessions); £22 (family of four); under 2's go free.

Advance booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or book online at www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

London Children's Book Swap

Discover's London Children's Book Swap

  • 11 February 2017 12:30-4:30pm

Calling all bookworms! Are you hungry for stories? Looking for a new adventure? Swap your old books for new favourites at London Children’s Book Swap, in family-friendly venues across London on Saturday 11 February 2016.

Returning for a sixth year, London Children's Book Swap is now bigger and better than ever with over 60 participating venues across 21 boroughs, including Discover Children's Story Centre, Barbican Children's Library, Soho Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, V&A Museum of Childhood and many, many more.

Find your local venue on the Book Swap map, then come along with an old book to swap for a new adventure, completely free!

London Children's Book Swap will be taking place at various times in venues across London. For more information please visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50 (adult/child); £5.50 (concessions); £22 (family of four); under 2s go free.

Advance booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or online at www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Steven Lenton Shifty McGifty

Shifty McGifty with Steven Lenton

  • 13 February 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Mon 13 Feb
2:30pm
Age 3+
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide on a career change after one bungled burglary too many. Join author Steven Lenton to find out how he dreams up their escapades.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Advance 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
  • 0-4

Admission

£6.50 (adult/child); £5.50 (concession); £22 (family of four); under 2s go free.

Advance booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or online at www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Leafy the Pet Leaf

Leafy the Pet Leaf with Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick

  • 14 February 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Tues 14 Feb
2:30pm
Age 3-6
Bestselling author Philip Ardagh and rising author-illustrator star Elissa Elwick bring you the first in their new Little Adventurers picture book series: Leafy the Pet Leaf. Follow Floss, Finnegan, Peanut and Sprat as they find out about each other’s pets and the joys of nature in this fun, fact-packed story.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Advance 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

£6.50 adult/child; £5.50 concessions; £22 family of four; under 2s go free.

Advance booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Neal Layton The Invincible Tony Spears

The Invincible Tony Spears with Neal Layton

  • 17 February 2017 From 2:30pm

Fri 17 Feb
2:30pm
Age 5+
Ground control to future astronauts! Bestselling and multi-award-winning illustrator and author Neal Layton, illustrator of the Emily Brown series and Stanley’s Stick, visits with his latest chapter book The Invincible Tony Spears. Neal will be talking about his life-long interest in space, reading excerpts from the book and doing live illustrations. Get your space helmets ready!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Advance 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

£6.50 (adult/child); £5.50 (concession); £22 (family of four); under 2s go free.

Advance booking is essential. To pre-book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.discover.org.uk

Pattan's Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar

Pattan's Pumpkin with Chitra Soundar

  • 25 February 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Sat 25 Feb
2:30pm
Age 3+
Pattan has an amazing pumpkin… it grows bigger than the goats, bigger than the elephants, until it is as tall as the mountains. But can Pattan’s pumpkin save his family and all the animals when the storm-clouds burst and the waters rise? Come and listen to Chitra Soundar tell this this previously untold Irular tribe story from South West India and join in with colouring and puzzle activities too.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Included in the price of entry to Discover's Story World and Story Garden. Advance 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
  • 7-10

Admission

£6.50 (adult/child); £5.50 (concessions); £22 (family of four); under 2s go free.

Advance booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or book online at www.discover.org.uk.

Website

http://www.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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