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Local Events that Won't Break the Bank

Several months in to the winter season, it’s easy to get tired of being cooped up in your home all the time, so The Weave put together a list of some fun things you can do in the New Jersey/New York area the next few months to get you and your family out of the house for a while, all without spending a fortune.

Interested in early American history?  Check out the Hearth & Home exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.  In this engaging exhibition, museum visitors will have a chance to explore the homes and dwellings of the North American Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, and learn how they had to work with and adapt to the environment in which they lived.  This exhibition features a rare collection of house models made in the 1930s during the Works Progress Administration.  Hearth & Home, which runs until September 9, 2018, is free with Museum suggested admission. Museum hours are 9am to 4:45pm.

Take a trip into the city and check out the Black Gotham Experience, an immersive and interactive visual storytelling project, celebrating the impact of African diaspora on New York City.  The project incorporates interactive walking tours, graphic novels and exhibits, all of which feature slices of life from New York as early as 1643, up through the contemporary period.  While the walking tours don’t resume until April, you can still check out the WORK/SPACE, at 192 Front Street between John and Fulton Streets, in Manhattan’s Seaport District. 

For those with young children, you may benefit from an afternoon at the Liberty Science Center for its Thomas & Friends™ Explore the Rails exhibit, running through May 13, 2018.  Explore the Rails helps kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math through play.  Children can climb up into the cab of Thomas the Tank Engine to operate the controls, make repairs to Percy in the Sodor Steamworks shop, run the railroad on an enormous play table covering all of the Island of Sodor.  Dress up like conductors, sell train tickets and more.  The exhibit even features a tot spot for Thomas’ youngest fans.  Exhibition is free with general admission to the Liberty Science Center. 

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