Kids Summer

Kids Summer Magazine

Find exciting things for kids to do this summer in Santa Fe right here!  You can also find this content in our annual Kids Summer Magazine, copies are available at the Santa Fe New Mexican downtown at the Santa Fe New Mexican’s office at 202 E. Marcy Street.  Or to subscribe, click here.

  • Free expression encouraged with a safety belt

    Head to Santa Fe’s newly renovated skate park on De Vargas Street any day of the week after school hours, and you’ll find young people carving, grinding or flipping boards.

    • Updated: April 03


Santa Fe Public Library

Fizz-Boom-Read, this year’s free summer program for kids through age 12, has a science theme. Weekly performances and activities at all libraries for all ages. Prizes for reading and raffles for new bikes. Register at any library. Call or check the website for details. Lending library always free.

Main Library: 505-955-6783

Oliver La Farge Branch Library: 505-955-4863

Southside Library: 505-955-2820


Youth Concerts

Chamber music comes alive in July and August for children and their families in free, interactive, fun and educational Youth Concerts. Performed by Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival artists, these concerts offer a variety of music drawn from the Festival’s regular programming. Held at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival


505-983-2075 x113

Museum of International Folk Art

Exhibitions contain interactive activities, and docents lead hands-on art making with the Art Cart several days each month. Kids 16 and under are always free and on Sundays all New Mexico residents with ID are also free.



Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Free Saturday art workshops for children and families.



New Mexico Museum of Art

From Family Activity Day, April 6, 1-4 p.m. to Ice Cream Social, August 1, 5:30 p.m., enjoy free activities at this wonderful museum near the Plaza. Museum admission always free for kids under 16, for everyone on Fridays from 5-8 p.m. and on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.




Pack your bike and a picnic and head outside to play. Some of the many parks in Santa Fe include:

Alto Bicentennial Park & Pool

1043 Alto St.

Offers playground equipment, biking trails, shady areas, tennis and basketball courts and more. Affordable rates for swimming.

Cathedral Park

East Palace Avenue

Offers shade trees and lots of grass for running around and stretching out.

De Vargas Skate Park

De Vargas St. at Sandoval and the Santa Fe River (Alameda St.)

Santa Fe’s newest skate park offers exciting skateboarding terrain.

Fort Marcy Park

490 Washington Ave.

Offers playground, soccer/football field, baseball field, picnic tables, shade trees and more.

Franklin Miles Park

1027 Camino Carlos Rey (at Siringo Road)

Offers playground equipment, basketball courts, baseball field, skate park, BBQ grills and more.

Check out www.santafechildren.com for hiking and other ideas.

  • College for Kids

    Most kids associate summer with fun, playing from sun up to sundown. Their parents, however, might worry about youngsters falling behind acade…

  • How wonder is born

    At Big Sky Build It! the atmosphere is a mix of Santa’s workshop and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Kids, often partnered up, don goggles…

  • The Kids Summer Poetry Contest

    Calling all kid writers! How would you like a fun summer project and the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the independent children’s bo…

  • Love in action

    “The energy children have is so motivating to everyone at the shelter,” Martin said. “It’s infectious. They always ask such great questions.”

  • So You Want to Be Rock'N'Roll Star

    The Summer Rock Camp offered by Candyman Strings & Things is an intense whirlwind, built around songs chosen by the students.

  • Camps for kids

    Trying to find the right camp for your kids? Get all the details you need to get your kids enrolled. 

City's activities

Santa Fe's Summer Programs

Offers: Affordable and varied summer programs for ages 6-18.

Kids ages 6-12 enjoy activities that include arts and crafts, cooking classes, basketball tournaments, spelling bees and weekly swimming, plus field trips to Albuquerque’s BioPark Zoo, Cliff’s Amusement & Water Park and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Programs will be at six locations: Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo, 301 Avenida del Sur; E.J. Martinez Elementary School, 401 W. San Mateo Road; Capshaw Middle School, 351 W. Zia Road; Carlos Gilbert Elementary School, 300 Griffin St.; Gonzalez Community School, 851 W. Alameda St. and the city’s Monica Roybal Youth Center, 737 Agua Fría St.

This year the teen program partners with the Boys & Girls Club and meets at their 730 Alto St. facility, where they can enjoy the pool, gym, athletic field, computer clubhouse, games room, workout facility and arts and crafts, plus head out on regular field trips.

Sessions: Programs run June 2-July 24, Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: Fees are based on family income and range from $80-$240 for the entire eight-week program, and they include breakfast, lunch and snack. Parents register their children in person, with cash or money order.

To Register: Registration for ages 6-12 will begin at 8 a.m. on May 10 at three locations: the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road; the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto St.; and the Southside Library, 6559 Jaguar Drive. Registration for teens ages 13-18 will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the Carlos Ortega Teen Center, 737 Agua Fría St.

Contact: Edith Martinez at 505-955-6568.

Genoveva Chavez Community Center

3221 Rodeo Road

Offers: A variety of recreational activities for children ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities include swimming, ice-skating, outdoor recreation and arts and crafts.

Sessions: Programs run from June 2-Aug. 1, Monday-Friday. Full-day program is from 7:30-5:30. Half-day sports camp is from 8:30-noon.

Cost: $135/week, full day; $55/week, sports camp; registration begins April 14.

Contact: Mona Baca at 505-955-4014, chavezcenter.com

KIDS SUMMER — April 2014

Kids Summer

Don't let your kids get bored this summer. Find out about a variety of programs that will keep your kids entertained, engaged and enlightened. Whether your child loves science, skateboarding or rock'n'roll there's a program that they'll love. Teens can learn how to cook or play the guitar at Santa Fe Community College. Discover how kids can help or adopt pets from the shelter. Also, find out how kids can enter the newspaper's poetry contest. (Cover photo by Zodak Miller)

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