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Around the World is part of the museum’s award-winning Global Connections Initiative and received the Promising Practice and Replication awards from the Association of Children’s Museum and MetLife Foundation for it's replication toolkit.

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Around the World

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Explore the world... without leaving Norwalk

2016 Around the World: Asia

This program presents artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers and youth performers representing a variety of cultures and traditions. In 2016, we embark on our tour of Asia! Twelve months of exciting Asian destinations. Each destination will be explored through programs such as the Performance Series, Creative Kids and Show Me a Tale.

Around the World is part of the museum’s award-winning Global Connections Initiative and received the Promising Practice and Replication award from the Association of Children’s Museums and MetLife Foundation.

August: India

Saturday, August 6
2:00 pm | Creative Kids

Fiber Optics – Discover the wonders of fiber optics and the work of the Indian scientist Narinder Singh Kapany and then make your own fiber optic creation. For children ages 2 and older.


Sunday, August 28 2:00 pm | Show Me a Tale

The Talking Turtle – A tale in which a despised king learns wisdom and discretion and how to keep silent when it was necessary, and instead of despising him, his subjects came to love and respect him. For children ages 5 and older. Limited space – pick up free tickets at the Welcome Desk at 1:30 pm.


September: Indonesia

Saturday, September 3
2:00 pm | Creative Kids

Eggshell Art – Explore the Indonesian craft of mosaics made from eggshells. For children ages 2 and older.


Saturday, September 24
2:00 pm | Performance Series

Amalia Suryani: Indonesian Dance – West Sumatran – Amalia Suriyani was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and graduated from the University of Indonesia, Jakarkta in 2002. Her dance training includes Guruh Sukarno Putra, Liga Tari, Tapanuli Dance Workshop and Gumarang Sakti Contemporary Dance Workshop, all in Jakarta. She has performed throughout Indonesia as well as in Europe and the US. She established Saung Budaya Indonesian Group in 2005 in New York City.


Sunday, September 25
2:00 pm | Show Me a Tale

Too-too-moo and the Giant – A poor village girl and her mother who had to feed a giant who came to their house every day; if they did not feed him, he would eat the girl instead. After the story, children will create a pull-tab illustration. For children ages 5 and older.


October: South Korea

Saturday, October 1
2:00 pm | Creative Kids

Hanji Paper – It is said that Hanji paper lasts a thousand years. Discover the ancient Korean process of making the paper and then create your own paper craft. For children ages 2 and older.


Saturday, October 15
2:00 pm | Performance Series

Motoko: Stories from Korea – Motoko shares with us her stories, songs and culture as she has with students, teachers and communities all over the world, including the US National Storytelling Festival and on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.


Sunday, October 30
2:00 pm | Show Me a Tale

The Rabbit’s Judgment – A traditional folktale about justice and morality, in which a clever and witty rabbit tricks a conniving tiger to save a man's life. After the story, children will create a tiger or rabbit mask using recycled materials. For children ages 5 and older.




Around The World Programs

Around the World: Performance Series

Stepping Stones takes children and parents to 12 different places around the United States, bringing the culture and its people to life. Now in its sixth year, the Around the World: Performance Series presents professional artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers and youth performers representing a variety of cultures and traditions. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Creative Kids

Put your imagination to work to create a cultural keepsake to take home. One Saturday of each month features Around the World: Creative Kids, a special hands-on workshop related to the culture, history or landscape of the highlighted region of the month. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Show Me a Tale

Storytelling is one of the greatest ways to capture the essence of a culture. Enjoy listening to a folktale and then use your creativity to recreate part of the story visually. This new program, Around the World: Show Me a Tale, occurs once a month on a Sunday afternoon. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Bookshelf

Learn more about each country by browsing the Around the World: Bookshelf in the Family and Teacher Resource Center.

Around the World: Replication Toolkit

Stepping Stones received the MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Replication Award to develop a toolkit for museums interested in developing an Around the World program. Learn More



Past Around the World Destinations – 2016

January – Japan
February – China
March – China
April – Turkey
May – Iran
June – Russia
July – India


Past Around the World Destinations – 2015: US Tour

2015 – USA Tour
January – The Trail West
February – The Bayou
March – The Last Frontier
April – The Great Lake States
May – The South
June – The Everglades
July – Colonies to States
August – The Mid-Atlantic States
September – The Southwest
October – The Northeast
November – The Capital
December – The West Coast


Past Around the World Destinations – 2014

January – Argentina
February – Ghana
March – Peru
April – Samoa
May – Russia
June – Australia
July – Scotland
August – Chile
September – Greece
October – Ethiopia
November – USA (Native Americans)
December – Sweden