Deals at Hyatt Tamaya, Jackalope, Free Acupuncture, Explora Adult Night, Free & Cheap Things to Do & More

Need a perk up? Here’s a grab bag of fun deals including attractions from Cliff’s Amusement Park to Explora, some super travel deals if you need a New Mexico staycation or fancy skiing on the cheap, and some ideas of free or low cost things to do this MLK holiday weekend and next week…

Free & Cheap Things to Do This Holiday Weekend

Adult Night at Explora today Friday January 18 offers ‘Robotic Critters’ activities from 6:30 to 10 pm. The evening is for adults age 18+ only, and admission of $8 (or $5 for seniors 65+) includes food samples from Whole Foods, live music by Entourage jazz band, film shorts from the 2012 Robot Film Festival and Godzilla vs. Megalon. Plus you can view the night-sky with The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, while members of High Desert Amateur Radio Club fiddle with their equipment and try to contact folk abroad, who might be a tad cross if they wake them up in the middle of their nights. But presumably they know what they’re doing and will target awake foreigners. Sounds like a great date to me!

See the movie Sense and Sensibility free on Saturday January 19 at 11 am at the Downtown Main Library on Copper. The movie is adapted from the Jane Austen novel, starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, and it’s part of this month’s free Books to the Big Screen series mentioned in my earlier post.

It’s Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on January 19 and 20, with a 50% discount on all individual tickets when you zoom down to the Zoo or to the Aquarium and Botanic Garden. Admission for New Mexico residents on half-price weekend is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.  Take your ID! (For those unfortunate enough to reside outside New Mexico, the fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, $2 for children.)

Free workshops at The Home Depot for handy men and women include classes on Martha Stewart Living speciality paint and finishes to create various decor effects, and another on kitchen design (both on Saturdays in January) and a Sunday class on design storage. These all run an hour to 90 minutes, check for times and details at the link.

National Parks Fee-Free Day on January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means you can get into all National Parks in New Mexico (and elsewhere) that usually charge for admission… without paying a cent.

Join a free Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk this weekend, choosing from a guided bird walk at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday, or naturalist-led tour through the bosque on Sunday at 1 pm. The walks are free, but if you’re parking at the site the fee is $3 per vehicle, at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW. They also have a Twilight Hike on a Moonlit Night on Thursday January 24 and start time is provided when you make your booking at (505) 344-7240.

Albuquerque’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March and Parade steps out on January 20, starting at 1 pm from the University/Martin Luther King NE intersection, heading Downtown to Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum admission is free on Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, and the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is also free on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. At Coronado State Monument admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Take a Free Tour of the Torreón Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from noon – 4 pm on Sundays  to see the masterful Frederico Vigil 4,000 square foot fresco depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm.

Get 30% off Everything at Thrift Town on Monday January 21, in their Martin Luther King Jr. Day sale. The sale excludes gift cards and already-reduced Color Tag items.

Deals & Freebies: Ongoing or Next Week

Get TWO Cliff’s Ride Passes for half price at the link, at $25 for the two passes worth $51.90.  A Ride Pass includes admission, and unlimited rides all day. You can also add on a $25 Fun Card at half price, so
$37 gets you TWO Ride Passes plus the $25 Fun Card
to spend on food, games, etc. That $37 package is worth $76.90. Both Ride Passes in the Groupon offer must be used in one visit by May 31, 2013.

It’s Parents Ski Free Week at Sipapu from January 21 – 27, when one parent gets a free lift ticket with the purchase of a teen or child full price full day lift ticket. Mention the Parents Ski Free deal when picking up the lift ticket for your kid. Not a parent? See our round-up post of  Sipapu discounts and freebies for skiers this season.  

Free Acupuncture for New Patients at Casita Community Acupuncture on Wednesdays January 23 and 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. Their new year special offer means new patients don’t have to pay for the treatment, or the usual first-time patient paperwork fee. They’re at 2117 San Mateo NE.

Free AMP Concerts next week give you a lunchtime musical break with The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo on January 22 at noon at Erna Fergusson Library, and January 23 at noon at South Broadway Cultural Center Library. Although tickets are free, register in advance at the link.

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa has a third night free deal for stays through December 30, 2013. According to an email from the deliciously relaxing resort (I’ve stayed there, I know of what I speak, although by the time I leave I generally can’t speak at all) when you book two nights you’ll sleep free the third night, using the promo code: FRTIME

La Posada De Santa Fe Resort & Spa gives you a room for two from $109 at the AAA Four Diamond resort, in an under half price deal via Living Social, while Groupon’s current Southwestern travel deals include 40%+ discounts at Santa Fe’s Hotel St Francis and the new and shiny Luxx Plaza Hotel, and at Angel Fire Ski Resort.

Jackalope has a promo for 15% Off all Furniture from India through the month of January. Some of it looks gorgeous although I have no room in my house for new furniture. Things are a little tight around here space-wise, especially after Christmas feasting and adding on a few pounds. I can barely navigate through the existing furniture as it is. In fact, I’m having to put Mr Cheap in the attic. If YOU have space for new furniture, the discount is at both the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Jackalope locations.

Seen a great deal or free or cheap event I should mention? Drop me an email to let me know,  and Albuquerque businesses or event organizers can also fill in our Submit Your Deal form.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.


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