Who likes Julia Donaldson stories?
Why everyone, of course!
That’s why the latest installation downstairs at the Discover Children’s Story Centre is bound to be a big hit. We went to check it out earlier this week.
I think this is the fourth thing I’ve been to like this at Discover – the others having been based of the writings of:
- Oliver Jeffers
- Michael Rosen
- Dr Seuss
Until now, the Oliver Jeffers one was my favourite. Not because – at the time, anyway – I knew the stories particularly well, but more because the activities kept a toddler busy, happy and stimulated.
The good news is, ‘A World Inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures’ is just as good.
You assemble in a room with your storyteller who asks everyone whether they agree with Charlie Cook – that a world can contain a book. Whatever the answer, there’s a chance to find out because (in our case) she then read us a Julia Donaldson story. We got Room on the Broom. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you what happens at the end. Okay, so it’s a fabulous broom. I mean, I won’t spoil it for you by telling you what happens after the end of the story, but let’s just say there is a little world for toddlers and their companions to explore for the following half hour or so.
Inspired by some of Julia Donaldson’s most popular books, there’s a row of tiny houses that makes you feel like the smartest giant in town. There’s a room that’s a squash and a squeeze. There’s a chance to sit on the fabulous broom, paddle with a whale and dress as a monkey.
Oh and have I mentioned the Gruffalo yet?
If you’ve been to Discover before, you’ll know how it works…
You can pitch up on the day and, when you buy your ticket, book a slot in ‘A world inside a book’.
All the details are here.
If it’s the weekend or a holiday, you might be better off booking ahead online.
Whatever you decide, there’s plenty more to do at Discover on two other floors and outdoors in the garden. There’s also a cafe with plenty of high chairs and toddler suitable food.
It’s on until September 2018, so you’ve got ample opportunity to enjoy it again and again.
Prices for Discover are here.