Celebrate Dad: Handpicked Events for June 16-19, 2011

Sometimes it seems like Fathers’ Day is just about great department store sales and mildly amusing Hallmark cards but our Dads deserve more. Spend some time together this weekend at these great family-friendly events happening in the Princeton area. Almost all of our picks for this weekend involve great food and fun for all ages.

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Thursday

Museum Family Barbeque
The Princeton University Art Museum kicks off its summer programming this week with its Second Annual Family Barbeque. There will be great food plus lots of crafts & activities for the kids. Museum docents will be on hand conducting kid-friendly tours of the museum. Kids will love roaming through the halls of paintings looking for familiar figures from Greco-Roman myths and following docents through the Egyptian section where they can see a real mummy! The event is free and goes from 5-7:30 pm on the lawn in front of the museum entrance. More information HERE.

Vitamins and Supplements Program
In the summertime we’re so focused on a having a beach-ready bod and perfect tan that sometimes we can forget what our body really needs. This Thursday come join Timothy Reilly, board certified in pharmacotherapy and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, for a talk about what vitamins and supplements your body needs. The talk will focus on the latest information on the use of vitamins and supplements for general wellness and disease prevention and explain various components of product selection, dosing, and what precautions to take when introducing a new vitamin regime. Free. 12-1 pm. Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. More information HERE.

Friday

Little Shop of Horrors
It’s opening weekend for a brand new production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell. This creepy crawly musical is about a down & out florist who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic singing plant but what he and his fans don’t know is that the plant also has a craving for blood! Off-Broadstreet Theatre is great because not only do you get a great show but tickets ($27.50 on Fri and Sun, $29 on Sat) also include coffee and dessert. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Call (609) 466-2766 for reservations. More information HERE.

 

JaZams Birthday Block Party
JaZams, the fantastic toy store in downtown Princeton, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this weekend. This Friday from 6-8 pm Palmer Square West will be taken over by craft tables, games, food, and live music. Lots of Palmer Square vendors including The Arts Council of Princeton, The Bent Spoon, Kitchen Kapers , Nomad Pizza, Olsson’s Fine Foods, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Soup & Sandwich Co., Salon Pure, Stone Soup Circus, Teresa Caffe, Thomas Sweet Chocolate, and Winberie’s Restaurant will be out and about with food carts, special deals, and more. The block party also features a showing of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium on the Palmer Square lawn starting at dusk. More information HERE.

Saturday

Art All Night
Art All Night is an annual 24-hour art extravaganza. It is free to submit and free to attend and they encourage artists of all ages and skill levels to submit one work of art for display in a gallery setting. The event takes place in the old Roebling Wire Works factory which makes for a very cool industrial gallery vibe. Last year over 850 artists participated. This year there will be food from a bunch of Central Jersey vendors including Nomad Pizza, Stewart’s Root Beer, and Everything Crêpes. There will also be children’s activities including craft tables for aspiring artists of all ages. The event starts 3 pm Saturday and goes through 3 pm Sunday. To register your own art and for more information visit their website HERE.

The 24th Annual Polo Classic
The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association presents its annual Polo Classic this weekend at the Hillsborough Country Club. The event features world-class polo players and ponies competing on a tent-lined field for an estimated 2,500 people. Along with the match are activities for all ages including a classic car show, hot air balloons, stilt walkers, face painting, pony rides & more. General Admission at the gate is $15 per person which gets you into the grandstands and activity areas. They are also raffling off a fabulous vacation getaway. The Gates open at 1 pm and the match starts at 3. Rain date is June 25th. More information and raffle tickets HERE.

Butterfly House Opening
Join the folks at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed for the annual re-opening of the Kate Gorric Memorial Butterfly House. Their staff of naturalists will be on hand to answer questions about native species and their life cycles as the butterflies fly freely all around. Take some time to stop by the Buttinger Nature Center too. Attendees also get a 20% off coupon to the Nature Shop all day. $5 per person. 10:30 am-2 pm. More information HERE.

Sunday

Sunday is Fathers’ Day so spend the day with your favorite Dad. Why not relax in the morning fishing by Lake Carnegie­- a great spot is up in Kingston just past that little dam by Eno Terra Restaurant- or take a run on the toe-path and stop by Mainstreet Bakery for breakfast. Then pick up some wings from Chuck’s or some burgers to grill and spend the afternoon watching the US Open Golf tourney. Then cap the day off with some tasty pints from Thomas Sweets or some Bent Spoon cupcakes. As the sun sets keep an eye out in the backyard for fireflies. Punch some holes in the lid of a jar and Dad and the kids can hunt around for some new family pets.

Or head over to the Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards.

Firefly Festival
Enjoy a night of music, wagon rides, outdoor fun and firefly hunting at Princeton’s beloved Terhune Orchards. Staff will be around to teach kids about fireflies and to run several craft stations. Schafer’s Gymnastics will be there to demonstrate the “Art of Flying” techniques and help children through a mini obstacle course. There will also be a firefly story time in the barn all night. Grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more, all fresh and local, will be around to keep everyone happy and full. The Festival is a great way to spend time with dad on his special day while also keeping the kids nice and busy. $5 for food and craft supplies. 4-9 pm. More information HERE.