Santa Fe With The Kids!
Santa Fe, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and a longtime mecca for artists and history buffs, is also a wonderful kid-friendly destination with many diverse activities. Here’s how to keep everyone happy on your next visit.
MUSEUMS FOR ALL
Santa Fe’s Children Museum (has a miniature adobe village), the Museum of International Folk Art (with 106,000 dolls from around the world), the Harrell House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum (with free family art programs) are all wonderful places to spend a few hours.
LET’S GET MOVING
Santa Fe Climbing Center, the Genoveva Chavez Center (swimming and ice skating year round), Fort Marcy Playground and Recreation Center, and many hiking and biking possibilities make Santa Fe a sports lover’s dream. There is also great skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Visit the Santa Fe Rail Yard for some different souveniers, free live music, a farmers’ market and an artisans’ market showcasing local crafts. Ride the rails from downtown Santa Fe to Lamy (4 hours round trip through the desert in real 1920’s cars).
CONNECT WITH NATURE
It’s easy at El Rancho de las Golodrinas (an open air museum), the Wilford Gallery Wind Sculpture Garden, free summer movies in the park, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Step outside your comfort zone and catch a rodeo in June where during intermission, little ones can ride gentle ewes. Or try a hot air balloon ride over the Rio Grande Gorge (calmest at dawn and takes an hour). Learn rock climbing in Las Conchas canyon or Santa Fe Climbing Gym (ages 5 and up).
SOLVE SOME MYSTERIES
The Loretto Chapel has a spiral staircase built without nails, dowels or any visible support. See the mysteries of the universe unfold at the Planetarium of Santa Fe Community College. Unearth something at a model dig in an underground home in the Museum of Archeology.
With wonderful places to eat, listen to music, catch a movie or shop, Santa Fe has something for everyone. And if all else fails, do what the locals do for fun: go fly a kite.