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Traveling Exhibits

presented locally by Xerox Foundation.

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Video/Photography Disclaimer

Please be advised that all visitors may be photographed and/or videotaped for promotional purposes. If you do not want your image or your child’s image to appear in the museum’s marketing materials, please notify the Welcome Desk when you arrive.

Traveling Exhibit Gallery

Mega Making

Throughout the year Stepping Stones plays host to exciting exhibits created by other museums and organizations.

Summer of Mega Making

Last Day is Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2015


Mega Making, our newest exhibit experience, was designed by Stepping Stones to celebrate creativity in our children! They will be the future engineers, designers, inventors, artists, teachers, scientists and the ones shaping the world - maybe in as little as 10 years from now!

Making at its core is the act of creating something. The current "Maker Movement" in the USA is working to inspire students to become creators of learning rather than passive consumers of learning. Mega Making takes a constructivist approach to learning by giving adults, children and students the materials, tools, support and creative freedom while providing an opportunity to build 21st century skills including Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Creativity and Innovation.

The Mega Making exhibit experience is organized into five main areas: Art, Textiles, Construction/Woodworking, Tinkering and Book Nook/Future Ideas. Using real materials and real tools, young makers can explore art, textiles, construction and woodworking, tinkering and gadgets and a variety of materials, techniques and projects! Our staff members are here to help get you started, whether it’s working a needle and thread for the first time, practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium. Something for all ages, best for 5 and older. Children and their adults will surely enjoy a unique experience together!

Raggedy Ann's 100th Birthday

image-raggedy ann dollsRaggedy Ann was "born" in Norwalk, from the mind of Johnny Gruelle, an American artist, political cartoonist and writer of children’s books.

Gruelle lived nearby in the Silvermine section of Norwalk from 1910 to 1931. As one legend goes, he drew a face on a worn rag doll’s fabric for his daughter Marcella. The Raggedy Ann name was conceived by combining the titles of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley - The Raggedy Man and Little Orphan Annie. Johhny wrote and illustrated more than 40 Raggedy Ann and Andy books.

The Norwalk Historical Society has generously lent its collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy memorabilia, including original dolls, books, a lunchbox and more for a special exhibit at Stepping Stones in celebration of Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday.

Broken? Fix it!

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Grand Opening Saturday, September 26

Is it broken and disposable or can we fix it? It’s up to you to diagnose the problem and make the repairs. From dolls in need of patching to misfiring train track circuits to flat bike tires, there is a large variety of fix-it opportunities. Developing “fix-it” skills involves problem-solving, critical thinking, experimentation, collaboration and 21st century learning. Figure out why the family car thumps and clangs, repair Grandma’s favorite plate and discover how different cultures embrace the broken. And don’t forget to confess previously undisclosed accidental breaks in the “Truth Booth” – a great way to get that weight off your chest.

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Broken? Fix it! was created by the Long Island Children’s Museum. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services is a national sponsor.

Past Exhibits

My Sky
Conservation Quest®
Secrets Of Circles
Healthyville® – Traveling Exhibit
Dinosaur Revolution - Live Large
Native Voices: New England Tribal Families
Framed: Step into Art™
Blue Man Group – Making Waves
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™
Cyberchase™ – The Chase Is On!