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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, which provides 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.

$25 – Access for one family to a Stepping Stones Studio Virtual Event  

$50 – Admission for a Family of 3 to Stepping Stones

$100 – Access to Stepping Stones Studio content for a week of virtual camp  

$250 – Provides a museum membership to one family in need  

$500 – 3 onsite museum tours for school classes of up to 20 children  

$1,000 – Provides museum memberships to 5 families in need

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. All tiles will be displayed in a dedicated, prominent area of the museum to forever remember these heroes, their sacrifices and devotion.


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