“Our exhibits not only feed children’s imaginations, but we incorporate healthy eating into many of our activities to instill good habits at a young age,” said Rhonda Kiest, CEO and President of Stepping Stones.
Teaching families how to make balanced food choices is the mission of the museum’s first ever Kid’s Food Festival! Making a stop on its national tour, Creative Kitchen Kids Food Festival To-Go brings their signature activity, the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt to Stepping Stones. The event aids in the prevention of childhood obesity through programming that’s simultaneously fun and educational, supporting the concept of learning through play. Upon completion of the Scavenger Hunt, families are rewarded with a Prize Pack. The initiative is in partnership with Parents and Family Fun magazines and the Association of Children’s Museums.
Highlights of the Food Festival are:
· 1:00 pm cooking class with Cricket Azima from KidsFoodFest
· Morning food demonstration/tasting with Bill Kunkel from Harbor Harvest
· Food demonstrations/tasting/workshop at the Stepping Stones Cafe
Visitors can also experience the travelling Healthyville® interactive exhibit to learn about health and wellness.
At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storybook Pajama Party on June 16 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm, kids will love watching the beloved caterpillar eat lots of colorful food on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Children can wear their PJ’s to enjoy an evening at the museum and a compelling reading of the tale in front of a large screen showing the pages in the book for all to see. After the story, the reading is brought to life when children meet the storybook character. Hands-on themed activities for children of every age take place all evening throughout the museum.
Story times are:
5:30 – 6:00 pm
6:30 – 7:00 pm
7:30 – 8:00 pm
The Stepping Stones Cafe will be open during the event and serving up some specially-themed items for purchase. The museum will close at 4:00pm in preparation for this special event.
Early-bird pricing for Storybook Pajama Party tickets is available until June 9th for only $10/person for museum members and $15/person for non-members. After June 9th, the price is $12/person for members and $17/person for non-members. Children under the age of one will be admitted for free. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is required. Space is limited.
But the fun doesn’t end there! Stepping Stones has one more sweet surprise on Father’s Day. The museum recognizes that many special people may play the role of dad in children’s lives, and that “dad” can mean different things to different people. That’s why, for the first time ever, one caregiver per family gets into the museum in Norwalk for FREE on June 18th – not just dads!
For information about all of these events and more, visit the Stepping Stones website.
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