Worldwide World of Play Stepping Stones Museum for Children Free admission for all Sept. 17

Get up, turn off your electronic devices and come on down to Stepping Stones Museum for Children for a free day of play on Saturday, September 17. In honor of Nickelodeon’s 13th Annual Worldwide Day of Play, BooZoo™, the museum’s fictional puppy mascot for early childhood learning and literacy, is hosting an action-packed day with free museum admission and activities throughout Mathews Park. The event will feature outdoor field games, interactive sports and fitness demonstrations, awesome educational activities and amazing live performances – all for free and guaranteed to keep your family moving.


Join Stepping Stones to celebrate what we do best – play. There will be a fun magic show and a special gymnastics performance. Children can take a martial arts or Pound® for Families class, get your groove on at our rocking dance party featuring local bands in the Celebration Courtyard and participate in their favorite lawn games on the Great Lawn at Mathews Park. There will also be a park-wide book walk where visitors can exercise their bodies and their brains as well as a “Fish Parade” with artist James Grashow and our neighbors from the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. There will be plenty of experts on hand from the community and other sponsor organizations to provide ideas on ways families can take charge of their health. Additionally, all canine friends, accompanied by owners, are welcome to take part in special Worldwide Day of Play pooch programming that will take place in the Celebration Courtyard and Community Garden.

Now in its 13th year, Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play is an entire day dedicated to active play. The day is part of a larger movement to reduce childhood obesity and reinforce lessons about the tremendous benefits of healthy lifestyles among children. Stepping Stones is proud to serve as a local host of this event for the ninth time.


“We are thrilled to be hosting the Worldwide Day of Play here at Stepping Stones for the ninth time,” said Robert Townes, Director of Community Advocacy for Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “As a children’s museum, we recognize and value the important role of play in a child’s development. We are dedicated to helping the families that we serve maintain their commitment to healthy living. With our focus on our Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative, our status as a Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens institution, our increased emphasis on healthier options in our cafe, our tremendous array of special programming and our beautiful park location, Stepping Stones is truly the perfect stage for a spectacular day of health-based family fun.”

Make the most of this day-long worldwide movement all about the power of play. For more information, call 203 899 0606 or visit

Important local support of the Worldwide Day of Play at Stepping Stones Museum for Children is being provided by Silver Medal Sponsor Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital; Bronze Medal Sponsors People’s United Bank and Subway® and Blue Ribbon Sponsors Coastal Orthopaedics, The Golf Performance Center, Melissa & Doug and Outdoor Sports Center.

This special day of free play is a component of the museum’s Open Arms Accessibility Initiative. For more area information

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