As summer is well on its way, the Stepping Stones Museum for Children located on 303 West Ave. in Norwalk has planned a fun fill month for the whole family. If you have not seen the traveling Rainforest exhibit you have until June 13 to climb the Kapok Tree.
Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition that introduces visitors to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Rainforest Adventure topics include: tropical rainforests around the world, conservation, scientists, animals, plants and global connections.
On 4 at 2 p.m. a creative kids session takes place at 2 p.m. and teaches kids how to use to use a Russian abacus called a schoty while learning about the Russian culture. This program is for children ages 2 and older.
June 11 has three activities including the popular accessibility day that offers reduced admission for families of children with special needs; admission is $3 per person vs $15 per person. It is also Connecticut Open House Day and the first 100 visitors to the museum will get free admission to the museum. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Barynya Ensemble - Balalaika Dance and Music will perform using traditional Russian dress, music, song and dance. Performers will introduce visitors to the culture of Russia and invite all to participate.
June 18 marks the gaming unplugged day from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Join the museum's Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones (YES2) volunteers for an afternoon of family games! Turn off the video games and pull up a chair to board games, card games and much, much more. There will be games for all ages, including some that can be purchased in the Age of Reason Museum Store.
To celebrate Father's Day, on June 19, the museum is offering All-day free admission for dads. Celebrate the Fantastic Fathers in your life by creating quirky "Dad" glasses and making a card to let him know he's special from 11:15 to 12 noon.
On Monday. June 20 Summer Camp begins for kids ages 4-10. Your child will explore all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) or participate in "Animation Station" to learn the basics of stop motion animation and create videos. Summer camp weeks are as follows: June 20; June 27, July 11; July 18 Visit the website for camp fees and details:
www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/summer or call 203 899 0606, ext. 264.
To round out the month, on June 26 the museum is offering an Around the World Program called the "The Sea King's Daughter" from 2 pm to 3 pm. This is the story of a poor musician is invited to play in the Sea King's palace, where he's offered more than riches. After the tale, create stick puppets and backdrops illustrating the story. This program is good for children ages 5 and older.