Warmer temperatures are just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing: spring break is on its way! Beat the boredom with your kids by checking out some fun activities for the whole family to enjoy around Albuquerque.
Sharks and polar bears in the desert aren’t a far-fetched possibility at the ABQ BioPark. Get up close and personal with animals from all over the world at the Albuquerque Zoo. Explore how even in a landlocked state, we’re much closer to the ocean than we realize at the Albuquerque Aquarium. With the arrival of spring, see what’s blooming at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden. To cap it all off, take a walk through the Bosque or visit the fishing ponds at Tingley Beach.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Check out dinosaur bones and fossils up close at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Visitors are taken on a journey through time, starting when the universe formed billions of years ago all the way up to today. Witness what New Mexico looked like millions of years ago, and learn more about some of the creatures that used to walk the Land of Enchantment. The museum includes temporary exhibits as well. “Roving with Perseverance” gives visitors an up-close look at replicas of NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity Mars helicopter. It runs through June 5.
American International Rattlesnake Museum
Nestled in Historic Old Town Albuquerque, the American International Rattlesnake Museum features species of rattlesnakes from all over the world. Learn about the bad reputation rattlesnakes have had, and why these slithery serpents aren’t as scary as you might think.
Petroglyph National Monument
Get outdoors by taking a hike on one of the trails at the Petroglyph National Monument, site of one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. Native Americans and Spanish settlers carved symbols and designs into rocks hundreds of years ago, and the images can be viewed on a number of trails ranging from a short walk to a 2.2-mile hike.
Things can get … well, electric, at Electric Playhouse. With dozens of constantly rotating games to choose from, boredom is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Kids and adults alike can enjoy brain teasers or burn off some energy with games featuring more movement. No experience is the same!
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Learn about the Atomic Age at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. See how contributions from here in New Mexico shaped nuclear science as we know it. Visitors can also check out “So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope," which explains Bob Hope's role in WWII history and beyond. The exhibition opens Feb. 17.