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Stepping Stones Cafe and Museum Store

Take a Break!

Our cafe and gift shop are open during normal museum hours. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Members enjoy a 10% discount in the cafe and gift shop – membership card must be presented at time of purchase.

Museum Cafe – A Menu Makeover

You asked and we listened: New healthier options are now offered!

We look forward to providing your family with a nutritious and delicious menu, using locally sourced ingredients when possible, baking techniques over frying and wholesome ingredients.

What you will find:

  • Hot foods such as whole wheat pizza, low fat macaroni and cheese, baked crispy chicken fingers, baked smiley fries, baked sweet potato wedges, low sodium hot dogs and more
  • Daily soups and specials
  • Variety of sandwiches and salads, including children size options 
  • Grab and go’s such as hummus with pretzels, yogurt parfaits, sliced fresh fruit, an assortment of healthy ice cream (yes! ice cream can be healthy)
  • Soft whole wheat pretzels
  • Baked chip selection
  • Large variety of healthy beverage selections that are USDA approved for Connecticut schools 
  • Affordable prices and a 10% discount for museum members

What you won’t find:

  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • High sodium foods
  • Colas

What you will find:

  • Hot foods such as whole wheat pizza, low fat macaroni and cheese, baked crispy chicken fingers, baked smiley fries, baked sweet potato wedges, low sodium hot dogs and more
  • Daily soups and specials
  • Variety of sandwiches and salads, including children size options 
  • Grab and go’s such as hummus with pretzels, yogurt parfaits, sliced fresh fruit, an assortment of healthy ice cream (yes! ice cream can be healthy)
  • Soft whole wheat pretzels
  • Baked chip selection
  • Large variety of healthy beverage selections that are USDA approved for Connecticut schools 
  • Affordable prices and a 10% discount for museum members

We are a nut-free environment.

What you won’t find:

  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • High sodium foods
  • Colas

Hot Food

  • Baked Chicken Fingers $5.75
  • Reduced Fat, Multi-grain
    Macaroni and Cheese
    Small $3.95
    Large $4.95
  • Reduced Sodium Hot Dog $3.50
  • Whole Wheat Pizza
    Slice $2.95
    Whole Pizza $17.95
  • Tater Tots $1.95
  • Baked Sweet Potato Wedges $2.75
  • Pretzel $1.95

Snacks & More

  • Bagel $1.50 
    Cream Cheese $.75
  • Fat-free Muffins $2.95
  • Reduced Fat Ice Cream $2.25
  • Sliced Apples $1.95
  • Watermelon $3.50
  • Fruit Salad $3.95
  • Applesauce $1.75
  • Sliced Eggs $1.95
  • Greek Yogurt $2.50
  • Sabra Hummus $4.95
  • Tribe Hummus $2.95
  • Chips $1.50 / $1.75
  • Cereal $2.25

Pizza To Go

Looking for a way to extend playtime into the late afternoon and take care of your family’s dinner needs at the same time? Well, we got you covered. Order a 16-inch cheese pizza to go, with your choice of white or whole wheat crust.

Cheese Pizza…….. $12.95

Buffalo Chicken Pizza…….. $16.95

Italian Spiced Chicken, Ranch Dressing, Mozzarella Cheese and hot sauce

Hawaiian Pizza…….. $16.95

Sliced Ham, Diced Pineapple, Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese

Margarita Pizza…….. $15.95

Sliced Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Diced Garlic, Olive Oil and Basil

White Veggie Pie…….. $15.95

Sliced Red Bell Pepper, Broccoli Crowns and Olive Oil on a sauce less pie

By 4:30 pm, stop by the cafe and place your order for a Pizza to Go. After a short wait, your tasty pizza will be boxed and ready to go. Your children will be happy because they got some extra playtime at Stepping Stones, and you now have a delicious, healthy solution to your dinner dilemma!

The Stepping Stones Cafe does not accept call-in orders. This pizza deal must be connected to a museum visit and is for take-out only. Pizza to Go is not to be combined with other offers. The 10% member discount does not apply to Pizza to Go.




Age of Reason Museum Store

The Age of Reason at Stepping Stones, the museum gift shop, offers an array of unique, quality playthings for your kids.

  • Fully stocked with a variety of fun – books, tools, kits, games, music and more!
  • Stepping Stones t-shirts and more fundamental memorabilia.
  • Create a gift registry for your child.
  • Need an ultra-cool goody bag for your Stepping Stones Birthday Party?
    Call 203 899 0606, ext. 255.

Let us help you with your gift-giving 
Call or e-mail us for personalized suggestions. Describe your children's ages and interests and your price range, and we'll be sure to fit them. We wrap and ship. We'd love to help.

Fun Toys for Children

Circles come around and go around and are always in fashion. Here are our suggestions for those fascinated by the Secrets of Circles. E-mail the shop, or call 203 899 0606, ext. 254 to order or for more information.

Spirograph Deluxe Set

Spirograph Deluxe Set – $29

You'll never outgrow a Spirograph® art and drawing toy. A classic retro toy, the Spirograph will amaze kids, and parents will wax nostalgic. Since it was introduced in 1965, as a drafting tool, the wheels and rings cleverly combine the art of mathematics and art that has inspired and delighted for generations. 15 wheels, 4 shaped wheels, 2 rings, rack, 3 colored pens, spiro-putty, 20 sheets of paper and a 14 page design guide book. 8+



Fluttering Butterflies

Fluttering Butterflies – $10

Gear toys introduce kids to movement in an exciting and meaningful way. Turn, turn, turn the colorful segments of the vehicles or butterfly gear toy. Easy to grab, swap, and rotate, kids will enjoy putting the gears in place and making them move. Helps promote coordination and fine motor skills; encourages imaginative play and comes with a list of extenuation activities for children. 18 months+



Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board

Magnetic Gear Board – $20

Ten interchangeable cards with pictures of animals, insects, vehicles, or clowns to replicate, or kids can build their own. Helps teach colors, shapes, counting and simple mechanics; promotes fine motor skills, problem solving and creative play. Comes with 8 gears, 10 unique designs, magnetic board and extenuation activities for children. 2+



Hoberman Sphere

30" inch Hoberman Sphere – $35 (minis for $16)

A Hoberman sphere amazes as it expands from 9.5" to 30" in diameter, increasing in volume almost 30 times! This toy is educational and fun all rolled into one! Spheres come with a pulley, hardward and instructions to hang as a cool, kinetic mobile. An educational booklet about the geometry of the sphere, and a "21 Cool Things To Do" activity sheet are included. No assembly required, pulley and instructions included. 4+



Euler's Disk

Euler's Disk – $35

This object displays a beautiful and elegant motion when you spin it and watch it roll (spoll) on its mirror base. As it loses energy during spolling by squeezing out the air between its rolling edge and the mirror base, it slows while seeming to be speeding up, before stopping abruptly. Magical, mystical, but based on hard core physics going back to the scientific theories Leonard Euler espoused in 1752. A great work of science, art and theater, this disk is also a unique gift. 8+