The Holidays are Happening at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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Stepping Stones transforms into a magical “must-see” destination for family fun and children's activities during the holidays.

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Check out our winter wonderland and take home some lasting memories from this holiday season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. They’ve decked their halls, made their lists and checked them twice, and their elves have worked their holiday magic. Now, they’re ready to unveil their latest experience, Holiday Happenings. Between Monday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 5, the museum will have a sleighful of exciting daily events and activities in their winter wonderland. Holiday Happenings is a great way to usher in the holiday season and provide many fun moments while creating lasting memories.

Enjoy sock skating in the outdoor rink, get cozy inside the play-sized igloo, make way through the “Celebrations Maze,” or take part in an impromptu dance party with elves, penguins and snowpeople. Also, glide through historic Mathews Park as the Solar Express turns polar (additional fee, weather permitting), or dress up snowpeople scattered throughout the museum and visit with Santa, Frosty and other friends from the North Pole. Don’t forget your camera. Magical photo opportunities abound in front of the 15-foot holiday tree (after Dec. 5), lighted courtyard, kid-sized snow globe, festive sign posts, myriad of snowpeople, spectacular winter murals and seasonally-decorated galleries among other locations. As if all of those attractions didn’t stuff stockings already, they have more magic to pack in. Other Holiday Happenings activities for children include:

Create Cards for Soldiers
Monday, Novemver 11 – Saturday, November 23
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. Does not include Sunday.

Create a Wreath of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 26 – Wednesday, November 27
10:15 – 11:30 am
Craft a festive seasonal wreath inscribed with messages of gratitude to decorate a home.

Create Holiday Birds
Friday, November 29 – Saturday, November 30
10:15 – 11:30 am
Come join the festivities and fashion a fluttering holiday bird. These fine, feathered friends are sure to bring holiday cheer to the atmosphere.

Around the World Performance Series: Spain
Saturday, November 30, 2:00 pm
Flamenco! Dance - The renowned Rebeca Tomás introduces Flamenco to guests from a cultural, historical and geographical standpoint. During an exciting performance, get a more complete understanding of Spanish dance, music and culture. Sponsored by First County Bank.

Dancing Holiday Characters
Tuesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 21, Times Vary
Catch a snowman dancing in the light gallery or a penguin sock skating in the Celebration Courtyard. Keep an eye out for a variety of festive frolicking friends.

The Elf Workshop: Ceramic Cookie Plates    
Tuesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 7
10:15 – 10:45 am and 11:00 – 11:30 am
Pick up a paintbrush and partake in the pleasure of personalizing a colorful ceramic plate. Take this holiday gift item home to wrap and present to a loved one. Limited space. Please register for this activity at the Welcome Desk.

Get Into It! Free
Annual Tree and Courtyard Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 5
5:00 – 8:00 pm
The final Get Into It! no-cost event for 2013 features the annual tree and courtyard lighting ceremony and so much more. An Open Arms program.

Around the World Creative Kids: Italy
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 pm
Travel to Italy and meet Leonardo da Vinci. Create replicas of the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

The Elf Workshop: Office Organizers
Tuesday, December 10 – Saturday, December 14
10:15 – 10:45 am and 11:00 – 11:30 am
Work with wood and make a special desk organizer. This handsome desk accessory will hold pencils, pens, paper clips and serve as a paperweight. Personalize the gift item with unique decorations. Limited space. Please register for this activity at the Welcome Desk.

Around the World Performance Series: Italy
A Day in the Italian Renaissance
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 pm
Enjoy southern Italian folk music and dance during this special performance which includes a children’s workshop and the Commedia dell’Arte show followed by The Adventures of Don Giovanni and His Servant Arlecchino, a children’s opera.

The North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones
Tuesday, December 17 – Saturday, December 21, and Monday, December 23
10:30 – 11:30 am and 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Enjoy hands–on activities and meet and take photos with holiday favorites, from Santa Claus to Frosty the Snowman to other surprise characters.

Holiday Handbell Performance
Saturday, December 21, 2:00 pm
Enjoy the sounds of the season during an enchanting holiday handbell performance by Shelton’s Trinity Lutheran Church Bell Choir.

School Vacation Week: Celebrate Italy
Thursday, December 26 – Saturday, December 28 and
Monday, December 30 – Tuesday, December 31
10:30 – 11:30 am and 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Each day brings a new hands-on, Italian-themed craft activity. $3 material fee required for some activities. No 3:00 pm activity on Tuesday, December 31.

Special Hours:
Tuesday, December 24
Museum closes early at 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 25
Museum closed

Tuesday, December 31
Museum closes early at 3:00 pm

Wednesday, January 1
Museum closed

There’s so much going on at Stepping Stones during Holiday Happenings that it can’t be experienced all in one visit. Check out the winter wonderland and take home some lasting memories from this holiday season.

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 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 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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