Often times, people think of Santa Fe as an adult-friendly travel destination. Much of the Santa Fe scene revoles around the arts, history, and culture. But rest assured; Santa Fe is just as kid-friendly as it is adult-friendly! Santa Fe has activities to keep children of all ages happy; from skiing, hiking, horseback riding and biking trails, to outdoor parks. Santa Fe offers more than 50 scenic parks, from neighborhood rose parks to historical and athletic parks. The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is the city’s largest recreational facility, and offers classes in kayaking, ice skating, yoga, Pilates, cycling and more. Ice skating and hockey is also available during the public skating times at the arena.
If you or your children aren’t interested in the outdoors, then there are still countless activities for you to enjoy with your kids while in Santa Fe. Head to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and join the staff and guest artists in a family-oriented, fun hands-on learning experience. The free monthly program explores ideas and themes found in current exhibitions. Tour the Museum then create your own art. What better way to introduce your kids to the amazing food culture of Santa Fe than to take a family cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking? While there, you and your kids can learn how to make tortillas, red chile sauce, and other treats popular in New Mexico. You can then hit the town to sample more of the delectable cuisine found throughout Santa Fe. For some more guaranteed family fun, head to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum to explore a wide variety of exciting and interactive exhibits. The wide open skies of Santa Fe also give you a great opportunity for star-gazing. Bring your kids to the Santa Fe Community College’s Planetarium on June 6 for some backyard astronomy. Or, on June 13th, journey back in time with the planetarium to study ancient peoples’ observation of the skies and its role in their cultural evolution.
If that’s not enough to keep your kids engaged, then take a trip to a Golondrinas, a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial Life. Golondrinas was once a stop on the Camino Real, but is now a living museum that has preserved the Spanish Colonial and Territorial way of life on a 200 acre ranch. This ranch dates from the early 1700s, and still houses some of the original colonial buildings. While here, you’ll encounter villagers dressed in the styles of the times who will show you how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico. Coming up during the first weekend of June is the Spring Children’s Fair, where costumed villagers can be found shearing sheep, baking bread and more. There are also lots of games and hands-on activities for kids to enjoy. If you need more ideas, or if you’re staying longer in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Children is a great, comprehensive resource full of ideas for kids and families. We look forward to seeing you and your kids when you visit us at our charming Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast!