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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

2017 Around the World: Latin America Tour

This program presents artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers and youth performers representing a variety of cultures and traditions. In 2017, we embark on a tour of Latin America! Twelve months of exciting 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.

January: Southern South America – Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay

Saturday, January 7
2:00 pm • Creative Kids

Graffiti – Learn about Alfalfa’s street art and be inspired by his designs to create your own symmetrical art. For children ages 2 and older.


Sunday, January 29
2:00 pm • Show Me a Tale

The Magic of This World – After many years of hard work a man finally discovers the riches of which he often dreamed. After the story, children will create arpillera illustrations. Limited space – get tickets at the Welcome Desk. For children ages 5 and older.


February: Southern South America – Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay

Saturday, February 4
2:00 pm • Creative Kids

Poetry – Discover the beauty of literature and learn about the Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet. For children ages 2 and older.


Saturday, February 25
2:00 pm • Performance Series

Rio de la Plata –The culture of Argentina and Uruguay is diverse and it shares several cultural components with its neighboring countries. The traditions of these countries are very rich and diverse, originating from a mix of 17th and 19th century European dances and songs and local indigenous traditions.


Sunday, February 26
2:00 pm • Show Me a Tale

Fox’s Warm Bargain – Two little visachas learn the hard way to never make a bargain with a clever fox. After the story, children will create colorful abstract art illustrations in the MADI style. Limited space – get tickets at the Welcome Desk. For children ages 5 and older.


March: Brazil

Saturday, March 4
2:00 pm • Creative Kids

Vibrant Art – Become a pop-artist and create a masterpiece inspired by the Brazilian painter Romero Brito. For children ages 2 and older.


Saturday, March 11
2:00 pm • Performance Series

Viva Brazil – Enjoy a colorful, crowd-pleasing repertoire of Afro-Brazilian dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts.


Sunday, March 26
2:00 pm • Show Me a Tale

How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats – Learn how a tiny beetle outsmarts a boastful rat to win a beautiful and shiny new coat. After the story, children will create paper beetles. 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: Asia

January – Japan
February – China
March – China
April – Turkey
May – Iran
June – Russia
July – India
August – India
September – Indonesia
October – South Korea
November — Philippenes


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