21 Things To Do With Your Kids in Albuquerque During the Last Days of Summer



Believe it or not but summer is almost over. We know it's hard to believe but in less than a month kids will be heading back to school.

The first day of classes for APS is Aug. 13 but it's not too late to enjoy the days of summer with your kids before the first school bell rings. 

We found 21 awesome and exciting things to do with your kids before summer ends. 


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Albuquerque is lucky enough to have its own amusement in its own backyard. Cliff's Amusement Park is a great way to spend a sunny ABQ day.

Hike La Luz

Unplug from the world and hit the La Luz Trail at this popular hiking trail just minutes outside the city.

Ride the Sandia Peak Tram

Want to get out into nature but without all the work? Relax and take the Sandia Tram. Take the 2.7 mile journey up the Sandias and get a truly remarkable view of Albuquerque 11,000 feet above the city.

Hotel Cascada

Visit New Mexico's only indoor water park at Hotel Cascada. Formerly Park Inn, the Hotel Cascada boosts two water slides, a lazy river for those who just want to relax and a wading pool for younger kids. Definitely a great place to get out of the sun but still have some fun.

Hinkle Family Fun Center

You haven't had an ABQ summer until you spend a day at Hinkle Family Fun Center.

Albuquerque Indoor Karting

While shooting "Breaking Bad" Aaron Paul would spend his downtime at Albuquerque Indoor Karting.

Nob Hill Summerfest

Local music, local food, local fun. The Route 66 Summerfest is a perfect way to celebrate the final days of summer.

Downtown Summerfest

Another great city celebration. This year's Downtown Summerfest (Aug. 3) features Los Angeles band Ozomatli.

Rio Grande Nature Center

The Rio Grande Nature Center has a host of activities for the entire family during July, including guided bird walks on Saturdays and Sundays.


No matter where you live, chances are there's a bowling alley nearby, like Holiday Bowl, 7515 Lomas Blvd NE.

Isotopes game

If you haven't been to an Isotopes game yet, you're doing summer in Albuquerque wrong.

Flea Market

There's nothing quite like spending at Saturday at the Albuquerque Flea Market. Nothing.


Help your kids get into school mode by spending a day exploring science at theThe ¡Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

What kid doesn't like dinosaurs? They won't even realize they're learning at the Natural History and Science Museum.

Rio Grande Zoo

Make like a peacock and spend a day at the Rio Grande Zoo. Tip - best times to view the animals are either early in the morning or just before dawn.

Zoo Concert Series

There's still time to catch a concert at the zoo, an annual ABQ summer must-do.

Tingley Beach

Enjoy nature just a few minutes from downtown Albuquerque. Fish, walk, hike, relax, sail a model boat or start a bike ride.

The Botanic Garden

An oasis in the middle of the desert.


Every first and third Friday of each month, the Albuquerque Arts Business Association presents an ARTScrawl tour by district. These events include exhibit openings, receptions, demonstrations, and special events. A Route 66 ARTScrawl tour will take place on July 19, and a city-wide ARTScrawl gallery tour will take place on August 3.

Farmers Market

Fill your fridge and pantry with fresh local produce at one of Albuquerque's local farmer’s markets. Other items to choose from when perusing these markets are salsas, sauces, nutty mixes, baked goods, candy, you name it, the list could go on. Go downtown, uptown, to the northeast heights, to Nob Hill, or to any village surrounding Albuquerque, and you will find a farmer’s market filled with all the proper ingredients.

The Little Gym of Albuquerque

Kids just want to cut loose before heading back to school and they can have some serious fun at The Little Gym of Albuquerque. The Little Gym is the world's premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids ages four months through 12 years.

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Comment by Ron Da Bomb on July 16, 2013 at 9:09pm

All good ideas! I think we're gonna check out one of my fave bands, Ozomatli for Summerfest...


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