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Stepping Stones Museum for Children works every day to bring light and laughter to learning so that children of all ages have the tools they need to write their very own, positive life narrative.

By supporting this mission, our community enables the museum to fund its Open Arms initiative to provide free access to the museum and its award-winning programs, events and classes to any family in need. This entails about $1 MM in donations per year.

Through partnerships with community experts, including Frieda B. children’s book series author Renata Bowers, we’re able to help children find their voice and contribute authentically to the world around them.

Children have a story inside them.
Together, we can help them share it with the world.

boys and girls playing with an interactive water display

By providing playful learning opportunities that help children better understand the world around them, our Open Arms Accessibility Initiative enables all children and families to have access to the museum’s award-winning programs, events, exhibits and services.

Each year, Stepping Stones makes it possible for more than 75,000 children and family members to participate in the museum’s offerings for free or reduced fees through our Accessibility Initiative.

With a donation of as little as $25, you can help us reach our funding goal for Open Arms.


Though it may not have seemed like it, 2020 was a year of heroes. While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our daily lives in so many ways, we are witnessing everyday acts of civic engagement and heroism that give us hope for the future. 

To show solidarity and our appreciation of local heroes, and in honor of our 20th anniversary, Stepping Stones Museum for Children launched a commemorative tile donation campaign in April 2020 to permanently recognize their contributions. With online donations of $150 per tile, you can commission a beautiful, hand crafted tile to honor one or more individuals or organizations in your community that have exemplified heroism during this crisis. All tiles will be displayed in a dedicated, prominent area of the museum to forever remember these heroes, their sacrifices and devotion.

Honor an individual in YOUR life or community organization that has exemplified heroism during the COVID-19 crisis! Click the button to learn more.

OUR TILE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS

AFC Urgent Care
Alliance Heating & Air Conditioning
Aquarion Water Company
Bigelow Tea
Blue Hammer Creative
Bankwell
Caraluzzi’s Market
Colony Grill
Community Health Center, Inc.
County TV & Appliance
Croce’s Transmission Specialists
CTown Supermarket
Darien Sport Shop
Docs Medical Inc.
Dooney & Bourke
Ehrlich
Family & Children’s Agency
Garavel Auto Group
Garelick & Herbs

Grade A Markets & ShopRite
Greenwich Hospital
Hartford Healthcare
Hawley Lane Shoes
Hocon Gas
Hospital for Special Surgery
Jerry’s Artarama
King Industries
Keno Graphics
Key Food City Market
La Cocina
Members Credit Union
NBC Universal
Network Synergy Corp
Norwalk ACTS
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Community Health Center
Norwalk Fire Department
Norwalk Linen Service

Norwalk Police Department
Nuvance Health
Outdoor Sports Center
Palmer’s Market
PurePoint Energy
Rings End
Rowayton Market
Service Management Group
Splash Car Wash
Stamford Health
Stew Leonard’s
Terex Corporation
TLC Pediatrics
Uncle Leo’s Not Just Donuts
Walter J. McKeever & Co., LLC
Walter Stewart’s Market
Westport Urgent Care
White Home Products Inc.
Willows Pediatric
WWE Yale New Haven Health