Children’s Story Centre – Review for families

Facilities, fixtures and fun things to do at the Discover Children's Story Centre. Follow our guide to East London's creative base for kids.

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What is it?

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It’s a one-of-a-kind creative hub designed for families with children aged 11 and under. Find it 5 minutes from Stratford station.

Best for:

Babies / Toddlers & Preschool / 5 – 8

OK for:

9 – 12

Cost

£ – children under 2 go free, whilst adults and older children pay £5 per ticket. This includes a voluntary 50p gift aid fee, because Discover is a charity. You can ask to have this fee removed from your ticket price. An annual pass option is also available.

What’s on offer

There’s so much to do at Discover’s Children’s Story Centre!

The fun, hands on Story Trail first allows children to play freely and develop their own story ideas in the process, which the characters at the Centre can then use to guide your child towards creating their very own story. Play in the story garden or take part in an activity at the story studio, which features seasonal interactive family exhibits. They often have an exciting theme and the Centre offers other activities, too.

Discover host a lot of events within the Centre including storytelling sessions, drama and music events, arts and crafts workshops and special workshops with famous authors and illustrators. Everything on offer is entertaining, but it’s also educational. 

It’s designed for young children, so you can expect baby-changing, toilet, buggy-parking and locker facilities. There’s a picnic area in the garden, but they also have a small café and a shop that sells reasonably priced toys.

Highlights

This is the ultimate interactive attraction for family enjoyment. There’s plenty to keep youngsters, from babies to schoolchildren, interested and occupied. After all, it was created with this aim in mind.

It’s engaging and immersive from the word go. Immediately, your little one will be surrounded by magical stories, books and illustrations as they begin their journey through their new favourite playground. The Story Garden, the actual outdoor playground at the centre, is super imaginative in they way it’s designed and the way it encourages children to play. There are giant musical instruments for them to jam with, secret coves and sparkly rivers alongside a huge spacecraft and pirate ship to climb on board. You’ll almost wish that you were still a child.

Storytelling sessions and a lot of the activities at the Children’s Story Centre are multi sensory, including visual, audial and kinesthetic elements. This is extra special for children who suffer from physical disabilities, vision or hearing problems, who certainly won’t be left behind or without something to do. Staff are super friendly and well equipped to ensure that children with difficulties will have an amazing, interactive day at the Story Centre.

The Centre bring stories to life and hopefully will spark a passion for the wonderful world of literacy.

What to watch out for

– It’s not open on Mondays, except during half-term and school holidays, when it’s open every day.

– If you want to visit a workshop or event, you must book on advance as you can’t book in on the day.

MFM tips:

– Consider dropping by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after your visit.

What the owners say

“Discover Children’s Story Centre is the UK’s first hands-on creative literacy centre for children aged 0-11 years and their families, carers and teachers.

Discover’s overarching mission is to spark children and adults’ imagination, curiosity and creativity in a magical and stimulating environment. We offer a variety of programmes including schools workshops, family art activities, a literature programme led by children’s writers and illustrators, community and education projects, artist residencies in schools and training for professionals that work with children and families. In The Studio we commission artists to create multi sensory installations and exhibitions. Each year over 100,000 people benefit from our programmes.”

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