A Visit to Stepping Stones Museum

My wife is on a mission to find fun destinations to take our baby girl.  On Friday, she and I took her to Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

It's a very well designed place for the youngest of visitors -- imagine a super playground with educational lessons interspersed throughout. 

The experience begins as you walk from the parking lot (which is free, hallelujah!), with "stepping stones" on the sidewalk engraved with kids names, and a lighthouse to pass through.  Inside, the admission is $12 per person (children under one are free).  Membership packages are available, which seemed pricey to me, but might be a value if you plan to visit the museum a number of times during the year, or if you just feel generous and want to support the Stepping Stones mission: "Your support allows us to provide the community with award-winning educational experiences that will help every child grow and flourish."

They have exhibits and  attractions for various age groups: infants, pre-walkers, toddlers, pre-schoolers, 5-to-6-year-olds, and 7-and-up.  It was wonderful seeing my daughter's eyes light up as soon as we entered the facility.  It seemed as if her smile never faded while we were there.  She played with blocks and slid down a slide in Tot Town, she marveled at the innovative water display in the Energy Lab, and ran around like a happy maniac beneath the big outdoor tent in the Celebration Courtyard.

My daughter could have spent hours looking at the Color Coaster, a 27-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, or the water funnel -- and so could my wife and I.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon with our little girl.