About Us

At Stepping Stones Museum for Children, play is serious business. We understand that children learn best by doing. Our children’s museum is dedicated to broadening and enriching the educational opportunities for children ages 10 and under and enhancing their understanding of the world. 

The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children’s explorations. Additionally, our toddler and preschool program offers a variety of activities to get young minds learning. We also welcome you to take advantage of our venue rental options for birthday parties.

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Stepping Stones Turns 22 in March 2022!

In March 2022, Stepping Stones Museum for Children will celebrate its 22nd birthday. In those 22 years of serving this region, our award-winning children’s museum has reached nearly seven million people through its exceptional educational offerings. Stay tuned for exciting birthday details, including an invitation to our March 24 celebration event.

Learning Philosophy

Our learning framework is a strong set of foundational ideas that guide the planning of all of the museum’s experiences — exhibits, programs, events and partnerships.

All exhibits and programs are designed to promote active inquiry and investigation through three interacting elements.

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Learning is an active, lifelong process that begins with curiosity about the world. It is motivated by interest, fueled by choice and enjoyment and shaped by social context. Our learning framework is a strong set of foundational ideas that guide the planning of all of the museum’s experiences, including, exhibits, programs, camps, classes, events and partnerships.

Play is essential to the inspirational pursuit of lifelong learning. Providing inspirational learning opportunities that motivate children to lead healthy, transformative and active lifestyles are rewarding for everyone.

Children are conductors of their personal learning journeys and adults have important roles in helping children design and navigate their unique experiences.