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New Mexico True Ed-Ventures

When is a vacation more than a vacation? When it’s an ed-venture! We’ve pulled together a list of the best learning opportunities for kids to deliver a double dose of excitement and education during your next family vacation. Whether you have a few hours to kill or a few days to commit, your child will love these special events, camps, and workshops found in all four corners of the state.

Is your child a Space Superhero?

Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp

New Mexico’s roots in space history run deep. From re-entry capsules to rockets, the Land of Enchantment is home to many of the technology breakthroughs behind space exploration as we know it today.

During this 5-day camp that repeats weekly in June and July at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, budding astronauts and astrophysicists (K – 9th) have the opportunity to experience hands on intergalactic adventure like building and launching rockets, designing and testing parachutes, having close encounters with unmanned vehicles at New Mexico State University, and practicing rock retrieval techniques like the ones used by NASA.

Learn more about Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp

Bonus: Travel the New Mexico Space Trail to 52 historic sites important to our nation’s space history, and plan a night at the City of Rocks State Park for astronomical camping surrounded by information about the solar system.


Is your child an Extraordinary Explorer?

Candlelit Lantern Tour

Prepare for awe as your budding geologist gets an eyeful inside one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Each day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, park rangers lead a candlelit lantern tour through Left Hand Tunnel, an undeveloped section of the caverns. Children 6 and over (with a parent or guardian) will be amazed as they learn about natural science during this top-notch tour.

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Bonus: Stick around to see thousands of Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats exit the caverns each evening from mid-April to late-October.


Is your child a Class Clown?

Circo Latino

This lively program engages a diverse group of students ages 8-13 in an exciting and intensive circus arts curriculum, including trapeze, clowning, juggling, hula hoops, stilting, acting, music, unicycle, and acrobatics and then allows these students to create a performance using these skills. The four-week program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque is committed to teaching wellness and resiliency through circus arts and incorporates skill building, physical activity, Spanish language, and training in leadership, cooperation and creativity.

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Is your child a Wild Thing?

Take a Llama to Lunch

Kids learn the basics of ecology, sustainability, history and wilderness skills as they hike with llamas from Wild Earth Adventures. Each guided hike is accompanied by a gourmet meal (all fresh ingredients carried in by the llamas) to be enjoyed in the pristine wilderness surrounding Taos. Multi-day adventures are also available, where families may choose to summit peaks, explore ancient forests, or discover hidden alpine lakes and meadows. Educational nature games and lessons about tracking come standard, and evenings are enjoyed sitting around the campfire, telling stories, and having fun.

Learn more about Llama Trekking

Bonus: Walk with a wolf near El Morro National Monument at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, or learn all about alpacas during an educational tour and feeding at Victory Ranch in Mora.

 


Is your child a Budding Buckaroo?

Cowboy Days

Curious cowpokes can get up close and personal with the Wild, Wild West during this two-day event each March at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Sharpshooting, blacksmithing, and gunfight reenactments take center stage as families are invited to learn about life as an old New Mexico cowboy. Also on the agenda are stagecoach rides, sheep shearing, wool dyeing and lessons about the importance of cattle, sheep, farming techniques and practices that are unique to New Mexico’s ancient agricultural history. 

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Fort Stanton Live and Old Lincoln Days

Kids on the hunt for action need look no further than these two events. Each July at the Fort Stanton Historic Site, and in August at the Lincoln Historic Site (both in SE New Mexico), families will encounter reenactments in period costume, old-fashioned kids games, and dynamic opportunities to learn the important history that forts played in the settling of the great American West, as well as experience what life in the 1800’s was like. As a bonus, Old Lincoln Days boasts the country's oldest running Western Pageant "The Last Escape of Billy the Kid."

Learn more about Fort Stanton Live and Old Lincoln Days

 


Is your child a Creative Genius?

Arts Alive!

Every summer at the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Arts Alive! brings kids K-through-12 together with some of New Mexico’s most prominent folk and Native American artists. Children will learn about traditional art forms from different cultures as they make their own pottery, baskets, and notched paper picture frames. While enjoying the creative process, children learn the unique history and uses of their art creations and the place they hold in New Mexican culture. 

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Is your child a Cultured Character?

Flamenco Kids Camp

Held each June in concert with the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, children ages 6-12 are invited to learn the full range of flamenco arts and culture via classes in dance, guitar, cajón (percussion), cante (singing), Spanish language, and literacy. This two-week camp at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts concludes with a student performance at the historic KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque.

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Bonus: Check out the Kids Camp at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for hands-on workshops in printmaking, pottery, and painting. Children also learn to cook their own Pueblo-inspired cuisine.