2019 Princeton Area Kids Activities Guide

We all want our kids to find their passions and develop friends beyond school. With so many great after school activities in the area, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites here for you! Whether you have a budding artist, an actor, an academic, or an athlete…there is something for every kid on this list! Read on…

-Team PrincetonScoop

PS: Has your kiddo seen the orthodontist yet? Or are you looking for a new one for your family (or yourself?) Get the Scoop from DeSimone Orthodontics at the end of this guide!

And don’t miss our 2019 School Guide! Local schools for kids all ages, from nursery to high school. Find your perfect match: Click here to check it out.

Fall is a favorite at the Arts Council of Princeton, where unique classes and workshops encourage creativity and confidence in artists of all ages and skill levels. Register in a painting, drawing, or mixed media class. How about beginners’ ceramics or plein air painting? Ever tried flamenco dancing? This fall, there are more than 60 classes for adults, tweens, teens, and children offered in a wide range of media. New this fall, the Arts Council is proud to introduce a Textile Arts Studio space, offering sewing, dyeing, and felting, as well as a revitalized Digital Arts Studio, with brand new equipment and software, offering classes such as Pet Photography, Digital Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and more. For more info, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777 x 103

An age-old story steeped in family tradition, McCarter Theatre presents A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Join us December 10-29 for a charming performance close to home, featuring a dedicated ensemble from our community. Easily accessible one of a kind family entertainment, McCarter offers a truly immersive experience filled with all the joy and wonder that Ebenezer Scrooge himself discovers.
Special $30 Offer for the following performances:
December 10, 26, 27 & 28 at 7:30pm
December 27, 28 & 29 at 2pm
*subject to availability, restrictions apply  Dedicated link: http://bit.do/e2VQ5

Boys, girls and adults – enroll now for Princeton Ballet School‘s Fall session! Classes begin the week of September 9 in our three studios located in Cranbury, Princeton and the newly opened New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Our classes nurture the student in an age and developmentally appropriate way and feature live music in a supportive environment enabling students to grow. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Princeton Ballet School – A Place for Everyone! 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 609.921.7758 www.arballet.org

Does your 5th-8th grade daughter love basketball? Princeton Girls Hoops is the premier, girls-only club team in the Princeton area and they run year round! They want more young girls to have a basketball in their hands, learning and loving the game, as this will grow them into more confident and skilled players at the next level. The Fall season starts on 9/9 but act now: Email Coach Tump at pghoopsnj@gmail.com for more information or check out www.pghoopsnj.com to register and see their latest features.

Go check out Princeton Skating Club at the Princeton Day School skating rink, where members enjoy the advantages of a private club designed especially for families and figure skaters. They will hold Open Houses on Oct 12th 11:15 am – 1:15 pm and Oct 20th 1 pm – 3 pm where you can learn about membership and group lessons and have an opportunity to skate. Skate rentals available.www.princetonskatingclub.org

ProSkate Ice Arena is now enrolling for the Fall ‘Learn to Ice Skate’ and ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ classes that will begin the weekend of September 7th. Perfect for children ages 3-10 to learn a new activity! ProSkate also offers a variety of family fun events such as public skating and birthday parties! View www.proskatenj.com for all of our programs and events.

Revolution Prep’s convenient online tutoring programs optimize the learning experience with personalized instruction, easy scheduling, and top-quality tutors – anywhere at anytime, one-on-one or in small groups. To learn more or get a free individual prep plan for your student contact Rich at 201.241.2031 or Rich.Saperstein@revolutionprep.com, or visit www.revolutionprep.com/partners/138296

At The Watershed Institute, we offer programs aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as inquiry-based nature programs. We serve students in preschool through college in our LEED-platinum certified Watershed Center and on our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Programs and maximum group size vary by season. Price per student varies by program length; no charge for teachers and chaperones. We are open to partnering with groups to develop new programs; development fee applicable. Call today to book your visit to The Watershed Institute! 609-737-3735 info@thewatershed.org thewatershed.org

Build your skills and expand your personal development through arts classes for children, teens, and adults at the West Windsor Arts Center. Our teaching artists are accomplished in their fields and our class sizes are small, allowing for plenty of one-on-one instruction. We provide a personalized approach to help you achieve your learning goals, no matter the medium. Starting this fall, youth students are invited enter our Certificate of Fine Arts (CiFA) program and make a commitment to achievement in the arts! https://westwindsorarts.org/education/

Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, offers music lessons and classes for all ages and stages of ability. Become part of the Westminster Conservatory family by enrolling in either private or group classes in an instrument of your choice, early childhood classes, music theater, a variety of group classes, coached and reading instrumental ensembles, or instrumental and choral performing ensembles.www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/westminster-conservatory-music 


Whether for children, teens, or adults, the orthodontic journey at DeSimone Orthodontics always begins with a complimentary consultation. That’s because the first step towards a great smile is about discovery. Discovering the “ideal” time for a child to begin treatment (the AAO suggests children first see an orthodontist by age 7); Discovering what treatment options are available to the patient; And, discovering how affordable and amazing your perfect smile will be with Dr. Karen DeSimone. www.desimoneorthodontics.com


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2019 Princeton Area School Guide

Alas, summer has ended and we are back to school!  The Princeton area has so many great educational choices, and whether you have begun your search for the perfect school for the future or know you are making a switch for next year, let us present to you a round up of choices and opportunities in the world of private schools. Don’t know where to start? Consider attending a no-pressure open house for an introduction or schedule a private tour to fit your needs.

Read on to find the perfect fit for your child!
-Team PrincetonScoop

PS: Has your kiddo seen the orthodontist yet? Or are you looking for a new one for your family (or yourself?) Get the Scoop from DeSimone Orthodontics at the end of this guide!

And don’t miss our 2019 Activities Guide! Local activities from tutors and test prep to arts and sports! Click here to check it out.

Blawenburg Village School is a Christian Preschool that offers classes for 2-5 year olds.  Our Philosophy is to offer a warm, fun, learning environment where your child will thrive and gain self-confidence.  Each Class Room has teachers that are dedicated to their students and love each and every one. Every Afternoon from 1:00-3:00, we offer Afternoon Enrichment Classes (Soccer Shots, Cooking Academy, Art Academy, Stem Academy, and Music Academy). Come see why our parents describe our school as the hidden gem of Montgomery. All 2 to 4 year olds are welcome. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. – Angela Wright, Director
www.blawenburgvillageschool.com 432 Route 518, Blawenburg, NJ (609)466-6600 awright@blawenburgvillageschool.com

Give your child the distinct academic advantage, creative flexibility and compassionate worldview that only a bilingual, multicultural education can provide. Expand what’s possible at the French American School of Princeton, and watch your child develop into a vibrant, confident, open-minded student of the world. Start your child’s bilingual journey at FASP and help them say #OuiToTheWorld. ecoleprinceton.org

George School is a Quaker, co-ed boarding and day high school in Newtown, PA. Convenient to nearby cities, the school is located on a 240-acre campus of open lawns and beautiful woods. The School is an experienced leader in education, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program and offering nearly 20 Advanced Placement courses. Graduates attend the most selective colleges and universities worldwide, and become confident leaders rooted in self-awareness, self-sufficiency, and the ability to listen deeply to others. 1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd., Newtown, PA 18940 215.579.6547 • www.georgeschool.org

Located in Lawrenceville, NJ, Notre Dame High School, is a diverse Catholic community  educating young women and men through a faith-filled environment, a challenging college-preparatory program, co-curricular activities and a commitment to citizenship and community service. Each year, over 250 students receive diplomas and join the ranks of over 17,000 ND alumni. SAT scores are well above the national average, with 98% of those graduating students moving on to leading colleges and universities. Attend our Open House on Thursday, October 24th at 7pm. Register at www.ndnj.org 

A unique preschool learning experience awaits your child at Pennington Montessori School! Montessori certified teachers organize their classrooms with work that challenges and motivates students to discover new interests and improve on established skills. Even 6 week old babies engage in activities designed to enhance their cognition and senses. Small class sizes and immaculate facilities are the ideal combination to nurture your child during their most significant developmental period: birth to six years. Please call for availability or to schedule a tour: www.penningtonmontessori.org

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. At Princeton Academy, we believe that #HeCanBe creative when he is given the time and space to explore, compassionate when he discovers the good within himself and courageous when his full potential is realized. Through transformational experiences, dynamic academic endeavors, and devotion to character development guided by the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, we bring out the best in boys. Visit us this fall for our NEW prospective family Group Tours on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Register today at princetonacademy.org/visit

Opportunities of a lifetime. Every day. Princeton Day School fully lives its mission to prepare students to act knowledgeably, lead thoughtfully, share generously and contribute meaningfully. With more than 950 students in PreK-12th grade, PDS offers a top-tier, coed, preparatory experience designed for every student to thrive in college and beyond. Schedule a visit to PDS‘s lovely 106-acre campus in Princeton, NJ! pds.org/admission

Princeton Junior School‘s expertise in students from age 2 through Grade 5 creates empowered and joyful learners. Their International Baccalaureate curriculum launches a life-long journey of inquiry, action and reflection. PJS students learn to be principled, open-minded communicators with rich academic strengths and strong character traits. Opportunities to take risks and be innovative are part of daily learning. PJS is an IB World School, with students from the Princeton area and around the globe. www.princetonjuniorschool.org

Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, offering programs for infants through eighth grade. We are dedicated to igniting a passion for learning and nurturing the potential in each child in accordance with the principles of the Montessori philosophy. It is our mission to promote intrinsic motivation, independence, social responsibility, and a love of learning so that as global citizens, our students can lead fulfilling lives and work to better the world. Our graduates are confident, competent and well prepared for success in life. Come and see the difference a Montessori education can make! Tours weekdays by appointment. www.princetonmontessori.org

Solebury is what school should be. There is no single way to experience it, but there is a core approach. It starts with respecting students enough to let them plant the seeds of their own education, and then nurturing and cultivating that until it grows into something strong and life-lasting. With 235 students and a student to teacher ratio of 6 to 1, every Solebury student is known and valued. They offer an environment of educational excellence that prepares students for success in college and beyond. Open House October 20.  www.solebury.org 

At Stuart, girls are free to be who they want to be: a leader, an athlete, an artist, a philanthropist, a scientist. Girls are given the opportunity to grow, to be challenged, and to challenge others in a safe environment. Our mission is to educate girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service. With outstanding academics and our expert and innovative faculty–who know girls and know each girl well – Stuart girls discover ways to unleash the strength within and transform themselves into brave, bold, powerful and wonderful young women. Join us for a Discovery Day to meet our administrators, faculty, and students on Sunday, October 20, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Register at stuartschool.org/openhouse or call 609-921-2330. Personal tours are also available.

At The Hun School of Princeton, students experience a “a balanced equation”—a thoughtful way of teaching that brings out the best in students and best prepares them for life. We meet our students with kind encouragement at a seminal moment in their lives, when their sense of self is still evolving and their vision and capacities are beginning to emerge. Middle School, Upper School, and post-graduate programs comprise a student body of 640. Inquire today at www.hunschool.org. Open House: Oct. 6.

Always enrolling curious and creative children who learn differently. The Laurel School improves educational outcomes for students in grades 1 through 8 who learn differently and empowers them to become accomplished, dynamic members of society. This is achieved through evidence-based instruction for students and with educators who are experts in their fields. www.laurelschoolprinceton.org

Whether for children, teens, or adults, the orthodontic journey at DeSimone Orthodontics always begins with a complimentary consultation. That’s because the first step towards a great smile is about discovery. Discovering the “ideal” time for a child to begin treatment (the AAO suggests children first see an orthodontist by age 7); Discovering what treatment options are available to the patient; And, discovering how affordable and amazing your perfect smile will be with Dr. Karen DeSimone. www.desimoneorthodontics.com

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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. www.artsparksstudio.com

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. www.beaprohockey.com

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. www.esfcamps.com/lawrenceville

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. https://www.farringtonsmusic.com/music-camps

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  www.fernbrookeducation.org/camps

Wands up! Fiddleheart Academy is a summer camp for young witches and wizards age 9-13! Inspired by the Harry Potter stories, Fiddleheart Academy’s classes include potions, wand work & charms, magical ecology & herboloby, history of magic, dark magic defense, and more. Set on the grounds of Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ, with a creek for swimming and forest for exploration, and staffed by professional theatre and teaching artists from Philadelphia and New York. Two sessions: “The Thinning of the Veil” (July 22- August 2), “The Dragon Egg Dilemma” (August 12-23). www.fiddleheartmagic.com

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 www.goodnicksquash.com

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. www.hunterfarms.us/summer-program.html

iD Tech is a leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999. 150 campus locations, including programs held in Princeton, and at Rowan, Stanford, and NYU. Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, work with AI, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight programs that instill in-demand skills. 5-10 students per instructor (max 10) so students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace. https://www.idtech.com/locations/new-jersey-summer-camps/princeton-university

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 www.libertylakedaycamp.com

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. www.peddie.org/pgc

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. www.arballet.org/summer-program

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. www.pds.org/summer-programs

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. princetonmontessori.org/summerquest

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. www.princetonsportscamps.com

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 www.ramblingpines.com

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. www.locations.schoolofrock.com/princeton

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. solebury.org/summer 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. www.stuartschool.org/summer

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! summer@hunschool.org summer.hunschool.org

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 info@laurelschoolprinceton.org for details. www.laurelschoolprinceton.org

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. thewatershed.org/camp

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! www.westwindsorarts.org

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! www.rider.edu/conservatorycamps

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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. www.ohlalafrenchboutique.com

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 www.princetontourcompany.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1953261081417861/

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. https://www.hamiltonjewelers.com/pages/diamond-event.html

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. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

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. www.princetonlibrary.org

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 www.nassauinn.com

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. www.princetonprospectfoundation.org

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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 https://www.mccarter.org/

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! https://www.skyzone.com/hamilton

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. www.elephantintheroomdesign.com

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! https://www.twirltoyshop.com

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! https://www.hamiltonjewelers.com

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. https://www.h1912.com

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 https://www.lacesilhouettes.com/events

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: https://metropolisspasalon.com

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! http://getforky.com

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.https://buff.ly/2zSINQT


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