Discover Children’s Story Centre’s unique play environment provides an excellent venue for school and community group visits. 

Our newly redeveloped Story World and immersive exhibitions provide a wide range of interactive activities that use creative play to engage children and support development of communication, creativity and literacy skills.

All of our schools sessions complement the national curriculum and are led by our skilled Story Builders, who are trained to support core language, literacy and key skills. All sessions are accessible to, or can be adapted for, disabled, SEN and EAL children.

We are a supporter of Arts Award and our schools sessions can contribute towards sections of the ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ awards.

You can download our Schools Brochure for 2016-17 here.

“We are so privileged to have Discover so close by with their resources and wonderful creativity for us to take part in.” – Local school teacher

Story World

Term time
Monday – Thursday
Morning: 10-11:30am
Afternoon: 12:45 – 2:15pm
Sessions available for Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Pupils can explore our dedicated floor of the Story World with creative play features, settings and environments to stimulate their imaginations. Visit the special Hootah Observatron, climb a crow’s nest and go on a Story Building mission!

Through spoken language, listening, drama, storytelling and exploration of Discover’s unique environments children learn the key elements of story craft – character, setting and plot – and help Hootah to create new stories for Squiggly Diggly.

The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss

Term time
Morning: 10:15-11:45am
Afternoon: 1:00-2:30pm
Sessions available for Nursery – Year 4

This fully immersive experience takes children into the heart of some of Dr. Seuss’s beloved books and characters, including The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs And Ham and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Children will be able to enjoy sitting in a Once-ler Wagon, building a Truffula Tree, dressing up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and playing music with the Boom Band.

Seamlessly interwoven with the environment will be a range of activities where children will explore language and literature in these fun, creative sessions facilitated by our specialist Story Builders. Designed to inspire, spark children’s imagination and complement the curriculum, each session draws on the wealth of playfulness and fun with language throughout Dr. Seuss’s work.

These sessions are for one class of 30 children. If you would like to bring two classes from a year group we are able to offer a bespoke sessions where the two classes can have 45 minutes in the exhibition space and 45 minutes with our trained facilitators – Discover’s Story Builders. Please get in touch for more information.

Booking information:

Schools sessions cost £150 for one class of up to 30 children or £300 for two classes. For more information and to book please call 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

We can provide a lunch space for classes before or after their session. Please let us know if you require this when booking.

World Book Day – Cressida Cowell

Thurs 2 March 2017
Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, E15 1EL
Key Stage 2

Join Cressida Cowell, bestselling author and illustrator of the wildly popular series, How To Train Your Dragon (also a blockbuster film series and a TV show on Netflix), as she talks about the inspiration behind the books and gives top tips on how you can become an author or illustrator too.

Listen to the behind-the-scenes details about how the books became films, and learn some Dragonese. Children at this event will also get an exclusive preview from Cressida of her new book series, coming out in September 2017. Cressida has sold over 7 million books worldwide in 38 languages – this event is unmissable!

Booking information:

Tickets cost £6 per child. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or email

World Book Day – Julian Clary and David Roberts

Julian Clary and David Roberts
Thurs 2 March 2017
Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, E15 1EL
Key Stage 2

Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduce you to The Bolds, a brand new series of adventures about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.

An unmissable event packed with hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, live-drawing from David and lots of laughter.

Booking information:

Tickets cost £6 per child. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or email

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