Mathews Park - 303 West AvenueNorwalk, CT, 06850Phone: 203-899-0606
A "wow" experience for all ages, even adults!
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., our mission is to inspires lifelong learning. We do that with fun and fascinating exhibits and outdoor spaces. Wander about our garden and listen while whimsical sculptures use sun, wind, and water power to produce musical sounds. In our Energy Lab kids are mesmerized by a raceway powered by water, or when balls are whisked away down a wind-powered maze. They'll learn about evaporation first hand by painting with brush and water, and then seeing their paintings disappear. We have exhibits designed for all ages ten and under, including toddlers and infants. Adults will be fascinated, too.
One Museum DriveGreenwich, CT, 06830Phone: 203-869-0376
Dinosaur tracks and mechanical banks: lots for kids to see at this lively museum
What is there for kids to see at the Bruce Museum, where art collections and science collections sit side by side? How about Connecticut River dinosaur-track fossils? Meteorites? A collection of bird nests and eggs? Or maybe your young ones will want to see some of the 3,000 insect specimens in the museum, or some of the 2,000 shells. On the history side, there are old-fashioned toys and mechanical banks. In the mineral collection, there’s an explanation of how they play a role in smartphones. Over at the museum’s Seaside Center, there’s a variety of family activities as well as a marine tank where kids can get a feel for some of the creatures that live in the region’s waterways.
This zoo exhibits hundreds of animals, from tigers to monkeys and everything in between. Habitats for children to explore include a South American rainforest and a New England farmyard. For quite time, there is a picnic grove, carousel, Victorian greenhouse, and café. Summer programs include Animal Tales and A Day at the Ocean.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water St.Norwalk, CT, 06854Phone: 203-852-0700
Kids and parents can visit nose-to-nose with sharks, seals, river otters, wrinkly sea turtles, and stinging jellyfish. Educational public cruises, changing exhibits, a working boat shop, hands-on touch tanks, toddler play area, and an IMAX movie theater with a screen that’s six stories tall make this a place of seafaring adventure.