As I mentioned yesterday, my week is planned around 2 1/2 year-old Caroline–who is really quite easily entertained. The neighbor’s swing set, running through the Christmas tree lot, or filling up a stationary box with trinkets satisfy her without my elaborate Christmas plans! But, cutting down the Christmas tree as she chats with the man who is tying it on top of our car or experiencing the amazing Stepping Stone Children’s Museum have been on our agenda.
We planned our morning around the 11:00 appearance of Frosty the Snowman, the Gingerbread Man and Santa at Stepping Stones Museum. We experienced their new “Tot Town” which could engage a child 3 and under for an entire morning with its Old MacDonald’s Farm, a garden of flowers made of spoons, miniature kitchen, and themed areas around nursery rhymes. The newly renovated museum’s water room or “Energy Lab” is still a main draw. Simple gadgets to teach gravity and compressed air sent colored balls flying and splashing into a moving water tank. When we got to this popular room, there weren’t even any waterproof lab coats available so we had to wait for a child to leave and relinquish his coat.
After a short wait in line, we stepped on the stage with Frosty and friends. Caroline singled out Frosty the Snowman and hopped right on his lap for several photos ops. Afterwards, the staff at Stepping Stones Museum helped the kids make their own ornament out of a plastic ball, pipe cleaners, double sided tape and glitter. Kids were thrilled. We went on to “Build It” where little builders were very busy hammering, fitting blocks and planning in their construction gear. Even though there was more to explore, parents and grandparents were worn out from fun and ready to head home. Don’t miss this gem of a place with your little ones.