Beat the Heat | Kids Summer Activities with the Museums

It’s official, school is out and summer is here.  If you need some new ideas for activities to do with the kids, look no further, this is the place for you.

The following are just a few of the upcoming (and often free) family-friendly events hosted by the New Mexico state museums and historic sites.


Hands-on Folk Art Making at the Libraries
Tuesdays, July 9, 11 and 23
Southside and La Farge Libraries
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The libraries are already a great place to take the kids, but the Museum of International Folk Art is taking their education programs beyond the museum walls in this summer series. In this free family program, children will learn about folk art cultures from around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult and all ages are welcome. For more information, please call 505.476.1215.

Southside Library | 6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507
July 9 – Batik Painting

La Farge Library | 1730 Llano St, Santa Fe, NM 87505
July 11 – Medallion Necklaces

Southside Library | 6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507
July 23 – Medallion Necklaces

In partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library.


Making History
Sunday July, 7
New Mexico History Museum | 113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Here comes the sun! We are going to play with light, colors and solar radiation. Experiment with heliographic prints; make a photochromic bracelet with beads that change color in the sun and more. Please bring pre-washed white canvas shoes or a t-shirt for activities. Free with museum admission or for Museum of New Mexico Foundation members.  For more information, please call 505.476.5200.


La LLorona Story Night at Fort Selden
Saturday, July 13
Fort Selden Historic Site
6 to 9 p.m.

Generations of New Mexicans know the story, but you’ve never heard it told quite like this before. Bring the whole family for a special summer night among the ruins at the Fort Selden Historic Site in Radium Springs, New Mexico.

Bring your blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy one of New Mexico’s most famous stories, La Llorona, performed by Rosalia De Aragon.

Admission is $8 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Cash or check only. Sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Call 575.202.1638 for more information. Directions: NM I-25, Exit 19 at Radium Springs, follow the signs.


Hands-on Milagro Making
Sunday, July 14
Museum of International Folk Art | 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
1 to 3 p.m.

In partnership with the International Folk Art Market, join us for a free hands-on family activity and create milagros.  All ages are welcome. Free with Sunday International Folk Art Market admission.  Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America and parts of the Iberian peninsula. For more information, please call 505.476.1200.


To learn more about activities and exhibitions taking place at the four New Mexico state museums in Santa Fe, eight historic sites statewide and the Office of Archaeological Studies, visit the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website here.

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation is the private nonprofit that supports the Museum of New Mexico system through fund development for exhibitions and education programs, financial management, retail, licensing and advocacy.

Exhibitions, public programming and education programs are funded by private support. To become a member or make a donation to a museum, historic site or office of Archaeology, visit museumfoundation.org.