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Stepping Stones Museum - 2014 Holiday Events  and Exhibits
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Special Activities and Performances
Each day brings a new hands-on activity. See the Calendar for specific activities. Space is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials fee may apply.
Create Cards of Thanks for Our Soldiers
Tuesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 22 (excluding Sundays)
10:15 – 11:30 am
Start the season on a note of appreciation. Create a thoughtful greeting card extending a message of love to a soldier serving our country.
YES2 Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 22
Noon – 4:00 pm
Browse and buy hand-made crafts and merchandise created by the youth of the YES2 program. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support young entrepreneurs as they learn about business and commerce while sharing in the holiday spirit! Free with museum admission. Cash only for all merchandise sold at the YES2 Holiday Craft Fair.
Fall Tales and Snowy Stories
Tuesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 29
11:00 – 11:30 am
Settle in for a cozy, warm storytime celebrating the seasons of fall and winter, followed by a themed-activity.
The Elf Workshop
Tuesday, December 2 – Thursday, December 18 (excluding Sundays)
11:00 am – noon
Get Into It! FREE – Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 4
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Around the World Performance: Sweden
ABBA Girlz
Saturday, December 14
2:00 pm
North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones
Friday, December 19 – Wednesday, December 24
11:00 am – noon, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Santa and his friends Frosty, Reindeer and Penguin will be flying in to spread HOLIDAY CHEER! Bring your camera to capture the magic!
School Vacation Week
Friday, December 26 – Wednesday, December 31 (excluding Sundays)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Kul Aktiviteter – Each day brings a new Swedish-themed activity. Kul aktiviteter means fun activities!
Expanded in November 2010, our museum offers engaging and educational exhibits and experiences that give children, families and educators twice the space to discover, learn and grow.

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Hands-on, kid-powered learning! The exciting and all-awesome, Energy Lab is a wet, wild and wonderful way for children to learn about the science of energy. As they use their boundless energy to explore the million-dollar exhibit, they’ll find a “working lab” that inspires a natural curiosity to imagine and invent..
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Infants and toddlers have a great place to play in Tot Town! 1,2,3 come discover with me! Inspired by the latest research in early childhood development and play, our imaginative space sparks curiosity, fosters early learning and promotes literacy. Whether it’s singing along with classic childhood rhymes or interacting with familiar objects, Tot Town is a great way for infants, toddlers and their caregivers to play and learn together.
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Build It! allows children to explore architectural design and construction – from the ground up! We have designs on teaching the building process! In our two-story structure, visitors can pretend to finish walls, paint with brushes and rollers, apply carpeting and wallpaper, haul building materials and more! Visitors of all ages will learn about smart design choices and see what’s behind the walls of a house. Children will also be challenged to solve problems, invent, create, express their creativity and much more!
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Get out and play! With its giant open-air tent and eco-friendly play surface, families discover big fun throughout the year. Big blue foam building blocks, designed by New York architect David Rockwell, lets imaginative play get underway, as children put their creativity to work with arches, noodles and connectors. Year-round, the soft pebble flex ground cover instills confidence to explore while fresh air invigorates and the peaked awning protects from the elements.
With its state-of-the art sound and theatrical lighting system, the Celebration Courtyard also provides the perfect venue for parties, bar mitzvahs, concerts and dozens of other special events for individuals, companies and the community. Look for Stepping Stones Special Performances throughout the year.
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Step Inside and Prepare for Visually Stunning Experiences The new state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery catapults Stepping Stones onto a global stage. Inside you can find a 35' x 12' immersive screen and an open floorplan, suitable for a wide range of programs including those that let kids get into the action of creating their own media content. With the addition of a performance stage and interactive floor projection technology, the Multimedia Gallery is both a fantastic educational venue as well as a party destination.
Professional cameras, video-conferencing and broadcast equipment and lighting and sound systems allow for the perfect creation of mood and style for a dazzling variety of unique programs and events. Whether it’s a theatrical performance, a high-definition film or a gala event, the new Multimedia Gallery creates a dramatic stage for museum programming.
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Explore and enjoy the natural world! A lush garden offers the community a chance to explore and enjoy the natural world. Stroll through six main areas: Grassland, Rain, Butterfly, Herb, Edible and Woodland Garden. Three whimsical, sculptures use solar, wind and water energy to produce a lively concert of musical sounds.
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Our Newest Permanent Exhibit on Social-Emotional Learning. To help children and families acquire the social-emotional learning skills to be successful in an increasingly complex world, Stepping Stones developed Express Yourself.
Through art, music, cooperative games and more, children, families and groups will practice expressing themselves and exploring their own emotions. They can act out their feelings on camera and explore how creating artwork, listening to music or dancing can affect their mood. Children can learn how to overcome frustration as they cooperate with other visitors to successfully move a ball through a maze. Express Yourself is filled with fun and effective tools and techniques for children to use in their everyday lives.
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Beautifully artistic and delightfully amazing! Experience an abundance of natural light, colorful LED displays and exhibits created by, for or about children, their families and the community.
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It's a Toy! No, it's Art! Our 27-foot kinetic sculpture designed by artist George Rhoads is the museum's only permanent exhibit. This giant mechanical toy is in constant motion with fascinating and involving interplays of balls, color and light. Visitors of all ages are mesmerized by the sheer beauty, sights and sounds of ColorCoaster. Come see for yourself!
The Stepping Stones Museum is handicapped accessible.
Learning and fun go hand-in-hand at Stepping Stones. Our exhibits and educational programs help expand a child's world by engaging them in fun, playful exploration. With four main galleries, a toddlers-only gallery and over 100 hands-on activities, Stepping Stones offers children ages ten and under plenty to explore and discover.
The museum is conveniently located in Mathews Park, offering families access to green grass and fresh air. Our award-winning building serves as exhibit itself. Upon arrival, children are drawn to the museum's whimsical tower - its windows are eyes, ears and a mouth; its nose is a sundial; its hat a birdcage where flights of fancy are hatched; and the hat has a "feathervane" in honor of the local folk hero, Yankee Doodle Dandy.
What does learning sound like? Step inside to find out. There’s water splashing, balls clanging, cranks cranking, gears grinding and toucans calling from the rainforest. Children are playing, laughing and discovering. You’ll hear – look what I can do, hey Mom and Dad and check this out. A visit to Stepping Stones is truly a multi-sensory experience – children will learn by touching, looking and listening.
Stay a while. Enjoy lunch in our cafe - or pack your own. After leaving, venture over to Devon’s Place - a boundless playground designed as a model for safety and accessibility for all children, including those with special needs. Slides, swings and climbing gear await you.
And finally, pack a camera! Our exhibits, programs, special events and park setting offer great photo opportunities for visitors to capture memories from their visit. There’s also a gift shop with great educational toys, games and books – as well as museum t-shirts and memorabilia.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is located in Mathews Park, at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, exit 14 North and 15 South, off I-95. General admission to the museum is $15, seniors (over 62) $10 and children under one are admitted free. The museum is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Content Last Modified on 11/21/2014 11:06:40 AM