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“Fun for preschoolers and older but is expensive”

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We buy a membership since we're local and it's totally worth it. However, if I was an out of towner, I might feel like I was getting ripped off because the door fee is so expensive. If you live in Connecticut, check out if your local library has museum passes. Stepping Stones is often one of the places that offer discounts with the CT library museum passes.

Once you're inside, though, the kids LOVE it and it's impossible to get them to leave. We started going when my kids were about 1.5 years old and they loved the Tot town and the little courtyard that they could safely run around in but everything else was too advanced for them. It wasn't until we hit about 2.5 to 3 years old that they really were able to start taking advantage of everything the place had to offer.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We took our two year old today and it was not worth the $45.00 for all three of us to get in. The tot room was crowded (like fire safety issues) and the water area was a mess. Older children were unsupervised and cutting in front of others. There was not much to do. They had a lot of "information" but what 2 year old wants to "try an emotion" or read up on healthy foods. We were done in 30 min. I would NOT recommend this museum to someone with young children.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Stopped in here while visiting friends in the area and this place is pretty good. It sits along 95 near downtown Norwalk and looks pretty large from the outside. The first thing you will notice is the outrageously high admission fee of $15 for adults and children?? I don't know about you but I live in Boston and even the Children's Museum here is $12 and they give a break to kids. This place is one floor with about 5 different areas and thats about it. The new Multimedia area was not even open and what this place really amounts to is an area highlighting health with interactive body parts, a construction site area and a small area for toddlers as well as a water area with balls. It was okay but not worth the fee of $45 to get in for an hour of playtime. Good thing the people we were with had passes otherwise this would not have been worth it. The place was relatively crowded and the exhibits are in good shape for the most part but not sure why they are charging this admission fee. Could be the surrounding area is Westport and Norwalk but come on, lower your fees. Membership was a whopping $250!! I don't even pay that fee for the Lego Discovery Center that just opened in Boston! Not sure I could recommend this place based on these fees.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Easily takes 2 hrs. Nothing compared to the boston museum but def worth visiting with kids. My son had a nice time in tot town. Recommend carrying extra clothes as they get soaked in the water/energy area

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Nice place to spend the day with the kids..there is even a little park right next to the parking lot.

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