Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Discover Children's Story Centre 383-387 High Street Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Contact: 020 8536 5555



Step into a world of creativity, imagination and stories at the UK’s first Story Centre. On our newly redeveloped Story World, children can join our resident space alien, Hootah, on a story building mission. On his planet, Squiggly Diggly, everyone has run out of imagination, and that means no stories! Visit Hootah’s special Observatron, climb a look out to the clouds and be inspired to create new stories for Squiggly Diggly.

In our immersive exhibition, The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss, children are taken into the heart of some of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved books and characters, including The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Seamlessly interwoven with the environment are a range of activities for children to explore language, literature and stories. Our unique, interactive spaces use creative play to engage children and support development of communication, creativity and literacy skills.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
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.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Yes, we have the LotC Quality Badge

What does a typical educational visit include?
School groups have the option of choosing a session on our Story World or in our interactive exhibition, The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss. Each session lasts 90 minutes.
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 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 create new stories for Squiggly Diggly with the help of our trained Story Builders.
The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss
Morning: 10:15-11:45am
Afternoon: 1:00-2:30pm

Sessions available for Nursery – Year 4
Children will 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. Designed to inspire, spark children’s imagination and complement the curriculum, each session is facilitated by our specialist Story Builders and draws on the wealth of playfulness and fun with language throughout Dr. Seuss’s work.

Groups are welcome to spend time playing outside in our Story Garden before or after their session, and picnic spaces are also available to book in advance.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Each session is for a either a single class (up to 30 children) or two classes (up to 60, from the same year group). If you would like to bring two classes we are able to offer bespoke sessions: on the Story World each class explores together before splitting up to work with a dedicated Story Builder; in the Dr. Seuss exhibition each class spends 45 minutes in the exhibition space and 45 minutes working with our Story Builders separately.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Supporting materials for teachers are available to enhance the exhibition sessions both pre- and post-visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes, of their own group.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We are unable to provide a general risk assessment, however teachers are welcome to visit the centre in advance of the trip to carry out their own risk assessment. It is a good idea to let us know when you’re planning to visit so that we can arrange a tour of the building.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Ben O’Donnell – Head of Learning:

You can speak to any member of our bookings team about arranging a school visit: or 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

What is the cost of the visit?
Our sessions cost £150 per class of up to 30 children, or £300 for two classes.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There is a first aider present on site.

Please list facilities available.
We have an on-site bookshop and a café selling sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold drinks. Picnic and lunch spaces are available for school groups to reserve when booking. Weather permitting, school groups may also play in our Story Garden before or after their session, to continue exploring stories with Discover.

What are your disabled facilities?
Discover is spread over 4 floors and is accessible throughout. We have a lift between floors and accessible toilets on each level. Our ground floor accessible toilet is equipped with height adjustable changing bench and ceiling track hoist system. All our sessions are accessible to, or can be adapted for, disabled and SEN children.

What are your opening days and hours?
Discover is open every day, 10am-5pm. Our school group sessions are offered Monday – Thursday during term time.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“We are so privileged to have Discover so close by with their resources and wonderful creativity for us to take part in.”

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years

Type of Visit: SEN Storytelling

Curriculum Topics Covered: English

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December