Stepping Stones Museum for Children Welcomes Families to Hulapalooza Luau Event

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The museum offers a magical, tropical evening for families to learn the beautiful hula dance.

Dancin’ in the City performers will have visitors shouting “Hana Hou!” -- “Encore!”

We are very excited about this new summer evening celebration, bringing families together to make memories, enjoy a taste of the islands and learn to hula with professional dancers, Dancin’ in the City.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children says, “ALOHA” and welcome to a special family evening on Saturday, July 19 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. A unique tropical summer treat, the Hulapalooza Luau will transport visitors to the islands to play ancient games, listen to traditional music and of course, enjoy the Hula dance, with performances and lessons for all.

Hula dancing is the traditional art of movement, smooth bodily gestures and vocals. It is said that these movements actually tell a story, or represent movements of nature such as trees blowing in the wind, or fish swimming smoothly in the ocean.

“The traditional Hawaiian hula dance has gained popularity throughout the world, as it engages body, mind and spirit,” said Stephanie Kadam, Family Programs Manager for Stepping Stones Museum. “We are very excited about this new summer evening celebration, bringing families together to make memories, enjoy a taste of the islands and learn to hula with professional dancers, Dancin’ in the City.”

Pineapple Bowling, Limbo, Ancient Hawaiian Game and More...
A number of events throughout the evening will magically transport families to the mystery and beauty of the islands, and Hula dancing is only the beginning. There will be pineapple bowling, a creative game for all to enjoy.

How low can you go?...
Visitors can get limber with Limbo, a unique dance, also known as the "Under Stick Dance.” Participants move to a rhythm and dance under a stick, held up by a person on each end of the stick or a stand, without knocking or touching the stick. If the dancer is successful she or he must repeat this again and again with the bar being lowered another "notch" each time.

Throughout the museum, visitors will also be treated to the soaring voice of the ukulele instrument, described by music lovers as “bouncing with optimism, and swinging off cares like drops of water.” In addition to live performances, there will also be mini-lessons for playing this remarkable instrument.

“Ulu Maika” – Ancient Game
The traditional Hawaiian game called “Ulu Maika” is sure to be a family favorite. In ancient times, the game was played with slices of green breadfruit called “ulu” and wooden stakes. It resembles a combination of bowling and curling and is often called “stone bowling.”

And of course, join us for dinner! Enjoy Polynesian-inspired fare, available for purchase in the museum cafe.

Finally, in the Stepping Stones tradition for a happy farewell, a parade will end the event, with lots of tropical flare, as visitors step out into the summer evening.

Admission: Members $10/person. Non-members $15/person. Registration required.

Please call 203-899-0606, ext. 264, or visit

About the company:
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT, is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Located on five acres in Mathews Park, the LEED Gold certified museum encompasses five hands-on galleries, state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery, Family and Teacher Resource Center, cafe and retail store.

Stepping Stones is located at 303 West Ave., exit 14N or 15S off I-95 in Norwalk. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day, and Monday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. To learn more, call 203-899-0606 or visit

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