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London Adventures: Discover Children’s Story Centre

November 7, 2014

Children's Literature

A few weeks ago, I was reading a long list of things to do in London with kids and one of the suggestions was the Discover Children’s Story Centre, a small children’s museum based on fairy tales and children’s stories.

Obviously, it was something I wanted to visit. I guess the girls could come along too. . .

Last week was Bart’s fall break and the first couple of days were fabulous weather, so we spent them outdoors, at Coram’s Fields and Golders Hill.

But by Wednesday, the weather turned rainy, so Discover was the perfect place to spend the morning.

London Story Centre

It’s a fairly small place, and Bart and I both commented on how impressively they used the space to make it as fun as possible.

London Children's Museum

There were craft and coloring stations, dress-up, a play restaurant, a puppet theater, and a mini playground.

London Discover

Discover Lion Tunnel

There was also a darkened room with lights that when you stepped on them, they made various musical sounds. Ani was in heaven.

London Centre music

And at every turn, there were baskets of books from in-depth picture books to the simplest of board books.

After going through the story trail, we headed downstairs to the Oliver Jeffers exhibit.

It was so fun to see his books come to life, with rooms and a main street from various of his books, all fully touchable, including clothing to try on, boats to row, and a kitchen full of toy food and dishes.

Discover Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers World

Oliver Jeffers Story Centre

We especially loved the South Pole section (that might have had something to do with the lounge chairs that we immediately snagged while the girls played).

Afterward, we walked down the block and had some lunch at a little cafe, then came back for storytime, which Ella loved.

Story Centre London

The centre also has a large back garden with lots of fun play equipment, but because of the rain we didn’t go out there.

It was really a fun outing and we all loved it. Plus, under 2s are free, and regular tickets are only £5 each (which, holy cow, I can’t believe how expensive other tickets to city attractions are), so it’s very affordable.

They also do holiday shows, and I’m totally sad we won’t be around to attend. Now I just need to find out if there are other book-themed children’s museums in other parts of the world. And visit them all, of course.

Story Centre

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13 Comments

  • Reply Elaine November 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    While you were here, did you make it to the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum? If not, a visit is definitely in order! Besides, I'd love to meet the girls (all three of them).

  • Reply Rachel November 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I love Ani's little red sweater! And that museum looks amazing!

  • Reply Landen November 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    That looks fantastic! Also, your girls are darling! I am so glad we get to see them next month (!!!)!

  • Reply MommySizedHeart November 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I need to get my girl to a museum! She's never been to one yet. Ani looks like if those ice creams were real, she wouldn't share them!!

  • Reply Jenny November 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Oliver Jeffers was on the Radio 2 breakfast programme last week talking about his work. books and how he works (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3jh5 is it on listen again). Glad to hear you're enjoying my old home town!

  • Reply JoLee November 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    There's one in Stockholm! I went there when I traveled through Scandinavia with the BYU track team. http://www.junibacken.se/lang/english

  • Reply Susan_in_Peckham November 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    You and your girls might like the Horniman Museum in zone 3 (Forest Hill). It's free and has loads to see.

    The Tate Modern is also free and has a couple of play areas as well as the giant turbine hall for running around

    • Reply Janssen November 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Oh, I'll have to check both of those out! Thank you!

  • Reply Ash November 8, 2014 at 4:11 am

    So fun… I'd love to go, even without kids. =) Also, I've never really seen it but Ani is totally favoring Ella these days!

  • Reply Jones November 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Ahhhh! I would love this. It looks amazing. Museums for children can be so enchanting. I loved the boat on the water, the chill of the South Pole, and the tongue used for concentration :)!

  • Reply Bex November 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    The Roald Dahl museum is in Buckinghamshire and fantastic 🙂 I was just reading about this earlier today, i must take my two!

  • Reply Suzanne Albers November 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    My friend in San Francisco sent me the link to your post asking if I'd ever been to the Discover Centre. We have (and a love it), so I read your post. Suddenly it started to sound very familiar – half term, rainy Wednesday. Yep, we were there too and my daughter is in one of your photos! funny world.

    • Reply Janssen November 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

      That's hilarious! What are the odds?

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