The Best Educational and Kid-Friendly Places In And Around Albuquerque, New Mexico

When kids think about an educational place to spend the day learning new things and acquiring knowledge, immediately the image of a boring day comes to mind. Luckily, New Mexico is full of interesting places where children will learn and spend a day full of fun! When kids enjoy and have fun, it’s easier to engage them in what they are seeing. These places will do the job. Combining fun and learning, kids will not want to leave!

Where: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Wednesday 9am – 5pm | Thursday: 10am – 6:30pm | Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm | Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Admission: Adults: $7.50 | Children: $5 | Free Under: 12 months.

As its name says, this is a museum especially for children! Once your kids visit the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, it will become their favorite place!

The Museum offers more than 30 hands-on, interactive and educational exhibits as well as a 1.5-acre garden, magnetic building tables, a dress-up puppet theatre and so much more! There are also many special events and weekly programs if they want to have an excuse to go back!

Where: 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily
Admission: Adults: $8 admission. $7 planetarium show | Children: $5 (Ages 3 to 12). $4 planetarium show | Free Under: 2 years.

At the Museum of Natural History and Science kids will learn about dinosaurs, New Mexico’s wildlife, and so much more through amazing exhibits.

They will also be able to visit the Planetarium and see incredible events on space and the universe! If this is not enough, the Dynatheater shows 3D educational movies for kids to enjoy while they learn something new! Both children and adults will enjoy the Museum of Natural History and Science.

Where: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am-6pm | Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Admission: Explora Members: Free | Children (ages 1-11): $6 | Children under age 1: Free | Adults (ages 12-64): $10 | Seniors (age 65+, with ID): $7 | Students or Military (with ID): $7

The Explora Science Center offers many fun hands-on activities that the entire family can enjoy!

You can also check the programs for kids out of school time, classes for children preschool-8th grade including robotics club, and so much more!

Where: 2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: 9am – 4:30pm daily
Admission: Adults: $14.50 | Children: $6 (Ages 3 to 12) | Discount: New Mexico Resident discounts & senior discounts.

Learn everything about native New Mexico plant species as you wander through breathtaking gardens and exhibits including the Desert Conservatory, the Mediterranean Conservatory, Camino de Flores and so much more!

Fall in love with New Mexico’s nature at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden!

Where: 903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: Gates open 9am – 4:30pm daily. Park closes at 5pm
Admission: Adults: $14.50 (Over 13) | Children: $6 (Ages 3 – 12) | Discount: Seniors $7.50 | Free Under: 2 years

The entire family will really enjoy a visit to the ABQ BioPark Zoo!

You will see animals in their environment as you learn about them thanks to the incredible exhibits! From elephants to penguins, you will find many interesting animals and see how well cared they are!

Where: 2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
Hours:  9am – 4:30pm daily
Admission: Adults – $14.50 | Seniors (65+) – $7.50 | Children (3-12) – $6 | Children (2 and under) – Free
New Mexico Residents (with current proof of residency*): Adults – $10 | Seniors (65+) – $5.50 Children (3-12) – $5 | Children (2 and under) – Free

Immerse yourself in a wonderful journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to the Gulf of Mexico and discover fabulous animals along the way!

Turtles, bamboo sharks, stingrays, and so many more animals are waiting for your visit!

Where: 87 West Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA
Hours:  Mid-March – End of October: 10am to 6pm | November – Mid-March: Noon to 4pm
Admission: Adults: $9.00 | Seniors: $7.00 | Students: $5.00 | Children under 5: Free

Curious about animals and plants of New Mexico and the Southwestern United States ecosystems? Then you will love this place!

You will see many animal and plant species being taken care of, and see how the enrichment programs of Wildlife West Nature Park ensure animals’ welfare.

Where: 727 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad, NM, USA
Hours: Visitor Center 8 am open. 5pm/7pm-close.
Admission: Adults: $10. Tours are from $7 | Children: Free. Tours from $4 | Discount: They offer Fee Free Days on certain holidays | Free Under: 15 years

Both kids and adults will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery of this place.

Discover deep rocky canyons, high ancient sea ledges, desert wildlife and more! The Chihuahuan Desert offers incredible scenery to create beautiful memories with the family! See and learn about more than 119 caves hidden beneath the surface!

Where: 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM, USA
Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon, Wed – Sat | 12pm – 5pm Sun. | Closed Tuesdays
Admission: Adults: $7 | Children: $5 (Ages 4-12) | Free Under: 3 years.

Childhood is always full of curiosity, and most kids often feel very attracted to space and the universe.

If this is the case for your child, then the New Mexico Museum of Space History is the right place to visit! Kids will learn about rockets, missiles and space technology. From rocket experiments exhibitions to a mock-up of the International Space Station, there’s plenty to see and enjoy!

Where: 84 Rd 2900, Aztec, NM, USA
Hours: Daily 8 am – 5 pm
Admission: Adults: $5 | Children: $5 over 15 | Free Under: 15 years

Is there anything more enriching than seeing the actual ancient structures of a culture? Aztec Ruins National Monument is the keeper of a community of archaeological sites along the Animas River.

Visitors can go on an Aztec West self-guided tour, and children can become a Junior Ranger and pledge to protect the national parks!