American Girl Saige Albuquerque Event

May 8, 2013 by  
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Fans of the Saige American Girl series can meet the author in Albuquerque this week, at an event for kids at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Jessie Hass, author of the book series featuring Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland, is at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque this Friday May 10, in an event that runs from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  The books Saige and Saige Paints the Sky are about the little girl (and the American Girl Saige doll character) who loves hanging out on her grandma’s ranch in Albuquerque,  where she paints and rides horses and apparently spots lots of hot air balloons. (If you’ve actually read the books and can tell us more, please feel free to comment in the box below!)

In the meet-the-author and storytelling event on Friday, you can also enjoy activities including making art, and seeing live horses. Girls can dress up to suit the Saige theme too, if they like – as a cowgirl or an artist perhaps.

Of course you can buy the book too at the event, co-sponsored by Bookworks, and get Jessie Haas to sign it. That would be super-special for any little girls who love that series!

The American Girl: The Year of Saige event requires the regular Balloon Museum admission fee:

  • Adults:  $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents. Take NM resident ID to get the $1 off admission!
  • Seniors aged 65+:  $2
  • Children aged 4 – 12:  $1
  • Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania. FYI this post contains Amazon affiliate links so you can see more about American Girl Saige. However, I’d encourage you to buy the book from Bookworks at the event itself – that way you can get it signed by the author! 


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Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival: September 30

September 27, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival is a science fest, with live entertainment, solar telescopes, and planetarium shows…

The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on Sunday September 30, 2012, from 1 to 5 pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, with an afternoon of explorations into the world of science. Oh and some music, which always helps my science go down nicely.  Students also have a chance to win a telescope.

The event is included in Balloon Museum admission – make sure you take your New Mexico ID to get the $1 discount on admission for locals. Then it’s $3 for adults, $1 for kids aged 4 – 12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. Seating is limited for the planetarium shows so the minute you arrive, go and collect a free ticket for one of the showings. They run every half an hour from 1:30 pm till last show at 4 pm. Then, once you’ve got your ticket, you can smugly browse around the Cosmic Carnival till your show time arrives.  

Other participants in Cosmic Carnival include the National Museum of Space History, the Fractal Foundation, Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Solar Observatory, and the Very Large Array, which I always think has a very on-point and no-messing-about name. It IS a very large array, so that’s what they call it.  Following that example, Walmart should be renamed:
A Humungously Huge Store that Mrs Cheap Always Gets Lost In.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

Here’s the schedule as I have it at time of writing, including live entertainment:

  • 1 pm:  Friends Forever
  • 1:30 pm: Planetarium shows start every 30 minutes
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music – talented teens with popular songs
  • 2 pm: Introduction to Telescopes talk by Barry Spletzer
  • 3 pm: Sage Harrintgon and Nikelle Gessner
  • 3 pm: Learning the Solar system talk by Roger Kennedy
  • 4 pm:  Breaking Blue
  • 4:45 pm: The Albuquerque Astronomical Society giveaway of a telescope to a student. The giveaway is free but the winner must be present at the time of drawing.

I went to Cosmic Carnival last year and it really was fun and kinda cosmic, man!

Balloon Museum Cosmic Carnival

  • When: Sunday September 30, 2012
  • Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Where: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Price:  Adults:  $3 for New Mexico residents with ID. $4 for adults unfortunate enough to live elsewhere.  Seniors aged 65+:  $2. Children 4 – 12:  $1. Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.

–Tania

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Free Admission to New Mexico Museums: Sept 24

September 20, 2011 by  
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free entry to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque’s Balloon Museum, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and more, saving up to $10 per person when you use the free admission coupon.

Two people get free admission to participating museums across the country this Saturday September 24, 2011, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.   Albuquerque museums joining the party are:

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center

You can’t just turn up and get in free. Sign up for a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day free admission ticket and they’ll email it to you. The ticket covers two people’s admission and is only valid on Saturday September 24, 2011.

Other participating New Mexico museums are:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe)
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Santa Fe)
  • Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell)
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs)
  • Geronimo Springs Museum (Truth or Consequences)
  • Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum (Tucumcari)
  • University Museum, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
  • Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame (Hobbs)
  • Pioneer Store Museum (Chloride)  I’d never heard of Chloride before, but apparently it’s about 40 miles west of Truth or Consequences.

Savvy cheapos might use their ticket for the higher cost museums – such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which usually costs $8 per adult, $7 for kids (kids aged 5 and under go free), especially as it does not have a regular free admission day. But however you spend it, enjoy your free museum day!

–Tania

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Arts in the Park & Cosmic Carnival

September 15, 2011 by  
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Arts in the Park 2011Arts in the Park resumes again after its recent break, with the 2011 series of free Sunday afternoon programs at City of Albuquerque parks.

This Sunday it’s an extra-special Arts in the Park.

Arts in the Park and the Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on September 18, 2011, at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. The event features live entertainment, the Cosmic Carnival, and of course you can browse the Artisan Market for local artwork and jewelry, and buy food and drink from vendors.  

PLUS, everyone gets free admission to the Balloon Museum. I was there again the other week, and (as usual) managed to land my balloon in the lake in the simulated balloon ride doo-hickey.

Arts in the Park is free, and runs from 1 to 5 pm.

At the Cosmic Carnival science festival, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have  solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. There’s also a chance to win a telescope. Other participants in Cosmic Carnival include Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Solar Observatory, Sandia Labs, New Mexicans for Science and Reason, and more.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival, which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

The live entertainment schedule starts at noon:

  • 1 pm:  Macadoo – a band from Los Lunas
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music – talented teens with popular songs
  • 2:30 pm:  ABQ band Asper Kourt
  • 3:30 pm:  Interplay School of Music
  • 4 pm:  The Real Matt Jones – really really the Albuquerque singer/songwriter who’s shared the stage with Rod Stewart. (There’ll be no Rod Stewart at the Balloon Museum, I promise. Although I did hear Rod in person singing Maggie May while I was sitting in my mom’s garden on my recent trip to see family in England. Strange story, but true.)

The Arts in the Park and Cosmic Carnival program on Sunday September 18 is completely FREE, and runs from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

It takes place indoors and outdoors at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.

–Tania

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Weekend Freebies & Deals: Sept 25-26, 2010

September 24, 2010 by  
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Deals, coupons, online, and half price offers for this weekend, including 10% off Jackalope coupon, airline sale from $39, Quiznos $2 off, free Redbox movie, 50% off tickets to Balloon Museum/Fiesta Ball,  discount laser hair removal, golf deal, half price family membership to the Balloon Museum, and more!

Some national Groupon deals are from other cities – but as they’re national online purchases you can buy them wherever you are. Those deals expire midnight Sunday at the local city time zone. Others in the round-up are valid for longer:

$99 for Two Tickets to the Chic-I-Boom Ball on October 9 at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Buy by midnight Sunday. Value is $200 for the two tickets and a parking pass, and the ball swings with Brazilian food, live music and dancing, views of the evening Balloon Glow and fireworks at Balloon Fiesta, and a Balloon Museum tour. (Tickets in this deal via Albuquerque Groupon don’t include entry into the Balloon Glow/Fiesta itself. Which I think is a bit mean but I imagine most guests will be happy staying at the museum for the posh ball and just watching the action from the balcony!)

Frontier Airlines Fall Sale to September 27 with fares as low as $39.

  • Frontier flies direct between Albuquerque and Denver, with lowest fares in this sale currently showing as $39 one way.
  • Connections from the Denver hub to many other US cities are on the Frontier route map
  • Book flights by Monday Sept 27, 2010 (9:59 pm Mountain Time)
  • Travel through December 16, 2010.
  • 7 Day Advance purchase required, and check deal details for travel days, blackout dates around Thanksgiving, and the usual taxes and fees.

$99 for Three Sessions of Laser Hair Removal on brow/lip/chin/underarms and various other parts of the body, or $199 for 3 sessions of laser hair-removal on Brazilian or Basic Bikini Line (value $525). Services are at Albuquerque’s AlluraDerm MD Med Spa. Purchase the Living Social discount laser hair removal deal by Sunday night, use the sessions to September 27, 2011.

$40 for $100 Worth of Photo & Video Digitization with Scan Digital. Send them photos, negatives, slides, VHS tapes, etc (the old technology!) and they send you a DVD back (plus the originals!) with your memories preserved electronically. Buy by Sunday night, redeem services by March 27, 2011.

$35 for a Panoramic Wall Mural ($84 value). A 4 foot wide by 1 foot tall panoramic picture makes a strong statement! Cityscape photos featured in the 2,000 available murals include our own Duke City, Route 66 Diner, etc. but you can also choose panoramic images from Italy to New York to deserts… Shipping is free, buy by Sunday night, redeem by March 27, 2011.

$25 for $50 worth of Maternity Clothing from the online store Belly Dance Maternity. Buy by midnight Sunday, spend the half price certificate on maternity and nursing clothing by November 27, 2010. Tax & shipping not included, but you can use the $50 Groupon value toward tax & shipping.

50% off Golf Gift Certificates for Golf Hub – Get $50 or $100 golf certificates for half price. Albuquerque area golf courses participating currently include Santa Ana Golf Club, but courses may change and there are others across New Mexico too. Ongoing CityDeals 50% off Golf offer (until certificates run out), valid to December 31, 2010.

$29 One Year Family Membership to the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum (Value $60). Buy by midnight Sunday, membership is good for 4 people for a year, with free museum admission, 10% off at the museum gift shop, and other discounts.

Jackalope 10% Off Coupon valid only in the Jackalope Albuquerque store (6400 San Mateo Blvd. NE) to September 30, 2010.

Jericho Nursery 20% Off everything now through Sunday September 26. No coupon needed, just turn up at any Jericho location.

25% off Custom Framing by High Desert Art and Frame – Get 25% off framing by our own Albuquerque High Desert Art and Frame, with the coupon via Premium Shopping Guide, valid to September 30.

Quiznos $2 Off A Sub Get two dollars off a regular or large sub with the coupon to October 4, plus a coupon for $1 off any Choose 2 Combo Meal. We left this out of our original Friday Food Deals post, so we’re adding it here in case you’re in Quiznos Sub Mood this weekend!

Free Redbox Movie Night – Look for the code on your redbox movie rental, enter it at the Thanks A Billion Giveaway site, and get a code for a free rental. Scroll down the link to see where to enter the code – and then use the freebie promo code you receive within 7 days. Limited to 1 free movie night rental per person, promo runs to September 30, 2010. While you’re at the redbox Thanks A Billion Giveaway site, you can also enter the Golden Code game to win prizes, if you can fathom out how it works. I couldn’t :-)

And finally…

50%  off Cliff’s Amusement Park It’s the last chance this season for a half price Cliff’s ride pass on Sunday Sept 26 with the coupon!

Please check individual deal details at the links for terms and any restrictions.

Have a great (cheap!) weekend!

–Tania FYI, I’ve given you my CityDeals, Groupon.com and Living Social affiliate links above to plug you directly to the correct local deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Free Admission to New Mexico Museums: Sept 25

September 16, 2010 by  
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Get free entry to National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, ABQ International Balloon Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and more, saving up to $10 per person when you use the free admission coupon.

Two people get in free to participating museums across the country during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on September 25, 2010.  Albuquerque museums joining the party are:

  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center (UPDATE: It looks at though the NHCC Art Museum is free all day anyway on Sept 25, see our Globalquerque post, so you won’t need your freebie ticket here!)

Sign up for the free admission ticket and they’ll email it to you. The ticket covers two people’s admission and is only valid on Saturday September 25, 2010.

Other participating New Mexico museums are:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe)
  • Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian Santa Fe
  • Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell)
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs)
  • Geronimo Springs Museum (Truth or Consequences)
  • Salmon Ruins Museum ( Bloomfield)
  • University Museum, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
  • Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame (Hobbs)

Savvy cheapos might use their ticket for the higher cost museums – such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which usually costs $8 per adult, $7 for kids (under 5’s go free), and does not have a regular free admission day. But however you spend it, enjoy your free museum day!

–Tania

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Arts in the Park & Cosmic Carnival: September 5, 2010

September 1, 2010 by  
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If you haven’t made it to the free Sunday Arts in the Park series this summer at City of Albuquerque parks (or even if you have, but you want to wrap up the season in style) bring out your picnic blankets this Sunday, for the last blast…

Arts in the Park and the Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on September 5, 2010, at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. This will be an extra-special Labor Day weekend event to close the series, with live entertainment, the Cosmic Carnival, and of course you can browse the Artisan Market.

Arts in the Park is free, and runs from noon to 4 pm.

At the Cosmic Carnival science festival, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have  solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. Other participants in the festival include Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, NRAO Very Large Array, Sandia National Labs, Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, and more.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival, which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

The live entertainment schedule starts at noon:

  • Noon: Jono Manson
  • 1 pm:  Interplay School of Music
  • 1:30 pm: Justin Ray Jackson
  • 2:30 pm: Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico
  • 3 pm:  Nosotros

Arts in the Park and the Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place indoors and outdoors at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE,  just south of Balloon Fiesta Park, North of Alameda.

–Tania

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Fun Free Events this Weekend & for Día de los Niños

April 16, 2010 by  
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Talk about cultural diversity – take your pick of free community events including Suzuki music, swing dance, Día de los Niños celebration for kids, and an environmental talk… at venues from Old Town to Petroglyph National Monument, from Open Space Visitor Center to your local library!

I can’t resist a round-up of some of the most interesting free events sent to ABQ on the Cheap this week or that we’ve spotted in passing. It’s a weekend to try something new!

Saturday April 17, 2010

The Recycled Art Fair at Open Space Visitor Center from 10 am to 4 pm is a free event with arts, crafts, and sustainable living demonstrations, music, a Wolf Meet & Greet, and more.

Hear free music in Old Town by the Suzuki Teachers Association and their students between 2 and 5 pm. Young musicians aged 3 to 18 will perform folk and classical tunes.

There are several family events to celebrate 2010 Día de los Niños at local libraries this Saturday, and at the end of each one, kids can take home a book! (While supplies last). 

  • Los Griegos Library, 10:30 am – Alaskan storyteller and children’s book author Brett Dillingham tells traditional Alaskan tales and Inuit legends.
  • San Pedro Library,  10:30 am – Poetry Slam champ Danny Solis leads fun interactive and bilingual poetry.
  • Tony Hillerman Library, 2 pm – Storyteller Ramona King gets everyone involved with her stories.
  • Juan Tabo Library, 3 pm – Alaskan storyteller and children’s book author Brett Dillingham tells traditional Alaskan tales and Inuit legends.

Sunday April 18

The Recycled Art Fair at Open Space Visitor Center continues – between 10am and 1pm.

Chautauqua speaker Jack Loeffler gives a free talk at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center about his adventures with ‘environmental anarchist’ Edward Abbey. The event starts at 2 pm and although it’s free, they only have room for 25 guests, so it’s first-come, first-served.

Watch or join in with swing dance at Old Town Plaza from the Albuquerque Lindy Exchange, between 12:30 and 3 pm.

*** And note that the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum joins in with Día de los Niños on Wednesday April 14, with a special version of its regular free Stories in the Sky  program from 9:30 to 10:15 am. The kids can enjoy a light breakfast, and Booksworks donates coupons for children’s literature.

–Tania

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Free Event: Everything’s UP Movie Celebration

May 15, 2009 by  
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Many thanks to reader Tyler, age 9, for this great tip!

Here’s a last-minute event we just had to put up on the blog. Sounds like a blast!

Celebrate the release of Disney-Pixar’s  new movie, UP, at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Sunday, May 17 (2009), from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Tons of FREE fun things to do and see, including:

  • A Radio Disney DJ/personality playing music from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Drawing for 4 tickets to Cliff’s Family Fun Center ($100 value!)
  • Balloon inflations (weather permitting)
  • Arts and crafts for all ages
  • Giveaways, including a grand prize ride in a hot air balloon ($160 value!)
  • Hourly drawings for FREE tickets to the Balloon Museum’s special preview showing of UP on May 26

and much, MUCH more! Sounds like a great family event!

The Balloon Museum is located at Balloon Fiesta Park, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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