The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is open with free admission to current and former military personnel on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.
In honor of Veterans Day, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is free to military personnel with ID on November 11 from 9 am to 5 pm. In 2013, November 11 falls on a Monday. The free admission is good for both veterans and current service members, but remember to take your military ID.
If you get a chance to talk with one of the museum docents, do so! It’s been a highlight at the museum for me to talk with docents who have served in the military and are full of knowledge on the exhibits.
Usual admission is $8 for adults (aged 18-59), $6 for active military and their dependents, $7 for veterans, $7 for seniors 60+ and youngsters aged 6-17, and free for kids aged 5 and under.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank Boulevard SE, six blocks south of Central Avenue at the Southern Boulevard intersection.
This Sam’s Club membership package deal is available for a limited time, and only while supplies last. For $45 you get a one year membership, and they throw in a $20 Sam’s Club gift card too! Plus you get more than $20 worth of free food vouchers.
The offer is for new members only, which is defined as someone who does not have a currently valid membership. Once you join Sam’s Club you get members-only prices on electronics, home products and appliances, kids’ stuff and toys, jewelry, furniture, and whatever the dickens else they sell – plus of course stock up on bulk groceries!
This is a national Sam’s Club deal via Groupon, and once purchased you can start using the membership from November 13, 2013. Membership expires one year from the date the voucher is activated. Read all the fine print at the deal page for details. The offer is valid at all Sam’s Club locations.
The free food vouchers included in the package are valued at $20.14, to redeem in exchange for an Artisan Fresh Rotisserie Chicken, a Main St. Bistro Scalloped Potatoes, and an Artisan Fresh 10” Pippin Apple Pie.
The offer only runs for a few days, and the quantity of deals available is probably capped. So if you’re interested, go to the above links soon.
They reckon the entire $45 package is valued at $85, but that doesn’t take into account any money you save while using the membership to get discount prices. It could be a great way to save on shopping as we head into the holiday season!
There are three Sam’s Club locations in Albuquerque.
–Tania FYI I’ve given you my affiliate link to plug you straight to the deal.
Looking for some free things to do in Albuqeurque this weekend? Whether you want free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other no-cost ways to enjoy this first weekend of November 2013, here are some ideas for you! If you have any freebie ideas of your own, tell us in the comments box below.
Friday November 1
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission all day on the first Friday of the month!
Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on November 1. If your kids are laden down with more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade it in and help a good cause. Dentist participation varies, and so does the swap value of the candy – cash, coupons, or other rewards. The candy is sent via Operation Gratitude or a similar group in care packages to deployed military. We know that Cosmetic Dentristy of New Mexico is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering kids $1 per pound of candy on November 1 from 3-6 pm and on November 2 from noon – 3 pm. Sandia Smiles Dental Center will have their candy buy back (also $1 per pound of candy) on November 4 & 5 from 3-6 pm. Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code
Saturday November 2
Rio Grande Nature Center Free Bird Walk at 8:30 am in the bosque. The guided walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.
Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to build a tabletop ship! Children can take the ship they’ve made home, and they also receive a a workshop apron, a certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin. Crikey – they’ll remember this day for the rest of their lives! Register at the link.
Take a Free Tour of the Torreón Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from noon – 4 pm to see the masterful Frederico Vigil 4,000 square foot fresco depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.
Bookworks Día de Los Muertos event for kids at 12:30 pm includes a craft activity and refreshments, and the featured book is Clatter Bash! Kids are welcome to go in costume or other Day of the Dead adornment. They request an RSVP – see the link – so they have enough craft supplies and food! Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Saturdays from 2 pm – 5 pm.
If you want to visit the museum earlier in the day and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.
Sunday November 3
Studio Sway is under new ownership and the studio is having a grand re-opening celebration with a free Nia Jam on Sunday at 12 noon. (Find Studio Sway at 1100 San Mateo Boulevard NE, by Ace Hardware on the San Mateo/Lomas intersection.) I haven’t tried Nia but all my friends who do it say they love it – for health and for fun. And hey, this Nia Jam is free! So it’s a great chance to try it out.
Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walks A bird walk at 8:30 am and another naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walks are free, but if you’re parking at the site the fee is $3 per vehicle, at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this Sunday November 3. Take your New Mexico ID. Between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also offer a free guided tour of the museum exhibits. The tours are limited to 14 participants, for ages 13+. It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so I’d ask about it as soon as you arrive at the museum.
South Broadway Cultural Center Día De Los Muertos event is from 12 noon – 6 pm, with an art market, live entertainment, face painting, silhouette making, and refreshments. A Day of the Dead film documentary will be screened at noon. The main part of the Día de Los Muertos event is the opening of the Day of the Dead ofrenda exhibit, with art from local artists and community altars. I love this annual exhibit, it’s always beautiful work.
Día de Muertos Marigold Parade The South Valley Marigold Parade starts at 2 pm, and the event runs through 6 pm. See the map at the link for directions and expect food, arts, ofrendas, and music!
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.
If you want to visit the museum later on Sunday and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm. You can also take a free tour of the Torreón Fresco from noon – 4 pm.
Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.
Hope you find some free Albuquerque fun in there to enjoy your weekend!
The Albuquerque Maize Maze hasn’t been quite itself this year and it hasn’t been open in the regular way. However, the Rio Grande Community Farm has now created a 7-acre maize maze and we can enjoy it this weekend!
The main event is the Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday October 26 from noon to 5 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 to join the fun. Pumpkin-themed activities will be accompanied by live music from The Saltine Ramblers and Chuck Hawley. They’ll also have pumpkins for sale and artists painting outdoors. Highlights include:
- 12 noon to 3 pm: Pumpkin painting contest ($2 to enter with the purchase of a pumpkin)
- 12 noon to 4:30 pm: Pie Eating Contest for speedy eaters ($5 entry fee, $3 for kids aged 12 and under)
- 1 pm to 4:30 pm: Pumpkin Olympics on the obstacle course ($2 entry fee)
- 4 pm: Halloween Costume Contest, including a costumed canine category
There are some pretty good prizes in the contests, including packages and gift cards from Hinkle Family Fun Center, Vinaigrette Bistro, La Montanita Co-op, Leisure Bowl, Annapurna’s and lots more.
If you want to visit the Albuquerque Maize Maze at another time this weekend, the opening times are:
- Friday October 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm
- Saturday October 26 from 9 am to 7 pm (The Pumpkin Palooza takes place in the middle of that, from 12-5pm)
- Sunday October 27 from 9 am to 7 pm
Admission is $5 and kids aged under 3 go free.
The 2013 maze is actually a mix of corn and tall sorghum. I don’t suppose many of us will mind.
Rio Grande Community Farm is located at 1701 Montano Road NW, with access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)
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.
Despite the posh-sounding name, the Rio Grande Cup is an event for radio-controlled model sailboats, which I think is actually more fun! And it’s free to cheer the boats on…
The 6th annual Rio Grande Cup Regatta 2013 sets sail this weekend on October 26 and 27 at Tingley Beach, captained by the Duke City Model Yacht Club. I reckon kids (of all ages) would love to go for a walk around the model boat pond to see the fleet of boats race, and I know there’s a lot of skill in racing these model boats, so I expect the competition will be fierce. Landlubbers can go and watch for free, and let’s just hope there are no pirates…
The Rio Grande Cup races start at 11 am on both October 26 and 27. They will race until 4:30 pm on Saturday with a lunch break for the skippers to stock up on vittles. On Sunday, the racing is from 11 am until about 1 pm, followed by a trophy presentation at 1:30 pm.
The Duke City Model Yacht Club will also be doing practices at Tingley Beach on Friday afternoon, October 25, so if you’re in the ‘hood, you could drop by and watch those too.
Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.
Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts this month, featuring Dvorak’s always-popular New World Symphony.
The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on October 25 and October 27, 2013. Both classical concerts feature the same stirring program entitled Expressions of American Optimism. (Boy, do we need some of that at the moment.)
The performance kicks off with Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony #9. That is followed by the contemporary composition The Dharma at Big Sur, by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Adams. Debra Terry joins the orchestra as soloist on electric, six-string violin. Very cool!
The conductor is David Felberg - he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra, has also conducted the New Mexico Symphony, and he’s performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.
The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:
- Friday October 25 at 7:30 pm at St. Therese Church, 3424 4th Street NW
- Sunday October 27 at 4 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Nob Hill, Carlisle & Silver SE. (Note, at time of writing the orchestra website shows the time as 2 pm. But I’m assured the concert has been pushed back to 4 pm, and the website will no doubt be updated soon.)
We plan to go to the Sunday one, so maybe I’ll see you there! Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free. Although they do of course accept donations
Coronado State Monument’s free event this Saturday for all the family…
The Fiesta of Cultures at Coronado State Monument celebrates New Mexican traditions on Saturday October 19, 2013, starting at 10 am.
Admission is free and you can expect to see arts and crafts people and demonstrations too, including drum carving and forging a horseshoe. The event is very much geared towards families with activities to keep the kids occupied. They usually have live musical entertainment too, although I haven’t had any word on that this year. Of course, it’s also a nice opportunity to tour the murals in the Painted Kiva and enjoy the John Gaw Meem architecture at the Visitors’ Center. Food vendors? Yep, so you can snack while enjoying the view.
Coronado State Monument Fiesta of Cultures gets festive:
- When: Saturday October 19, 2013
- Time: From 10 am to 3 pm
- Where: Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
- Price: Admission is free!
Coronado State Monument is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.
The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday October 17, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.
Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy has designed the event for this month’s free Thursday evening on October 17. Of course you’ll be able to hear poetry performances throughout the evening, as well as listen to music and watching dancers from hip hop dance crews. There will also be a chance to participate in an artist–led mural inside the museum. The community night provides a great opportunity to check out the current gallery exhibit African American Art in the 20th Century, on tour from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
In between the activities, visitors can grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.
Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:
- Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm – this is a new free afternoon that they’ve recently added!
- Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
- All day on the first Wednesday of the month
Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.
The regular admission price is:
- $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID. (Ages 13 – 64)
- BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults/teens if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
- $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
- $1 for kids aged 4-12.
- Children aged 3 and under go free.
If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.
When Albuquerque BioPark increased admission fees last year, they introduced two-tier pricing. New Mexico residents get cheaper admission to the Zoo and the Aquarium and Botanic Garden than out-of-state visitors. So all you locals, always remember to take your ID! Tots aged 2 and under continue to go free.
Everyone near or far gets a price break on admission during the quarterly Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on October 19 and 20, 2013.
All individual tickets are discounted by 50%. That means admission to either the ABQ BioPark Zoo or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden on those dates for New Mexico residents is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.
For visitors to New Mexico, the half-price weekend admission fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, and $2 for children.
This is the one of a series of slated ABQ BioPark half-price weekends, scheduled every three months. So the next discount weekend won’t be until January. Plan ahead and make the most of this one!
It’s a great opportunity to see Rozie the elephant’s new baby elephant. The girl calf was born on October 2 and she has started to venture out into the yard for a few hours each day. You can see the baby elephant’s schedule here. She will be called either Jazmine, Roxy, Nita, or Chamiza. Got an opinion? Vote on your favorite name here at Facebook. I voted for Chamiza… because it’s a native plant but the Z pays fit nicely with other family names. I hope older sister Daizy doesn’t get too jealous of all the attention on the new arrival.
Military families listen up! Remember that military (both active and non-active) always get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.
Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged 2 and under, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.