2018 Princeton Area Kids Activities Guide

After a summer of lazy mornings and screen-filled afternoons, fall is here, and it’s time to get back into routines. From toddlers to teens, we scoured the area for activities your kiddos might love to try. Our list includes art and music, outdoor adventures, and more–it’s chock-full of ideas to get your kids involved in something they love. Read on, and you’ll find great ideas to get them involved, engaged, and hands-on, and give them a chance to explore their passions!

-Team PrincetonScoop

PS: Don’t miss our 2018 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! They’re excited to announce an amazing fall lineup of art classes and workshops to encourage creativity and confidence in artists of all ages and skill levels. Their fall semester enrollment is happening now!  Fall is the perfect time to try something new! Enroll in a painting or drawing class. How about beginners’ ceramics or dark room photography? 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 and subjects. Young artists, tweens and teens have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles in a safe space where they are encouraged to be themselves. They offer after school and weekend options. To learn more and to register, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777, ext 103.

Make family memories with tickets to musicals at Kelsey Theatre, located on the Mercer County Community College campus. This year’s calendar is full of fun for families with kids ages 3-10, including musicals and interactive shows (The Magic School Bus,’ Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast,’ and more) plus their classic holiday shows, ‘The Nutcracker,’ ”Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ and ‘A Christmas Story.’ Find dates, ticket pricing, and packages at www.kelseyatmccc.org/schedule.shtml

McCarter Theater Center offers after school classes for students in pre-K through high school. In addition to teaching theater technique such as vocal projection, physical presence, and embodying characters on stage, McCarter’s programs also focus on each student’s personal growth. Through the art of theater, we foster the development of skills such as confidence, collaboration, creativity, persistence, empathy, and the courage to take risks in a safe environment. www.McCarter.org/AfterSchool 91 University Place 609.258.2787

McCarter Family Series: Enjoy family fun all year with these favorites. For the best seats, purchase your tickets today with a flexible Choice Pass. The more you see, the more you save. Saturday, November 17, 2018: The New Chinese Acrobats. December 4 – 29, 2018: A Christmas Carol. Saturday, January 19, 2019: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Saturday, January 26, 2019: Potted Potter. Saturday, March 2, 2019: The Laurie Berkner Band. Saturday, April 6, 2019: Momix. Saturday, May 11, 2019: Air Play by Acrobuffos. www.McCarter.org/Family

Do something wonderful for yourself and your child – join a Music Together Princeton Lab School class this fall! For 30 years Music Together has been the premiere early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and the adults who love them. You’ll make new friends as you sing, dance, drum and play along to music that you’ll love as much as your child does. Please register early to secure your spot in your first choice class. Enroll today and find out how much fun this award winning, research-based program can be! www.musictogetherprinceton.com

The New School for Music Study is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year!  NSMS is a community music school, specializing in transformative music instruction at the piano for all ages and levels.  For more information about enrollment, contact admissions@nsmspiano.org or visit www.nsmspiano.org

Princeton Pong is an elite Table Tennis facility sporting 14 professional tables. We host Tournaments, Birthday Parties and Corporate Events. FALL 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: (a) Group Lessons – kids AND adults. 10 wks with pro. coaches. (b) Two league nights/week. Tues – Players rated 1000+ and Sat – open to players of all ages/skill levels. (c) NEW THIS FALL – After School Chess/Pong Sessions. 8 week sessions combining chess lessons and table tennis open play. Reg. for Fall classes begin 9/1. www.princetonpong.com or call (609) 987-8500

Come 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. We will hold Open Houses on Sunday, October 14th 1pm-3pm and Saturday, October 27th 12:15pm-1:15pm where you can learn about membership and group lessons and have an opportunity to skate with us. Skate rentals available for a small fee. www.princetonskatingclub.org

School of Rock Princeton is headed back to school and offering $50 off for new students. Choose to take lessons for guitar, bass, drums, keys, or vocals. Students have to opportunity to rehearse and perform with other students in our fall season concerts. Sign up to be cast in one of our tribute shows: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Pearl Jam, Motown, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and The Rolling Stones. Spots are filling up fast! Call or visit our website to book your free trial lesson. School of Rock Princeton 3570 Quakerbridge Rd. Hamilton, NJ 08619 609-890-7090 locations.schoolofrock.com/princeton

Get your young artist engaged with Kelsey Theatre’s educational programs! Kelsey Kids Creative Theater Workshop offers Saturday morning creative theater workshops for kids grades K-5, from September –March. Plan ahead for summer with Kelsey’s Tomato Patch Workshop: the longest running, multi-disciplinary summer arts workshop in our area, offering Theater, Dance, Vocal, Music, & Video for students in grades 4-11! Learn more projects@mccc.edu

The Watershed Institute is home to a year-round array of educational and entertaining experiences including programs for school-aged children, families and adults, school groups and homeschoolers. Our Center & 950 acre Reserve is located at 31 Titus Mill Road in Hopewell Township; free to the public, open daily. Join a program this upcoming autumn season. Explore the trails through the Reserve. Book a Birthday party or rent our space! For more information, visit www.thewatershed.org

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

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