Things To Do With Kids in Albuquerque

Albuquerque has been recognized as a top city for families to visit and for parents to raise their kids. Aside from being a well-kept family playground, the city is a cultural melting pot and home to half a million people. Browse affordable things to do in Albuquerque with kids in the categories below.

Connect with New Mexico’s agricultural heritage in the Open Space Farmlands — five farms managed by the city as Major Public Open Space designed to bring people, land, and the seasons together. For a couple ideas for what to do in Albuquerque, read the following:

  • Community Garden Rows and the Open Space Visitor Center Farm, top-rated among the open space farmlands
  • ABQ BioPark Zoo, made up of four facilities including an aquarium
  • Manzano Mesa Water Sprayground, voted city’s best water park
  • Explora Science Center, part science center and part children’s museum
  • Catch a minor league baseball game at Isotopes Park

It’s easy to find fun things to do in Albuquerque with family. If you want to find family-friendly deals, here are some ideas that everyone can enjoy:

  • Enjoy private horseback riding lessons at New Mexico Horse Adventures or CS Performance Horses
  • Play mini-golf, race go-karts, and more at the Hinkle Family Fun Center
  • Have a picnic at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens or the UNM Duck Pond
  • Enjoy water rides and roller coasters at Cliff’s Amusement Park
  • Hunt for treasure at one of New Mexico’s Geocaching Society events

Family vacations in Albuquerque are always packed with adventure. See the city from afar at one of the surrounding mountain peaks or on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. For more, check out the following sightseeing options and free things to do in Albuquerque with kids:

  • Visit ongoing and temporary exhibits at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • Browse the Flea Market downtown on Saturdays
  • Visit the remnants of 5 cinder cone volcanoes on the West Mesa
  • Experience folk art and more at the handcrafted village in Tinkertown Museum
  • See prehistoric art at the Petroglyph National Monument

Some days are all about the kids. In Albuquerque there’s no shortage of kid-focused entertainment — browse some of the below ideas to get started:

  • Play in the All Out Zone family entertainment area at Cottonwood Mall
  • Spend an afternoon mini golfing and playing arcade games at Serendipity Fun Center
  • Check out Gravity Park, the recently opened indoor entertainment center
  • Head to Ninja Park for warrior training and obstacle courses
  • Attend the annual New Mexico State Fair in September

From the city’s famous parks to group equipment rentals, it’s easy to book kid-friendly group activities in Albuquerque. Bring the whole squad to one of the following activities:

  • Save on ticket packages for groups at GravityPark or Fallout Trampoline Arena
  • Schedule a nerf war at All Out Zone for groups of four
  • Take a ghost tour of the city with History & Ghost Tours of Old Town
  • See dinosaur exhibits and more at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Book with Tours of Old Town for a family-friendly moonlight, ghost, and another outdoor walking tour

Spend an educational day in Albuquerque with the kids by taking advantage of free days at museums, cultural centers open to the public, and state renowned nature centers. Learn something new at one of the following places:

  • Celebrate New Mexico’s native racing family at Unser Racing Museum
  • Get discounted family memberships to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park 38 acres of urban wildlife preserve
  • Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to learn about the history and traditions of Pueblo Indians
  • Instill self-defense at CLUBE Albuquerque Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Some days the weather insists on indoor activities. Fortunately, Albuquerque has a never-ending list of fun things to do inside with kids. Check out the following:

  • Score close to half off bowling at Silva Lanes
  • Play glow in the dark mini golf at Glowgolf
  • Get movie packages for two or four with popcorn included at New Loma Theater
  • See a 3D movie at the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater in the history and science museum
  • Spend the afternoon skating at Outpost Ice Arenas