The Cold Stuff: Local Picks for Summer Refreshment!

Ah! It’s officially the first day of Summer! The temp is up, the school year ending, and vacations are on the horizon. This seems like just the perfect moment to share some tasty ports of call for staying cool out there — Princeton gets pretty steamy this time of year after all, and nothing tastes better than a chilly cold-pressed juice, fruit smoothie, ice cream cone, or acai bowl.

Peruse the local offerings below from healthy to wholesome cold treats and enjoy!

Stay cool!
-Team PrincetonScoop

The juices at Tico’s are such a massive hit that this spot was renamed Tico’s Juice Bar! Grab a cold pressed juice, customize a juice or order up a fruit or green smoothie for a chilly, tasty and super healthy approach to Princeton’s summer heat. Tried their Açaí Bowls? Delish! On Spring St just off Witherspoon St in the heart of downtown.

It’s summer, it’s hot and it’s steamy. Drive, bike or walk to Brick Farm Market – they have the frosty smoothies, fresh–pressed juices and cold brew coffee to keep you hydrated and fueled. In a rush? Grab an iced New England Latte or cold-pressed juice from their beverage cooler and you’re on your way!

If you find yourself on Nassau Street, escape the heat at Arlee’s Raw Blend with raw and vegan ice pops. They’ve also got wonderful, new cold-pressed juices with fennel and apple on the menu this year. Or try their popular watermelon and pineapple blends. You’ll stay cool, increase your energy and feel great!

Whole Foods Market Princeton is your one-stop shop to keep the family cool this Summer! Treat yourself with a visit to the gelato bar, or their new self-serve Mochi bar (sweet rice dough filled with premium ice cream), or a made-to-order smoothie. Of course the freezer’s packed with goodies, like citrus pop-ups, soda floats and ice cream sandwiches. PS: Have you signed up for their Rewards Program yet?

Milkshakes, sundaes, floats and single dips! Stop by Uncle Ed’s Creamery in Pennington, grab a booth with your friends and family. You and your kids will love this family-owned American classic ice cream shop, complete with candy and fine chocolate. You’ll find Uncle Ed’s Right across from Pennington Market.

Cream King is open! Pennington waits for their lawn signs to appear announcing this summer news, then heads straight to this throw-back road side stand on Route 31. Cream King has been a mainstay of the Pennington community since 1958, serving up soft-serve twist dipped ice cream and American grill classics. Just the spot to take the family after dinner, or your with your summer baseball team after the game!

Introducing The Summer Scoop from Julia!

Hi there on this gorgeous Summer morning! I’m Julia. I grew up in Princeton, just finished up my first year of college and am home for the summer. Being home is great because Princeton has so much to offer — great food, entertainment, awesome shopping. Not only is there a ton to do, but I come across things all the time which many people may not know about. This summer my plan is to share those finds, those moments, those ideas of things to do with followers of PrincetonScoop to make your summer just that much better.  

Ever spend time wondering what to do around town, and come up empty on ideas? Let me solve that problem for anyone thinking that way by letting you into a glimpse of my local life. You’ll see how fun and full a summer can be!

I’ll be posting ideas for weekend fun on Instagram every Friday, in addition to just letting you know what I’m up to around town throughout the week.

So, come follow me over on instagram @princetonscoop. Here’s to a great Summer!

Our Weekend Picks: Bird Banding, Parklet Party & More!

Saturday June 10
Which plants are good, which plants are bad? Learn to identify native plants versus invasive ones, and find out how to get rid of those pesky invasives properly with the naturalists at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope. Register in advance. FREE, 9:30am.

Make sure your little ones are buckled into a safely-installed car seat with a free checkup at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center. Stop by the Lawrenceville center for a Child Car Seat Check-up, with inspections being done by certified technicians. They’ll have activity books for kids, too! FREE, 10am-1:30pm. 2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-896-9500, ext. 2215

Working on a knitting or crocheting project? Come show it off and work alongside others at Princeton Public Library’s Knit in Public Day! Starting at 11am, the four hour event is part of a world-wide celebration. FREE, 11am.

Welcome back, Princeton Parklet! The newly installed structure – themed the ‘energy playground’ – outside of Jazams on Palmer Square celebrates its grand opening with a celebration this Saturday. Stop by for the event to check it out, and get ready for a summer of enjoyment! FREE, 3-5pm.

Sunday June 11
Get up close to wild songbirds with a bird banding demonstration lead by field ornithologists from the Mercer County Park Commission! Register in advance and meet at Fiddler to visit the nets as the ornithologists band the birds. Email $20, 8:30am.

It’s the 75th anniversary of Casablanca, so the team of Raconteur Radio is bringing the classic movie to life – radio-style! Grab a seat at Princeton Public Library for a staged radio play of Casablanca. FREE, 2pm.

A sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect time for some open air theater, and the season is underway at Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, located in Washington Crossing Park in Titusville. This weekend’s family-friendly presentation is The Little Mermaid. Bring the kids and the sunblock and catch the show! 4pm. Tickets at

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Reunions Weekend: Our Picks for Fun In & Out of Town!

It’s Reunions Weekend! Downtown Princeton is a sea of orange and black as Princeton alumni return to campus to celebrate (we’re talking orange and black cars, orange and black outfits, and of course, their signature ‘beer jackets!’) We’re setting our Weekend Picks up a little differently this weekend, for the occasion…

If you love the season (like this writer does!) and want to be in Princeton, here are some things to check out:

Friday – The Triangle Club performs a musical comedy “Greece’d Lightning” on stage at McCarter Theatre to celebrate the historic club’s 125th anniversary! $25.

Saturday on campus – ‘P-Rade’: Starting at 2pm at the Fitz-Randolph Gate, the P-Rade brings Princeton University alumni and the Class of 2017 together to march by class through campus in all of their orange and black regalia. It’s a sight to see!

Saturday on campus – Fireworks! The show begins at 9:15pm over Finney and Campbell Fields. (Overheard from an alum on Nassau Street this morning: “They’re the best fireworks ever, seriously.”)

And while the Tigers celebrate at their tent parties on campus, don’t miss some evening Arch Sings from different vocal groups. It’s a fun and wild weekend to explore Princeton University! Full schedule:

If you’d rather steer clear of the crowds, we recommend:

Friday night in Hopewell: Cruise Night! Broad Street in Hopewell hosts classic and collectors’ cars for their summer Cruise Night, which includes food & drink and lots of community fun. 5-8pm.

Saturday in Bordentown: Go back in time at the 8th Annual New Jersey Renaissance Faire, being held at Liberty Lake Day Camp! It’s everything you’d think it will be: jousting, sword fighting, comedy, music, vendors, and more. Rain or shine. $25 for adults, 10-6pm.

Saturday in Pennington or West Windsor: Shop the Farmers Markets! Head over to the Princeton Junction Train Station for the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, or visit Rosedale Mills on Route 31 in Pennington for the Pennington Farmers Market. Both are FREE, and run from 9am-1pm.

Sunday in Lambertville: Take a walking tour! Explore historical Lambertville with the Lambertville Historical Society on a guided walking tour of the river town. Starts at Marshall House Museum at 60 Bridge Street. 2pm.

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5 Reasons Why Families Love Cherry Hill Nursery School

When it comes time for your little ones to head off to nursery school, making the decision of which school is the right choice for your family can be hard! We’ve always found talking to friends and neighbors is a great way to get real experiences. A happy child is a happy mom! We recently found out the top 5 reasons why families love Cherry Hill Nursery School or CHNS as it is known to it’s students.



5 Reasons Why Families Love Cherry Hill Nursery School

The facility!

Cherry Hill Nursery School is blessed with so many lovely features, but at the top of the list are is their awesome playground, sun-filled classrooms and nature preserve. The playground is huge, shaded, secure and adorned with several play structures, picnic tables, playhouses, swings and much more! Each classroom is flooded with daylight as they all look out onto the playground and have individual access to the outside. The school also shares borders with hundreds of acres of preserved land and the students take advantage of this all year long.

The teachers!
The teachers at CHNS, most of whom have been there for decades, bring their love of early childhood education and support the development of social skills through gentle, respectful guidance and taking the time to get to know each individual child.

The curriculum!
CHNS is play based and child centered. They utilize a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching literacy, math, science and cultures.  Lessons are fluid and follow the children’s own unique interests.

Parent Involvement!
The opportunity to observe, participate and influence your child’s first school experience is a highlight for CHNS families. Many close friendships are formed and the school becomes the “village” that supports and nurtures every family.

Children have the opportunity to enjoy music, dancing, games, yoga, story time and plenty of arts and crafts.  Cherry Hill Nursery School prides themselves on letting kids be kids through messy artwork, water play, gardening, nature walks and anywhere else their limitless imaginations take them!

Cherry Hill Nursery School is located at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ  08540
For more information check out their website or call (609) 921-0489