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0-3s Storytelling

A Squash and a Squeeze book jacket

A Squash and a Squeeze

Fri 4 May – Fri 31 August
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1.30pm
Fri-Sun and school holidays: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

The little old lady is not happy. Her house is too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows – bring in a scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals! Join our Story Builders to find out what happens in this story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

0-3s sessions are included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover. Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular.

Please note that late admittance is not possible for this performance.

Summer Events

Garden fun

Come rain or shine, it’s always Story-time

We’ve got summer covered with cool story activities, games and adventures in our Story Worlds and Garden- as well as loads of wonderful author visits & daily film screenings.

Join us for sunny crafts, games and story sessions throughout all of our amazing, immersive worlds & step outside into our Story Garden where you can conquer a pirate ship, climb into a tree house and slide down a fearsome monster’s tongue!

If you live or work in Newham we’ve got good news for you: supported by Newham Council we’re able to offer FREE ENTRY to Discover from 28 July – 13 August. Just bring proof of your address. Find out more.

Snail and the Whale birthday celebrations! 

“This is the tale of a tiny snail  and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.” 

Join Macmillan Children’s Books on Saturday 14 July to celebrate 15 years of The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s delightful tale of adventure and friendship.  One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins… and for one day only, the snail with the itchy foot has hitched a lift to our very own Story Garden!

Can you find the snails hidden around the garden and unscramble the letters to spell a great big word? Join in the fun and you’ll be entered into a lucky dip competition for a chance to win a Snail and the Whale goody bag! This event is included with the purchase of a day-pass or exhibition ticket, simply ask staff on the day if you’d like to join in.

Daily Film Screenings

Several times throughout the day, times vary- more information available upon booking (beginning 28th July) 

You can cool off and relax with our Summer Screenings of over 5 Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler films, such as:

The Gruffalo

Stick Man

Highway Rat

The Gruffalo’s Child

Room on the Broom

Author & Craft Events


Kechi’s Hair- Tola Okogwu

Mon 30 July | 2pm | Ages 4+

Join Tola Okogwu as she reads from her acclaimed children’s book series Daddy Do My Hair. Delve into the world of hair and the fun that can be had when daddies do hair. Then have a go yourself with some fun craft activities.

Garden fun

We Wear Pants- Katie Abey

Tue 31 July | 2pm | 4+ 

Join illustrator Katie Abey for a fun and colourful event.

Find out how Katie became an illustrator and delve into the pages of We Wear Pants. There will also be a chance to decorate your very own of (paper) pants!

Garden fun

My Dad is my Uncle’s Brother-Joe Lyward

Wed 1 Aug | 2pm | 5+ yrs

A family is a thing of many parts – a complicated puzzle made of brothers, sisters, mums, dads, uncles, friends, grandparents. Join Joe Lyward to hear how piece by piece, person by person, a little boy and his father put together a picture of their family. 

Joe will be reading from his book, signing copies and running a drawing workshop!

Garden fun

Ten Fat Sausages- Michelle Robinson

Fri 3 Aug | 2pm | 2-5 yrs

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan decide to escape… Join Michelle Robinson for a hilarious storytelling session about her brand new book Ten Fat Sausages. Imagine the great escape, but with sausages.

Robinson’s no-holds-barred-humour will have you hooting out loud at this merciless tale. Be prepared high-energy crafty fun with a little bit of live rock music thrown in for good measure. Spoiler alert: Michelle will be dressed as a sausage.

Garden fun

The Drum-Ken Wilson-Max

Mon 6 Aug | 2pm | 3-6 yrs

This is the drum. This is the beat. Clap your hands. Stomp your feet! Step to the beat with author and artist Ken Wilson-Max. Feel the rhythm of the drum and discover joy in your heart as your explore this delightful book- guaranteed to get you dancing to the beat. Discover different drums from around the world and how they make you feel and move. Learn to play a simple rhythm and create your drum to take home.

Garden fun

The Big Book of Blue- Yuval Zommer

Tue 7 Aug | 2pm | 4+ yrs

Why do octopuses have eight arms? Why do crabs run sideways? Are jellyfish made of jelly?

Yuval Zommer’s beautiful book provides the answers to these and many more fishy questions. Join him for a fun session of fact finding and making. Yuval will be reading from his book and signing copies and running a big blue workshop.

Garden fun

Paper-cutting workshop with Shobhna Patel 

Wed 8 Aug | 2pm | 5-9 yrs

Join the fantastic Shobhna Patel as she demonstrates the fine art of Paper Cutting. This is a super fun craft activity that shows you how to make your very own beautiful Paper Cuts.

Garden fun

Sam Wu is Not Afraid… – Katie and Kevin Tsang

Sat 11 Aug | 2pm | 6+ yrs

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). Join Katie and Kevin Tsang for this fun and fearless event. Listen as they read from their Sam Wu is Not Afraid series and take part in their ‘Face your Fears’ workshop to make your very own scary ghosts and sharks.