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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
2015 Destinations:
USA Tour

In 2015, we embark on our tour of the United States in twelve exciting regions. Each region will be explored through programs such as the Performance Series, Creative Kids and the new "Show Me a Tale."

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


Around the World

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Explore the world... without leaving Norwalk

USA Tour 2015

For the past six years, we have been bouncing back and forth across the globe, learning about different countries and the people that live in them. This year we will spend time exploring our own country, the United States of America.

Discover what makes each region and time period of the United States unique by taking part in these dynamic and engaging programs. Each month we will focus on a different region’s history, culture and landmarks. Be sure to visit all twelve!

Don’t forget! Participate in any of our Around the World programs and get your passport stamped. All aboard! The fun of discovery awaits!

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


March – The Last Frontier

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, March 7 | 2:00 pm

Learn about glaciers and what you can do to take care of the environment. Experiment with ice and make a poster to remind you what you can do for our world. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, March 14 | 2:00 pm

The Wolf Conservation Center – Enjoy a visit from members of the Wolf Conservation Center. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolves in North America, and visit with an Ambassador wolf named Atka. Wolves of North America with Atka.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, March 29 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

How Selfishness Was Rewarded – Using watercolor and crayons, draw and paint an illustration of the story, How Selfishness Was Rewarded, a tale from the Tlinglit Tribe of Alaska. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.



April – The Great Lakes States

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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, April 11 | 2:00 pm

Boogie Chillun’: Motown Music – Move, dance and sing along to the soulful Motown sounds of the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, April 12 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Paul Bunyan: A TALL Tale – Using clay and paint to make a bas relief, recreate the landscapes of Paul and Babe’s territory. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.


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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, April 18 | 2:00 pm

Learn about the Great Lakes and the animals that live in the area. Create a scene to remind you of the importance of this beautiful region. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.



May – The South

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, May 2 | 2:00 pm

Discover the spirit of the South by learning to country line dance and their agricultural contributions to our country. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, May 10 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

The Legend of Daniel Boone – Hear a tale about Daniel Boone and then make an animal tracking diary to help you learn about the animals in your neighborhood. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, May 16 | 2:00 pm

Reader’s Theater: First in Flight – perform dialog between the Wright Brothers and Gustave Whitehead.



June – The Everglades

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, June 6 | 2:00 pm

The icon of the Everglades is the American Alligator. Find out more about alligators and the everglades and make a gator hat. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, June 14 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Allison’s Alligator: A Tongue Twister Tale – Create an alligator keepsake box out of recycled shoe boxes and other recyclable materials. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, June 20 | 2:00 pm

Animal Embassy: Florida’s Amazing Animal Ambassadors – Journey through Florida, with a diverse group of incredible, live Animal Ambassadors! Discover how important each animal is to its habitat while meeting native species such as an American alligator and a number of invasive species which have come to dwell in the Sunshine State. Explore how these animals have been introduced to Florida, as well as their impact on the local ecosystem. Animal Embassy allows children to connect with the natural world with this unforgettable, LIVE animal presentation!



July – Colonies to States

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, July 11 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, July 18 | 2:00 pm

Reader’s Theater: Declaring Our Independence, by Corinne Brown – Declaring Our Independence depicts the formation of the important document, the Declaration of Independence, through the sometimes nervous eyes of one of its originators, Roger Sherman. Sherman, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and many others risk treason in order to write a document that declares freedom to the citizens of a new government.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, July 19 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.



August – The Mid-Atlantic States

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, August 1 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, August 15 | 2:00 pm

Anne Pasquale: Living History: Liberty Belles – Inspired by her own grandmother’s tales, Anne’s program is based on the stories of female immigrants from many cultures. She uses these stories, as well as songs, to explore this nation’s cultural diversity and common heritage.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, March 29 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.



September – The Southwest

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, September 5 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, Sptember 12 | 2:00 pm

Ernie Sites: Music and the Western Frontier – Ernie Sites combines traditional and original western singing, songwriting, yodeling, cowboy poetry, storytelling and trick-roping demonstrations, in full Western clothing costume, with his own personal brand of western humor.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, September 27 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.



October – The Northeast

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, October 3 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, October 17 | 2:00 pm

Crystal Theatre: Ellis Island – The American Dream – This children’s theater production follows the lives of immigrants from all over Europe who came in pursuit of “The American Dream.” Experience their passion, their heartache and their joy and learn what it was like to come through Ellis Island in 1907-the peak year for legal immigration into the United States.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, October 18 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.



November – The Capital

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, November 7 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, November 15 | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, November 21 | 2:00 pm

Lou Del Bianco: Abraham Lincoln: “From Rail-Splitter to President” – In this 45 minute dramatic program, actor-storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays Lincoln as Civil War President, frontiersman and storyteller. Lincoln’s values... honesty, love of family, thirst for education, sense of justice and perseverance shine through this dynamic presentation. Authentic historical quotations are used throughout; handout available for teachers. Endorsed by the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.



December – The West Coast

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Around the World: Creative Kids
Saturday, December 5 | 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.


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Around the World: Performance Series
Saturday, December 19 | 2:00 pm

Sirius Coyote: Music of the Americas – Enchanting rhythms and folklore enhance this richly entertaining performance with music ranging from Pre-Columbian instrumentation to Hispanic Nueva Cancion and World Fusion. Most songs are sung in Spanish with English translations. The audience will sing, clap, and dance their way on a journey through the Americas that ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies, Science, Art and Language.


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Around the World: Show Me a Tale
Sunday, December ## | 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older.


Past Around the World Destinations – 2015: US Tour

January – The Trail West
February – The Bayou


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