On Saturday, I took Child 1 to the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. We were given tickets for their new Superheroes exhibition. Actually, we should have been to the launch party on 19 April, but it was the same week I’d given birth and my physical movements were very limited – the only distance I could comfortably manage was between the sofa and kettle.
So off to Stratford, home to the 2012 Olympics, we went on that wet and windy Saturday afternoon.
We’d never been to the Discover Children’s Story Centre before so we had no idea what to expect. Child 1, who’s 7 years old, was very excited. Mum, who’s in her mid-30s, wasn’t, as she was overwhelmed by the sound and sight of so many children. Packs of them were everywhere. It was a Saturday and it was raining. What did I expect?
The Superheroes exhibition was a series of rooms – on that day, it was overrun with 3 to 5 year olds. Child 1 wandered in and out of the rooms. He pressed buttons, stuck things, played basketball and had a go in the supersonic car.
He most enjoyed the ‘trace a superhero’ stand. The superheroes were called A, E I, O and U.
We then went along to the Bugville event with Paul Howard. Aimed at 5 years and up, the kids were egged on to help Paul come up with a new Bugville adventure. Child 1 loved seeing Paul draw the cartoon live and how he developed the story. For a boy who loves making up stories, it was brilliant fun for him to see how an author brings a story to life. Shame we couldn’t stay till the end and had to leave halfway.
And on the way out, this strange little creature was there to wave us off.
The Superheroes exhibition is from Sunday 1 April – Sunday 4 November