A World Inside a Book is a fabulous, immersive experience that has recently opened! Celebrating all things Julia Donaldson, it will be a permanent fixture at Z Arts until February 2020. This interactive exhibition is suitable for children aged 0 - 8 years and is a truly wonderful day out.
The experience starts in the cosy sitting room of Charlie Cook's Favourite Book! Here children are invited to sit down and take in their surroundings, exploring the room looking for key artefacts from his room. An engaging and enthusiastic storyteller then invites the children to imagine the worlds you can explore inside a book. We got to hear the exciting tale of Superworm and were taught actions to go along with the main parts of the book. The stories are on rotation with a different one each time.
You then get to take a trip behind the bookcase into the magical world of all Julia Donaldson's amazing books. You can creep into a magical world of forests, miniature houses, dragons and witches. The attention to detail in the exhibition is phenomenal and each area brings the characters to life. The Gruffalo area includes a snake in its log pile house, an owl in the treetop house and a fox in the underground house for children to find and enjoy. Zog is flying overhead and in this area you get to become Princess Pearl with a fully equipped medical kit.
My little girl loves A Squash and a Squeeze and spent lots of time in this are running around a life-sized cow and having a tea party next to the animals. She also enjoyed becoming the witch from Room on the Broom, flying high on the magical broomstick! Within the exhibition you can also become the Smartest Giant in Town, you can climb through the cave of the Highway Rat and discover the underwater world of Tiddler.
Tickets must be booked in advance as you receive a 50 minute time slot to explore the area. Once you have seen the exhibition there are a range of other activities and areas to explore. With regular screenings of Room on the Broom and creative crafting upstairs, there is lots to keep children entertained. The cafe also has an area for children to play, with toys, books and dress up clothes. We spent a total of 3 hours here and we will definitely be going back for more!
Additional information: Address: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme
Manchester, M15 5ZA
Opening hours: Various time slots each day