A Day at Norwalk’s Stepping Stone Museum

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT. Photos by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Norwalk, you must have heard about the children’s museum called Stepping Stones. Parents love the place. One woman told me they got a membership for their 18-month old son. For what else to do during the infamous Connecticut winters? She then went on to praise the staff and the place in general. After spending a day at the museum, I agree with her. And if we lived any closer, I would snatch that membership up.

Our son refers to it as “the stones” and sometimes, as “the fairy tale.” So the stones is a fun place. It has colorful balls and water and slides and buses for tiny tots. And educational exhibits for everyone. When done right, the world of fun collides with that of learning, and your preschooler gets a hands-on idea of wind energy.

The museum has ample space, a nice outdoor play area, a family room for changing, and enough exhibits to last a day. The only corner that didn’t live up to our expectations is the cafeteria. While the service is excellent, the food is not.

After we were done driving and painting and splashing and building and drumming, we came to the multimedia room where my son’s favorite book The Very Hungry Caterpillar showed up on the big screen. The book was read, butterflies were chased, and lessons were imparted on the life and likes of bugs. I don’t know about you, but bugs are held in high esteem in our house. They are often studied closely. Them bugs and anything to do with water and balls get good rating with us. Now you know why we liked the stones so much and the energy lab twice as much.

As that wise mom pointed out, this is a great place for kids in winter, but I wouldn’t pass it up on summer either. Beats a crowded beach, it does.