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Around the World is part of the museum’s award-winning Global Connections Initiative and received the Promising Practice and Replication awards from the Association of Children’s Museum and MetLife Foundation for it's replication toolkit.

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Around the World

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Explore the world... without leaving Norwalk

2016 Around the World: Asia

This program presents artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers and youth performers representing a variety of cultures and traditions. In 2016, we embark on our tour of Asia! Twelve months of exciting Asian destinations. Each destination will be explored through programs such as the Performance Series, Creative Kids and Show Me a Tale.

Around the World is part of the museum’s award-winning Global Connections Initiative and received the Promising Practice and Replication award from the Association of Children’s Museums and MetLife Foundation.

June: Russia

Saturday, June 5
2:00 pm | Creative Kids

Schoty – Make and learn to use a Russian abacus. For children ages 2 and older.


Saturday, June 11
2:00 pm | Performance Series

Barynya Ensemble: Balalaika Dance and Music – Through traditional dress, music, song and dance, performers will introduce visitors to the culture of Russia.


Sunday, June 26
2:00 pm | Show Me a Tale

The Sea King’s Daughter – Listen to this Russian folktale and complete an art activity related to this story. For children ages 5 and older.


July: India

Saturday, July 2
2:00 pm | Creative Kids

Pachisi – Learn to play pachisi, an ancient Indian game, and then make your own board to play with your friends. For children ages 2 and older.


image-Racha Agrawai

Saturday, July 9
2:00 pm | Performance Series

Rachna Agrawal: Kathak Dance – Dramatic Kathak is a North Indian classical dance which originated more than 2000 years ago as a temple dance. Technical aspects of Kathak consist of intensive footwork and a variety of spins. The main attraction of Kathak is the improvisation of complex metrical cross rhythms and syllables.


Sunday, July 31
2:00 pm | Show Me a Tale

Kings for Breakfast – King Vikram must rescue a magic goose from King Karan and discover the secret of his wealth. After the story, children will create story illustrations in the rangoli style using colored sand or rice. Limited space – get tickets at the Welcome Desk. For children ages 5 and older.



Around The World Programs

Around the World: Performance Series

Stepping Stones takes children and parents to 12 different places around the United States, bringing the culture and its people to life. Now in its sixth year, the Around the World: Performance Series presents professional artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers and youth performers representing a variety of cultures and traditions. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Creative Kids

Put your imagination to work to create a cultural keepsake to take home. One Saturday of each month features Around the World: Creative Kids, a special hands-on workshop related to the culture, history or landscape of the highlighted region of the month. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Show Me a Tale

Storytelling is one of the greatest ways to capture the essence of a culture. Enjoy listening to a folktale and then use your creativity to recreate part of the story visually. This new program, Around the World: Show Me a Tale, occurs once a month on a Sunday afternoon. View dates and programs on our full calendar of events, or check below.

Around the World: Bookshelf

Learn more about each country by browsing the Around the World: Bookshelf in the Family and Teacher Resource Center.

Around the World: Replication Toolkit

Stepping Stones received the MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Replication Award to develop a toolkit for museums interested in developing an Around the World program. Learn More



Past Around the World Destinations – 2016

January – Japan
February – China
March – China
April – Turkey


Past Around the World Destinations – 2015: US Tour

2015 – USA Tour
January – The Trail West
February – The Bayou
March – The Last Frontier
April – The Great Lake States
May – The South
June – The Everglades
July – Colonies to States
August – The Mid-Atlantic States
September – The Southwest
October – The Northeast
November – The Capital
December – The West Coast


Past Around the World Destinations – 2014

January – Argentina
February – Ghana
March – Peru
April – Samoa
May – Russia
June – Australia
July – Scotland
August – Chile
September – Greece
October – Ethiopia
November – USA (Native Americans)
December – Sweden