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Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Children's Museum
The Santa Fe Children's Museum, opened in 1985, offers fun and engaging hands-on experiences to children up to age 8. Although it was targeted to local families, traveling families with young children... Read More
The Santa Fe Children's Museum, opened in 1985, offers fun and engaging hands-on experiences to children up to age 8. Although it was targeted to local families, traveling families with young children have embraced it, too. Their mission: to enhance the joy and sense of discovery children have while "cultivating habits of inquiry in the arts, sciences, and humanities." A 2011 expansion included 1,200 feet of additional exhibit space and a design workshop. Most exhibits are interactive, designed to encourage "cooperative play." The bubble table is the most popular with its assortment of bubble wands. One even yields child-sized bubbles. Check out the giant Whisper Dishes in the garden. Speak softly into one and the message comes in loud and clear to the person standing at the second one 60 feet away. Be sure to check out the organic gardens with working examples of solar and water catchment systems.
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Wed,: Sat; 10am-5pm
- Thu: Noon-8pm
- Fri: 9am-5pm
- Sun: Noon-5pm
- Residents $5
- Museums: "Every Thursday, the museum celebrates "Thoroughly Amazing Thursday's" (TAT) when the museum stays open until 6:30pm; children are admitted free after 4pm. Arrive early and you can watch Cornelius the Corn Snake get his once-a-week-feeding at 4:30pm. The evenings always end with a bedtime story."
- Best for Museums Because: The Santa Fe Children's Museum is a great resource for people traveling with young children. Your kids will love it here.