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Around the World
2014 Destinations

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

Around the World

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Explore the world without leaving Norwalk

Around the World: Performance Series

Stepping Stones takes children and parents to 12 different places around the globe, bringing the culture and its people to life. Now in its fourth 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.

Around the World: Creative Kids

From England’s Stonehenge to Africa’s ceremonial jewelry, to Guatemala’s national bird, put your imagination to work to create a cultural keepsake to take home. The first Saturday of every month features Creative Kids, a special hands-on workshop related to the culture of the country of the month. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events.

Around the World: Passport

Participate in our Around the World Program and get your passport stamped. All programs are free with museum admission, including the passports. So “All Aboard”... the fun of discovery awaits!

Passport – World Traveler Program

Children who “visit” at least seven countries can register for our World Travelers’ Club and can attend our special "World Traveler" event in December 2013. The event will be a special breakfast on December 14 and will focus on traditional foods that reflect the year’s journey with particular emphasis on the cuisine for that ATW month – Italy.

Around the World: Bookshelf

Learn more about each country by browsing the bookshelf in the Family and Teacher Resource Center. Members are welcome to take books home for further reading. Two books can be checked out for a two week period.

2014 Around the World Schedule

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Saturday, April 12     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Make a ceremonial kava bowl. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Kahana Hula

Saturday, April 19     2:00 pm

Kahana Hula – Learn about the sacred hula dance and the history of Polynesia with Kahana Hula. Tiare Kahana performs and teaches the ancient dance with stories about Samoa and other Pacific Islands. Learn traditional moves and rhythms so you can dance the hula, too! Sponsored by Gen Re and First County Bank.

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Saturday, May 10     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Make your own matryoshka doll, also known as Russian nesting doll. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Rossijanochka Folk Dance Troupe

Saturday, May 3     2:00 pm

Rossijanochka – The multiple award winning Rossijanochka Folk Dance Troupe from St. Petersburg, Russia brings 12-17 year old performers to amaze audiences with their lively, intricate and often acrobatic folk dances. Their superb dancing, enhanced by their colorful handmade costumes will delight the audience.

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Saturday, June 7     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Make your own boomerang, a thrown tool and an Australian icon. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Pete Onofrio

Saturday, June 21     2:00 pm

Didgequest – Travel through time with Pete Onofrio to learn about aboriginal Australian culture! Hear him play the didgeridoo and learn about the history of native Australians. Listen to music like you’ve never heard it before as Pete teaches respect and appreciation for other cultures and ancient roots. Sponsored by First County Bank.

Past Around the World Destinations – 2014

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Saturday, January 4     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Craft a cup in which you make and serve yerba mate, the national drink of Argentina. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Ballet Los Pampas

Saturday, January 18     2:00 pm

Ballet Los Pampas – Ballet Los Pampas introduces culture, history, geography, and language of Argentina through music and dance. Learn about the different instruments and styles of music to understand Argentine and even US history. From the tango to tap-dancing, Ballet Los Pampas uses precise rhythms and synchronization to amaze audiences!

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Saturday, February 4     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Make a handcrafted African sculpture like the skilled artisans in the Rain Forests of Ghana. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Soro Bindi

Saturday, February 15     2:00 pm

Soro Bindi – Learn about Ghana’s history and culture from native Ghanaian, Iddi Saaka. Iddi will dance and tell stories from his homeland, then give audience members a chance to try making some music themselves! Come play instruments and dance traditional Ghanaian moves to better appreciate the various cultures of Africa and Ghana.

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Saturday, March 1     2:00 pm

Creative Kids – Create a hand-made Peruvian doll complete with the colorful, traditional clothes of the Andes. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Incan traditions of the Peruvian Andes

Saturday, March 8     2:00 pm

Inca Son – Experience ancient Incan traditions of the Peruvian Andes through song and dance. Traditional instruments and costumes combine to transport you back in time. Learn about the culture of the Andes today as it comes from the ancient folk traditions of the Incas.

Past Around the World Destinations – 2013

January: India
February: Egypt
March: Indonesia
April: Trinidad and Tobago
May: Uganda
June: China
July: Japan
August: Brazil
September: France
October: Germany
November: Spain
December: Italy