KC 2022 Kids Convention

In today’s ever-changing world, most children will face an experience that strikes a chord in them and makes them long for change. Together, we can give them a voice and a choice!

On Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, we invite you to connect, inspire and engage your children at the KC 2022 Kids Convention at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Friday’s experiences are tailored for school-based participants, and Saturday’s experiences are open to the general public.

Presented through the museum’s Healthy Children, Healthy CommunitiesTM initiative with our partners at Connecticut State Department of Education, KC 2022 will feature a variety of humanitarian organizations, youth activists and social justice experts that focus on their health, well-being and passion for doing good.

KC 2022 Kids Convention on October 14 and 15

For Schools – Friday, October 14

To learn more about the school-based KC 2022 experiences scheduled for Friday, October 14th, click here.

For Families – Saturday, October 15

To register for the Saturday, October 15th KC 2022 experiences, which are open to the general public, click here.

October 15 Participant Lineup

Abantu Mu Buntu “People in Harmony” Dance Exchange
9:45 am – 10:45 pm

Visitors and the museum’s YES2 youth enrichment volunteers will be treated to a 30-minute live workshop facilitated by Creative Connections and museum staff, including a live dance exchange with students in Uganda who will perform a traditional dance with singing and drumming. A CT-based dance company will share a modern dance routine. A lively Q&A will be held between students about the significance of sharing cultural traditions as a means to preserve and protect them. The session will end with an invitation for both groups to join in an impromptu dance.

Awakening the Story Within
10:45 – 11:15 am

Award-winning Frieda B. children’s book author Renata Bowers wants every child to know: I matter, I belong, I can. At KC 2022, Bowers will engage participants with a story, then lead them through her trademark Hands Activity to help awaken the one-of-a-kind, free-to-be story within each person. As she says, “Every person’s story has what it takes to make the world a better place.” Participants also will receive materials to create a “Note of Encouragement” to share on a museum mural.

CT Kid Governor and his Cabinet
11:15 – Noon

Connect with the CT Kid Governor and his cabinet and learn how you can be involved! Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste of Windsor was elected by the 5th graders of his state to serve as the 2022 Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Makhi’s one-year term in office is focused on his Protecting Our Pets platform. He and his cabinet will join KC 2022 to share their platforms, answer questions and encourage attendees to get involved. The mission of the Connecticut Democracy Center is to inspire people of all ages to engage in civic life and strengthen their communities.

Activists will be available to answer questions and share information!

The Merry Rockers
Noon – 12:45 pm

Enjoy this live “Reggaebility” performance from NYC-based Reggae band, The Merry Rockers. Lead singer Marissa Lelogeais inspires audiences with her songwriting and belief that all people, including those with “alter abilities,” should go after their dreams, no matter the obstacles. “Never give up on your dreams. You may think that your dream is unattainable. Believe me, I did,” said Lelogeais. “But when you’re determined enough and have people that support you, anything is possible.”

Sikorsky STEM Challenge and HeliVenture Program Experience
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with students who have participated in the Sikorsky Aerospace Engineering Company’s STEM Challenge, a real-life engineering experience in the form of a project given by Sikorsky. Additionally, there will be demonstrations of a simple auto rotator and explanation of the basics of helicopter flight held throughout the day.

Pet Advocacy with Mutt-i-grees
1:30 – 2:15 pm

With the help of museum mascot BooZoo, YES2 volunteers who are trained Mutt-i-grees student ambassadors will present the popular curriculum offered twice a week at the museum. Learn about the importance of adoption, how to safely approach dogs you don’t know and read to a pup that is eager to hear your voice!

Stepping Stones is an official designated National Demonstration Site for the PreK – Grade 12 program that uses the natural affinity between children and animals to build SEL skills while promoting support and appreciation for shelter pets and their adoption. A Norwalk PAWS representative will be on hand with information about how to get involved.

SCAN Network
2:15 – 3:00 pm

Youth activists will share the volunteer work they do with SCAN – the political advocacy arm of Save the Children – which acts as a “political voice for kids.” The group works to ensure issues critical to children’s lives and futures are given top priority by our elected leaders, building bipartisan support to make sure every child has a strong start in life.

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