NORWALK, Conn. – Stepping Stones Museum for Children will host Hulapalooza Luau, a special family evening, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 19. The event will include ancient games, listening to traditional music and performances and lessons involving the hula dance.
A highlight of the evening will be performances of the hula dance by Dancin’ in the City, one at 6:30 and one at 7:30 p.m. Then visitors will have the opportunity to take hula lessons from the professional performers.
The evening will include ukulele performances throughout the museum and mini-lessons on playing the instrument. Guests also may take family photos in front of an island scene, build sandcastles, print “palm” trees using their hands, decorate cups for their beverages and much more.
Games at the event will include pineapple bowling, hula hoops, races and some ancient games such as Ulu Maika, which is played with green breadfruit slices and wooden stakes. Much like bowling or curling, this game is also sometimes called “stone bowling.”
Dinner will be available to buy in the café, which will serve Polynesian-style foods. The event will end with a Stepping Stones farewell and a parade.
To register for Hulapalooza, call 203-899-0606 or visit the website at www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/luau. Admission is $10 per person for members and $15 for non-members.