NORWALK, CT - It’s the most wonderful time of the year…at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. We’re decking our halls. We’re making our lists and checking them twice. Our elves are working their holiday magic. Soon, we’ll be in the midst of our “fun-tastic” experience, Holiday Happenings. During our “6 Weeks of Wonder” at Stepping Stones, the museum has a sleighful of exciting events and activities here daily in our winter wonderland. Holiday Happenings is a great way to usher in the holiday season and provide many fun moments while creating lasting memories for you and your family.
Do you want to build a snowman? You can or dress one up in our Celebration Courtyard. Enjoy the ‘Best Sock Skating in Connecticut’ in our outdoor rink, get cozy inside our new Winter Chalet with ‘icy’ building blocks to build a play-sized igloo, make your way through our Celebrations Maze, take part in an impromptu dance party with our dancing elves and set ‘em up and knock ‘em down on our Penguin Bowling Alley.
And don’t forget your camera! We repeat, don’t forget your camera! Due to popular demand, we’re adding MORE Santa appearances this year! It’ll be a great opportunity to snap that special photo for holiday cards and gifts. In addition to your time with Santa, you also be able to visit with Frosty and other friends from the North Pole. Magical photo opportunities also abound in front of our 15-foot Holiday Tree, inside our winter snow globe, lighted and tented courtyard, kid-sized Winter Chalet, festive sign posts, myriad of snowmen, spectacular winter murals and seasonally-decorated galleries among other locations. Whew! As if all of those attractions didn’t stuff your stocking already, we’ve got more magic to pack into your sack of fun. Other Holiday Happenings activities include:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Shine! – Creative Dramatics and Talent Show
Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Friday – Sunday 11:00 am - noon
Let the Stepping Stones players open for you, as they present a fun-filled performance based upon gratitude and thanks. Then, sign-up for an open mic slot, and present your own gifts and talents of any kind. Tell a joke, sing a song, do a dance, recite your ABCs…we want to see you shine!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Open until 3:00 pm
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Closed for Thanksgiving Day
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 11, 18
Festivals of Light
Sundays 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Join us in the Family and Teacher Resource Center as we celebrate Festivals of Light traditions from around the world.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas in America
Join us in the Family and Teacher Resource Center as we celebrate Christmas traditions from the different regions of the United States.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY DECEMBER 18
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, Friday and Sunday 11:00 am - noon
A new activity each week! Holiday cards, pencil holders, snow globes and ornaments. Program fee: Member: Free; Non-members: $3 per project.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
Get Into It! FREE 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Tree Lighting – Join us for our annual tree and courtyard lighting ceremony, help us illuminate the museum, participate in decorative activities, carol around the museum and so much more. An Open Arms program.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, DECEMBER 10 and DECEMBER 17
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones 11:00 – noon
Meet and greet with Santa, take pictures and meet some of Santa’s friends. Enjoy a colorful scratch-art activity while waiting for your turn!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
Holiday Handbell Performance 2:00 pm
The whole family will enjoy the sounds of the season during an enchanting holiday handbell performance by Shelton’s Trinity Lutheran Church Bell Choir.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Open until 3:00 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Closed for Christmas
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
Winter Vacation Week
Monday – Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thursday – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Make a fun holiday card or a votive candle. Votive candle activity free for members; $3 for non-members.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 Open until 3:00 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Closed for New Year’s Day
“While all of the museum’s holiday happenings are filled with fun and good cheer, we have a family experience that is truly magical!” said Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Director of Exhibit Design and Delivery. “We have the ‘Best Sock Skating in Connecticut!’ Take off your shoes and you and your child can glide along in your socks. Our sock skating rink is definitely a Stepping Stones Museum Staff ‘Top Pick.’ It will be open through the winter and we hope to see your triple axel soon!”
There’s so much going on at Stepping Stones during Holiday Happenings that you won’t be able to experience it all in one visit. Check out our winter wonderland and take home some lasting memories from this holiday season.