The Waypointe

The Waypointe is a premier new destination in downtown Norwalk, convenient to I-95, Route 7, Metro-North, and Amtrak.

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    Kid Friendly Fun The Waypointe

    May 1, 2014

    A kid blowing bubbles in the park

    During a visit to Stepping Stones Museum For Children your little ones will discover many engaging and educational adventures. There are exhibits designed to please everyone, from infants to children age 7 and up. Let your pre-walkers explore the soothing and stimulating Tot Town, which features everything from a gymini to cozy nooks for you and your baby to relax in. Or visit the Energy Lab, an immersive exhibit designed to facilitate older children’s exploration of the science of electricity, energy and conservation and provide a unique and dazzling sensory experience for your younger ones. With even more exhibits, including ColorCoaster a 27-foot kinetic sculpture – guaranteed to delight everyone in your family.

    At Stepping Stones children are encouraged to explore, play, hone their motor skills, and all while discovering how the world works. A LEED certified green building, the team at Stepping Stones emphasizes education about energy, green building and conservation in many of their exhibits. Check out their calendar to see their upcoming events. Admission is $15 per adult and child over age 1 – and remember, strollers aren’t allowed inside so be sure to bring a baby carrier.

    The Maritime Aquarium

    - (0.9 miles)
    10 North Water Street
    Norwalk, CT 06854

    At The Maritime Aquarium your kids can discover animals native to the Long Island Sound watershed… and meerkats! Begin your stay at the aquarium with a visit to the indoor/outdoor harbor seal exhibit and be sure to stop by again at one of the many seal show times to see these adorable pinnipeds get fed. A member of the animal-husbandry staff will be there to answer any questions your little one(s) might have. Check out some of the other fish and mammals native to the watershed, like adorable river otters, jellyfish, sand tiger sharks, horseshoe crab, many different kinds of fish and even a snapping turtle named Franklin!

    There are also guided tour touch tanks that kids of all ages can enjoy. Experience the intertidal tank that features sea stars, horseshoe crabs and many others types of fish, amphibians and other critters. For an afternoon your kids will never forget – take them to the shark and ray touch pool, one of the most popular attractions at the aquarium, which houses docile sharks and rays that are safe to gently touch. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 3-12 and is free for kids under 3.

    Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    - (11.1 miles)
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903

    Established in 1936, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center has educated and delighted children for over seventy years. Featuring many recreational and educational activities, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is sure to be have something for all kids of all ages. You can visit Heckscher Farm, and idyllic ten acre plot featuring an organic garden, a maple sugar house, open pastures and dozens and dozens of farm animals. At Heckscher, children will discover all that goes into running a farm. Head out to the Overbrook Nature Center and explore the eighty acre’s nature trails or enjoy an engaging and educational program with one of Overbrook’s naturalists.

    There are plenty of other attractions also. Climb a human-scale spider’s web at Nature’s Playground, a playground designed to show children what life is like from an animals-eye-view, or learn about and look at the sky and space at the Observatory & Planetarium. Check out the museum’s website to discover all the other countless and amazing attractions on their 118 acre property. You can even enroll your kids in summer camp! Stamford Museum & Nature Center is designed to be accessible to all types of people.

    These are just a few of the fun and educational kid-friendly attractions near the Waypointe. Do you or your kid have any other favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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