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Patch Picks: Celebrate Spring for Less Than $10

These eclectic spring events are not only off the beaten trail, but budget-friendly as well.

Immersive Theater Experience at Edelman Planetarium, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, Sundays at 3 p.m.

The Edleman Planetarium, part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University, is a very busy place. Besides hosting tours of school kids almost every day, they also hold a variety of special events and shows open to the public. The planetarium is currently showing The Search for Life... Are We Alone?, narrated by Harrison Ford, every Sunday at 3 p.m. through May 20. It’s just $5 for adults and $3 for children (the show is appropriate for ages 8 and up). According to their website, the show “launches visitors on an awe-inspiring trip through space and time—from the depths of Earth’s oceans to the outer reaches of the cosmos—to explore the links between life on Earth and the potential for life on other planets.” For more information, visit rowan.edu/planetarium.

Tour Burlington County Prison, Corner of High Street and Grant Street, Mount Holly, Thursday-Saturday, times vary

Imagine being a prisoner in the 1800s. Overcrowding, poor sanitation, fewer human rights laws and most certainly, unwanted critters prowling your cell would have made for a challenging existence to say the least. No wonder the staff who run this historic landmark claim that restless spirits still roam its halls. For just $4 for adults and $2 for children, you can tour this original structure and take a fascinating glimpse back in time. For more information, visit prisonmuseum.net.

Native American Heritage Museum, 730 Rancocas Rd., Rancocas, first and third Saturday of each month until September, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Offering both guided and self-guided tours, this 350-acre facility is home to nature trails, an art gallery, special exhibits and a gift shop where you can purchase authentic Native American handicrafts. Admission to the grounds is free, while the exhibit hall costs $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Native American tour guides are on hand each day the museum is open to teach you about their cultural heritage and traditions. Modern artists are featured in the art gallery, which displays woodcarvings, paintings, photography, drawings and sculptures. For more information, visit powhatan.org/museum.html.

Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, 2nd St. and Mantua Ave., Paulsoboro, third Sunday of the month from April to October, noon-4 p.m.

This unusual lighthouse is made almost entirely of steel. Out of 17 lighthouses in New Jersey, it is one of only three which has a “modern” skeletal structure.  Sometime in the late 1800s, engineers figured out that wooden structures were much more fragile and prone to damage than steel, and the appearance of lighthouses began to change drastically before the turn of the century. The Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse has been standing since 1880. It has 112 steps and is 85 feet tall. At one time, the keeper’s house sat on nearly five acres of land and included several outbuildings including a chicken coop, cow shed, barn, oil house and an outhouse. This unique tower is free to tour and opens the third Sunday April. For more information, please visit tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org/home.html.

Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

There’s tons to do at Creamy Acres Farm, from touring their huge greenhouse to picking some of the best and freshest produce South Jersey has to offer. They offer a variety of special events, too, and this weekend, they’re offering a special hayride for the kids, which will include egg hunting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and special prizes. Follow that with a trip to their country store to pick up some handcrafted jams, honey, candies and other treats, then pop over to the garden center to browse their selection of plants, flowers, garden accessories and more. Best of all, admission is free. For more information, visit creamyacres.com

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