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Take a Spring Break Staycation

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Spring break starts Friday, March 25 for Princeton Public Schools and those in all surrounding towns, with the exception of Hopewell Valley Regional School District. If you and your family are staying home for the break, there are plenty of things to see and do in the tri-state area (and beyond). You can take a staycation by staying in town and visiting local places, taking day trips, planning a quick getaway, or any combination of the aforementioned. Below are some family friendly staycation ideas.


D&R Canal - Cycling and hiking along the tow path, plus kayaking and canoeing (you will have to bring your own because Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental doesn't open until April 4). Check here for points of entry (Main Canal).

Geocaching - This is a fun family activity that's similar to a scavenger hunt. There are some in Princeton, mostly in the woods, but there is also one in town.

McCarter Theatre Center - Bring the family to see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (read review) until Sunday, March 27th.

Princeton Battlefield - You can fly a kite, play Frisbee, go for a hike, pack a picnic lunch for the family to enjoy on the lawn.

Princeton Public Library - Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge comes for a visit with birds of prey on Tuesday, March 29. The library offers a university walking tour on March 30

Tours - Get to know Princeton a little bit better. Take a tour with Orange Key campus tours, Historical Society of Princeton on April 3, and Princeton Touring Company on April 2 and 3.

Greater Princeton Area

AMC MarketFair 10 - Have lunch in the mall or grab a bite at the theater, then watch Zooptopia, Kung Fu Panda 3, or The Divergent Series - Allegiant.

Duke Farms - Go cycling, hiking, geocaching, visit the Orchid Range greenhouse and so much more!

Grounds for Sculpture - It has been voted favorite museum in New Jersey for years, most likely because it's not a conventional art museum. This is a great place for kids to have a little more freedom, and they will love the life-sized or oversized sculptures. Reserve a free museum pass through the Princeton Public Library or buy tickets at the door.

Howell Living History Farm - Walk through to see farming as it was practiced in New Jersey in the period 1890-1910. They'll open their henhouse to visitors who want to meet newly hatched chicks, collect eggs from nest boxes and learn how to candle and grade eggs on March 26, and farmers will  introduce visitors to babies born this spring on April 2.

Terhune Orchards - Attend their free Bunny Chase from 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, March 26. Kids from ages 2-8 years can follow the treasure hunt clues and find their spring surprise at the end!  Each child can make a bunny to take home, and everyone can enjoy a Terhune Orchards bunny cookie. There will also be wagon rides around the farm, and pony rides.

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