Stratford story centre hosts Superheroes play day

Children on Easter break can look forward to enjoying a super time with the Superheroes exhibtion at the Discover Children’s Story Centre.

The centre’s new interactive exhibition for families, Superheroes goes supersonic from April 1 with a free open day.

Youngsters and their families will be given the exciting mission to save Alphabet City from a mysterious villian. They can step into the city and don a cape from the cape chooser wheel, tinker in the garage and take a seat in the Superheroes car to watch the city scape fly by.

They can even help the Superhero save the building by putting on a hard hat and building a word wall, create a comic from a menu on the Noodle Doodle bar and give the animals a voice in the pet shop.

The Story Centre’s exhibitions have just been nominated for the 2012 European Musuem academy Iinternational Children’s Museum Award and Superheroes follows hot on the heels of their most popular exhibition yet, Welcome to Monsterville. Discover enlisted the genius of animator/illustrator Steve May to bring their Superhero city to life. Steve has a varied career from illustrating the bestselling Cartoon Kid series by Jeremy Strong to directing animation for episodes of BBC3’s cult hit Monkey Dust.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed designing the characters for Superheroes and the world they inhabit. As a kid I was obsessed with comics and read everything I could get my hands on, so it’s interesting that now I have come full circle. All those childhood hours spent with my favourite superheroes informs the work that I do as an adult.”

Sally Goldsworthy Discover’s Chief Executive said: “Discover always strives to create exciting and innovative play worlds for families with excellent artists from a whole range of backgrounds. Superheroes combiness brilliant interactive experiences with playful exhibits exploring literacy and suberb illustration.”

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Superheroes will be open throughout the Easter holidays alongside an events programme including storytellings and arts and crafts workshops.