Princeton Scoop Kids Back to School Guide

A new school year is upon us and it’s an exciting time whether you are sending your child off to preschool for the first time or they are embarking on their senior year of high school. It can be stressful committing to after school programs and schools no matter the age, that’s why we handpicked our favorites for our Back to School Guide.

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soccer shots logo Soccer Shots of Central New Jersey is a program for children ages 2 through 8 that introduces your child to soccer. New for the fall, all registrants will receive Adidas Performance Jerseys. Soccer Shots is offering our readers $20 off any season through February 1st with the coupon code SOCCERSCOOP.

Stuart Day School Lower The Lower School at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is enrolling girls for junior kindergarten through the 4th grade. The Lower School at Stuart Day School strives to encourage healthy development by sparking their students’ interests and giving their girls leadership opportunities to explore, investigate, hypothesize, create and discover in areas from technology to the arts.

Stuart Day School Early EducationStuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is enrolling for their co-ed early childhood program for children ages 2,3 and 4. The program will introduce children to a range of intellectual, artistic, social and physical experiences. These experiences encourage interaction with other children and adults, provide reading readiness, cultivate a basis for understanding mathematics, foster good physical and personal habits, awaken an appreciation of music, nature, art and poetry, and nurture the joy of learning.

Princeton Dance & Theater The Princeton Dance & Theater Studio invites you to “Dance with Me” this Fall with their $6 classes. New this season are the Teen & Adult classes for ages 12 and up.

McCarter Theater LogoSave as much as 40% off A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center with their Back to School Special. $40 tickets are available on these selected dates: December 4, 5 at 7:30pm, December 6 at 5:30pm, December 22 at 7:30pm and December at 1p and 5:30pm. Use promo code SCHOOL through Friday September 25th.

McCater Theater After School LogoRegistration is now open for McCarter Theatre Center’s After School program. McCarter’s After School program focuses on a student’s personal and artistic growth by developing social skills, self-confidence, teamwork, commitment, empathy and courage. Classes are available for children in Pre-K through 12th grade.

West Windsor Arts Center logoArts classes at the West Windsor Arts Center run the gamut from the traditional to the unusual while focusing on how to best engage children and nurture their creativity and health as well as hone their artistic skills. From Art & Yoga and Acting to Capoiera and Creative Writing, we have a wide range of classes for children ages 18 months and up. Wondering what would be the best fit for your child? Give Corinna a call at (609) 716-1931. Fall registration is open now!

Art Sparks Logo Art Sparks classes provide rich art activities for children ages 18 months to 12 years by introducing children to artworks by artists who span the world’s cultures and history. Children explore the art-making process by using a variety of media such as acrylics, collage, watercolors, pastels, crayons, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils, clay and much more. Their Fall 2015 classes will begin in early October.

Arts Council of Princeton Logo There is no better way to experience the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts than to enroll in an Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) class or workshop. Students of all ages and skill levels who are interested in developing their artistic ability, as well as their creative thinking skills, will find a wide selection of courses from which to choose with over 160 offerings. Fall Classes and Workshops for children, teens, and adults in the visual, literary, and performing arts begin as early as Wednesday, September 9. Registration is open to the general public with discounts available for ACP members. Students do not have to be Princeton residents to take classes or workshops and membership is not required to enroll. ACP’s online registration application is searchable by type of class, date, experience level, age, or medium. Children’s fall classes will feature favorite core classes and some exciting new additions. Opportunities include Faces & Places Mini-Camp (November 5-6 during the NJEA Convention), Spanish Through Art, Creative Cartooning, Fun With Fiber, and Portraits in Clay, among many others. We also offer several Girl Scout Badge workshops and weekly programs for the Home School community. The Arts Council of Princeton’s Fall Open House will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 12-3pm and will be an opportunity to learn about ACP’s classes, workshops, community programs, events and ACP membership. All are invited to tour the ACP’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, participate in a treasure hunt and enjoy Halo Pub ice cream.

1,000 Books Before KindergartenThe Princeton Public Library is kicking off an early literacy program called 1,000 Books to Read Before Kindergarten. The program is being offered by the library to promote reading to children ages birth through kindergarten. Stop by the Youth Services desk to register your child and receive your My First Reading Log to keep track of your progress. The program is kicking off on September 15th at 10:30a with a reception, followed by a special baby storytime at 11a.

Marketfair MallThe Marketfair Mall has partnered with local radio station PST for their annual Fall Fashion Drive. They are collecting lightly used clothing until September 27th. Drop off bins are located at the mall. You can also find great back to school deals at Gap, Janie & Jack, Gymboree, Pottery Barn Kids and Lenscrafters.

Mindprint Learning Logo Princeton start-up, Mindprint Learning offers a one-hour, at-home assessment that provides a detailed and accurate summary of your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses. Find out more and save 20% off of your assessment with our full summary here.

Kids' MusicRound LogoCome join Kids’ MusicRound for a free, fun time at our Meet, Greet and Sing!  We will sing, dance, wiggle and jiggle with the fall teachers. Join Kids’ MusicRound on Wednesday, September 9, 9:30 & 10:30 at The Joan Levin School for Early Childhood Education, 434 Nassau St. in Princeton and again on Tuesday, September 15, 9:30 & 10:30 at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 S. Main St. in downtown Pennington. Space is limited, RSVP today to 609-333-0100 or to Each registered child receives a FREE egg shaker!

Terhune Orchards Apple DayTerhune Orchards’ favorite season of the year is here! They are busy getting ready for Apple Day which will kick off eight weekends of farm festival fun. Apple Day has become so popular that it has been expanded to two full days on September 12th and 13th from 10a-5p. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and up with free parking and access to the farm stand and winery. Apple Day will be farm fun for the whole family including wagon and tractor rides, corn mazes, pony rides, face painting, barnyard animals and more. This year, a rubber duck race will be new! Fall Family Weekends begin September 19th and will continue through November 1st with pumpkin painting, pick-your-own pumpkins & apples, children’s activities and live music.

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