Pi Day Princeton 3.14.15

The Quick Listing of Our Endless List of Fun Things to Do:


poster-517 a.m. — Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton.  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 PageAll participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative poster and free two week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!10672785-standard

9 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – moderated by Princeton comedic celebrity, Adam Bierman.  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!

Young_Children_Playing_Cello9:30 a.m. — The Westminster Cello Orchestra is an ensemble of cello students from Princeton’s own Westminster Conservatory of Music!  In its fourteenth year, the ensemble plays tunes by Bach, Bernstein, Vivaldi, The Beatles, Tchaikovsky and The Turtles, to name a few!  (Did you know Einstein adored music?   TRUE!  He once said that had he not been a scientist, he would have been a musician. “Life without playing music is in-conceivable for me,” he declared. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.”



10 a.m. — Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a friendly Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition in the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom for kids 3yrs – 6yrs!   kidsviolincontestExtra credit will be awarded to those who come dressed as Einstein.  Don’t forget, the Einstein Look A Like Contest immediately follows this event!    All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and PSO ticket vouchers!   For more information, please email cburden@princetonsymphony.org

10am – 11am - KENKEN Lecture and Demo – presented by the Princeton Public Library – Tetsuya Miyamoto, the kenkeninventor of the immensely popular KENKEN puzzle, returns to the library by popular demand! Miyamoto-sensei is a subversive math instructor who’s students have so much fun solving his puzzles that they don’t even realize they are mastering math at the same time. Learn the history and insider tips of the puzzle that Will Shortz (crossword puzzle editor of the NYTimes) is “completely addicted to.” Don’t know how to KENKEN? Learn from the inventor!

11:00am to 12:00 p.m. - KENKEN Tournament for Teens - Princeton Public Library, Community Room.  Need more KENKEN?  Feeling competitive?  Step up to the overhead projector for a full hour of KENKEN face-to-face competition.

11 a.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.  eve@princetonhistory.org to reserve a space.

Pi-Day-Princeton-Einstein-Look-A-Like-Contest11 a.m. — Einstein Look-A-Like Contest in 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.  Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton, 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 tee shirt 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!   Register your ‘lil genius and email princetonmimi@gmail.com.

picycle-23746237846234.gif.492x0_q85_crop-smart11 a.m. – Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour – begins at Kopp’s Cycle Shop on 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 - Miss Amy “Fitness Rock & Roll” Full Band Interactive Concert – Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – YES!  YES!  YES!  Miss Amy and her full band will be headlining Pi Day Princeton this year!  MissAmyActionPromoG01(Did you know she performed for the White House this year?  TRUE!)  This high energy family fun event is guaranteed to be a rockin’ good time!   Miss Amy is a Grammy Nominated Artist, Author, Educator and Kids’ Fitness Pro.  She is also an official Advocate for the President’s Challenge Program.

Noon — Dinky Train rides with Einstein. Meet Einstein, his mother and good friends. Be sure to dinkyeinsteinask “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.
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Noon — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl Check in at the 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 - 2pm -  Academic Celebrity Children’s Book Signing Event at Jazam’s at 25 Palmer Square East – Every year, they host a famous children’s writer.  Last year they had one of 2013′s  most celebrated children’s book authors for a book signing of On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein.  Get your book signed while chatting with her about this critically acclaimed children’s book which has won the 2013 New York Times Editors’ Choice Award, ABA Best Books for Children, NPR 2013 Great Reads and more awards too numerous to list here!

1 p.m. — Pi Recitation Contest at Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom. Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion withmarcumile 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 12 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!pi_IndexPage   Email princetonmimi@gmail.com   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!

1:30 p.m. – 1:59 p.m—Hands on Interactive Event for Children - Princeton Public LibraryThis is always an interactive event, especially geared toward children ages 5 and up.  In past years’ the Library has hosted champions of Rubik’s Cubes, Origami construction and all sorts of sparkly smartypants who love math, science, Einstein and, of course, Pi!

PiParade1:59pm – Princeton Pirade by Kids’ Music Round – …you read that right … it’s a “parade” to celebrate Pi!  Go to the Pi Day Princeton information desk at  to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family.  The folks from Kids’ Music Round will lead the first 314 people to walk a circular path throughout the sidewalks of historic Palmer Square.  The Pirade will end inside the Prince William Ballroom for a fun music experience led by the area’s premier Mommy & Me Music Class gurus!    Bring you camera for this once in a lifetime chance to be in a Pi “Parade” on 3.14.15!

PrincetonPie1:59 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and princeton genius tours at 86 Nassau Street.    On the Eve of Pi Day, one elementary, middle school and high school aged participant will be chosen to compete at the event.  Contestants have 5 minutes to choose from all the ingredients at Princeton Pi to create the best pizza!  Judges include Mayor Liz Lempert; Superintendent of Princeton Regional Schools, Steve Cochran and John Conway, inventor of Game of Life and Professor at Princeton University.  All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2014!  Register by email princetonmimi@gmail.com.  Finalists will be contacted on Pi Eve!

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – He’s Got a Theremin and He’s Not Afraid to Use It!: Where Music and Physics Meet at Princeton Public Library – Almost KR_THeremin_Bone hundred years ago Leon Theremin, a Russian scientist, created the first fully electronic musical instrument. By harnessing the power of electromagnetic fields and using the human body as a capacitor, he waved his hands in the “empty” air to produce ethereal music without ever touching the instrument! See this scientific, musical marvel played by one of today’s top theremin virtuosos, Kip Rosser. Join him for a multimedia leap into physics, sci-fi silliness and all types of music from classical to jazz to popular to experimental. Plus, get a rare glimpse into the brilliant mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest inventors. Then… you’ll have a chance to try the theremin yourself!

2:00 p.m. —Academic Celebrity Book Signing Event at Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street – Every year they host a famous writer.  Last year they had Laura Overdeck’s wildly popular Bedtime Math is just out and she used glow-in-the-dark sticks in the store’s underground events space to make math even more fun.

PieJudging2:45 p.m. — Pie Judging Contest at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn – sponsored by Kitchen Twins.   The residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Apple Pie in Princeton” award.   The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges.   All will enjoy samples of five pies from local bakeries in the heart of Princeton.  In honor of our special date, the owners of Kitchen Twins will be including a bonus sample too!   Winning baker wins the Princeton Pillow and all the bragging rights until 3/14/16!

piethrow2_Princeton_blog_main_horizontal3:14 p.m. — Pie Throwing Event at the Palmer Square Green. $1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit 101: A non profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping Princeton High School graduates in need of financial assistance.

3:14 p.m. — Guided Einstein Tour by Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton and owner of Princeton Tour Company and princeton genius tours. Guests will start in the lobby of the Nassau Inn and weave through downtown Princeton, hearing darling stories of Einstein’s life and his experience in Princeton.Pi_Day_Shirt_Eat_Pi

cocktail_making_Riga3:14 p.m. —  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 Master Mixologist Josean Rosado. Pi priced at $31.41 per couple. 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!)

4 p.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.)
. Please call 609-921-6748, ext.102 or email eve@princetonhistory.org to reserve a space.

chessset4 p.m. — Mega Chess Champion Demo & Free Style Play with David Hua at the YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place Featuring Princeton resident and chess champion David Hua.  David was the youngest player to win the Atlantic Open!  While using life size chess pieces, he’ll show the crowd sure bet moves to beat your opponent!  After the demo anyone in the crowd can challenge each other to a round of the most popular game in the world!

4:00 p.m. — The Arts Council of Princeton presents: A Pi Day Concert featuring Wilbo Wright at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St. – Join Bassist and composer Wilbo Wright for an afternoon concert in celebration of Albert Einstein’s birthday. This special performance will feature irrational time-shifts that pay tribute to 3.1415.  This concert is FREE & open to the public.? For more information, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or 609-924-0777.

 nerdpubcrawl5:00 p.m. — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl -  Check in at 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!)

Sound like too much fun? 

We’re not even close to how irrational

this will be by 3.14.15!



(Yep, we’re already planning 3.14.16 and you can bet it’ll be the most unbelievable celebration in Pi Day history!)


Math doodles provided by Professor John Conway.