If your kids love reading and Dr Seuss, and you're looking for something a bit different to do in London, then this delightful Children's Story Centre is the perfect trip out for toddlers, preschoolers or older children too!
To tell you what it's all about, here is an excerpt from the website:
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 heart of the centre, our purpose-built Story World and Story Garden are creative play spaces designed to inspire children’s curiosity and imagination. Our team of dedicated Story Builders guide children and families through the space and encourage them to 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.
Explaining what the story centre is like is actually really hard, I've been trying to work it out, but it's actually just one of those places you have to visit because there is really nothing like it!
A wonderful place of play, adventure and imagination.
The ground floor is an adventure playground, with scenes from stories your little ones might recognise, with lots of craft activities available. My kiddos weren't interested at all, but it's there if you want it! The first floor has a spaceship vehicle, that children can use their imagination to decide what it is, and the three-year-old could easily have spent hours here!
In the basement is the Dr Seuss installation currently, which has timed sessions you need to book into. The sessions get full quite quickly, so if it's half term, you probably need to book the week before or at least a few days in advance. Being massive Dr Seuss fans, this was our favourite part of the experience.
There is a large outdoor play area, that you could easily spend hours at and a little cafe upstairs with an area to eat your lunch. Ticket prices are quite reasonable too, and you can stay the whole day if you want to and get a stamp to go out and come back in.
It is based in Stratford, in the East of London, so is quite far to get to, and about a 7-minute walk from the station, but it's well worth the journey. If you're making a whole day of it, then you might want to bring a packed lunch, as there aren't many options in the cafe. Or you could time it so that you have lunch before or after; there are LOADS of places to eat in the Westfield shopping centre which is just by Stratford station.
It is an amazing experience, and really quite unlike other places I've been, so this should be the next place on your list!
Have you been?