Stepping Stones Around the World

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Exposure to the world’s diverse cultures, customs, traditions and histories provide priceless educational opportunities for our children. Through the museum’s highly-popular Around the World programming, families have been able to experience cultural programs brought to life and explore the world without leaving Norwalk. This year, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is adding a new element to the program. In 2013, frequent Around the World participants can now achieve “World Traveler” status.

Since 2009, Stepping Stones has been taking children and parents to 12 different parts of the world each year. The museum features a different country each month, highlighting its people, its history and its customs.  Museum guests get an extensive look at that country’s culture through visual arts, hands-on activities, youth performers and engaging, interactive and fun performances from professional artists and musicians. Throughout the month, the designated country is represented on the museum’s walls with a map display and travel guide, in the Multimedia Gallery with a short film and interactive digital media floor games broadcast at various times each day and in the Family and Teacher Resource Center with the Around the World Bookshelf displaying children’s books about the featured country.  School vacation weeks are dedicated to Around the World programs and include special crafts, storytimes and activities.

From the program’s inception, participants have been receiving a keepsake Around the World “passport” that is stamped to keep track of each destination they have “visited.”   With the addition of this new “World Traveler” element to the Around the World program, Stepping Stones will register each child’s passport to keep track of his or her participation.  If a child “visits” at least 7 countries during the year, he or she will receive “World Traveler” status and will be invited to a special World Travelers’ breakfast event on December 14.

Experiencing the world’s diverse cultures can be enriching and rewarding.  Come on down to Stepping Stones Museum for Children, immerse yourself in a different way of life, get your passport stamped and become a world traveler.  Around the World programming is free with museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/ATW for more information. The Around the World program is sponsored in part by Gen Re.