Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania


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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

March 5, 2014 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring show is coming up this weekend but don’t pay the full admission price… get $1 off using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico from March 7 – 9, 2014.  Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking and painting to pottery and jewelry… and much more.

Kids can enjoy creating their own work of art at the Kids’ Creation Station, and naturally there will be food vendors to feed you everything from fajitas to gyros, plus specialty food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples! The festival also includes live entertainment, although at time of writing their website doesn’t give the entertainment schedule yet. Hmm, that’s strange, they usually have the line-up in place by now. But previous performers have included Syd Masters and the Swing Riders and Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, so expect some good grooves whoever is on the roster this year.

Regular adult admission is $7 or you can get a 3-day pass for $9, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

If you use the $1 discount coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday March 7 through Sunday March 9, 2014
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 24, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Zoo Boo

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Albuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with the annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo on October 26, 2013, and kids get free admission!

The 25th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 26, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID. (Adult admission is $12.50 for non-residents.)

If you want to do the math another way, if one New Mexico resident grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for less than $2 per person!  ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets. Make sure the small humans go in costume though! (As if you could stop them.)

Expect to spook it up at the Albuquerque Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats
  • Trick-or-treating with candy from local sponsors
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • A screaming contest with the first round starting at 12:30 pm. Boy, I should enter that. Especially if they have any of those creepy-crawlies on the loose at the zoo!
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids and the Albuquerque Zoo Boo at the ABQ BioPark provides a fun alternative to trick-or-treating.  Zoo Boo has been the zoo’s busiest day of the year in past years, and it gives the parents a price break! It’s great that the event is celebrating its quarter century.

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Albuquerque Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying adult.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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Survival New Mexico: August 24-25

August 20, 2013 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make a survival bow, and an archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • Wagon rides
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, make a leather pendant, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 24-25, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania

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Lavender in the Village Festival 2013

July 9, 2013 by  
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The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Lavender in the Village festival includes live entertainment, cooking demos, how to grow lavender, lavender crafts and activities, and plenty for the kids to do.  They’ve got new additions to this sweet summer festival for 2013, including beekeepers and meet a mule or donkey!

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos on Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14, 2013, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender demonstrations
  • Live music including Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, The Sandivas, and Railyard Reunion Band.
  • Kids’ activities in the Children’s Tent including music with Susie Tallman & Friends, face painting, storytelling, and the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm.
  • A Pet Parade on July 13 at 10 am with awards (it’s free to register your own pet to the parade, from 9 am)
  • Wine tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Los Ranchos Beekeepers will be talking about honey bees and how to get started keeping your own bees, with demonstration hives on site.
  • Meet donkeys or mules, courtesy of the Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on July 14 at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

Check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule as there’s far too much going on to mention it all here.

Admission is a little higher than last year at $5 for adults. But it’s still only $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10.

The Agri-Nature Center (4920 Rio Grande Boulevard) is the hub of the event, although they only have handicapped parking available there, and no other public parking. Festival park and ride shuttles will be available.

Lavender in the Village admission includes activities at all locations except a few special events, such as participation in the fun run.

Lavender in the Village Festival takes place:

  • When: July 13 and July 14, 2013
  • Time: 8 am to 4 pm both days
  • Where: Various Los Ranchos locations, with The Agri-Nature Center as the focus for many events and entertainment, but also including the Growers’ Market, Casa Rondeña Winery.
  • Price: $5 adults, $2 for kids, free for kids under 10 – cash only

The Lavender in the Village map of festival locations also shows park and ride shuttle routes – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk!

–Tania

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Free Admission to Albuquerque BioPark for Kids

May 30, 2013 by  
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Free admission to Albuquerque Bio Park for kids this summer

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Update 5/31: Cancelled! Sorry guys, it turns out that although this information was still showing on the ABQ BioPark website on May 30 when I posted this deal, I’ve learned from the press office people that they’ve discontinued the “Summer Mondays” discount that has been running for several years. They will NOT be offering free admission to kids on Mondays.

The BioPark has now removed that info from their FAQ page. I’ll leave this post up for a couple of days as a correction before removing it from ABQ on the Cheap.

Here’s a great way for children to enjoy free admission to Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden without breaking the bank this summer 2013!

Every Monday starting Monday June 3 through Monday August 26, 2013 , one paying adult can bring up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission to Albuqurque BioPark   for the kids.  The admission for the paying adult is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID, and $12.50 for out-of-state visitors. If you bring four kids with you, that adds up to a saving of $16. What a bargain!

This is a great summer deal for a family outing. Or use it for a playdate for the young ones. Or just turn up on the Mondays if you’d like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price, and a child admission is for ages 3 to 12.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins the Monday after Memorial Day and ends the Monday before Labor Day.

Children aged under 3 always get free admission to Albuquerque BioPark, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

Mama’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow… Let’s all sing along and enjoy this great summer deal that gives parents and others offering child care a price break this summer!

–Tania

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ABQ Folk Festival: 2 for the Price of 1 Ticket Deal, or Get $5 Off, plus Free Camping

April 23, 2013 by  
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You won’t want to miss the 2013 Albuquerque Folk Festival on Saturday June 1, and you won’t want to miss these advance ticket discounts either…

Right now you can get 2 adult tickets for $15 in a limited time deal at this link via Living Social – the regular adult ticket price is $20 each if you wait to buy on the day, or $15 each in advance. I’m not sure how long this BOGO offer runs, or if there’s any cap on the ticket quantity.

Then gather up the family to enjoy fabulous folk music and dance at the Albuquerque Folk Festival on Saturday June 1, 2013.  The festival runs from all day from 10 am to 11 pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, with performances on three stages, music and dance workshops, lots of great stuff for kids, and jam sessions for all.

Albuquerque Folk Festival tickets cost $20 for adults on the gate.  BUT if you miss the BOGO offer to get 2 adult tickets for $15 via Living Social (only available at the link, not from the festival itself), you can still save $5 on adult tickets simply by purchasing tickets in advance from the music shop locations listed at the festival’s website. That brings the adult ticket price down to $15 per person, which is still a pretty good deal for a full day of entertainment.

Plus you can camp free of charge on the Balloon Museum grounds, with admission to start camping from Friday May 31 at 3 pm, and you don’t have to decamp until Sunday at 2 pm. That means you can make a weekend of it, and join in the jamming on Friday and Saturday nights! Camping is available for tents and RVs, see the info at the website.

Other ticket prices for the festival:

  • $5 for kid’s tickets for ages 12-18, and the festival is totally free for children aged 11 and under.
  • $15 for seniors (65+), students aged 18-25, and military spouses.
  • $5 for active duty military
    For all the reduced rate tickets, take your ID!  There’s no advance purchase discount for these, only for adult tickets.

This year’s folky fun includes:

  • A slate of first-rate folk music performances including Le Chat Lunatique, Squash Blossom Boys, Zoltan Orkestar and many more.
  • Storytelling, giant puppets and a children’s tent with dance, music, and games
  • Music workshops from ABCs of Banjo, to Build a Washtub Bass, to Celtic Singers
  • Jamming  and a band scramble (take your instrument – there’s a free instrument check room to leave it when you’re not playing)
  • Dance workshops from contra dance, to Scottish country dance, to belly dancing with a veil (I never go anywhere without my veil!)
  • Food vendors, and they usually have folk and musical items for sale too
  • A barn dance

Albuquerque Folk Festival offers far more activities than we can possibly mention, so check out their site to see all the options for this great family-friendly event.

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

–Tania

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Festival $1 Off Admission

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 13th Annual Holiday show runs during this Thanksgiving weekend, and you can get $1 off admission using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, from November 23 to 25, 2012, at EXPO New Mexico. Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art. They can also become a work of art with facepainting, or play in the sandbox. Entertainment in the Jingle Bell Square includes visits from Santa Claus (11 am – 3 pm daily) and at various times you might hear a storytelling elf, Victorian carolers, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Mariachi Fiesta International, and other musical performers.

Of course there will be food vendors for lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  If you use the $1 discount admission coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Holiday Ole & BOGO Free Ticket Deal

November 6, 2012 by  
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Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday OleEvery year, the Junior League of Albuquerque hosts the Holiday Olé festive shopping extravaganza. The good news is: you can get
two Holiday Ole tickets for the price of one at the link if you purchase tickets in a limited time deal. The better news: proceeds benefit local charities.

I was just about to write a post about the 2012 Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé on Sunday November 18, when I spotted this two Holiday Ole ticket deal – oh serendipity! Especially as the regular ticket price has increased this year to $10 each so the Living Social offer to get two tickets for the price of one is a no-brainer at $10 for two tickets or $20 for four tickets.

More than four people going holiday shopping? It’s fine to buy multiple sets of tickets, although of course that works better if you have an even number in your party, as the half price tickets are sold in pairs.

Holiday Ole is on Sunday, November 18 at Hotel Albuquerque, and usually features all kinds of artsy craftsy stuff, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, and other gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers from Albuquerque retailers. Shop Olé runs from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé is from 2 pm to 5 pm, with Santa Claus and holiday activities.

Regular priced tickets are $10 if you miss the current BOGO free ticket deal, and tots under age 2 go free.

Holiday Ole will also hold a brunch with a guest panel at 10 am, and tickets for that (available from the Junior League of Albuquerque website) cost $50, which includes admission to shopping and Santa too, and brunch tix must be purchased in advance as none will be available at the door. No deals on brunch – sorry! :-)

Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé 2012 will be held:

    • When:  Sunday November 18
    • Time:  Shopping from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé with Santa from 2 pm to 5 pm.
    • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
    • Price: $10 regular admission, or nab the limited time Living Social Deal for 2 tickets for $10 or 4 tickets for $20. Free admission for kids aged under 2.

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

–Tania FYI:  I’ve given my Living Social affiliate link.

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ABQ BioPark Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 26, 2012 by  
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Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark ZooAlbuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with Zoo Boo on October 27, 2012, and kids get free admission!

The 24th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 27, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $10. If you want to do the math another way, if one grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for $2 per person! (ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets.)

Expect to spook it up at ABQ Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats.
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots.
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • I Scream for Funky Monkey Ice Cream Contests at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.
  • PLUS they promise “sweet treats” from local sponsors handing out candy throughout the zoo.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids, and the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Boo provides a fun alternative to trick or treating.  Zoo Boo is the zoo’s busiest day of the year, and it gives the parents a price break!

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying ($10) adult.  Taking more kids? It’s an additional $4.50 per child.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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