Santa Fe might not be at the top of your list for spots to visit this summer, but the New Mexico city has so much for families to do and see — and they’re all educational! Get your kids out and about this summer with one of these four Santa Fe experiences, all of which will teach them something new.
OK to Go, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Kids can create their own art masterpiece in relation to the current exhibits at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum this summer with the new OK to Go program. The OK to Go program take place on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. And this summer, on select Saturdays, families can view the museum’s exhibits before normal business hours and the make their own work of art all together. This special family program takes place on June 28, July 19 and Aug. 2, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, the museum also offers kid-friendly packets that challenge children to think about the different pieces of art they see throughout the various rooms. These Discovery Guides are available year-round. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. Admission rates vary per program.
Kite- and Mask-Making, Museum of International Folk Art
Explore the Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan and Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico exhibits with your kids before making your own kites and masks at the Museum of International Folk Art this summer. Children of all ages can learn about the different styles of kites and masks from different cultures and then make their own. An area to listen to animal stories is also available, which is great for little ones. For a less hands-on experience that is just as fun, pick up an iPod touch and head to the Girard Wing of the museum for an interactive tour.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $6 to $9 for adults and free for kids age 16 and younger.
Geocaching Challenge, Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grab your GPS and Santa Fe Adventure Passport at the visitors’ bureau before embarking on a treasure hunt throughout the city. Kids will be asked to find clues at each destination and will need to get their passport stamped before moving on to the next spot. After gathering all the clues and having the passport stamped at each location, families can return to the bureau where the challenge concludes with a prize.
The Geocaching Challenge is free for all participants. A GPS can be rented for $25 per day if needed. The visitors’ bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Culinary Experience, Chef’s Table at Terra Restaurant
Cook together as a family at the Chef’s Table at Terra Restaurant, located at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Together, your family will create eight kid-friendly courses before sitting down to eat the freshly cooked family meal. The experience is available for families with children ages 5 and up. The culinary experience costs $150 per adult and $75 per child for the eight courses, though the child’s price can be negotiated based on how many meals he or she participates in preparing. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
Read more on what you and your family can do in Santa Fe this summer by visiting our Santa Fe Destination Guide.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz