Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a fun, colorful and engaging environment that recognizes the value of play in promoting learning, creativity and discovery .Come have an amazing, imaginative play date with us at award-winning Stepping Stones Museum for Children!
Explore our Exhibits
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is dedicated to sparking children’s curiosity, imagination and interests by engaging them in playful explorations of interactive learning experiences and shared moments of discovery.
Exhibits by Age
It’s Out-and-Out Amazing!
Get out and play! With its giant open-air tent and eco-friendly play surface, families discover big fun throughout the year in the Celebration Courtyard. The courtyard houses a steady 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.
Explore and enjoy the natural world!
A lush garden connecting the Waypoint District and South Norwalk 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.
Butterflies love nectar – the liquid produced by some flowers in the garden. They especially like red, yellow, orange, pink or purple flowers. You might also find them sunning themselves on a leaf or stem. Plants in the Butterfly Garden include butterfly bush, daylilies, milkweed and shasta daisies.
Simple raised beds or pots make great places to grow your favorite vegetables and fruits. Visit Stepping Stones to learn how you too can grow your own organic food!
Grasses need very little maintenance. They provide animals with great food and shelter and their roots help keep the soil in place. Plants include different species of rushes and switch grasses.
Four themed gardens make up the Herb Garden: Texture, Medicinal, Tutti Frutti and Pizza and Taco. Plants in each area encourage visitors to touch, smell, observe and even taste what’s growing. You might find some of these plants in your favorite pizza or taco recipe or even your medicine cabinet!
This is a shallow area that collects rain water from a roof, yard or driveway and allows the water to filter into the ground. It’s not a pond – it only holds water for about six hours. Benefit – a rain garden reduces the amount of pollutants that enter nearby lakes and streams, helping to make them healthier places for animals and plants to live.
Woodland areas are home to a variety of wildlife and plants. They’re dominated by larger woody plants, mammals, insects and amphibians. Plants include pine trees, hinoki false cypress, arrowwood viburnum and drooping leucothoe.
Stepping Stones opened in March, 2000, and was founded by Gigi Priebe in response to the needs expressed by parents, educators and community leaders actively seeking quality educational offerings to help children learn and grow.
LEED Gold Certified
Bigger, better and smarter than ever, the new facility is LEED Gold certified and includes solar panels, a green roof and even a wind turbine. With a focus on energy-themed education and learning, the November 2010 expansion more than doubled the space of the original museum and introduced a host of new exhibits, a new Art Studio and Science Lab and more resources for teachers and parents.
Stepping Stones mission is to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ages ten and under and to enhance their understanding of the world. The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children’s explorations.
Local Food Sourcing:We source seasonally from local farms