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“Very good children's museum but some drawbacks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
+1 203-899-0606
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Norwalk
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Stepping Stones Museum for Children ignites a child's love of learning through play. Open your world to our hands-on exhibits and exciting programs. With our five main galleries and over 100 hands-on activities, children become wide-eyed with wonder. As they see, hear, touch, feel and do, their ever-growing minds venture to amazing new places. Our Traveling Exhibit Gallery changes every few months so you can always expect new and fascinating adventures. Stepping Stones mission is to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ages ten and under and to enhance their understanding of the world. The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children's explorations. Stepping Stones is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and CLOSED Mondays between Labor Day and Memorial Day (School Year Hours) Hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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El Dorado Hills, California
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“Very good children's museum but some drawbacks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My 4-year-old loved this museum. But we went during the week between Christmas and New Year's and it was completely crowded -- security was directing cars to empty spaces. With crowds at children's museums comes a bit of chaos, some unruly children who are not watched carefully by their parents, and sometimes the smell of dirty diapers. Better to go during a less busy period. The exhibits had the potential to be very educational if a child could engage in the whole thing (it was too crowded). However, the Energy Lab exhibit with balls and water and compressed air raised my concerns about hygiene because many balls fell on the floor, were picked up by young children, then put back in the air tube and/or water -- seemed like a germ fest to me. The exhibits were spaced closely together, which was another problem. There was a nice Native American exhibit, but my child was too tired to see by the time we got to it. The multi-media gallery was a little strange -- more like a big dark room (with a huge movie screen and an interactive video exhibit on the floor) for parents to relax and kids to run around. The cafe was a nice surprise -- healthy options and very reasonable prices. Bathrooms had a stench -- again, the crowds during that time of year. I am sure my family will have a better experience next time. FYI, we got in free through the ASTC passport program. There is also a nice playground nearby (designed for children with disabilities and other children).

Visited December 2012
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Centreville, Virginia
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“Fantastic place for small kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Enjoyed our first visit here with our two young kids. They loved it, especially the Energy Lab, which has all sorts of water tanks and air vents and small plastic balls flying everywhere. The place is packed with small kids and young families. I felt like it was a bit expensive at $60 for a family of four, but for roughly 2 hours of entertainment (until the kids were bored), I guess it could have been worse. Highly recommend it for families with little kids.

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Westport, Connecticut
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“Great place for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Seems pricey for a day visit but the membership is well worth it. Great place for moms to go to get out of the house and meet other moms. The pre walkers room is a great place to let the kids romp around in a safe soft area. The museum always has different exhibits to keep the kids interested. They also have an enormous outdoor playground area for all ages (and it's free to the public)

Visited November 2012
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“Great for kids 6 months - 6 years!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

We live close to the museum so we bought a year membership and it has been worth every cent of it. Our 2 year old daughter loves it there. There are a ton of interesting, safe activities. The water room and dance room are her favorites. My only complaint is that sometimes it gets too crowded to be enjoyable, mostly on holidays and rainy days.

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Darien, Connecticut
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“Grandparent's Homerun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This venue is well worth admission and a donation. Can easily spend a couple of hours til you and the kid(s) are exhausted. Lots of fun.

Visited April 2012
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