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Another free admission at Stepping Stones Museum For Children

By Stepping Stones Museum for Children





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The museum’s newest exhibit is called Native Voices: New England Tribal Families. Native Voices examines how various American Indian tribes preserve and hand down important values and traditions. The exhibit takes visitors through four New England seasons sharing stories, songs and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands. Photo credit: Clive Grainger
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, an award-winning children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. for a free night of learning and playing made possible by First County Bank.

Get Into It! FREE is part of the museum’s Open Arms initiative that ensures every exhibit and program is accessible to all audiences regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers.

“This will be an exciting evening for parents and their children to gain lessons on improving their financial health while also being exposed to the museum’s focus on enriching their academic, physical and environmental health,” said Rhonda Kiest, Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s executive director. “First County Bank’s support for Get Into It! FREE provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our wonderful compliment of exhibits and activities for children and adults.”

The museum’s newest exhibit is called Native Voices: New England Tribal Families. Native Voices, which debuts on Saturday, Sept. 29, examines how various American Indian tribes preserve and hand down important values and traditions. The exhibit takes visitors through four New England seasons sharing stories, songs and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands.

“Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a wonderful place for families to explore and enjoy, as well as learn about energy conservation, architectural design and construction, and health and nutrition,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “This new exhibit offers a way for the entire family to share and discuss their values and traditions. And for those families who haven’t visited the museum, First County Bank’s sponsorship offers them the opportunity to experience the museum for free.”

Also new this fall is the Solar Express, a year-round train ride where conductors highlight the museum’s environmental initiatives, including a green roof, a wind turbine, rain gardens, the use of renewable resources and more. Weather permitting, the Solar Express will run as long as daylight permits, bringing passengers on a unique seven to 10 minute guided tour through historic Mathews Park. Tickets will cost $1 per passenger during the evening of Oct. 4.

“Stepping Stones Museum for Children is very grateful to First County Bank for its generosity,” added Kiest. “We are delighted to have the bank sponsor this special night and continue to be part of our family of community leaders who share the museum’s mission and commitment to enrich the lives of our children.”

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, located in Mathews Park, 303 West Ave. in Norwalk, is an award winning, private, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental, call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org. For additional information on this event, call 203.899.0606.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.




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