For those of us in APS or RRPS, Spring Break is upon us. If you’re staying in town, we’ve come up with a list of ideas of stuff to do in the Albuquerque area with your kids while there’s no school. Don your masks when you venture out and about, or plan some fun to do at home.
We hope you have a memorable Spring Break with your children this year!
1. New Mexico Museum of Natural History: My kids lovingly call this one The Dinosaur Museum and are always reinvigorated to dig for dino bones in our backyard after we visit. To ensure they remain under occupancy limits, this museum asks that you purchase tickets online. They only sell a certain number of tickets for each time slot.
2. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History: Museum guests are encouraged to utilize remote ticketing options to manage the museum’s capacity and limit contact upon arrival. Occupancy is limited to 75 people.
3. Explora: Explora is still closed to the public; however, they are holding some camps and programs along with all kinds of virtual activities. See their website for more details.
4. American International Rattlesnake Museum: The Rattlesnake Museum is open right now on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:30-5:30. If you get the willies easily (raises hand), but on your big girl pants for this one. My kids love this place though.
5. Balloon Fiesta Park Drive-In Movies: Pull up to your parking spot for a movie on the big screen. There are movies showing almost every night of Spring Break.
6. ABQ BioPark: The Zoo, Botanic Gardens, and Tingley Beach are all open while the Aquarium remains closed for the time being. To minimize face-to-face contact, tickets for the Zoo and Botanic Garden must be purchased online in advance. New Mexico BioPark Society members must also reserve a “ticket” online in order to visit.
7. Meow Wolf: It’s a little trippy, but definitely memorable. This immersive experience in Santa Fe has implemented thorough precautionary measures in the interest of the safety and health of our visitors and staff. Get all the COVID details on their website, and do pre-purchase tickets before going.
8. Wading in the Rio Grande: Get out the buckets and the shovels, bring a picnic lunch, and dip your toes in the Rio Grande. There are lots of places to go, but my favorite spot to take kids wading is Calabacillas Arroyo. Calabacillas is located on the westside of the river off of Coors, north of Paseo del Norte. From Coors, turn right (east) on to Westside drive (3/4 of a mile north of Paseo del Norte; one-quarter of a mile north of Irving), then turn east on to the dirt levee road, and follow the road to the dirt parking lot.
9. Slip and Slide: Purchase an inexpensive Slip and Slide for hours of fun in the backyard. Or just use a tarp and a hose. We use baby soap on the ours to make it extra slippery. And an added bonus is that the kids get clean!
10. Water balloons: Have a water balloon fight. After all the fun, pay kids a penny for each water ballon piece they pick up.
11. Paint the fence or wall with water: Give the kids paint brushes and buckets of water to “paint” with water on the fence or wall. They’ll enjoy their pictures. You’ll enjoy no mess!
The Great Outdoors
13. Bike Along the Paseo del Bosque Trail: Spring Break is a great time for getting outside. Check the website for all the access points to the trail. Make sure to stop and throw rocks in the river too.
14. Hikes easy enough for toddlers: Here are three toddler-friendly trails to try.
15. Take a longer hike: Hike a kid-friendly trail further from home. There’s one trail I like that is great for kids that’s a little further away. Think of it more as a day trip. Try the Jemez East River Slot Canyon Trail near Jemez Springs. Or hike in the foothills. These trails are easy and are a great way to get out of the house and still socially distance.
16. Visit one of the Albuquerque area’s many parks. Maybe go to one you don’t normally visit. Check out our Guide to Parks here.
17. Bandelier National Monument: All outdoor facilities including the Pueblo Loop Trail, Tsankawi, Falls Trail, and all backcountry trails are open as are Juniper Family Campground, the park store, and park restrooms. However, the Bandelier visitor center, museum, and theater are closed.
18. Petroglyph National Monument: There are many areas to see the actual petroglyphs. However, my favorite part of this monument is the volcanoes west of the city. It feels so remote when in reality, you’re a short drive from civilization. And the city views are spectacular. Do yourself a favor and don’t go on a windy day though.
19. Check out one of New Mexico’s many state parks or lakes.
20. Plant a garden!
Eats & Treats
21. Pizza Kit: Pick up a pizza kit from Restoration Pizza to make at home. It’s a fun activity, and it’s lunch. Win win!
22. Treat Yourself to Ice Cream: It’s getting warmer out, so let’s enjoy some ice cream. Here’s a guide to all the places to get frozen treats in the Albuquerque area.
23. Coffee date: My kids always feel so grown up when they go on a coffee date with mom or dad. Pack the coloring books and sticker books, and just enjoy your kids at one of our local coffee shops.
24. Find a food truck: Albuquerque is so lucky to have such a great food truck scene. Hunt one down and enjoy your eats outside in the sun.
25. Learn to cook: Teach your child to cook a simple meal or dessert. Pinterest is your best friend for this one.
Arts & Crafts
26. Paint Your Own Pottery: Visit Art Attack and paint your own pottery.
27. Art Kit: Grab an Art Kit To-Go from Canvas and Coffee that will provide hours of fun!
29. Perler beads: This is a favorite at our house. If you need an activity to take up a lot of time, get some Perler beads. They can be messy, but when I need to get something done and my kiddos need to be occupied, this is a go to.
30. Make a kite: Check out these directions to make a kite that really flies!