We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day. We’re not scared! Michael Rosen
I’m sure there are not many parents out there that have not shared these words from the much loved children’s book Were Going On A Bear Hunt.
At the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford the story book has been bought to life in a fabulous exhibition which mixes the adventures the family all went through on their bear hunt with rooms to explore that inspired Michael Rosen to write his story.
We swished and swashed through the long grass, splashed and sploshed through the river and eventually found the big bear hiding in his cave!
Once we had completed our bear hunt we were then left to explore all the rooms that had been set up to give the children an insight into Michael Rosen’s thoughts.
They loved playing in the school room, preparing a spot of lunch in the kitchen and sitting down to watch some TV in the living room.
As well as the bear hunt exhibition we also took part in the story time session for under 3’s based around another fabulous story, Snore.
We all walked bare foot into a small room decorated with flowers and fairy lights and scattered with cosy cushions to settle down on.
The story teller caught the children’s attention from the minute he began the session that was filled with songs, and stories that the children can interact with.
At the end of the session blankets are handed around to cosy up with and my lot found this so relaxing they even dropped off to sleep!
Although this was aimed at under 3’s even number three was taken with the whole experience.
Aside from these set sessions the centre itself has so much to see and do.
The indoor trail allows them to climb and slide to their hearts content, they can create spoons at the craft area, dance on the light polka dots, dress up in wonderful costumes and much more.
Outside in the story garden they can make beautiful music on the wooden instruments, climb aboard the pirate ship or launch into space in a huge rocket.
In between all this fun we managed to grab a bite to eat in the cafe that served a small selection of very reasonably priced lunch items and hot drinks.
This is the ultimate place to ignite your child’s imagination whilst keeping them active too. With a range in age from 2-9 I was a little sceptical it would be suitable from them all, but they have all come away truly happy with the whole experience.
It had been the perfect end to our half term and we will be back very soon to create some more memories.
We were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.