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Stepping Stones Shares Poland's Gifts

Kids can shake off the post-Christmas letdown with a trip "Around the World to Celebrate Poland" at Stepping Stones Museum, where they'll explore the country's storied history, colorful traditions, unique beauty and national heroes in a series of special hands on events, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. over six days.

On Sunday, Dec. 26, the southeastern town of Zamosc, founded in 1580, is explored. Its renaissance fort and historic architecture still dazzle and its Old Town has more than 120 historic landmarks. Kids get the chance to craft their own models of it.

On Monday, Dec. 27, traditional Polish music is the theme, with a special focus on the Ligawka, a longhorn instrument dating back to 1100. Kids will build their own instrument and experiment with its sound.

On Tuesday, Dec. 28, making delicious and savory pierogis is on the menu. Little chefs for the day get the chance to stuff fresh dough with cheese and potatoes and then taste these hearty Polish potstickers.

Poland is also known for its magical fairytales, and on Wednesday, Dec. 29, a classic one, "The Three Princesses of Whiteland" is featured in a storytelling session that will introduce kids to another traditional aspect of Polish culture. Then, on Dec. 30, young visitors discover wycinanki, beautiful, decorative paper cut-outs that make up another part of Poland's creative heritage. The craft of the day lets kids design and make their own.

One of Poland's national heroes, Marie Sklodowska Curie, was born in Warsaw. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, which she was awarded in 1903 for physics. Her story is the focus of Stepping Stones' last session highlighting the special gifts of Poland on Friday Dec. 31. The programs are free with Museum admission, which is $10 and $12. For more information, visit the Museum's website .

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