1 year old
Michael Rosen's Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things at the Discover Children's Story Centre15:57
We had the great pleasure of visiting the Discover Children's Story Centre's new Michael Rosen's Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things exhibition the other day and absolutely loved it!
The exhibition features a few of his stories, but as my children are still quite young, we are most familiar with We're Going on a Bear Hunt and were so excited to step into that world. It's a favourite story to read in our house, so Ethan has almost got it memorised and was so excited reading it again on the way there on the train, he just couldn't wait to go through all of the different obstacles in the story himself.
We entered the story centre and were ushered downstairs to the Michael Rosen story area, and as soon as you walk through the door you're already stepping through the 'long wavy grass' which was great, but my two went straight for the river! I don't want to spoil all the fun of walking through there yourself, but the way that they've done all of the areas so uniquely and in ways that children would really respond to was absolutely genius. The river was projected onto the ground in a way that looked so realistic Ivy was actually bending down to put her hand into the water.
Walking through the forest was also an amazing experience, the trees look incredible and there are even small tree stumps to sit on a have a read through the book. Ethan took Ivy by the hand and led her through, just in case she was scared (but she wasn't, he's just a very protective big brother!) My two were far too excited to stop there though, they were keen to keep exploring!
Onto the cave, the dark cave where we found the bear! There's also a little tunnel that the children can crawl through, which my two absolutely loved!
Then onto the rest of the story centre, which is filled to the brim with fun things to discover. Even though you've get a set amount of time in the exhibition, you can still explore the rest of the centre which has loads of fun activities inside and outside! It was perfect as it meant that my two could have a good run around after all that time sitting on the train. We also got to have a lot of fun with Adam and his Mummy from Adventures of Adam (you can read their review here).
It is definitely worth a visit to see the Michael Rosen exhibition in the next few months. And keep an eye on the Discover Children's Story Centre's website to see what other special events they have going on, as it really is a fantastic day out!
* This is a review post, we were invited to visit The Discovery Children's Story Centre and the new Michael Rosen exhibition in order to write our honest opinions about the experience it also contains an affiliate link to buy the book.*