Princeton Area Summer Camp Guide 2019

Hard to believe that summer is a mere 4 months away which means we are getting our ducks in a row to send our ducklings to some great local Summer camps. Whether your kiddo is a nature lover, an athlete, needs a little extra help with academics or just wants to play outside all day we have you covered. Read on for details on the area’s top camps and plan an unforgettable Summer for your children.

Cheers to summer!
-Team PrincetonScoop

Summer Camp at Art Sparks provides theme-based creative experiences during which children get to explore a variety of media such as acrylics, collage, watercolors, chalk pastels, oil pastels, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils, clay and much more. Themes this year include: Moonscape, Ultraviolet, Bewitched, Scales, Creatures Big & Small, A Hedgehog, Sloth, Narwhal & Cat Walk Into an Art Studio, Art of the Ancient, and more. The summer culminates with an art show as the studio is transformed into a gallery of work produced by the campers throughout the summer…look for date and details of this “meet the artist” happening during the first week of September.

BE A PRO HOCKEY is a new and innovative training program designed to develop you as a more efficient player and one that meets the personal and professional expectations of your team. Services consist of game specific skills, player evaluation, leadership development, goal setting, strength and conditioning, nutritional plans, food preparation along with time management.  Camps range from Position Specific Battle Camps to the Elite Defensemen Academy and a new Skills/Player Development Camp.  Get the leadership and direction in the planning of your hockey career on and off the ice at BE A PRO HOCKEY.

With more than 60+ award-winning activities for ages 3–15, kids can grow up with ESF camp at The Lawrenceville School. Programs are uniquely designed to encourage exploration and growth while providing tools to promote creativity, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and improve athletic ability. ESF’s premier collection of Camps include Day, Sports, and Senior Camps, and Specialty & Technology Camps. Extended Day available from 7:30am–6:00pm. Love Your Summer at ESF! Enroll online and RSVP for an Open House & Tour.

Farrington Music offers Summer MUSIC camp at the Montgomery Shopping Center, Skillman.  This year’s camp is all about music! Sing, learn how to play multiple instruments, listen, create and enjoy the results of a fun filled week.  Exciting events each week include learning how to play basic piano, guitar, recorder and more, music themed arts and crafts, musical games to reinforce theory.  Music goes hand in hand with Arts and Sciences so the camp incorporates those into the schedule for a wholesome camp experience. Full and half day options. CALL today to register! Multiple discounts available.

Fernbrook Farms is a premier NJ nature camp engaging campers by exploring our 230-acre farm. Through hands-on choice activities, campers are inspired to pursue their natural curiosities in our creek, meadow, pond, forest, and more!  At Fernbrook, your kids might get a little dirty; to be honest, they’re going to get dirty for sure, but that’s what happens when kids are truly active and experience nature personally!  We offer full-day (8:30-4) camp for ages 5-14 and partial day for 3-5. Extended care and transportation options are available. OPEN HOUSES: 2/23, 3/23, 4/13, and 6/1

Good Nick Squash provides half day, full day, and a sleep over camp experience for ages 9-17 at The Lawrenceville School, which boasts a world class squash facility. All sessions offer learning opportunities for the rank beginner to the elite player.  Co Directors Narelle and Rob Krizek have over twenty years of experience running camps at prestigious boarding schools and clubs in the Northeast. Your squash player will leave camp having worked on stroke development, progressive drill routines, match play strategy, fitness warm up and recovery literacy, and mental skills practice for competition. Night time activities include: bowling, laser tag, movies and more. Sessions: June 16-20, June 23-27

At Hunter Farms’ Children’s Riding Program, beginner through advanced riders will learn basic horsemanship and competitive riding at an elite equestrian facility. Students ride each day, and participate in a variety of activities like learning sessions with our a veterinarian, farrier and dentist, plus arts & crafts, and half-day sessions at our show jumping facility, Princeton Show Jumping, with Olympic Gold Medalists and International Stars riding competition horses. For questions or to take a tour, please contact (609) 924-2932.

Liberty Lake Day Camp is a transformative experience, teaching life skills to inspire young people to change the world. Campers try new things, forge friendships, and enjoy the greatest summer experience imaginable! On sixty magnificent shady acres, campers customize their days through the “Freedom of Choice” elective program – over 60 Athletics, Fine/Performing Arts, Swimming, Boating, Fishing and Adventure activities. “All-inclusive” includes transportation, catered lunches, and a flexible 2-10 week season. Open Houses Jan-May. Win 2 free weeks of camp: go to

Peddie Golf Camp has both half (9-12) and full day (9-3) camps Monday through Friday from the last week of June through July.  PGC examines all aspects of the swing, paying particular attention to the fundamentals that allow for a repeatable, life-long swing.  Campers learn course management, proper etiquette, and some strategies for lower golf scores.

Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensives: Summer Intensive Juniors is a program for dancers ages 9-11. Daily ballet technique classes will focus on correct alignment and use of épaulement. Additional class time in dance history, anatomy, performance skills and dance composition will make a varied and fun day for young dancers! Summer Intensive Intermediates offers an exciting summer program for dancers ages 11-14, modeled on our internationally acclaimed Summer Intensive. This program offers the same careful, personal training for which Princeton Ballet School is famous. Additional classes for children ages 5-9 are offered throughout the summer.

Princeton Day School Summer Programs runs June 10 – August 8, with non-stop academics and adventure! Join us for Chess, Math, Language Arts, Cooking, Archery, Ceramics, Gardening and so much more! Our programs encourage children to hone their talents as they explore our academic and day camps.  Our talented instructors, many of whom are year-round Princeton Day School faculty, will ensure your child’s exciting journey of discovery and exploration occurs in a safe and nurturing environment.

SummerQuest at Princeton Montessori School is an exciting summer camp experience designed to provide children, from Toddler through 3rd grade, with an enriching summer – ripe with discovery, creativity and abundant fun both indoors and out. Our Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offer age-appropriate fun in a safe and caring environment. Sessions begin June 19th and run through August 15th. Full-Day and Part-Day options available. Care options available from 7:30 AM through 6:00 PM. Early Bird Savings! Register for full summer by April 15, 2019 to save 5%. (Savings applied to program session fees).See our website for program specific schedules.

Princeton University Sports Camps offers over 70 sports camps and clinics annually for young athletes.  All camps are held on the beautiful and historic campus, located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. Overnight campers reside in the University dormitories and enjoy meals in various dining facilities around campus. Each camp is directed by the Princeton University Varsity Coaches, with assistance from college coaches and players from around the country.

Rambling Pines Day Camp in Hopewell begins our 44th season of fun! Door-to-door bus service, daily lunch, and snack for campers are included in tuition. Two nurses are on duty during regular camp hours. We have activities to suit every child’s likes and abilities – from aquatics to athletics, performing arts, creative arts, outdoor education, adventure, horseback riding and so much more. At Rambling Pines, we are dedicated to the success of each child. We offer age-appropriate programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers and teenagers. Learn more at

Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock Princeton offers a wide variety of music camps to musicians of any skill level between the ages of 7-18 who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals. Campers will learn the music stylings of rock icons during the 60s-90s era as well as learn about rock history and the stagecraft needed to perform live.

At Solebury School, we offer summer programs for everyone!  Day Camp offers six weeks of fun activities that engage and delight kids.  StarCatchers Theater Camp is for the thespians that want to be part of a full play production.  And for those that like to be behind the scenes, there is Theater Tech camp. Teens can try out our enrichment classes or get ahead in core high school requirements.  Families can relax by the pool at our Swim Club and novice swimmers can take swim lessons. 6832 Phillips Mill Road New Hope, PA. 215.862.5261

Girls and boys 2 to 17 can choose from 40+ camps on Stuart’s 55 wooded acres! #LEADLIKEAGIRL Summer Camps for Girls include Academic Academies for Pre-K to Grade 4, STEM and Sports Camps. Co-ed camps include Middle School Performing Arts, Camp Stuart for ages 2-4, popular Lavner Camps, and more! Stuart camps are taught by Stuart faculty and coaches. Before/after camp care and lunch are available. Weekly camps run June 11 – August 23, 2019. For Early Bird Discount, register by March 1.

At the Hun Summer Programs, we inspire every child to have fun! From our innovative games, themed weeks, and dining hall lunches, to our culminating Hun Camp talent show, we provide a safe environment for campers to build lasting friendships. In our Hun Summer Session, we allow students to advance and sharpen their skills in our more than thirty credit and enrichment courses. Through personalized attention, we meet every child they are and help them find joy along the way. Contact us for details and discounts!

The Summer Program at The Laurel School of Princeton is designed to prevent academic “summer slide” while allowing students to be creative, engaged, and to enjoy themselves. Mornings will be dedicated to literacy, language arts, and math, taught by teachers trained in multisensory methods. Afternoons will be a choice of STEAM offerings including visual/performing arts, robotics, environmental science, and forensics.  July 1- Aug 2, 8:30-3:30 daily. Email for details.

The Watershed Nature Camp is an outdoor, nature-based co-ed summer day camp for campers age 5-18 featuring exploration and play on our nature reserve. Cookouts, canoeing, kayaking, campouts, and trips; Before Care and After Care available! Let your kids play outside and enjoy getting dirty! Our campers spend all day exploring and learning about the outdoor world. Discover the joys of Watershed Nature Camp in Pennington, NJ! We also offer Counselor-In-Training opportunities for high-school students as well as Watershed Academy’s immersive, weeklong courses in environmental science.

Get ready for some friendly creative fun here at the West Windsor Arts Council Summer Camp! Led by experienced artist educators, camp themes include fashion design, comics, sculpting, STEAM, and theater arts as well as drawing and painting. We create a safe, supportive environment where all campers connect with their own imaginations and are inspired to try new things and explore their artistic creativity. WWAC arts camps run select weeks only; check the summer camps page for dates and themes!

Westminster Conservatory offers a wide range of music camps for toddlers to teens with or without previous musical experience. Students can enjoy early childhood, choral, instrumental, & chamber music camps as well as music theater & jazz camps. Your child will explore the world of music with other kids who share the same excitement! Visit our website to register!

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Holiday Cheer–and Diamonds! Our Weekend Picks

Friday November 30
This weekend The Hopewell Train Station transforms into a little slice of Paris as Ohlala! French Boutique sets up shop. Sharing holiday gifts, food, jewelry, accessories, and more for sale from French artists, crafters and designers. FREE, 2-6pm.

Saturday December 1
Hop on the trolley and tour downtown Princeton with Princeton Tour Company’s Holiday Trolley Tours! The festive hour long trolley ride takes riders past the homes of Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, Robert Oppenheimer and more – and is full of fun Princeton stories! Hourly, 10am-5pm. Register in advance. Tickets

Santa loves cookies, and kids do, too! Parade with the big man around Princeton Shopping Center to spread the holiday cheer before heading to Santa’s pop-up workshop for cookie decorating, photo ops with Santa, and music from Princeton High School’s acapella groups. Free, 12-2pm. Pre-register:

Featured Event of the Week: Hamilton Jewelers’ Diamond Event
Don’t miss Hamilton Jewelers’
Diamond Event on 12/1.  There will be diamond jewelry, loose stones, engagement rings, and more.  Enjoy special promotions at the event.

Shop for handmade holiday gifts, like ceramics, glassware, ornaments, jewelry, textiles and other fine art items at the Arts Council of Princeton’s ‘Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market,’ held at Princeton Shopping Center. Opens at 10am.

A filibuster of good cheers! Individuals, families, book clubs and more will read Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in its entirety at Princeton Public Library. Register and grab a seat for the holiday classic. FREE, 2pm.

Sunday December 2
There’s a special guest coming to this Sunday breakfast: it’s Santa! The Nassau Inn hosts him for two seatings, 9am and noon. Have breakfast, meet the man himself, and take a family photo in the historic inn, which is all decked out for the holidays! Register at

If you’ve always wanted to peek inside the prestigious Eating Clubs on Prospect, Sunday is your chance! A handful of Princeton University students’ private clubs will hold an open house, with free public access: Cap & Gown, Charter, Cloister, Cottage, Terrace, and Tiger Inn. 1:30pm.

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Small Business Saturday: Shopping Hit-List!

Shopping list at the ready, and game plan in place… it’s time to get gifting! But before you go wild on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don’t forget Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support all the amazing local retailers in our communities!

From toys to tickets, jewelry to jumps (see below!) we’ve got great gift ideas for everyone on your list, from a few of our favorite local businesses.

Read on for our local picks to knock out that shopping list and breathe a little easier this holiday season!

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Let the magic of live performance uplift your holiday season. Whether it’s your family tradition to see their annual production of A Christmas Carol, or your first time attending one of their wide-ranging show offerings, there’s something for everyone at McCarter, located right in the heart of our community. Explore their upcoming schedule and give the gift of the arts at

Elevate your Black Friday shopping game–snag an Annual Pass to SkyZone for just $149.99. The passes are good for a year, for 90 minute jump times. It’s sure to be a hit with that certain, energetic someone on your shopping list; but hurry – this price is only available on Black Friday-Sunday, and there’s a limited supply. Available for purchase at the park only, so swing by while you’re out!

Join ELEPHANT in the ROOM DESIGN for a special shopping experience! Enjoy refreshments, an inspiring atmosphere, and the perfect furniture, home décor & tableware for entertaining and gathering! Be a gift-giving hero with their assortment of unique & thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list! Mention ‘Princeton Scoop’ to receive 10% off any consignment itemon the bottom price, and any CR Laine and Wesley Hall furniture. Located at 1225 State Road 206, and open Tues-Sat from 10am-6pm.

Lego, lego, lego and lots, lots MORE…. Twirl Toy Shop on Main Street in Pennington is the place where holiday wishes come true, with great gift ideas for baby to tween. Locally owned, they carry unique toy finds from the latest trends, your family’s favorite classics, super-fun stocking stuffers, and did we mention, Lego? PS: they offer free gift wrapping, too!

Hamilton Jewelers is proud to have called the Princeton area home for over 100 years! With a heritage of excellence and family ownership, Hamilton is proud to serve generations of guests with an outstanding experience with each and every visit. They are proud to be a small business in this wonderful community. Stop by for all of your holiday shopping needs from jewelry to watches to giftware! Diamond Studs are always a great gift idea, starting at just $325!

Give the best gift of the season by gifting something one of a kind from H1912 in Princeton, NJ. Each piece of history has a story to tell. This beautiful 18kt yellow gold diamond cuff is Italian made from the 1980’s featuring approximately 4.43 carats total! Shop their full vintage selection of watches and jewelry in store and online@h1912vintage.

Join Lace Silhouettes Lingerie for their Annual Holiday Sleepwear Sip & Shop event this Friday 11/23 through Sunday, 11/25 at the shop on Palmer Square. Sip on some bubbly and enjoy chocolates while you start on your holiday shopping. They offer luxurious brands in sleepwear including Natori, UGG, PJ Salvage, and more. While you cross people off your list, receive a special gift (to keep for yourself!) with any pajama or robe purchase of $150+. They’ll even wrap your gifts for you! Call for more information: 609-688-8823

For him, for her, and yourself, too: gift cards from Metropolis Salon & Spa come with a $25 bonus card if you purchase $200+ between now and 12/31/18. Gift cards can be used for a fresh cut or color with one of their stylists, a relaxing mani/pedi, or a rejuvenating visit to their oasis-like spa (we’re obsessed with the new line of facials.) Browse their menu here, and purchase your cards online or at the salon, located in Princeton Shopping Center:

Happy Holidays from Miya Table & Home, located on Palmer Square! Find something different this year for everyone on your list. #givebettergifts. Mention this ad to receive 20% off one item at Miya Table & Home! (In Store Only / One per customer) Check them out on Facebook & Instagram to get a look at their amazing variety of tableware and homegoods.

Support local restaurants and plan for some tasty meals this holiday season: book your lunch or dinner at Trattoria Proccacini – hearty Italian classics  – or PJ’s Pancake House‘s Kingston location, with its spacious upstairs dining area. You can count on crowd-pleasing fare, including fresh baked desserts!

This Weekend! For over 50 years, dancers from American Repertory Ballet and students from Princeton Ballet School have been performing Nutcracker in Princeton. See Clara, toy soldiers, the evil mouse king and famous party scene at McCarter Theatre Center, November 23-25.


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Our Weekend Picks: Dining by Design, Theater, & More

Friday, November 9
Princeton University’s Triangle Club has been operating for 128 years, putting on shows written and performed by students. They’re opening their latest this Friday! ‘Night of the Laughing Dead’, a musical comedy, premieres on Friday and runs for several performances. Join in the tradition and grab a seat! Tickets are $25 to the public. 8pm.

Saturday, November 10
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton hosts a Commemoration of the occasion, featuring artifacts, kids’ activities, and more, bringing the historic day to life! Tickets $5-10.  10am.

You had us at bacon: Howell Living History Farm is serving up the goodness, with a Bacon, Sausage, and Scrapple Making weekend. Visit the historic farm and help fill the sausage stuffer, or try your hand at grinding corn. FREE, 10am.

Kelsey Theatre’s latest production is a crowd-pleaser: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! The musical is sure to delight the entire family (and try to resist singing along to all of those classic Disney tunes!) Tickets start at $20. Showtimes at 2pm and 8pm.

Sunday, November 11
Head to Princeton Public Library to catch a screening of ‘Let There Be Light: The 100 Year Journey to Fusion,’ which tells the story of scientists from 37 countries who are building the most complex machine ever attempted in the hope of producing clean, cheap, abundant energy, and will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, and moderated by Scientific American editor Michael Lemonick. FREE, 2pm.

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Cannons, Concerts, and Celebrations: Our Weekend Picks

Friday, November 2
“This Really Happened…Storytelling at HT” brings six storytellers to the stage at Hopewell Theater. Rotating through each storyteller, the show is an hour long with engaging, hilarious, and moving–and ends with an opportunity for audience members to take the mic and share their own stories for an open-mic session. $19.73, 8pm.

Join in at the Fall Barn Dance at Howell Living History Farm this Friday! Try your hand at square dancing, circle dancing, contra dancing and more in the heated, 1850’s era  – all moves from the historical farm’s era, 1890-1910. Dancing begins at 7:30. $5 donation suggested.

Saturday, November 3
The Historical Society of Princeton House Tour is your chance to step inside some of the town’s most iconic houses; unique, significant, and historic! This year’s self-guided tour features six stunning area homes. Get your tickets at Updike Farmstead and let the adventure begin! Tickets are $50, and the day starts at 10am.

Have a preschooler? Treat them to an afternoon of classical music, at a show designed just for them! ‘Baby Got Bach’ from the Princeton University Concerts series is held at the University’s Richardson Auditorium, with a special brass quartet joining the strings. Kids tickets are just $5, adults $10. 1pm.

Ready… aim… FIRE! Visit Washington Crossing State Park for a Cannon Firing Demonstration conducted by Lamb’s Artillery Company, a Revolutionary War reenactments group. Firings are at noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. FREE.

The Arts Council of Princeton presents its annual Day of the Dead Celebration at the Princeton Shopping Center. Learn about and celebrate the holiday with mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, dance performances, a costume pageant, and refreshments. FREE, 3pm.

Sunday, November 4
Sunday morning is the Princeton Half Marathon! If you’re running: good luck! If you’re planning on being out and about, here’s the Scoop on road closures and timing:

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