Family Fun in Albuquerque for the Summer, Our Top 15 Suggestions

Summer Camp Fun, Rock Climbing at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Summer Camp Fun, Rock Climbing at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Each summer, the kids and I love visiting all Albuquerque has to offer.  We love it so much that we created a summer camp to invite other kids!  I’ve done this for several summers, before I was married, and had a blast.  This year we have an intern for about 18 months, and together we will play all around the city.

Here is the list of our top 15 activities our camp includes, and our most favorite places to go with kids ages 7-16 in Albuquerque: (most of these prices are for day passes for kids, adult prices are usually more)

$4, Zoo (ABQ Biopark)

$4 Aquarium/Botanical Gardens

$4 New Mexico Natural History Museum

$4-8 Explora

$2 Bowling (sign up for FREE BOWLING here!)

$6 Rail Runner Train to Santa Fe

Free, Los Poblanos Organic Farm (call ahead 505-344-9297)

$22+ Cliff’s Amusement Park

$27 Hinkle Family Fun Center

$12 Gravity Park (Trampoline Park, 1 hour)

$18+ Stone Age Climbing Gym (Rock Climbing)

$10 Archery Shoppe (1 hour)

$11 Putt Putt (Mondays)

$12-17 Sandia Peak Tramway

$35+ Radisson Water Park (weekends only w purchase of hotel stay)

Have a great summer!!

Albuquerque Summer Fun, a Review

Our goal this summer was to share our “2013 Summer Bucket List” with some great friends. Which we did and we had a blast.  Here are some notes on our adventures.

An Outline:


They were fighting over a huge water toy

The first day of our camp we started at the Zoo for a nice stroll and a yummy picnic.  The Zoo turned out to be a top 5 favorite!  Who knew?? Next we stopped by our favorite toy store: Biggle Snorts.

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The little puzzles and card games are some of our favorites of any toy store. This gem of a store is always a great motivator for saving money.

2 for 1's at Baskin Robins Ice Cream

We also used as many 2 for 1coupons at 31 Flavors Ice Cream that we could get our hands on! 🙂 Some other treat favorites included “Pop-Pops” Italian shaved ice and Romero’s Cafe in Old Town.

Volunteering at Los Poblanos Organic Farms was great fun and we learned how to plant and water in a better way.  This was really hot and we didn’t have many options for finding a cooler time since our camp started at 9:00 am.

Hinkle Family Fun Center day pass turned out to be #2 favorite of the summer.  The kids liked it so much that we abandoned our second Cliff’s trip to go to Hinkle a second time.  We played lazer tag over and over, and the spraying boats were always fun in the sun.  Some of the kids were too short to ride the go-carts on their own, so that was disappointing at times, but there was still lots to do instead.

The Christmas week was fun, especially making the Christmas window cookies with Grandma.  Though we didn’t get to the gingerbread houses, the cookies were fun to make and we enjoyed eating them just as much.

From all the summer activities we did, the trampoline parks were the favorite by far, but with a $12 per hour price tag (which is more expensive than Disneyland prices per hour) we could only do the trampoline parks a few times.

Explora, The Natural History Museum, The Aquarium & Old Town were great favorites as well, especially the Dynamax Movies.

What Worked:

The math flashcards were very successful.  Though kids don’t really WANT to do flashcards, it went fast, the older kids helped the younger kids, and as such the older kids also had a little math review.

The most fun were the amusement parks with friends.  These were also the most popular and made the most sense to do as a group.

The smaller groups really worked well for the rock climbing, trampoline parks & the day trips around town.  We were very mobile in 1-2 cars and could split up if someone wanted to stay at the Climbing Gym while others needed to eat or go home, for example.

Having 2 activities per day was a good amount, with a nice lunch break in between. Keeping activities on the same part of town was great to save from having to drive too much.  Also, doing one activity inside and one outside was a good combo.

Movies in the car, and movies at home were a big hit.  So were water balloon fights.

Going to the baseball games was really fun!

The ages worked together. Having each child responsible for their own lunch and snack worked out…though some of the kids saved their “lunch” money, didn’t buy lunch, and spent the money on other things. Bringing a sack lunched worked better than having money.

What We Would Change:

There was too much scheduled, so we would add more down time, more down days and have less planned on any given day.

The kids were so worn out by Tuesday, that some weeks we wouldn’t meet again until Friday!

We would plan more arts & crafts at home, with everything organized and ready to go for a good 2-3 hour project.  We would also make more healthy snacks to show the kids how to do these on their own.

The igloo made out of plastic milk cartons needs 600 milk cartons, and needs to be finished in 1-2 days.  When more time is taken to finish, the base falls apart without the upper part to help keep it together. Collecting 600 mild cartons takes 3 months.

We would go on the Tram, to Santa Fe’s Children’s museum & into the mountains.  This summer, we didn’t get those done.  We would also do more dollar movies & picnics in the park.

2013 Summer Bucket List

SumThe kids and I came up with the activities we wanted to add to this summer’s list of how to spend our time…besides relaxing, reading & traveling to Alaska.  We also try to add daily flashcards and writing.  The school work is good to keep track of with stickers for each completion to earn some “Toy store money”.

Since there were so many activities, we made a schedule of events and then invited some friends to have a itty bitty summer camp of fun. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Zoo
  • Aquarium
  • Explora
  • Natural History Museum (and Dynamax movies)
  • Romero’s Street Cafe
  • Gravity Park (Trampoline Park)
  • Stone Age Climbing Gym
  • Swimming
  • Xtreme Hangtime (Trampoline Park)
  • A day in the Jemez Mountains
  • Take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Hinkle Family Fun Center
  • Cliffs Amusement Park
  • Isotopes Baseball Game
  • Sandia Tram Ride & Picnic
  • Radisson Water Park
  • Make Flubber
  • Gardening at Los Polanos Organic Farm
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Water Fights
  • Water Balloon Tosses
  • Cooking Contests
  • Make Father’s Day gifts
  • Make Silly Putty
  • Have a Backyard Movie
  • Make our own Putt Putt course
  • Make an igloo out of milk cartons
  • Have a “Christmas Week” in July
  • Make tents, forts and swings
  • Plant an Herb Garden
  • Tea Parties outside
  • Learn to make smoothies
  • Learn to make healthy snacks
  • Make homemade “passports” or scrapbooks of the summer
  • Go to some Aquarium Concerts

Phew!  Let’s see if we can include all of these activities in our summer plans for 2013.  I’ll give you weekly updates on the progress. :))

What are you doing for the summer?

Camp Stoney was Great Family Vacation

A Gem of a Summer Camp–reasonable price, great way to relax

My family spent the weekend relaxing and having fun at Camp Stoney in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just outside of Santa Fe.  A great way to take a break from massage and let my hands rest.

This is our first year at this family camp, and I attended Camp Stoney as a youngster and later was a counselor. The camp includes games, sports, hiking, swimming, arts & crafts and a ropes course. We had a great time.

We really relaxed in this quiet, tranquil environment. John and I were able to take several walks and hikes alone while the kids played with the other kids and counselors. John finished his current book and I napped for several hours each day in between activities.

The food was yummy and we really enjoyed making pillows and a “stepping stone” for our garden. My kids taught the other campers and counselors “Liars Dice” which is a great dice game. Swimming was a bit cold, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. The “Human Clue” game where we ran around the camp looking for the “Who Done It” clues was very fun. The scavenger hunt was also fun.

Jake fell off the bed a few times in the middle of the night. Next year, I’ll bring linens instead of just sleeping bags which would help our entire family sleep better. I also bring paper and some toys to help us during the “quiet times”.

We can’t wait to go every year.