I’m always looking for new and exciting things to do over the holidays and when we were invited along to the Discover Story Centre in Stratford (East London) it seemed the perfect chance to discover something new.
Stratford is not somewhere that you associate with books; its home to a massive shopping centre and the Olympic park. The story centre provides something different within all this, a little haven for people to come and explore their imaginations.
Discover is the sort of place which inspires children by an immersive experience. There are loads of things to climb on, walk across and explore. Its a bit like being in an exciting adventure playground that is all themed around stories. We thought it was brilliant. In terms of age groups, it was ideal for the 4 and 7 year old but at 9 my eldest was really on the cusp of being too old. Of course, life begins again at 40 which probably explains why myself and the husband loved it.
We were invited along to visit the Michael Rosen temporary exhibition which is in the basement of the story centre. The best way to describe this was that it seemed a mixture of theatre and physical interaction. You could find yourself inside the bear’s cave from the bear hunt books and immerse yourself in the swishy swashy grass. My 4 year old was the perfect age for this, he loved it. I wish my photographs captured his joy. Along with his sister he is a big fan of the Bear Hunt book, so I think it really was amazing to find himself in the bear’s cave.
We loved Discover and its definitely somewhere we will revisit time and time again. What a fantastic idea and a great way to get children engaged in stories. I don’t think we realised what a great day out you could have in Stratford. There is loads of car parking, a beautiful and interesting park, loads of shops and lots of places to eat. We had one of the best days we have had all year.
I should point out that they are completely renovating Discover so you cant enjoy it until 23rd July when there will be a new Dr Seuss exhibition alongside a refreshed story trail. You’ll find us first in the queue! If you’d like to find out more you can check out their website and sign up for the newsletter here.