Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford never fails to surprise me. They’re a great place for kids to go to on a rainy day and is filled with fantastic things for the children to do from doing arts & crafts activities to playing in the story trail (indoor and outdoor play area). This time, we went to Discover to explore their latest exhibition, Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things.
There was a lot of families at this Saturday’s show. We actually arrived at 1pm but as we didn’t pre-book our tickets (highly recommended if you want to go on a Saturday) so the only tickets left which became available because someone cancelled was the last show at 4:15pm. Lo and I went along with my other mummy friends and so we decided to go somewhere local for something to eat as the Discover cafe is very small, a little pricey and food options are very limited. I don’t think there’s even a sandwich selection available! We arrived back at Discover for around 3:15pm and the kids had a wonderful hour to play about in the indoor story trail. LO really loved it! He had so much fun that he didn’t want to leave the story trail for the exhibition.
The exhibition always starts off with a story builder introducing everyone to what’s in store then sets the scene with a story book. This time, our story builder read us the Michael Rosen book “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”. It’s a story that LO and many other children have read and enjoy. Then after the story builder has finished the first half of the story, the kids could explore the scenes to find the bear’s cave and take a trip inside the chocolate cake, visit Michael Rosen’s classroom and grandparent’s house to read stories.
Michael Rosen’s Exhibition runs until April 2016
In addition to the lovely little bear hunt, it was good to learn a bit about the author. The grandparent’s sitting room looked lovely and cosy and many parents enjoyed reading to their children in there. The dred shed was a hit with the kids as they enjoyed digging the mud and exploring with Rosen’s ‘bad things’. LO and I enjoyed a lovely spot in the forest where we sat and I read him the bear hunt book all over again.
The Michael Rosen exhibition will still be available to visit until 10th April 2016 so it’s definitely not to late for anyone to take a trip down to Stratford and check it out. It’s recommended for children aged 0-11 and for the older children, there is a special activity that they can participate in should they want something more out of the experience.
Admission tickets are priced at £5 per adult/per child or you can save money and get a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) for £18. You’ll also be happy to know that under 2’s go free and there’s a special discount for those living in the Newham borough. My mummy friend also inquired about an annual pass for us and we were quoted £66 a year for 6 people which works out to £22 each as we all have one child each. Not bad in terms of value for money especially when LO and I had spent £10 on this visit already.