BRRRPPP… Message incoming! DOT DOT DOT DAASH DAAASSH DASH DOT DOT DOT. Thus sums up my full knowledge of morse code (SOS, in case you were wondering) however, I have now been fully trained up in spy skills at the Secret Agent training Academy and here’s how…
Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, London is a magical place, full of prompts to inspire childrens’ imaginations about reading and stories. It’s all very educational, but the kids will never guess that! On top of it’s permanent spaces, the centre produces a new interactive exhibition a couple of times a year creating an immersive experience where children (and maybe even adults) can lose their inhibitions and get playful. Last time, they had Superheroes – this time, it’s Secret Agents.
You walk down the steps into what is seemingly an old tube station and get a surprise when you enter – it’s actually a Secret Agent Briefing Room.
There’s lots of important secret agent stuff on the walls.
We’re told that they need our help.
The evil Dr Iscove has used the Professor Irene Bop’s brilliant mind to create a treasure teleporting machine. He has stolen treasure from around the world, from the Louvre to the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. His next idea is to steal the pocket money of everybody on the planet. Eeeeek! We have to stop him before it’s too late and recover the treasure teleporting machine.
Can we act as secret agents to help crack the code and save the missing scientist?
We enter the elite Secret Agent training academy. We need to learn how to unlock codes, dodge laser beams and make ourselves invisible.
Once out of the initial briefing, the kids are free to roam and they around the space, looking for clues. Perhaps listening to the call on the telephone, or looking through the binoculars, or clambering through a fireplace. Dare you try and make your way through the tunnel of lasers? What clues might we find in that diamond catalogue on the coffee table?
We discover the code and enter it into the special machine and we’re successful. We’ve saved everyone’s pocket money!
There’s lots of little things to amuse and inspire the adults too. I love the typography and wit in these posters dotted around the place.
Roger that, over and out.
The Secret Agents Spy Academy runs until Sun 31 Aug 2014. Book here.
Disclaimer: I am on the board of trustees for Discover and they did ply me with James Bond-style cocktails on the opening night, but in this no way alters my opinion of the fact that Secret Agents is a must-see