The Official Pi Day Squad will be onsite at the Nassau Inn for Saturday’s events! You’ve got questions and they have answers!
9:00 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – 301 North Harrison Street – Contestant Age Groups: Youth 4-8 and 9-13; Teens 14-18 and Adults 19 and above. There is no advanced registration. Simply arrive by 8:45 a.m. and report to the second floor inside McCaffrey’s to compete in this hysterical event. There is no registration for these hysterical events!
10:00 a.m.— SHHHHHH!!!!! We’re having a Surprise Birthday Party for Albert Einstein at Morven Museum and Garden – 55 Stockton Street – Arrive on time to help get ready for Albert’s big birthday bash! Albert thinks he’s arriving to see the incredible exhibit inside the museum only to find the museum dark. After he thinks he’s gotten lost again, his favorite 4yrs, 5yrs, 6yrs olds spring into action to sing Happy Birthday, watch him blow out candles and share a piece of cake! All little genius must pre-register for this popular event since space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot today!
10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Pi Themed Family Movie – 160 Nassau Street at Princeton Garden Theater – Join Princeton’s premiere movie theater watching an 8-year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens! $4.00 per ticket – FREE for Members!
11:00 a.m. — Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a friendly Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition – 10 Palmer Square – inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom for kids 3yrs – 6yrs! Extra credit will be awarded to those who come dressed as Einstein. Don’t forget, the Einstein Look A Like Contest is at 11:00am so plan on attending both events! All participants will win free Pi Day Princeton commemorative bracelets and PSO ticket vouchers! For more information on this event or to register your child, please register here!
Noon – Einstein Look-A-Like Contest – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – This is always a STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – Smarty pants of all ages come to portray Princeton’s favorite resident genius. The competition can be fierce so educated contestants always come knowing a few facts about Albert Einstein. Pi Day Princeton moderator, Jacqui Alexander, asks tough questions like “How old are you?”, “What school do you go to?” and “What made you want to dress up like Einstein today?” All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and contestants 13yrs and younger are eligible to win $314.15! If your birthday is on Pi Day, you are automatically allowed to judge this event AND you can be a judge for the rest of your life! Why? Because Einstein had a life time job in Princeton, silly! Pre-register your ‘lil genius and email email@example.com. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO REGISTER YOU CHILD IF YOU AREN’T ABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT!
11:00 a.m. – Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour – begins at Kopp’s Cycle Shop at 38 Spring Street – Einstein never learned to drive a car so he biked or walked wherever he went! Enjoy farm-baked pie, farm store discounts, and a bike tour of Einstein’s favorite places with Princeton based NJ bike tours! The Pi x Pi(e) ride will journey through Einstein’s commute to his office buildings and favorite places in downtown PLUS a visit to Terhune Orchards for free pie tasting and farm store discounts! The tour is 9.86 miles round trip (3.14 x 3.14). All ages and fitness levels are welcomed. It’s a flat and safe ride with safety-focused guides fully supporting different fitness levels and speeds. The tour is Pi priced at $31.41, discounted by over half off normal rates, and all proceeds go to benefit the Garden State Community Kitchen charity. This family friendly bike tour will start and stop at Kopp’s bike shop on Spring Street in Princeton. Plenty of parking at the municipal garage next door. Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Limited to 30 participants – This is a single file group ride so independent riders must be 14 yrs – (younger participants may be connected to guide bikes or trailers.) For more information and to register and pay for the event, contact NJ bike tours directly!
Noon — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – provided by princeton genius tours – Check in at the Pi Day information table in the Nassau Inn Lobby to receive your official Pi Day Princeton glasses and Smart Phone Grub Crawl route! (Participating restaurants have Pi inspired foods that all smartypants will adore!)
Noon — Dinky Train rides with Einstein – Arts/Transit Train Station on Alexander Street – Meet Einstein, his mother and good friends. Be sure to ask “Einstein” where he is going on the train because sometimes he forgets. Einstein is played by the one and only Bill Agress, Princeton resident and world reknown professional reenactor. Departing Princeton Station at noon, 12:27 p.m. and 1 p.m.; departing Princeton Junction Station at 12:11 p.m., 12:37 p.m. and 1:11 p.m. $2.75 per adult each way, up to two kids (ages 5-11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.
1:00 pm – 1:59 pm — Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making Class inside Einstein’s first residence – Peacock Inn 20 Bayard Lane – You and a friend will learn how to construct the perfect cocktail and receive an exclusive tutoring session with The Peacock Inn Master Mixologist. Pi Day priced at $53.14 per person. To pre-purchase tickets to this exclusive event contact the Peacock Inn directly. (Was this really Einstein’s first residence? Yep. He stayed at the Peacock Inn whenever he visited Princeton even the night before moving into his first home in Princeton!)
1:30 p.m. — Pi Recitation Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom. Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion with more than 15,000 digits of Pi is the official judge of the event along with judges are from Princeton University. Academic celebrity attendees include Gareth Conway, age 13 and 2-time Pi Day Princeton champion and his father, John Conway, Professor of Mathematics and John Von Neumann, Distinguished Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and Winner of the Youth Category (aged 7yrs – 13yrs) compete to win $314.15! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your child 13yrs and younger. (We used to allow adults to perform at this event but, well, it got too long so this event is only for kids 13yrs and younger! Hope everyone understands!) THIS IS ANOTHER STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1:15PM TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU MISSED ONLINE REGISTRATION!
After Pi Recitation – Princeton Pi-Rade led by winner of Pi Recitation Contest – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – …you read that right … it’s a “parade” to celebrate Pi! After the Pi Recitation Competition, the winner of the Pi Recitation Event will be Grand Master of the PiRade and lead the parade throughout Palmer Square. Meet in the back of the Prince William Ballroom after the winner is announced to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family. The winner of Pi Recitation and the folks from Princeton Tour Company will lead the first 314 people to walk a circular path throughout the sidewalks of historic Palmer Square. Bring you camera for this once in a lifetime chance to be in a Pi “Parade” on 3.14.16!
1:59 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and princeton genius tours at 84 Nassau Street. On Pi Day, one elementary, middle school and high school aged participant will be chosen to compete at this event. Contestants will be chosen based on enthusiasm and creativity! Each competitor will have 5 minutes to choose from all the ingredients at Princeton Pi to create the best pizza! Judges will be selected from the audience! All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2016!
2:45 p.m. — Best Apple Pie in Princeton Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn – sponsored by Kitchen Twins. Yep, sponsored by THE Kitchen Twins – owners of of Make Your Own Kale Chips and finalists in Chopped Junior! The Kitchen Twins will select apple pies from local bakeries and residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Pie in Princeton” award. The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges. Winning baker wins the all the bragging rights until 3/14/17!
3:30 p.m. Interactive Session for Children Ages 6-10yrs – Third Floor of the Princeton Public Library – Come to this fun event led by the staff of the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library. In this special Pi Day event we will examine the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with “genius.” There will be a story time and craft plus children will learn fascinating facts, such as how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist. We will wrap things up by snacking on vanilla ice cream while enjoying some music by Mozart, two of Einstein’s favorite things.
4:00 pm. House of Cupcakes Decorating Competition sponsored by House of Cupcakes at 32 Witherspoon Street. Bring your besties and compete to be the #1 Cupcake Decorator in Princeton! Each competitor will have 5 minutes to decorate a cupcake which best represents Pi or Einstein! Judges will be selected from the audience and contestants will be chosen by the number of friends and family they bring to cheer them on! Grab a dozen or so friends and compete in this inaugural event! Winning participant will win one free cupcake each month for the remainder of 2016!
9:00 a.m. — Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton – 59 Paul Robeson Place. Grab your gym bag and head to the new work out facility at YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place. Log 3.14 miles on one of the state of the art treadmills or elliptical trainers, take a photo of your Pi Mile and post it on the Pi Day Princeton Facebook Page! All participants will win free two week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!
9:00 a.m. – Einstein Inspired Running Event sponsored by Princeton Running Company – 108 Nassau Street. Join the weekly running group for a 6-8 mile run – at 3.14 miles the group will sing “Happy Birthday” to Princeton’s favorite genius! All participants dressed as Einstein will win a free commemorative Pi Day bracelet!
2:00pm – 4:00pm Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – Join Tim Fagin and Jacqui Alexander to see the homes and hangouts of Princeton’s most beloved genius. These are brisk paced walks and cover nearly 3 miles. If you’ve ever wanted to know everything you need to know about Einstein and his time here in Princeton, this is the guided tour for you! First come, first serve. Groups limited to 50 per group.
12:00 p.m. — 1:59 p.m. Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – provided by princeton genius tours – Check in at the Nassau Inn Lobby to receive your official Pi Day Princeton glasses and Smart Phone Grub Crawl route! (Some participating restaurants have Pi inspired foods that all smartypants will adore!)
Noon – 6:00 p.m. — Princeton School Gardens Cooperative Fundraiser – the bent spoon and Lillipies are teaming up to raise funds for Princeton School Gardens Cooperative! Stop by bent spoon any time between noon and 6PM to treat yourself to a LiLLiPiE topped with bent spoon ice cream. All proceeds from that local delectable treat will be donated directly to the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative!
6:30 p.m. — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn and provided by princeton genius tours – go to Yankee Doodle Tap Room to receive your nerd glasses and Smart Phone Pub Crawl route! (Only nerds 21 yrs and above will receive access to the map of participating bars!) We’ll sing Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein and let the party begin!
Want an idea of what Pi Day in Princeton looks like? Here’s a video of the 2015 celebration done by our friends at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty!