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Stepping Stones Museum for Children Norwalk

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Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue
Norwalk
CT
06850
Tel: 203 899 0606

Where are we going today?

Stepping Stones Museum for Children encourages learning through play, which is perfect, because kids love to play, and parents love kids to learn - it couldn't be more perfect! 

The mission of the Stepping Stones Museum for Children is to enrich the education of kids under 10 years, and to really give them a greater understanding of the world. The museum aims to create an environment for them that can inspire lifelong learning in them, and supports parents in giving kids that education.

It's brilliant!

Within the museum there is a whole host of exhibits which are designed with education in mind. These allow kids to really get stuck into them - to touch, play, experiment, and get creative. After all, who wants a museum filled with "no touching" signs!

Not at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children!

All of the exhibits are categorized by age too, so you can ensure you are taking your kids to the ones perfect for them.

Kids can learn all about the science of energy at the Energy Lab, where they can invent and imagine. They can visit exhibits inspired by nursery rhymes, or manipulate the wheel, lever and pulley to produce sound and motion!

They can build with different materials, learn between simple and complex machinery, or even become immersed in the windy and wet environments!

There are plenty of options for those youngest tots at the museum, with Tot Town allowing babies to explore the world, and feel the elements in the Energy Lab!

This incredible museum makes learning fun!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$15
  • Free Under: 1 year old
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm.

Closed Mondays from Labor day to Memorial Day

Teachers corner

There are many options for teacher and school groups including customised programs and existing teaching materials. Get in touch for more information..

I'm Hungry!

The Museum Cafe has a whole host of snacks and food for the family. Learning is hungry work!.

Healthy Eating!

There is a large selection of healthy food at the Museum Cafe.

Any Top Tips?

They have FREE Parking!.

Doing our bit

The museum is committed to energy saving and solar power.Stepping Stones is designed to use 25% less electricity and 30% less water than a standard building. Pretty cool!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about any disabilities you may have, or questions about accessibility .

Can I get one of those?

The Museum Store sells a number of toys that are educational in nature, so make sure you bring that pocket money! You will need it .

More information

They are open on select holiday Mondays, but is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Jan 1. They also shut at 3pm on Independence Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. .

What people are saying?

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    The annual passes are not worth the fee. After a couple of visits it becomes boring for a 4 year old. The visiting exhibits are a few and long between, not to mention sparse. It is more of a play ground that a place to learn new and exciting things. Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT is more diverse in activities and events and generally more educational for the kids IMHO.

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    i made the mistake of accompanying someone here. for such a new building, the lobby smells strongly of mold... which was a stark contrast from the ancient places i've been to. the amount of misinformation or meaningless bits of information really took the cake, though - they do a disservice to the young mind. i hope no family gets fooled into thinking that there is anything truly educational about this place. you would be better off visiting a library. it is like being in a noisy bazaar with some cheap thrills around the corner but nothing actually...Read More

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    We took our 3-year old grandson here last week and found the place short on activities to engage him. The water exhibit was a highlight, and the outdoor play area was a close second. However, the exhibit about "feelings" seemed too politically correct for our liking, and a complete yawn to him. We found it difficult to engage him in the healthy lifestyle exhibit, too. The construction section really had nothing for kids to do. I can see where this might be a good alternative rainy day activity, if you can stand the crowds. But the cost is...Read More

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    I have a 2 year old and we came here twice. She loved it... I think it's even better for 4-8 year old bracket...

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    Should be better at 17 months. Zumba? 3/5/14

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by Horus Cartouche

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i made the mistake of accompanying someone here. for such a new building, the lobby smells strongly of mold... which was a stark contrast from the ancient places i've been to. the amount of misinformation or meaningless bits of information really took the cake, though - they do a disservice to the young mind. i hope no family gets fooled into thinking that there is anything truly educational about this place. you would be better off visiting a library. it is like being in a noisy bazaar with some cheap thrills around the corner but nothing actually worthwhile to spend time on. for a somewhat better alternative, visit the nearby aquarium (that has far more water but a lower amount of fungal spores) in Norwalk or the children's museum in Stamford (which is only worthwhile if you go to a good exhibit, hike, or visit the farm). i hope they improve after this review.

by Sandy Waters

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We took our 3-year old grandson here last week and found the place short on activities to engage him. The water exhibit was a highlight, and the outdoor play area was a close second. However, the exhibit about "feelings" seemed too politically correct for our liking, and a complete yawn to him. We found it difficult to engage him in the healthy lifestyle exhibit, too. The construction section really had nothing for kids to do. I can see where this might be a good alternative rainy day activity, if you can stand the crowds. But the cost is high, and I am not convinced that a child with a water table at home wouldn't learn just as much there as he would at this museum. Also think it would be more fun to come with a friend or two.

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