Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: July 6

June 30, 2014 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday July 6, 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday July 6 between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also be offering a free guided tour of the museum exhibits, although it’s 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.

You can visit the  museum’s displays for free, including T-Rex Attack and the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.



Free Zoo Admission June 30 Open House

June 29, 2014 by  
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We’ve just had word that admission to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo will be free to visitors on June 30, 2014.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo will be free to enter on Monday June 30 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Zoo Open House is for the final public information session of the master planning process for the ABQ BioPark.

You’ll be able to see a display of plans and ideas all day in the gazebo just inside the zoo’s main entrance. You’ll also be able to chat with the folks from the planning team and ask any questions between 11 am and 1 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to go to the zoo, see the new ideas, and give your input on the master plan.

Note that the BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden is NOT part of the free admission offer. You’ll still have to pay regular admission to those facilities on Monday.

Thanks to Phil for passing on the word to us!



Free Movies Under the Stars

June 26, 2014 by  
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Free outdoor Movies Under the Stars for all the family on four Fridays this summer, ending on August 15 2014.

City of Rio Rancho free outdoor movies this summer 2014 are shown on a super-size inflatable screen at dusk and all the movies are family-friendly. The  Movies Under the Stars screenings are all at Cabezon Park and they start at dusk, so grab your picnic, and a blanket or folding chair.

These are the six Friday dates for this summer:

  • June 27 – Little Giants
  • July 11 – Wings of Life
  • July 18 – Dolphin Tale
  • July 25 – The Lego Movie
  • August 1 – E.T.
  • August 15 – The Nut Job

Take your picnic or your popcorn, but no alcohol is allowed.

Obviously the outdoor movies depend on the weather and programs may change, so you can check this City of Rio Rancho link  to find out any updates on Free Movies Under the Stars.



Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2014, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2014. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 31 2014 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 29: The New Hit Squad
  • July 6: Twisted Mojo
  • July 13: Rio Rancho Jazz Band
  • July 20: Little Hawk
  • July 27: Flyin A’s
  • Aug. 3: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 10: The New Hit Squad
  • Aug. 17: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 24: Rio Rancho Concert and Jazz Bands
  • Aug. 31: Recurve

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.



Free Zoo Entry With Free Summer Fun Roadshow

June 23, 2014 by  
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Here’s a fun free morning at the Zoo courtesy of the free summer fun roadshow from our friends Jackie, Tony & Donnie in the Morning at 100.3 The Peak.

You can get free admission to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Thursday July 3, 2014, between
6 am
and 10 am, for the Free Summer Fun Roadshow by Jackie, Tony & Donnie of 100.3 The Peak.

Jackie, Tony & Donnie will be broadcasting live from a tent at the Zoo, and talking with the zookeepers about their animals.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo is firm about the timing in their free summer fun roadshow event details, and if you turn up later you’ll have to pay regular admission. So get there early and allow time to park as it’ll probably be busy.

It’s a great way to get into the zoo for free, and we all know that Jackie, Tony and Donnie are just a super-fun bunch to hang out with.  At the zoo entrance, 100.3 The Peak will be collecting donations to the Roadrunner Food Bank to help feed children in New Mexico. Although zoo admission is free, visitors are asked to take a donation of canned goods or non-perishables.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.



Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

June 23, 2014 by  
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Santa Fe Opera free summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Weekly until August 23, 2014.

Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days give a behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings this summer 2014 through August 23.   Turn up at the Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, they start at 8:30 am. But it’ll be worth it for the Santa Fe Opera free Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous.

  • When: Saturday mornings until August 23, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins and talk, followed by the tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Friday until August 22, 2014, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $10 or $8 for seniors. Children and young adults aged up to 22 years go free! Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.



Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky

June 23, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night SkyThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky in a series running on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday June 25, 2014, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features a performance of “Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves” by FUSION Theatre Company.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare food, various food trucks and vendors will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the summer 2014 dates for Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky featuring different guest performers each time. They’re all on Wednesdays at the Balloon Museum:

  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 6

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

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



Free Bee & Pollinator Awareness Day: June 22

June 21, 2014 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, at the Bees, Bats, and Butterflies event on June 22, 2014.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the Bee, Bats and Butterflies Pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center on Sunday June 22 between 10 am and 3 pm, you do get to taste honey and see a bee hive. You can also learn about pollinator-friendly plants to grow in your garden, and meet an Albuquerque beekeeper to find out how you could do it yourself.

Other activities for adults and kids include:

  • Put on a beekeeping suit and have your photo taken (sounds fun! How will anyone know it’s YOU though?)
  • Make a native bee house
  • Make pollinator plant seed balls
  • Make rolled beeswax candles
  • See the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Life Cycle display
  • 10:30 am: Presentation on the Butterfly Life Cycle, Wings of Enchantment
  • 11:30 am: Bats as Pollinators presentation by William Gannon, a UNM Biologist
  • 1 pm: Mead Making presentation with Phil Grosfblatt
  • 2 pm: Basics of Beekeeping Presentation

They are also promising pollinator plant giveaways. See all the Bee, Bats, and Butterflies Pollinator Awareness Day info at the link.  The bee celebration takes place:

  • When: Sunday June 22, 2014
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of the National and New Mexico Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise pollinator awareness of species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, and if you’re interested in keeping bees yourself, don’t forget to check out the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a great resource for anyone interested in urban beekeeping.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).



Water Exercise Classes: $2.50 or Less

June 21, 2014 by  
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Cheap water exercises classes in AlbuquerqueWater exercise classes at City of Albuquerque swimming pools are just $2.50 each, or even cheaper if you splash out on a 10 lesson punch card!

I love water aerobics – you keep your cool, get fit, reduce stress with a good splash around, and they’re usually a lot of laughs.  Well, I’ve noticed that people laugh at ME anyhow.

The water exercise classes at Albuquerque swimming pools are super value too – just $2.50 a splash or save $4 on ten classes when you buy a punch card for 10 classes for $21. Classes are ongoing,  so you can twang into your Lycra and join in at any time!

Participating swimming pools offer various schedules of morning and evening classes:



Cheap Family Movies Summer 2014: $1 Tickets

June 8, 2014 by  
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Take your pick of these cheap family movies deals to take the kids to see films for only $1 per ticket. These two summer 2014 programs are through Cinemark and Regal/UA cinemas.

Cheap Family Movies with Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

Albuquerque cinemas participating in the national Summer Movie Clubhouse promotion are Cinemark Movies 8 and Cinemark Movies West. They show different movies each week, all rated either G or PG. All tickets – for adults or children – cost $1.

Get a PDF of movie schedules at these links, and also a coupon for $1 off a Movie Snack Pack, or a candy upgrade:

The $1 movies at Cinemark Movies 8 are on Tuesdays at 9:30 am to July 29.
The $1 movies at Cinemark Movies West are on Wednesdays at 9:30 am to July 30.

Each venue shows the same movie each week, so it just depends which location suits you better, and whether you prefer to go on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.  The program of films is:

  • Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11:  Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • June 17  and 18:  Epic
  • June 24 and 25:  The Croods
  • July 1 and 2:  Turbo
  • July 8 and 9: Not sure yet!
  • July 15 and 16: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 22 and 23:  Walking with Dinosaurs
  • July 29 and 30: The Lego Movie

You’ll find Cinemark Movies 8 at 4591 San Mateo Boulevard NE, and Cinemark Movies West at 9201 Coors NW.

Cheap Family Movies with Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Entertainment’s Summer Movie Express 2014 Family Film Festival starts this week in Albuquerque, also with G and PG rated movie tickets at $1 each. The cheap family movies run every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am for nine weeks until August 6.

The Summer Movie Express 2014 Family Film Festival has two participating Regal/UA cinemas in Albuquerque: the Regal Winrock Stadium 16 and Cottonwood Stadium 16.

Movies kick off with these films showing this week and next week:

  • Week 1: Hotel Transylvania on Tuesday June 10, and The Smurfs on Wednesday June 11
  • Week 2: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 on June 17 and The Pirates: Band of Misfits on June 18

See the complete Summer Movie Express 2014 schedule at this link.

Just pick up the $1 movie tickets at the box office. It’s the same $1 price whether you’re an adult or a kid. Of course, seating is limited, based on the theatre’s capacity, and tickets are first-come, first-served.

Plan to stand in line for tickets, but it’s probably well worth the effort. And you can spend your saved dollars on popcorn! A portion of the $1 ticket fee for the Summer Movie Express cheap family movies series will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

Regal Winrock Stadium 16 is at 2100 Louisiana Boulevard, NE. The Cottonwood Mall Stadium 16 is at 10000 Coors Blvd NW .



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