Promoting NUTRITIONAL AWARENESS and WATER SAFETY to Children

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Make a Splash for Water Safety with
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk & Stewie the Duck!


Singalongs, Book Readings, Crafts & More Round Out Fun-Filled Family Day


WHAT:
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will host a day of fun and learning with Stewie the Duck and the water safety experts from Stew Leonard III Children's Charities on Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first 400 families who sign a Water Safety Pledge, in which children promise to never swim alone, will receive a complimentary copy of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, a child's first guide to water safety penned by Stew and Kim Leonard, co-founders of Stew Leonard III Children's Charities.

Stew and Kim Leonard also will host a special reading of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim at 11:15 a.m. near the Harbor Seals Exhibit in Newman's Own Hall. Joining them will be Stewie the Duck himself, who will lead children in singing Stewie's signature song, "Don't Jump In 'Til You Learn to Swim!" A second reading and singalong will take place at 1:15 p.m. with Stew & Kim's daughter, Chase, and Stewie the Duck.

Plus, to help further Stewie the Duck's water safety message, Aquarium guests can also create their very miniature boats out of swim noodles as well as decorate their own Stewie the Duck paper hats and coloring pages.

In celebration of the event, shoppers at Stew Leonard's in Norwalk and Danbury, Conn., as well as in Yonkers, N.Y., can enter to win a family four-pack of passes to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. See in-store for details.

The July 21 water-safety event is free with paid admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

WHY:
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Stew Leonard III Children's Charities both want families and children to enjoy summer fun in and around the water. Drowning is preventable, but the statistics* are breathtaking:
  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children 1-14 years of age.

  • Most drownings happen in residential pools, and 9 out of 10 drowning deaths occur when a caregiver is supervising but not paying attention.

  • Children who take swimming lessons are 88% less likely to drown than children who do not.

*Source: NY State Department of Health (2007), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Safe Kids U.S.A.

On January 1, 1989, a 21-month-old toddler lost his life in a drowning accident. This sparked his parents to pledge that they would do everything in their power to prevent this tragedy from striking other families, since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under 5. In 1990, that toddler's parents, Kim and Stew Leonard, founded the Stew Leonard III Children's Charities in memory of their son. Since then, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million to go toward water safety awareness and education, including providing swim scholarships and lifeguard training, along with writing and publishing two children's books on water safety as well as a free water-safety app available on iTunes, Amazon Kindle HD and Google Play. For more information, please visit www.stewietheduck.com.

WHEN:
Thurs., July 21, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim book readings and singalongs at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone number for customer questions: (203) 852-0700

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cara Kenefick for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 203.852.0700, ext. 2282, or ckenefick@maritimeaquarium.org
Meghan Bell for Stew Leonard III Children's Charities, 203.750.6107 or mbell@stewleonards.com


The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. The Maritime Aquarium receives support from the State of Connecticut DECD's Offices of Culture and Tourism.

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