Things To Do With Kids in Princeton

Home to the Ivy League Princeton University, Princeton is filled with family-friendly fun and interesting historical sights to be seen. Families can explore the preserved site of the 1777 Battle of Princeton for some education and then head to the Princeton Playspace for everything a kid needs to have fun. Whether your goal is to have fun or teach your kids a thing or two, it can all be done in Princeton.

One of the best things you and your family can do during your time in Princeton is visit the famous Ivy League University of the same name. The campus of Princeton University is sprinkled with historical buildings and statues that you must see. Read on to get some fun activity ideas for the kids:

  • iPlay America: a wide selection of different arcade games to choose from
  • Bonkerz Family Fun Center: offering laser tag, mini golf, and a rock climbing wall
  • Princeton Battlefield State Park: the battlefield where American and British troops fought each other in 1777
  • Princeton University: take a tour of this prestigious college
  • Morven Museum and Garden: families can enjoy storytime, crafts, and other events for children

Princeton has a lot of fun, kid-friendly activities that parents are sure to love too. The Terhune Orchards and Winery offers locally produced wine with live music for kids. Families can also head down to Carnegie Lake for swimming and canoeing. Check out the following kid-friendly activities in Princeton:

  • Terhune Orchards & Winery: you can enjoy good wine while listening to family-friendly music
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park: rent a canoe and take a leisurely paddle down this canal
  • Princeton University Art Museum: check out over 92,000 different works of art
  • Carnegie Lake: go for a swim, a canoe ride, or try out stand up paddleboarding
  • Paul Robeson Center for the Arts: the place to see the best amateur plays and shows

The city of Princeton’s history dates back to before the revolutionary war and has many buildings and monuments to commemorate that fact. Princeton University’s campus is a wonderful place to go to see historical monuments but there many strewn about the city. Keep reading to learn more about places to visit with kids in Princeton:

  • Albert Einstein Monument: check out this larger-than-life monument of Albert Einstein
  • Rockingham Historic Site: George Washington's final headquarters of the Revolutionary War
  • John Witherspoon Statue: a bronze statue of Princeton’s sixth president
  • John Maclean House: an 18th century mansion that was once home to Princeton’s president
  • Fitz Randolph Gate: the historic main entrance to Princeton University

Sometimes, you have to take the time to do something just for the kids. Princeton has a number of activities and things to do that kids of all ages are sure to love. Keep reading for some of the kid-friendly fun to have in Princeton:

  • PJ’s Pancake House: this pancake house offers more than 15 kinds of pancakes
  • The Bent Spoon: an artisan ice cream shop featuring delectable baked goods
  • Children’s Book Festival: an annual event held each September at the Princeton Public Library
  • Communiversity Arts Festival: a spring arts festival with 225+ artists, crafters, merchants, continuous live entertainment on six stages
  • Gymboree Play and Music: iconic child development play classes for babies and toddlers

Princeton has a wide variety of family-friendly things to do with groups. You and your group can play 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf or take a walking tour of the city to see everything it has to offer. Read on for more amazing group activities with kids:

  • Amazing Escape Room: see how fast you can escape these rooms
  • Princeton Playspace: offers open play, birthday parties, classes, playgroups, and parent support groups
  • Princeton Tour Company: offers weekend public walking tours and seasonal cemetery visits, ghost hunts, and trolley tours
  • Grounds of Sculpture: more than 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists
  • Monster Mini Golfing: 18 holes of glow in the dark mini-golf

Once in a while, your kids will have to take a break from all the fun and do a little learning. Luckily, Princeton has plenty of interesting educational activities your kids will enjoy. Check out the best educational activities for kids below:

  • Albert Einstein’s Home: take a tour of the preserved home of Albert Einstein
  • Joseph Henry House: the preserved home of a prominent Princeton physicist
  • Drumthwacket Foundation: take a tour of the historic and official house of the governor of California
  • Westland: take a tour of the home of President Grover Cleveland
  • Cotsen Children's Library: a collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day

There are lots of classes in Princeton for your kids to take part in. They can learn everything from gardening to soccer at the D&R Greenway Land Trust or try horseback riding at Weidel’s Boxwood Farms. Take a look at the following classes and sign your kids up today:

  • D&R Greenway Land Trust, Inc.: a nursery with green space that offers lessons and classes
  • Five Star Swim School: learn how to swim in this indoor, heated salt water pool
  • Kelsey Theater: home to a modern dance ensemble offering lessons
  • It’s All About Music: one of the best places in Princeton for kids to learn instruments
  • Weidel's Boxwood Farms, LLC: this beautiful farm has horseback riding lessons for kids of all ages

The weather can’t always be amazing, so why not take the fun indoors? Head to Princeton Pong for all the ping pong you can handle or take the little ones over to My Gym for endless fun. Check out more kid-friendly indoor attractions in Princeton below:

  • Tumbles Princeton: this is the place to bring your little gymnast or gymnasts
  • Sky Zone: you and your kids will have tons of time jumping through the air on this network of indoor trampolines
  • Brunswick Zone: an arcade, laser tag, and much more
  • Princeton Pong: a warehouse filled with ping pong tables open to people of all ages
  • My Gym: offers kids birthday parties, Mommy and Me, gymnastics camps and other fantastic fun filled programs for young kids