If you love the written word and stories as much as I do, then you will love Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford, London. On Saturday, I attended the launch of a new picture book entitled Daddy Do My Hair, by Tola Okogwu and illustrator Rahima Begum. It was held at the Centre. The event a fun, motivational affair. (I will be sharing my interview of Tola Okogwu, on The Tiger Tales soon. Stay tuned for that.) Our tickets to the launch allowed us to explore the Centre after the event. The kids and I were in awe of the space. If ever there was place to bring budding imagination alive, Discover Children’s Story Centre is that place.
A little bit Squiggly Diggly
Discover is the UK’s first Story Centre for children aged 0-11 and their families. Our aim is to create a love of language, literature and stories. At the Centre, Story World covers two floors and are supervised by Story Builders. They assist little children to explore the space, spot interesting features and be creative while there. Children can create their own stories for Hootah, our resident baby space alien, to send back to his planet Squiggly Diggly, which has run out of imagination.
On the ground floor it’s a spectacular jungle delight. Wander among giant trees, spot the flora and fauna. Sail away on a stream ship. Angelo went to the table-topped stations to make a spoon puppet. At that station young visitors can make a spoon puppet of their favourite fairy-tale character. They can use the puppet to tell; engage in imaginative play; attach them to the story tree; or take the puppet away to play later. Valentina said she loved the spot where there was a dragon. I couldn’t recall seeing any such feature but then she said “maybe it wasn’t a dragon. It had no wings. I thought in my head maybe it was a sea monsters.”
The first floor had an enchanting celestial ambience. The room are painted with blue sky and cloud-effects, even the some of the lighting fixtures are in the shape of clouds! There’s bookshelf and reading area in one corner lots of space for kids to play in and around Hootah’s Observatron. We didn’t have time to visit the It’s ‘The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss’ exhibition but runs until Sunday 10th Sept 2017. I plan to visit again with the kids to check it out, as soon as we can.
Enter into a magical story garden
The Story Garden is where adventure playground meets story-time. Kids will have a thrill sliding down the monster’s tongue. Valentina certainly enjoyed playing giant percussion instruments. Angelo and his friends Miss B said they really liked the space craft. It was fun to slide down the pole. They also ran off to explore the nooks and crannies to play. Angelo told me he found a ‘hideout’. He and Miss B played there for a while but they didn’t show me where it was. I guess it their secret I guess.
Discover Children’s Story Centre has special events carded for the upcoming Newham Borough school’s half-term. Visit their website for details . The day pass for a family of four costs £22. There’s parking on site. However, you can park at the Stratford Shopping Centre. It’s definitely worth a visit the little kids and ‘bigger’ kids will have an fantastic time.
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