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STORIES & SPECIAL FEATURES Rattlesnake Museum pg 8 Old Town Museum Exhibits Live Snakes and Other Creepy Crawly Creatures Volunteer Kids! pg 12 How Young People Can Lend a Hand in Santa Fe and Albuquerque in 2023 Bilingüitos! pg 16 New Mexico Mom Starts Bilingual Play Group Based on National Model Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs pg 34 What’s in this issue for you! January/February 2023 Vol. 32 No. 1
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Rattlesnake Museum

Old Town Museum Exhibits Live Snakes and Other Creepy Crawly Creatures

If you’re looking for something exciting and different to take your kids to, look no further. The American International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque’s Old Town is the place to go. The museum is devoted to snakes and hosts one of the largest collections of live rattlesnakes in the world.

With 34 varieties of rattlesnakes behind glass in re-created habitats, the museum is dedicated to educating the public through the displays as well as an extensive library. The museum aims to correct common reptilian misconceptions. If your kids are lucky, there may be an opportunity to hold a python -- if they are brave enough.

Founder Bob Meyers, a biologist, started the museum 32 years ago. He said he has been interested in reptiles since he was 4 years old. “I was already bringing creepy crawlies home, from snails to snakes,” Meyers said. “All my life I had that interest.” Meyers majored in biology in college and went on to become a high school biology teacher in Florida.

“We always had a lot of reptiles in the classroom, even when I was teaching,” Meyers said. “I think I inspired a lot of kids to do the same thing in their lives.” After six years of teaching, Meyers returned to New Mexico, where he grew up, and thought about working in a museum. That led to thinking perhaps he could start his own museum -- and decided to jump in.

“It was pretty scary for me and that had nothing to do with rattlesnakes,” Meyers said. “It was scary because I had no business background.” He thought Old Town would be an ideal place for his endeavor. “It has been ideal,” he said. “We get a lot of visitors from around the world and over the last 32 years, the museum has become really wellknown. The internet also has helped tremendously.”

In the beginning, Meyers contacted zoos around the country to obtain some of his specimens. “I gathered a few of my buddies together in the garage and somehow conned my friends into helping me set up an assembly-line style way to build the enclosures for the snakes that we're still using to this day,” he said.

When Meyers applied for a business license, officials went door to door to the other Old Town merchants. “Here’s this guy and he’s moving in with a load of live rattlesnakes and for some reason, they all said, “Oh sure, that's fine,” Meyers said. “And it turns out, having the Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town was good for my neighbors. A lot of people pass into their stores from my museum.” The museum has more than 50,000 visitors a year.

Initially, Meyers got his reptiles from zoos and private breeders. Now he continues to get snakes from zoos when they don’t fit the facility’s collection, from universities with research or donated snakes.

The live collection comprises about half the museum. The rest is artwork, artifacts, collectibles and a gift shop.

Meyers said the museum has the only complete collection of reptilian-related Kachina dolls -- about 32 total -- noting that the Smithsonian only has four.

“We've got a large collection of antique snake oil bottles going back to the mid-1800s,” Meyers said. “The snake oil was usually primarily alcohol. We also have snake oil products from Asia that include oil from the tissues of snakes as well as soaps and other products made in Mexico that have snake oil in them that are intended to be used on various skin problems.”

They have a collection of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, memorabilia and an original John Audubon watercolor. “It's the only rattlesnake he ever did in conjunction with birds in the same painting,” Meyers said. “We also have a Remington bronze of a cowboy on horseback rearing up at the sight of a rattlesnake.”

The museum even has a venomous Gila monster and a variety of scorpions.

“We're hoping to get into a bigger facility sometime in the near future,” Meyers said. “Our collection of art and artifacts is so large that we only have one percent of it on exhibit at any one time.” Meyers said he has had offers from Colorado, Arizona and Arkansas but he turned them down because he’d like to see the museum stay in Albuquerque.

than 80 live reptiles live in enclosures at the Rattlesnake Museum.

“There are a lot of options, at least in my mind, for logical spaces here in Albuquerque, including with the zoo,” he said. “I know for a fact I'm not going to live forever, but I'd sure like to know that the Rattlesnake Museum will.”

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A Timber Rattlesnake at the museum. Courtesy Photos New Mexico Kids! family magazine’s Assistant Publisher Josh Plevin shows off his snake handling skills for his “Certificate of Bravery” from the Rattlesnake Museum during his 9th birthday party in 2005.
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Myths about Snakes and Tips to Stay Safe

Movies like “Snakes on a Plane” and the “Anaconda” series have given snakes a bad rap. In fact, the Rattlesnake Museum’s Bob Meyers says snakes aren’t aggressive at all; they only bite when they feel threatened.

Meyers has spent his life trying to educate people about the good they do. “Snakes are important predators that control rodent populations,” he says, because “rodents eat a lot of crops that are supposed to be human food.” He adds that rodents carry diseases like Hantavirus,

What then, can kids and adults do to avoid getting bitten?

To start, don’t leave food for your dog in the back yard, because rodents will come and eat it. And snakes, Meyers points out, have an incredible sense of smell, so they can track down rodents from a distance.

In dry times, snakes might stop by for a drink of water. Or you might spot one on the trail. Nonetheless, Meyers said there’s no need to kill one.

“I recommend people go around it or take time to be with the snake,” he says. “Take some photos and enjoy the experience.”

You might pay attention to the time of day as well. In the summer, snakes tend to be active early in the morning and again in the evening and at night. Therefore, since many hikers prefer to hike during the hotter daytime hours, there are fewer encounters then.

More than anything, Meyers wants you to use common sense. “Most adults watch where they step,” so they’re unlikely to step on a snake. Kids are not as vigilant however, so he recommends that parents watch them closely.

“It’s a misconception that snakes are evil and out to get us,” he says. “That’s just not the case.”

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Volunteer Kids!

How Young People Can Lend a Hand

in Santa Fe and Albuquerque in 2023

Children and families can help make their neighborhoods and communities better places by lending a hand at organizations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Through its One Albuquerque Volunteers portal, the city connects volunteers of all ages with the needs of city departments and local groups. Families can adopt and maintain a bus stop in their neighborhood, for example. City departments and other organizations also often need help putting on events such as the annual city-sponsored Easter egg hunt or Spring Into Summer celebration in Tiguex Park.

“We try to be a one-stop shop for people who are looking for ways to be involved and have an impact,” said Nickolas Vottero, civic engagement coordinator for the mayor’s office. “We want to provide support to the organizations that are out there trying to do the work.”

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Anyone interested can register and browse opportunities at oneabqvolunteers.com, where it’s possible to sort opportunities by age or specify family friendly options.

Volunteers also can use the site to track their hours, something that is useful when high school students are applying for colleges or scholarships. In some cases, background checks are required for anyone 14 or older.

In Santa Fe, the city was getting the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board back on track this fall after the COVID-19 pandemic and is planning to organize volunteer opportunities around town that should be open to youth in 2023, said Recreation Division Director Brian Stinett. Possibilities will include service projects and after-school programs, he said.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has plenty of ways that kids ages 12 to 15 can help with a parent or guardian, while older kids can join the volunteer team in dozens of roles.

At the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, teens 15 and older can help the staff with a variety of projects, and there are some opportunities for 12to 15-year-olds with management approval.

The Santa Fe Public Library welcomes teens age 14 and up to help with shelving, programs, art projects and creating displays, said main library Branch Manager Adam Reilly.

Volunteers go through a background check and application process and then are asked to commit to working for two hours or more once a week. Their help is very important to the library, Reilly said.

"I really enjoy their youthful spirit and energy. They bring a perspective about the library that we may not encounter with the daily interaction with patrons," he said.

The teen volunteers learn responsibility, the basics of showing up for

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In Albuquerque, younger children can pitch in alongside their parents while teens can explore potential careers and build skills through volunteering and internships at the BioPark, museums and Open Space visitor centers. Potential opportunities include cleaning up the gardens at New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park or sorting children’s books for the Read to Me! NM Literacy Network.

The city’s Family and Community Services Department will host its annual Youth Job and Volunteer Fair in February. The event, geared to 14- to 25-year-olds, gives young people a chance to meet organizations that are recruiting volunteers or hiring summer help. Public libraries across the city, for example, need volunteers to help throughout the year with shelving and other tasks and with their summer reading program, while the zoo has teen docents over the summer.

“It’s a great experience for young people to see that some of the work they can do can make a difference to make our city better,” said Cristin Chavez-Smith, Community Services Division manager. She added that information is available online at cabq.gov/jobfair.

Roadrunner Food Bank is always looking for help sorting dry goods and repacking food in its warehouse. Because of safety issues – forklifts move 1,000-pound pallets around while volunteers are working – only those 8 years and older are allowed. However, there are sometimes opportunities for younger children to help label cans and other food in the repack room.

Teens 16 and up can volunteer on their own while 8- to 15-year-olds must be with an adult. Sign up for two-hour shifts at rrfb.org/service. All volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session to learn about Roadrunner and its safety guidelines, as well as about hunger in New Mexico.

“I want our volunteers to know why what they do makes a difference,” said Barbara Guenther, manager of volunteer programs.

Kids of all ages also can host a food drive to help Roadrunner. “There’s engagement they can take on outside our building that can help us with our mission,” said Sonya Warwick, director of communications.

Animal Humane also works to engage children and families in its volunteer program. Kids ages 6 to 15 can help socialize cats through the Page Pals program. By reading to cats in the communal cat rooms, kids help them learn to be comfortable around people and become more likely to find a forever home.

Because the volunteers are reading, there isn’t pressure on the cats to interact.

“The children come in and the cat is not the center of attention,” Volunteer Manager Debbie Mouser said.

Teens 14 and older can read to shy dogs in the Calming Canines program. The goal, again, is not to put pressure on the animals to interact but to help them learn to trust people.

Volunteers for both programs go through training to learn about animal behavior and body language. “Safety is always something we have on the forefront of our minds,” Mouser said.

Animal Humane also has a Junior Ambassador program in which 16and 17-year-olds answer phones in the office, help at events, clean in the foster department and assist with other tasks.

“Our volunteers are just critical to our day-to-day operations … (and) to our mission of improving the lives of cats and dogs,” Mouser said.

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Santa Fe Public Library volunteers Daphnee, 18, center, and Daleyah, 17, right, help visitors during ‘Hands on Art’ with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at the Main Library.
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Bilingüitos!

New Mexico Mom Starts Bilingual Play Group Based on National Model

It is one of those paradoxes we all at some point come to grips with – if one wants help getting something done, one should ask a busy person. Then it would make sense to trust new parents to know how to put their noses to the grindstone and get the hard stuff done. Between routine pediatric appointments, potty training sessions, mealtime meltdowns, not to mention intense bouts of sleeplessness, it is safe to say that new parents are some of the busiest people around.

Perhaps the biggest challenge parents face is determining what type of upbringing will yield the greatest advantage for their children. It can seem like every decision is ultra-charged with significance and can heav-

developed when you’re learning multiple languages and it helps you in other areas in life. That’s all I had to know to reassure me. I want to give my daughter those tools.”

But even after the Casas-Davilas decided to raise their child in Spanish until she entered pre-school, where she could quickly develop English skills, the resources needed for childhood socialization in Spanish were not easy to find in Albuquerque, where the Casas-Davila family live.

“I was looking for kids her age who were also being brought up in bilingualism, in Spanish, or anything along those lines for playdates or kids’ programs. I tried Facebook groups at first,” Casas-Davila said. “I thought it would be easier but that didn’t yield any results, so I just dug a little deeper and the Bilingüitos website popped up and I thought I had found a solution. As I started scrolling down their website for locations, I got really excited when I saw Albuquerque… and there was nothing. Nothing anywhere near Albuquerque. Not even in the entire state of New Mexico, because at that point I was willing to travel to other cities in the state. That’s how important this was to me.”

According to their website, Bilingüitos, which translates from Spanish to “bilingual little ones,” is a community group founded in 2016 by Kaila Diaz to provide families in Northern Virginia with Spanish language input for their kids through game-based educational programs. It quickly grew and expanded to not only include in-person instruction, but also online resources such as a network for bilingual families and the Bilingual Parenting Podcast as well. In addition to the programs and resources, a community of families sprung up around the shared passion for language.

Their mission is to cultivate and celebrate bilingualism, and to help parents do the same by providing resources that equip parents with the knowledge and tools they need.

In addition to the online resources, Casas-Davila was especially interested in the in-person playdates known as GrupoPLAY Meetups. These playdates have become an integral part of Bilingüitos, and for CasasDavila, the social opportunities they afforded were especially valuable as the world came out of a years-long pandemic.

The idea behind the playdates is that since kids typically see English as the language of play (due to peer influence, school, etc.), it is important to model Spanish conversations around them. By hearing adults communicate with each other in Spanish, children normalize the language and begin understanding its social value beyond the home. Kids can speak whatever language they prefer during playdates, but the adults are requested to speak only Spanish, even if they are not fluent.

There are currently 24 locations around the United States meeting regularly, but until Casas-Davila began her research, there were none in New Mexico.

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For busy Ana Casas-Davila and her husband, both of whom are bilingual in Spanish and English, deciding what language they would use to raise their now 3-year-old daughter was initially a complicated choice. They debated whether it would be wiser to teach her Spanish and English at the same time or whether Spanish or English should be a primary language, with the second language gradually added as she got older and began going to school.

“Primarily it was a cultural decision for us,” said Casas-Davila. “It’s of cultural importance to know where we come from, and I want my daughter to be able to communicate with her grandparents. Yes, they know some English, but it’s not the same as speaking in your native tongue, and none of the other grandchildren know Spanish and can communicate fluently with my mom. Being able to bond with my mom and my husband’s mother was probably even more important than the childhood developmental advantages of being exposed to two languages, which are also obviously very important. When we did research, we came across information on how there is a part of your brain that is

In the summer of 2022, she received a lengthy application to determine if she was the right person to lead a group. “I was impressed with the questions they asked because it made me focus on why we were even interested in doing this,” she said. “Why do we want her to be bilingual? How has me being bilingual impacted my life? The more and more I went through the questionnaire, the more validated I felt in wanting to do this.”

By fall, Casas-Davila was ready to begin organizing her first GrupoPlay Meetup in Albuquerque. She posted a notice on her Facebook page, and within 48 hours she had a group. “In the first 10 hours we already had three people interested,” said Casas-Davila. “I was super happy with those first three, but 24 hours later it had grown to 14.”

The playdates take place on the second Saturday of the month and typically last about an hour. Children up to age 12 can participate. Meetings typically take place in public parks but may move indoors in colder weather.

Casas-Davila says parents and caregivers do not have to be fluent in Spanish, but a concerted effort is made to keep all adult communication in Spanish around the children. “The purpose of speaking Spanish is definitely not to alienate anyone, and we welcome Spanish-speaking caregivers of all fluency levels, but we do want to celebrate the language and model it in use, so kids see it’s not just a language that is spoken at home,” she said.

For more information visit Bilinguitos.com/registration

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Oliver Gomez, 2, and Aviana Sol Dávila, 3, play "Chase Me Dinosaur" during a Bilingüitos playdate at Tin Can Alley food hall in Albuquerque. Photo by Ana Dávila.
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Our calendar is as accurate as possible, but times, places & dates of events can change, so be sure to call ahead. Events listed are child- and teen- appropriate to the best of our knowledge. As families have different ideas of “age appropriate,” we encourage you to confirm that any activity you attend is appropriate for your child. To have your events listed free in our next calendar, fill out our calendar form at newmexicokids.com or send date, time, place, cost, description of activity, sponsoring organization and contact phone to kids@newmexicokids.com. The deadline is Feb. 15 for listings in March/April calendar. Listings are not guaranteed because of space limits. Phone numbers have a 505 area code unless otherwise noted.

December Highlights

Arts &Crafts

17, Family Art Workshops, 1-2:30pm. All ages enjoy projects with a variety of art mediums, all materials supplied; child and grown-up friendly. Included with admission, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

20, Hanukkah Crafts for Kids, 3:304:30pm. Create things to celebrate the Festival of Lights; all materials provided; ages 6+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org.

27, Snow Globe Crafts for Kids, 3:304:30pm. Create snowman scenes using cotton swabs, paper and sparkles. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, cabq.gov/events/snow-globecraft-for-kids.

Classes & Workshops

18, 25, Meditation for Kids, In Person, 10-11:30am. In this fun class, children build inner strength and confidence by developing good qualities with a short meditation, teaching and activities to increase patience, respect, giving and kindness; ages 4-10, masks required. By donation, Kadampa Meditation Center NM, 142 Monroe NE, 292-5293, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums

7, Free First Wednesday ABQ Museum, 9am-5pm, 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 243-7255, holdmyticket.com.

18, Free Sunday Mornings at ABQ Museum, 9am-1pm, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

21, 28, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, story time and a music jam.

Included with admission/free members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

31, New Year’s Eve at Explora, 10am2pm. This family celebration will feature two indoor balloon drops at noon with 2,023 balloons, music and raffles; all ages. Tickets limited, reserve in advance. Included with admission, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us.

31, New Year’s Eve Before Dark, 10am-2pm. A family-friendly celebration; create a new-year inspired artwork, tour the museum galleries. Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

31, Ring in the New Year with Balloons, Balloons, Balloons!, 9amnoon. Visitors can take part in balloon science activities, make New Year’s crafts, listen to live music and explore the exhibits. Free, ABQ Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, cabq.gov/artsculture/balloonmuseum/events, 768-6020.

Dance

16-18, Festival Ballet ABQ: “Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment,” 7pm, Fri; 2 & 7pm, Sat & Sun. This holiday classic is transported to territorial NM in the late 1800s with Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, Mr. Coyote and Mrs. Roadrunner. $49/$39/$29/$20/$14 with $2 discount, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, festivalballetabq.org. 17-18, 31, Cultural Dance Program, noon, Sats & Suns. Pueblo communities celebrate seasonal cycles through prayer, song and dance. These dances connect ancestors, community, and traditions while honoring gifts from the Creator. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

17, 23-24, “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Repertory Theatre, 1, 2, 7pm, Sats; 2, 7pm, Fris; 2pm, Sun. A holiday tradition full of mischievous mice, sweet dancing treats and a sprinkle of sparkling snowflakes; family-friendly. Nutcracker Tea to follow on Dec 24, $5 additional to meet the characters and enjoy treats. $22-$30, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 888-1054, brtnm.com, kimotickets.com.

Exhibits

17-31, “Stitched... Woven... Appliqued... Embellished... Pieced.”Artists are encouraged to explore all possibilities fiber brings to art. Free, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, 867-3355, placitaslibrary.com.

19-31, Native American Youth Art Show, “Who is your Superhero?” 9am-4pm. This annual exhibit was established in 1979 to encourage creativity among Native youth. This year’s focus is on “superheroes.” Included with admission/free for members, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

19-31, Pueblo Gingerbread House InPerson Lobby Display, 9am-4pm. Children, adults and seniors have entered

these houses on display inspired by a Pueblo village, house community church or historic building into a contest. Included with admission/free members, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW. 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. 19-31, “Roving with Perseverance,” 9am-5pm. This exhibit is one of only a few places across the nation to host fullscale replicas of the Mars rover Perseverance and the helicopter Ingenuity plus information and images from this mission. Included with admission, NM Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2840, visitalbuquerque.org/event/roving-with-perseverance/51899/.

Library Events

17, Gingerbread House Decorating, 3:30-4:30pm. Make a gingerbread house to celebrate the holidays. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 2916295, abqlibrary.org.

17, Special Christmas Story Time and Crafts, 2-3:30pm. Read stories, do activities and crafts and have Christmas treats; all materials provided; ages 3+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

20, Gingerbread Extravaganza, 4:306:30pm. Ages 6-17 can build a gingerbread house; ages 5 and under can decorate a gingerbread man. First come, first served while supplies last. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 7684320, abqlibrary.org.

22, Reindeer Games for Kids, 3:304:30pm. Win a penguin relay race, draw a snowman on your head & collect snowballs just like Rudolph and friends; for ages 6+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org.

28, Winter-Themed Bingo for Kids, 3:30-4:30pm. Come and play winterthemed bingo, maybe win a prize; ages 6+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

31, New Year’s Before Dark, 10am, multiple ABQ libraries. Crafts, resolutions, puzzles and more; see website for full details. Free, abqlibrary.org.

Fair and Festivals

17, 2nd & Biggest Holiday Market 2022, 10am-2pm. Thirty five local artists and artisans will be presenting handmade arts and crafts. Free, Los Ranchos Art Market, 6718 Rio Grande NW, 978-5786297, newmexico.org.

17, Mandala Festival, 10am-5pm. Gather for the creation of a Mandala using different kinds of grains and seeds. The seeds serve to feed migratory songbirds and the mandala remains in place for a week. Creating the mandala takes all day; storytelling at 11am. Free, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/openspace/events/mandala-festival-1, 768-4951. 19-23, Trolly of Lights, 6 & 8pm. Luminarias, nutcrackers, egg nog and holiday

lights. A 75-minute tour starting in Old Town; all ages. $18-$28/free lap-sitters under age 5, Hotel ABQ, 800 Rio Grande NW, tourabq.com/abqtrolley. 19-31, Lights of Enchantment 2022 Tree Lighting and Choir Contest, 49:30pm. NM’s largest drive-thru Christmas light display with tunnels of lights and music; all ages; see website for details. $49.95+, Sandia Speedway, 100 Speedway Park, lightsofenchantment.com. 29-31, Winter Wonderland 2022, 6pm. A drive-thru experience with a full walk-thru tour featuring live actors, vendors, hot cocoa and photos with Santa; a portion of ticket price will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. $45-$75, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, winterwonderlandnm.com.

School Break Camps

21-23 & 27-30, Science is Everywhere

Winter Break Single Day Camps: “Science of Survival,” 7:30am-5:30pm, (free before- and after-care, 7:30-8:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students K-6th grade will enjoy multi-age collaborative experiences; see website for details. $75/$70 members each day, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

26-30, Explora STEAM Half-Day Winter Camps, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. A variety of winter programs that provide STEAM engagement and enrichment for grades PreK-9. $50/$45, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/programs/camps.

26-30, Exploration Winter Camps, 9am-noon. This elementary-aged youth program includes hiking and outdoor exploration, hands-on science, literacy and art activities. Children should attend camp prepared to explore the outdoors. $30 per child/per camp, Open Space, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/openspace.

28-30, School Break Explorer Camp: Winter Bosque Habitats (ages 6-10), 9am-noon. Elementary-age youth join a park ranger and education assistant for fun and in-depth learning about the natural world around them; hands-on science, literacy and art activities; registration required. $30 per camp, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov.

Science & Nature

17, Saturday Explorer Camp, Ages 610, “All About Adaptions,” 9amnoon. This youth program includes hiking and outdoor exploration, hands-on science, literacy and art activities; registration required at play.cabq.gov. $10 per child/per session. Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space. 24 & 25, 31, Saturday & Sunday Guided Bird Walks, 8:30-10am. Join a volunteer naturalist and fellow birders for a guided walk; limited to 12, please register. $3 parking/day use fee, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org.

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16-18, 22-24, 30-31, Rodgers & Hammersteins “Cinderella,” 7:30pm, Fri & Sat; 2pm, Sun. Adapted for the stage, with warmth and hilarity, this fairytale warms the hearts of children and adults alike. $25, Musical Theater Southwest, 6320 Domingo NE, Suite B, 243-0596, mtsabq.org/box-office/cinderella.

17, 7th Annual Children’s Messiah, 10:30am-noon. Voices of NM joins guest middle school and high school choruses from Rio Rancho, ABQ and Tijeras for a family-friendly performance of Handel’s Messiah; please bring two non-perishable food items, a comfy pillow and wear something festive if you can. Free, Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver SW, 821-1956, polyphonynm.com.

18, “All Holidays,” 11am. A short holiday play with classic songs presented by Happy Stages, at Therapeutic Theater Arts and Film Production Collaborative. There will be a holiday craft market in the lobby. Free/donations accepted, N4th, Theater/North 4th Arts Center, 4904 4th NW, 345-2872, northfourthnm.org/n4th-theater.

31, Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera, 2:30pm. A variety show featuring Opera Southwest’s recent performers, the ABQ Youth Symphony and the Opera SW Chamber Orchestra with a variety of opera favorites and light classics. $53/$63/$73, ABQ Journal Theatre, 1701 4th SW, 7244771, nhccnm.org.

Storytelling

17, Storytelling Under the Cottonwood, 10:30am-noon. Hear wisdom tales told by storyteller Dianne Rossbach. $3 parking/day use, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org.

Animal Tales with the BioPark, various libraries, dates and times. Enjoy the reading of an animal-related book. The BioPark will bring animals and biofacts that represent the animals in the story for kids to meet. Free, abqlibrary.org.

Just for Teens

21, Science Fiction or Fact “The Martian,” 2015 [PG-13]. Experience the movie projected in the Planetarium and after, join a discussion about the movie’s merits by educators and guests, also view the night sky in the Observatory. Admission by donation, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 8412800, nmnaturalhistory.org/events.

Also of Interest

14, 17, 18, World Cup Watch Party on Civic Plaza, 11am-2pm. Games will be shown on the Plaza’s 16’ x 30’ highdefinition video display. Free, Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/events.

16, Painting in Santa’s Workshop, 5-

7pm. Paint in Santa’s Workshop with snacks and drinks provided. Free, Joan Jones Community Center, 3828 Rincon NE, 836-8810, cabq.gov/family/events.

17, A Holiday Grinchmas Celebration, 4:30-7pm. Refreshments and treats, holiday music, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, arts & crafts, free toys and featuring the ABQ Youth Symphony. Free, Mesa Verde Community Center, 7900 Marquette NE, 767-5920, cabq.gov/family/events/a-holiday-grinchmas-celebration.

17, Hanukkah Family Night, 46:30pm. A night of family fun with menorah making, dreidel games and snacks; call to reserve a spot. ABQ Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming, NE, 4184480, jccabq.org.

ated. Free, JCC of Greater ABQ, 5520 Wyoming NE, jccabq.org. 19-23 & 26-30, River of Lights. NM’s original and largest walk-through holiday attraction. Purchased timed tickets to view more than 700 light displays, animated 3D sculptures and millions of twinkling lights while strolling on the one-way path. $14/$7 ages 3-12, MonsThus; $17/$9 ages 3-12, Fris-Suns; free ages 2 and under. ABQ BioPark, 903 10th SW, cabq.gov/artsculture/biopark/events/riv er-of-lights.

20, The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays, 7:30pm. A mix of outrageous and astonishing acts packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions; all ages, $40-$75, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com.

24, The ABQ Luminaria Tour, 5:307:45pm. View the luminarias in Old Town and the Country Club area from the comfort of a bus in this approximately 45 minute tour. $1.50+, ABQ Convention Center, 401 2nd NW, luminariatour.com.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Free Sunday Mornings at ABQ Museum, 9am-1pm, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, story time and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us.

4, Free First Wednesday ABQ Museum, 9am-5pm. General admission is free on this day. 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 243-7255, holdmyticket.com.

7, Sensory-friendly time at Explora, 9-10am. A lower-sensory hour with adaptations for a quieter visit with limited attendance, noise and light reduction, full-immersion sensory kits, and additional calming space for breaks; tickets available via registration, included with admission/free for members/under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072. explora.us.

JanuaryVisual Arts Museum, Free for ages 16 and under and First Sunday for NM Residents, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org.

Dance

Arts & Crafts

17, NM Farolito “Trail of Lights,” 5:15pm, Twilight Kids K; 5:30pm, 5K. A holiday walk and run surrounded by 2,500 farolitos (luminarias). Long-sleeved tee for all registered participants, posole, hot chocolate, hot air balloons and Santa. Participants must pick up their packets in advance. See website for pricing, SW Indian Polytechnic Institute, 9169 Coors NW, irunfit.org.

18, Chanukah Night Glow and Concert, 4:30-6pm. A live concert with Tali Yess featuring the world’s only menorah made out of nine hot air balloons; gifts, gelt, dreidels and gifts for all children; all ages, reservations required. Free, Balloon Fiesta Park, 9401 Museum NE, 8801181, MenorahGlow.com.

18, Corrales Special Christmas Growers Market, 11am-1pm. Providing community access to sustainable sources of locally grown food. Free, 500 Jones, Corrales, corralesgrowersmarket.com.

18, Israeli Dance Hanukkah Party, 24pm. Two uninterrupted hours of dancing, socializing and food; RSVPs appreci-

7, 14, 21, 28, Family Art Workshops, 1-2:30pm. All ages can enjoy projects with a variety of art mediums, all materials supplied; child and grown-up friendly. Included with admission, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. 18, Sock Snow People Craft for Kids, 3:30-4:30pm. Make snow people out of socks and rice; materials provided; ages 6+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 21, Lunar New Year Crafts for Kids, 2-3pm. Learn about the holiday, make crafts and have treats to welcome the year of the rabbit; ages 6+; registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Classes & Workshops

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Meditation for Kids, 10-11:30am. In this fun class, children build inner strength and confidence by developing good qualities with a short meditation, teaching and activities to increase patience, respect, giving and kindness; ages 4-10, masks required. By donation, Kadampa Meditation Center NM, 142 Monroe NE, 292-5293, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums

1-6, Pueblo Gingerbread House InPerson Lobby Display, 9am-4pm. Children, adults and seniors have entered these houses on display inspired by a Pueblo village, house community church or historic building into a contest. Included with admission/free members,

1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Cultural Dance Program, noon, Sats & Suns. Pueblo communities celebrate seasonal cycles through prayer, song and dance. These dances connect ancestors, community, and traditions while honoring gifts from the Creator. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

Exhibits

1-8, Native American Youth Art Show, “Who is your Superhero?,” 9am-4pm. This annual exhibit was established in 1979 to encourage creativity among Native youth. This year’s focus is on “superheroes.” Included with admission/free for members, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

1-31, “Roving with Perseverance,” 9am-5pm. This exhibit is one of only a few places across the nation to host fullscale replicas of the Mars rover Perseverance and the helicopter Ingenuity. Find information and images from this mission. Included with admission, NM Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2840, visitalbuquerque.org/event/roving-with-perseverance/51899/.

6, First Friday Fractals, 6 & 7pm. An award-winning full-dome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through complex mathematical fractals. The show features original music and is educational and entertaining; ages 3+. $5 ages 312/$8 seniors/$10 adults, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org/ events/first-friday-fractals

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6, Fractals Rock!, 8 & 9pm. An awardwinning full-dome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature with less talk and more rock. They include more 3D fractal zooms (which can make some people motion sick) and very little explanation; ages 3+. $5 ages 3-12/$8 seniors/$10 adults, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org/events/first-fridayfractals.

Library Events

Area Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to the Dogs, Story Times, Crafts, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: abqlibrary.org, riorancholibraries.org, placitaslibrary.com.

1-31, January is National Book Blitz Month. Pick up a list of prompts to help whittle down your “To Be Read” list. Complete the list and get a small prize; all ages. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart St. NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org.

4, Handmade Butter, 4-5pm. Learn how to make butter, discover butter infusions and engage in a centuries-old craft. Supplies limited, registration required; ages 6+. Free, Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abqlibrary.org.

19, LED Flashlights, 3:30pm. Learn how to create a simple circuit flashlight. Free, Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE, 2562065, abqlibrary.org.

20, Drawing in 3D, 3:30-5pm. Make drawings come alive using 3D printing pens. Freehand a design or use provided templates to make a creation to take home. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org.

25, Sound is All Around, 10:30-11:30am. Preschoolers can explore sound using a variety of musical instruments and other objects. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org.

26, NM Wildlife Demonstration, 3:30-4:15pm. NM Dept of Game and Fish will give a presentation by using skulls, hides, antlers & horns; ages 7 and up. Free, Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales SW, 836-0684, abqlibrary.org.

28, Backyard Chicken Keeping, 34:30pm. Join a 4-H agent for discussions about the breeds of chickens that can be kept in the backyard. Learn how to predator-proof the coop and watch a handson demo to see how to safely clip their wings to prevent them from flying the coop; registration required. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org.

Flying Orbs, various times, dates, age groups and library locations. Learn how to suspend a metallic orb in midair with only the power of negative static charge. Free, abqlibrary.org.

Lava Lamps, various times, dates and library locations. To learn about intermolecular polarity, travel back into the ‘70s with this mesmerizing lava lamp density experiment; for ages 5+, abqlibrary.org.

Music

14, Concerts @ the Library: Turquoise Blues, 3-4pm. Turquoise Blues blends traditional and modern blues, rock and a country sound with pure powerful vocals and smooth instrumentations. Free, Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abqlibrary.org.

School Break Camps

2-3, Explora Half-Day Winter Camps, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. A variety of winter programs that provide STEAM engagement and enrichment for grades PreK-9. $50/$45, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/programs/camps.

3, Explora School’s Out Camp, PreK: “Mighty Magnets” 9am-noon. Attracting and repelling magnets make for fun explorations. Financial aid available on request. $50/$45 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us.

16, Martin Luther King Jr Day Camp, Nuclear History Museum, “Falling for Physics,” 7:30am-5:30pm, (free before- and after-care 7:30-8:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students K-3 will learn about the forces that shape the world by exploring electricity and magnets. $75/$70 members, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Science & Nature

1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday Guided Bird Walks, 8:30-10am. Join a volunteer naturalist and fellow birders for a guided walk; limited to 12, please register. $3 parking/ day use fee, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org. 8, Bosque Wild Guided Hike, 8amnoon. A guided hike with volunteers; bring water, wear comfy shoes and dress for weather, no pets please, they can scare critters. Reservations required. Free, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/ parksandrecreation/open-space.

14, Rocket Launch & HP Monitoring, 9am. Low and high power launches for all ages, Level 1 High Power Mentoring, ages 12-17. There are no restroom facilities or water available at the site. RSVP sdg@nmsciencefoundation.org or text 609-9609. Free, ABQ Rocket Society Rio Rancho Launch site, arsabq.org/meetings.htm, tripoli.org/tmp.

21, Mountain Hiking Adventures for All Ages, 9:30am. Enjoy the outdoors and history. Departure from Elena Gallegos, Pino Trail Parking Area; destination: Pino Canon, campfire and plane crash marker. Be prepared for snow, hotdogs and marshmallows (approximately 4 hours). Free, RSVP sdg@nmsciencefoundation.org or text 609-9609.

State Parks Free Entrance Days: details can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm.

Storytelling

Area Libraries offer various storytelling events regularly. Check websites for calendars and details: abqlibrary.org, riorancholibraries.org, placitaslibrary.com.

21, Storytelling Under the Cottonwood, 10:30am-noon. Hear wisdom tales told by storyteller Dianne Rossbach. $3 parking/day use, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org.

Animal Tales with the BioPark. Enjoy the reading of an animal-related book. The BioPark will bring animals and biofacts that represent the animals in the story for kids to meet. Free, various libraries, dates and times, abqlibrary.org.

Just for Teens

14, Steampunk Crafts, 3-5pm. For ages 13+, registration required. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE , 764-1742, abqlibrary.org.

14, Vision Boards 2023, 2-4pm. Start the year off right with a vision of what you want to accomplish in 2023. Materials provided but bring images and quotes to include; registration required; for teens and adults. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Especially for Parents

20, Explora Adult Night: “Chain Reaction,” 6-9pm. An adult-only evening featuring theme-related activities from performances and guest lectures to installations to hands-on experiments, 18+. Free for members/$10, Explora, 1801 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/programs/adult-night.

For Teachers

4, Open Table Discussion, 3-5pm. A discussion about challenging behaviors in the classroom for early childhood teachers; discuss for an hour, then gather materials to bring back to your classroom; two-hour PD certificate; paige@unm.edu to sign up or with questions. Free, WEmagination Education Center, 4010 Copper NE, 250-7557, we.unm.edu.

12, Color-licious Teacher Workshop, noon-2pm. Combining colors can yield surprising results. Learn to use chromatography to separate colors and find the hidden colors in everyday objects such as markers and coated candies in this virtual workshop; two CEU credits. Free with registration, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/events.

14, Play Workshop, 10am-noon, Early childhood educators and adult family members can experience the benefits of play; all learn best while playing. Included is time to explore open-ended, recycled materials in the warehouse, and take some back to the children you play

with. Free, WEmagination Educational Center, 4010 Copper NE, 250-7557, we.unm.edu.

22, Creative Coding II Teachers’ Workshop, 10am-noon. Teachers of grades 3-8 learn to use simple, common materials with micro:bit microcontrollers in creative ways; for those who have taken Creative Coding I or have some experience with micro:bits. Free, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us, forms.gle/zObiELNuHVxsXKus7.

26, Family Series: Easy, Creative & Low Cost FUN (Virtual), 10-11am. This zoom session introduces one of 72 "recipes" that UNM's College of Education & Human Sciences staff have put together using only materials that might be found at home; bring kids and explore; reserve a spot at paige@unm.edu. Free, WEmagination Education Center, 4010 Copper NE, 2507557, we.unm.edu.

26, Floaters and Sinkers Teachers Workshop, 2-4pm. Modify materials to make them float or sink, and design a foil boat that will carry cargo in this virtual workshop; two CEU credits. Free with registration, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/events.

Also of Interest

2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-31, PreSchool Open Gym, 11:45am-12:30pm. For ages 5 and under. $5 if not enrolled, SAGA Gymnastics, 3400 Candelaria, NE, 884-6949, sagagym.com.

13, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, 7:30pm. Featuring larger obstacles than can usually be seen at other indoor events with oversized dirt jumps with old-school crush cars on an all-dirt track plus the Freestyle Motocross team. $30, Rio Rancho Events Center, 3001 Civic Cir, Rio Rancho, toughestmonstertrucks.com. The Children’s Hour provides weekly educational and entertaining public radio programing and podcasts for listeners of all ages, created by and for kids and families, ChildrensHour.org, 89.9 fm KUNM.

February

Arts &Crafts

4, 11, 18, 25, Family Art Workshops, 1-2:30pm. All ages enjoy projects with a variety of art mediums, all materials supplied; child and grown-up friendly. Included with admission, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

Classes & Workshops

5, 12, 19, 26, Meditation for Kids, In Person, 10-11:30am. In this fun class, children build inner strength and confidence by developing good qualities with a short meditation, teaching and activities

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to increase patience, respect, giving and kindness; ages 4-10, masks required. By donation, Kadampa Meditation Center NM, 142 Monroe NE, 292-5293, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums

1, Free First Wednesday ABQ Museum, 9am-5pm. General admission is free this day. 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 2437255, holdmyticket.com. 5, 12, 19, 26, Free Sunday Mornings at ABQ Museum, 9am-1pm, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, story-time and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us. 16, Third Thursday: From the Archives, 5-8:30pm. A digital archivist and staff of KNME’s “¡Colores!” will discuss the role of archives; visitors can listen with music from The Chachalacas, create a work of art inspired by the exhibit and do yoga. Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. Visual Arts Museum: Free for ages 16 and under and First Sunday for NM Residents, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org.

Dance

4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Cultural Dance Program, noon, Sats & Suns. Pueblo communities celebrate seasonal cycles through prayer, song and dance. These dances connect ancestors, community, and traditions while honoring gifts from the Creator. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW. 843-7270, indianpueblo.org.

17-18, “Dracula, A Love Story,” 7pm. Bram Stoker’s novel is brought to the stage with Festival Ballet ABQ. “Dracula meets Lestat” is a dramatic production with powerful choreography, classical music, eerie effects. $11-$49, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 2969465, festivalballetaqb.org.

Exhibits

1-28, “Roving with Perseverance,” 9am-5pm. This exhibit is one of only a few places across the nation to host fullscale replicas of the Mars rover Perseverance and the helicopter Ingenuity. Also find information and images from this mission. Included with admission, NM Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2840, visitalbuquerque.org/event/roving-with-perseverance/51899/.

Library Events

Area Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to

the Dogs, Story Times, Crafts, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: abqlibrary.org, riorancholibraries.org, placitaslibrary.com.

1, Valentines Cross Stitch, 4-5pm. This is a beginners cross-stitching program for ages 10+. Supplies are limited, registration required. Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abqlibrary.org.

2, Groundhog Day Adventures, 10:3011:30am. Celebrate Groundhog Day and learn about shadows. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 2916295, abqlibrary.org.

4, Weather Vanes, 4:30-5:30pm. In celebration of Weather Person's Day, make a weather vane and anemometers; all materials provided; ages 9-18. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.

9, Squirrels: Our Animal Neighbors, 3:30-4:30pm. Like all animals, squirrels need food, water and shelter to survive in a habitat, but we learn through this lesson that the squirrel is especially resourceful. Free, San Pedro Library, 5600 Trumball SE, 256-2067, abqlibrary.org.

11, Picture Book Birthday Party, 11am-noon. It’s picture book author Mo Willems’ birthday: celebrate with stories and enjoying crafts and birthday treats; all materials provided, registration required, ages 3-6. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

23, The Mystery of Monster Bug’s Shadow, 3:30-4:30pm. Children intuitively know that there is a relationship between light and shadows, but don’t fully comprehend it. Shadows make interesting subjects in many children’s books, but are often a source of fear and misunderstanding for young audiences. This hands-on exploration of light and shadows will enlighten children. Free, South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW, 877-5170, abqlibrary.org.

25, Sound Sleuths, 11am-noon. Children may start off as noisemakers, but they quickly progress to sound sleuths who can listen to and describe all of the things they see, feel and hear vibrating. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Flying Orbs, various times, dates, age groups and library locations. Learn how to suspend a metallic orb in midair with only the power of negative static charge. Free, abqlibrary.org.

Music

11, Concerts @ the Library: Sandia Prep’s Performing Arts Students In Concert, 3-4pm. Sandia Prep’s choral, jazz, guitar, dance and piano students will perform a variety of music ranging from Broadway show tunes to classical and popular selections. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8801 Central NW, 7684320, abqlibrary.org.

School Break Camps

20, Presidents Day Camp, Nuclear History Museum, “Voyage to the Deep,” K-3, 7:30am-5:30pm, (free

before- and after-care 7:30-8:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students grades K-3 can enjoy an imaginative exploration of the underwater world. Volcanoes, tentacled creatures, shipwrecks. $75/$70 members, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

20, Presidents Day Camp, Nuclear History Museum, “Heroes from Olympus,” Grades 4-6, 7:30am5:30pm, (free before- and after-care 7:308:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students grades 4-6 can discover the inspiration for sea monsters, harness the power of lightning and design a labyrinth in the camp classroom. $75/$70 members, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Science & Nature

3, First Friday Fractals, 6 & 7pm. An award-winning full-dome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through complex mathematical fractals. The show features original music and is educational and entertaining; ages 3+, $5/ages 312/$8 seniors/$10 adults, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, nmnaturalhistory.org/events/firstfriday-fractals, 841-2800.

3, Fractals Rock!, 8 & 9pm. An awardwinning full-dome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature with less talk and more rock. They include more 3D fractal zooms (which can make some people motion sick) and very little explanation; ages 3+, $5 ages 3-12/$8 seniors/$10 adults, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org/events/first-fridayfractals.

4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday Guided Bird Walks, 8:30-10am. Join a volunteer naturalist and fellow birders for a guided walk; limited to 12, please register. $3 parking/day use fee, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org.

11, Rocket Launch & HP Monitoring, 9am. Low and high power launches for all ages, Level 1 High Power Mentoring, ages 12-17. There are no restroom facilities or water available at the site. Free, ABQ Rocket Society Rio Rancho Launch site, arsabq.org/meetings.htm, tripoli.org/tmp.

18, Mountain Hiking Adventures for All Ages, 9:30am. Enjoy the outdoors and history. Departure from Piedra Lisa Trailhead (N of La Luz); destination: Waterfall (3.5 miles roundtrip) and Movie Trail. Bring trinkets for exchange in the geocache, “Lonely are the Brave.” Free, RSVP sdg@nmsciencefoundation.org or text 609-9609.

18, STEAM Day, 10am-3pm. A day of family fun with interactive STEAM activities including a table by Explora. Included with admission, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Storytelling

25, Storytelling Under the Cottonwood, 10:30am-noon. Hear wisdom tales told by storyteller Dianne Rossbach. $3 parking/day use, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, rgnc.org.

Area Libraries offer various storytelling events regularly. Check websites for calendars and details: abqlibrary.org, riorancholibraries.org, placitaslibrary.com.

Animal Tales with the BioPark. Enjoy the reading of an animal-related book. The BioPark will bring animals and biofacts that represent the animals in the story for kids to meet. Free, various libraries, dates and times, abqlibrary.org.

Just for Teens

1, Valentines Cross Stitch, 4-5pm. A beginners cross-stitching program; supplies are limited; Ages 10+ (needles will be used), registration required. Free, Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abqlibrary.org.

6, Mineral Escape Room, 4-5pm. While out mining for diamonds, you find yourself trapped in an abandoned cave. Get yourself and others out before nightfall or you and your team may not survive; ages 13-18; Registration is required online or by phone and limited to eight. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5136, abqlibrary.org.

Also of Interest

1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-28, PreSchool Open Gym, 11:45am-12:30pm. For ages 5 and under. $5 if not enrolled, SAGA Gymnastics, 3400 Candelaria NE, 884-6949, sagagym.com.

For Teachers

9, Acids and Bases Teachers Workshop, noon-2pm. Experiment with unlikely acid-base indicators – found at home in this virtual workshop; two CEU credits. Free with registration: explora.us/events. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us.

13-17, Discover STEAM Week at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. An annual celebration of all things STEAM. The museum hosts students grades 1-8 for hands-on activities and engaging field trips. These field trips include free bussing and admission for accepted groups thanks to donor support. Apply by contacting lguida@nuclearmuseum.org, nuclearmuseum.org/educate/for-teachers/steam-week.

23, Color-licious Teacher Workshop, 2-4pm. Combining colors can yield surprising results. Learn to use chromatography to separate colors and find the hidden colors in everyday objects such as markers and coated candies in this virtual workshop; 2 CEU credits. Free with registration, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 600-6072, explora.us/events.

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Our calendar is as accurate as possible, but times, places & dates of events can change, so be sure to call ahead. Events listed are child- and teen- appropriate to the best of our knowledge. As families have different ideas of “age appropriatbe,” we encourage you to confirm that any activity you attend is appropriate for your child. To have your events listed free in our next calendar, fill out our calendar form at newmexicokids.com or send date, time, place, cost, description of activity, sponsoring organization and contact phone to kids@newmexicokids.com. The deadline is Feb. 15 for listings in March/April calendar. Listings are not guaranteed because of space limits. Phone numbers have a 505 area code unless otherwise noted.

December Highlights

Arts & Crafts

16, 23, 30, Fine Art Fridays, 2-4pm. Exploration into the arts with guest facilitators and hands-on activities that encourage children to explore their creativity and to be artistic. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

Cultural Centers & Museums

14, 21, 28, Wee Wednesdays, 10:30am. Parents and toddlers enjoy discovery with story-time and play. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

21, Let’s Take a Look, noon-2pm. The staff will be in the lobby to look at your treasures. Bring a weaving, ceramic, piece of jewelry or something else to this in-person meeting with the curator of ethnology. Free, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1272, miaclab.org.

22, 29, Thursdays Are Yours, 4-6pm. Visitors enjoy immersive exhibits for free, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

Dance

17-18, “The Nutcracker,” 2pm, Sat; 5pm, Sun. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents this iconic rendition — both uplifting and humorous — back after a two-year hiatus. Brimming with charm, lavish sets and costumes, and with a cast of more than 70 performers, this production is family-friendly. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 984-8759, lensic.org.

Fairs & Festivals

14, Young Native Artists Winter Show & Sale, 10am-4pm. Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople. Free, NM History Museum, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org.

18, Chanukah on the Plaza, 3-5pm. First light of Chanukah, Grand Gelt Drop with the SF Fire Department, live music with Klezmorados, Odd-Labs Fire Dancers, lighting of the Giant Chile Menorah, latkes, donuts, gelt and hot chocolate. Please RSVP. Santa Fe Plaza, 100 Old Santa Fe Trail, santafejcc.com/templates/articlecco_cdo /aid/5637005/jewish/Chanukah-on-thePlaza-2022.htm.

31, New Year’s Eve on the Plaza, 8pm-1am. Live music by Sol Fire and Nosotros, piñon bonfires, food trucks and fireworks at midnight. Free, Santa Fe Plaza, santafe.com/new-years-eve-onthe-plaza.

Library Events

14, Youth Chess Club, 5:45pm. Play, practice and have fun. In person at the library, virtually at sites.google.com/site/childchesssantefe. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556780, santafelibrary.org.

15, Yoga and Movement for Kids, 10:3oam. Join for children’s yoga, joyful movement and kinesthetic creativity; children of all ages have fun getting bodies moving. All children must be accompanied by an adult, mats provided but if you have one, bring it. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.

16, Read Runners Book Club, 3:45pm. A book club for 9-12 year-olds, run by 912 year-olds, register online. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4863, santafelibrary.org.

17, Parent and Tot Creative Movement, 10am. Preschool age children use fun, music and stories to exercise their minds and bodies in a relaxed environment with a chosen adult. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

Music

14, Kids Sing Along with Queen Bee Music Association, 3:15-4pm. Early childhood literacy skills are explored through songs and play alongs; preschool children actively participate in every session. Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820 santafelibrary.org.

18, “Home for the Holidays,” 5pm. A benefit concert with Felix “Gato” Peralta & Lara Manzaneres, Andrea Michelle, Mariachi Calor, Carlos Medina, Balle Ilusion & Bill Hearne and Friends; all ages. Free, St Francis Auditorium at the NM Museum of Art, 107 W Palace, 476-5072, nmartmuseum.org.

20-21, Holiday Flamenco, 7pm. A flamenco extravaganza based in part on

Mina Fajardo’s holiday album “Christmas Hits Melody.” $20 seniors & students/$25 general admission, Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, 424-1601, theatresantafe.org. 28, Family Bach Exploration, 10-11am. Hear the music of J.S. Bach and discover why his is still celebrated. Free, Santa Fe Pro Musica, 107 W. Palace, 988-4640, newmexico.org/event/free-family-bachexploration/14831.

School Break Camps

19-22, 27-29, Winter Break Camps, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 7:30am-5:30pm. This camp is for children 6-12 (proof of age required). Please provide a full sack lunch and snack. Activities are group activities and include sports, games and arts and crafts $40-$15/per day based on sliding scale, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4005, chavezcenter.com/youth-programs. 19-23, Santa Fe Children’s Museum Camp, “Winter Wizards.” 9am3:30pm. Education through art, science and play, the program includes STEAM activities lead by experienced museum educators and community guests; scholarships available. $350/per child per week, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

19-23 & 26-30, Wisefool Winter Break Camp, Kids Circus Classes. Two week-long circus camps that are for youth ages 7-12 with any level of experience. Kids can learn circus skills in a fun and supportive environment. $325/week, Wisefool, 11131 Siler, Suite B, 992-2588, wisefoolnewmexico.org.

Free. Family activities 1-4pm, including natural ornament making and reading of “Night Tree,” by Eve Bunting. Stay after for Holiday Stroll. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

17, Winter Bird Walk December, 1011:30am. Beginner bird watching with hands-on activities including microscopes, bird artifacts, crafts. Kids, families are welcome to make pine cone bird feeders to take home; binoculars available to borrow; all ages. Free under age 12/$5 ages 13-17/$8 members/$10 adults, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

17, 24, 31, Meet Cornelius the Snake, 1pm. The beloved corn snake gets to socialize with children during this informal meet and greet. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

17, 24, 31, Science Saturday, 2-4pm. Science fun for all ages with exciting experiments and activities. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

22, 29, Seeds & Sprouts, 10:30-11:30am. Kids explore nature: from fun in the backyard to in-house programming, children learn about seasonal growing cycles and other gardening-related practices. Included with admission/free 17 and under 4-6pm, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 29, Bug Bash, 4:30-5:30pm. Join Wade Harrell from Harrell Bug Museum to learn about and have fun with crawling creatures. Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

Stage

15-18, “A Year with Frog and Toad,” 7:30pm, Thus-Sats; 2pm, Sats & Suns. Based on Arnold Lobel’s books, this whimsical holiday show that follows two friends through four fun-filled seasons; a heartwarming classic for the whole family. $30, Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 De Vargas, 988-4262, santafeplayhouse.org.

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26-30, Santa Fe Children’s Museum Camp, “Arctic Animal Adventure.” 9am-3:30pm. Education through art, science and play, the program includes STEAM activities lead by experienced museum educators and community guests; scholarships available. $350/per child per week, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

Science & Nature

16, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID.

Just for Teens

14, Teen Lounge, 1:30-3:30pm. A safe space for teens to decompress after school with art supplies, homework tables, laptops & Wi-Fi, board games, tea & snacks. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4863 santafelibrary.org.

Also of Interest

16, Winter Glow Holiday Stroll on Museum Hill, 4-7pm. Luminarias, ornaments, crafts, hot cocoa and caroling at Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. Free, indianartsandculture.org/calendar.

17, 24, 31 , Saturday Farmers Market,

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8am-1pm. Shop fresh produce, crafts and body care products. Free, Santa Fe Railyard Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo De Peralta, 983-7726, railyardsantafe.com.

21, Make Music Winter, 2-4pm. Gather around the fire pit on The Candyman porch for this family-friendly sing-along event with the Candyman’s piano and vocal teacher who will lead a singing circle of Christmas carols. Participants will receive a free rhythm shaker and enjoy hot cocoa, apple cider and snacks.

Free,The Candyman Porch, 851 St. Michael’s, 983-5906, candymansf.com/make-music-winter.

24, Santa Fe Farolito Walk, 6-11pm. A celebrated holiday tradition with thousands of flickering candles in paper bags lining streets and walls on Christmas Eve. Free, Canyon Road, santafe.com/santafe-farolito-walk-on-canyon-road.

January

Arts & Crafts

3, 10, 17, 24, 31, After School Art at the Main Library, 3:30-4:30pm. Preschool children practice creative skills at the library with themed art sessions. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556837, santafelibrary.org.

6, 13, 20,27, Fine Art Fridays, 2-4pm. Exploration into the arts with guest facilitators and hands-on activities that encourage children to explore their creativity. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

8, Georgia Okeeffe Family Fun Day: New Year, New Me!, 10am. Join for a day full of exploring personal identity through art-making, interactive ingallery activities and story time. Families can also enjoy special access to the new exhibit, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Making a Life.” Free, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org. 20, Lunar New Year Craft, 2pm. Celebrate with a craft session designed by Miss Susan. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.

27, Friday Afternoon Art: Oil Pastel and Watercolor, 2pm. Enjoy an afternoon of art with materials and basic instruction provided. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.

Cultural Centers & Museums

1, NM Residents Free First Sunday at Museum of International Folk Art, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 and under & foundation members are always free, 706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org.

1, NM Residents Free First Sunday at NM History Museum, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 and under, NM foster parents and fos-

ter children as well as foundation members are always free, 113 Lincoln, 4765200, nmhistorymuseum.org.

1, NM Residents Free First Sunday at NM Museum of Art, 10am-5pm. NM foster parents and children; ages 16 and under always free, 107 W Palace, 4765072, nmartmuseum.org.

4, 11, 18, 25, Wee Wednesdays, 10:30am. Parents and toddlers enjoy discovery with story time and play. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

5, 12, 19, 26, Thursdays Are Yours, 46pm. Visitors enjoy immersive exhibits for free, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

NM Dept of Cultural Affairs has links with information about NM museums, historic sites and other institutions. The “Visit Virtually” section includes links to NM museums, cultural centers and libraries, newmexicoculture.org.

Exhibits

1-31, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Making a Life.” This exhibit explores the artist’s identity as a “maker” and showcases art and objects including books, furniture, clothing and accessories. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org.

Library Events

Area Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to the Dogs, Game Time, Chess, AfterSchool Clubs, Story Time, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: santafelibrary.org, vglibrary.org. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Wags and Words, 67pm. Children can practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a furry friend; for early school age children; call during library hours or email to sign up: mkatencio@santafenm.gov. Dogs are from the SF Animal Shelter Pet Outreach Program. Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

4, 11, 18, 25, Youth Chess Club, 5:45pm. Play, practice and have fun. In person at the library, virtually at sites.google.com/site/childchesssantefe. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556780, santafelibrary.org.

5, 12, 19, 26, Yoga and Movement for Kids, 10:3oam. Join for children’s yoga, joyful movement and kinesthetic creativity; children of all ages have fun getting bodies moving; must be accompanied by an adult, mats provided but bring one if you have one. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.

7, Read to a Pup! 11:30am. Children can practice reading skills by sharing a story with a local therapy dog; for early school age children. Free, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2830, santafelibrary.org.

7, 21, Parent and Tot Creative Movement, 10am. Preschool-age children can use music and stories to exercise their minds and bodies in a relaxed environ-

ment with a chosen adult. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

14, Baby and Toddler Play Hour, 10:30 am. Free, unstructured play where children can explore and interact with other children and new educational toys. Learn and make social connections together with your toddler. Free, 145 Main Library, Washington, 955-6781, santafelibrary.org.

4005, chavezcenter.com/youth-programs.

Science & Nature

5, 12, 19, 26, Seeds & Sprouts, 10:3011:30am. Kids explore nature: from fun in the backyard to in-house programming, children learn about seasonal growing cycles and other gardening-related practices. Included with admission/free 17 and under 4-6pm, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 7, 14, 21, 28, Meet Cornelius the Snake, 1pm. The beloved corn snake gets to socialize with children during this informal meet and greet. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

7, 14, 21, 28, Science Saturday, 24pm. Science fun for all ages with experiments and activities. Included w/admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

20, Family Movie Night,“Lyle Lyle, Crocodile,” PG, 7pm. Watch the movie on a big screen with popcorn and juice provided. Free, Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, 466-7323, vglibrary.org.

22, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Family activities including natural ornament making and readings of “Night Tree.” Stay after for the Holiday Stroll. Free, SF Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

26, ‘90s Movie Night, “The Mighty Ducks,” [PG], 5:30pm. Dress up ‘90s style and get snacks while watching the movie. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4863, santafelibrary.org.

Music

4, 11, 18, 25, Kids Sing Along with Queen Bee Music Association, 3:154pm. Early childhood literacy skills are explored through songs and play alongs; pre-school children actively participate in every session. Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

Open Houses

17, Santa Fe Waldorf Visitor Morning Tours, 9:30-10:30am. Discover a school where children will thrive in a safe, supportive and engaging environment; preschool-highschool. Free, Santa Fe Waldorf, 26 Puesta Del Sol, 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org/visit.

School Break Camps

3, Winter Break Camps, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 7:30am5:30pm. This camp is for children 6-12 (proof of age required). Please provide a full sack lunch and snack. Activities are group activities and include sports, games and arts and crafts $40-$15/per day based on sliding scale, 3221 Rodeo, 955-

22, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Free, Celebrate Lunar New Year and enjoy a stroll through the winter garden. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

Storytelling

5, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with the SF Fire Department to bring a story time where firefighters read some of their favorite books and everyone can go outside to see the firetruck. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

5, 12, 19, 26, Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm. A social story time where parents can chat with experts, new theme each week, custom grab-and-go kits for attendees; light snacks provided. Spanish speaking facilitators available in partnership with SF Children’s Museum. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820, santachildrenslibrary.org.

28, Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute Story Time, 11:30am. Be reminded of warmer days and outside fun at the farmer’s market with this fun and educational story time and craft. For preschool and school age children. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2830, santafelibrary.org.

Bilingual Books and Babies, various dates, times and libraries. Books, songs and finger games for children ages 6 mo2 years. Free, santafelibrary.org. Story Time and Craft, various dates, times and libraries. Enjoy stories and a crafts with different themes. Free, santafelibrary.org.

Also of Interest

4, Play Pichenotte! 4-6pm. A fun diskflicking historical board game that enter-

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tains children and helps develop motor skills. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 28, SouperBowl XXVII, noon. A friendly competition and fundraiser with samples. $10 children $10/$25/$35, Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 West Marcy, events.idonate.com/souperbowlxxvii. New Mexico Farmers’ Markets have ever changing information. Find the most up-to-date info at farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market.

Ongoing, Railyard Artisans Market, 10am-3pm, Suns. This market represents a wide array of NM artists and craftspeople. Free, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavillion, santafefarmersmarket.com/railyard-artisan-market.

Ongoing, Saturday Farmers’ Market, 8am-1pm, Sats. Santa Fe Farmers Market at the Railyard with veggies, meats, crafts and body care products among many others. Free, Railyards, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, 983-4098, santafefarmersmarket.com

5, NM Residents Free First Sunday at Museum of International Folk Art, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 and under and foundation members always free, 706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org.

5, NM Residents Free First Sunday at NM Museum of Art, 10am-5pm. NM foster parents and children, ages 16 and under always free, 107 W Palace, 4765072, nmartmuseum.org.

Exhibits

1-28, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Making a Life.” This exhibit explores the artist’s identity as a “maker” and showcases art and objects including books, furniture, clothing and accessories. Included with admission, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org.

Library Events

FebruaryArea Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to the Dogs, Game Time, Chess, AfterSchool Clubs, Story Time, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: santafelibrary.org, vglibrary.org.

Arts & Crafts

4, Valentine Card Workshop, 3pm. Make a creative Valentine for someone you love. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

7, 14, 21, 28, After School Art, 3:304:30pm. Preschool children practice creative skills at the library with themed art sessions. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

10, Friday Afternoon Art: Collage Card, 2pm. Make a card for someone you love using collage techniques; materials provided. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.

17, Friday Afternoon Art: African American Crafts, 2pm. Make traditional African American crafts for African American History Month; materials provided. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.

Cultural Centers & Museums

1, Play Pichenotte! 4-6pm. A fun, diskflicking game that entertains children of all ages and helps with developing motor skills. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 1, 8, 15, 22, Wee Wednesdays, 10:30am. Parents and toddlers enjoy discovery with story-time and play. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

5, NM Residents Free First Sunday at NM History Museum, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 & under, NM foster parents & children & foundation members always free, 113 Lincoln, 476-5200, nmhistorymuseum.org.

1, 8, 15, 22, Youth Chess Club, 5:45pm. Play, practice and have fun. In person at the library, virtually at sites.google.com/site/childchesssantefe. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556780, santafelibrary.org.

Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4862, santafelibrary.org.

4, Read to a Pup!, 11:30am. Children can practice reading skills by sharing a story with a local therapy dog; for early school age children. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2830, santafelibrary.org .

4, 18, Parent and Tot Creative Movement, 10am. Preschool aged children use fun, music and stories to exercise their minds and bodies in a relaxed environment with a chosen adult. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

7, 14, 21, 28, Wags and Words, 6-7pm. Children can practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a furry friend; for early school age children; call during library hours or email to sign up: mkatencio@santafenm.gov. Dogs are from the SF Animal Shelter Pet Outreach Program. Main Library, 145 Washington, 9556837, santafelibrary.org.

11, Baby Toddler Play Hour, 10:30am. Free, unstructured play where children can explore and interact with other children and new educational toys. Learn and make social connections together with your toddler. Free, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

Music

1, 8, 15, 22, Kids Sing Along with Queen Bee Music Association, 3:154pm. Early childhood literacy skills are explored through songs and play alongs; pre-school children actively participate in every session. Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820 santafelibrary.org.

Open Houses

14, Santa Fe Waldorf Visitor Morning Tours, 9:30-10:30am. Discover a school where children will thrive in a safe, supportive and engaging environment; preschool-highschool. Free, Santa Fe Waldorf, 26 Puesta Del Sol, 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org/visit.

Science & Nature

10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Watch, learn about, count and celebrate birds at our Great Backyard Bird Count. Free, SF Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

Storytelling

2, 9, 16, 23, Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm. A social story time where parents can chat with experts, new theme each week, custom grab-and-go kits for attendees; light snacks provided. Spanish speaking facilitators available in partnership with SF Children’s Museum. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820, santachildrenslibrary.org.

5, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with the SF Fire Department to bring a story time where firefighters read some of their favorite books and everyone can go outside to see the firetruck. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

7, 15, Animal Humane Safety and Care Story Time, 10:30am. Safety around animals is important. Learn some lessons for children in animal safety; for preschool age children. Free, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2828, santafelibrary.org.

25, Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute Story Time, 11:30am. Be reminded of warmer days and outside fun at the farmer’s market with this fun and educational story time and craft. For preschool and school age children. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2830, santafelibrary.org.

Bilingual Books and Babies, various dates, times and libraries. Books, songs and finger games for children ages 6 months-2 years. Free, santafelibrary.org. Story Time and Craft, various dates, times, libraries. Enjoy stories & crafts w/ different themes. Free, santafelibrary.org.

Also of Interest

2, 9, 16, 23, Yoga and Movement for Kids, 10:3oam. Join for children’s yoga, joyful movement and kinesthetic creativity; children of all ages have fun getting bodies moving. All children must be accompanied by an adult, mats provided but if you have one, bring it. Free, La

2, 9, 16, 23 , Seeds & Sprouts, 10:3011:30am. Kids explore nature: from fun in the backyard to in-house programming, children learn about seasonal growing cycles and other gardening-related practices. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 4, 11, 18, 25, Meet Cornelius the Snake, 1pm. The beloved corn snake gets to socialize with children during this informal meet and greet. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 4, 11, 18, 25, Science Saturday, 2-4pm. Science fun for all ages with exciting experiments and activities. Included with admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 19, Community Day at the Garden,

New Mexico Farmers’ Markets have ever changing information. Find the most up-to-date info at farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market.

Ongoing, Railyard Artisans Market, 10am-3pm, Suns. This market represents a wide array of NM artists and craftspeople. Free, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavillion, santafefarmersmarket.com/railyard-artisan-market.

Ongoing, Saturday Farmers’ Market, 8am-1pm, Sats. Santa Fe Farmers Market at the Railyard with veggies, meats, crafts and body care products among many others. Free, Railyards, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, 983-4098, santafefarmersmarket.com.

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Let’s Read Let’s Read Let’s Read

The Hair Book

Author: LaTonya Yvette

Illustrator: Amanda Jane Jones Ages: Baby-3 years

This is a board book about different types of hair. It is easy to read and has good and colorful illustrations. It is about how all hair is cool in its

because it teaches people to respect the differences in our world!

George M., 9

Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine

Author: Dylan Dreyer with Alan Katz

Illustrator: Rosie Butcher

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Age: 3-7 years

If you love rainbows, this is the book for you. This is a great book

because it shows us that if you are different from someone else, you can still be friends. If you have a sibling or friend and you don't agree all the time, you should read this book because it shows us how we can compromise. We can combine games and ideas and still be friends!

Kenzie G., 10

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human

Author: Matt Forrest Esenwine

Illustrator: Andre Ceolin

Publisher: Beaming Books Ages: 6-10 years

This is a great book because it teaches about differences in people.

what we look like. This is a picture book that is perfect for early learners. The author is a real fiddler and I think this book is cool because it has Eileen’s real blue violin as the main character. This book shows that it's OK to be different. The illustrations are filled with color and magic. I enjoyed this book and I hope you do, too.

Mysha A., 10

National Geographic Kids

Dinosaur

Atlas

Author: National Geographic Illustrator: Franco Tempesta

Publisher: National Geographic Books Ages: 7-10 years

This book is all about dinosaurs. It has big colorful maps that show where dinosaurs lived. The book teaches you how to say the name of different dinosaurs. It shows you

own way. “Covered hair, Bun Hair, Party Hair…No matter your hair— YOU are welcome anywhere!” the book says. I think it is a good book

It is great because a lot of kids get bullied or made fun of because of their differences. This book teaches kids to be proud of themselves. I have dyslexia and this book makes me feel like I am very important!

Jaxson M., 10

Will Someone Play Bluey?

Author: Eileen Ivers

Publisher: Musical Bridge Publishing Ages: 4-10 years

This is a great book that shows we need to spread kindness no matter

the fossils that have been discovered from those times. It explains what all the dinosaurs looked like and how big they were. The book also shows what the dinosaurs ate and explains their skin types. I liked when it showed the different claws! The book is really long and it takes a while to read. Overall, the book was really cool because I really like dinosaurs!

Amadeo M., 10

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These book reviews were written by Christine Laffler’s 4th grade students at Manzano Day school. Albuquerque
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The Young Scientist

Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea because they are teeming with a diversity of life forms. Think of them as an ocean habitat. Scientists estimate about 25 percent of marine species live in or around coral reefs, making them important placeholders for marine biodiversity. There are so many life forms in coral reefs that scientists have not identified them all, discovering new species every year. Coral reefs are like nurseries for many fish species. In the movie “Finding Nemo,” a clownfish named Marlin searches for his lost son Nemo in their coral reef home, which is teeming with other fish and marine creatures.

Lots of fish can be found in coral reefs including cuttlefish, lionfish, sharks, pufferfish and eels. Sea animals such as sponges, anemones, starfish, sea cucumbers, snails and clams attach themselves to coral reefs. Sea plants found in coral reefs include seaweed, sea grasses and algae.

Coral reefs are most often associated with warm, shallow waters, but there are deep sea coral reefs as well. Because coral reefs are hard, you might think they are made of rocks. Coral reefs are made up of live organisms that are small animals called polyps. The polyps live on the outside of the reef, and as they die, they become hard. The new polyps grow on top of the hard reef, which makes it grow. Polyps eat small animals called plankton and an algae called zooxanthellae (zoo-zan-thelay). The algae live inside the hard coral skeletons that are made of calcium carbonate (limestone or chalk). In return for that protection, the algae provide their host with food produced through photosynthesis. The sunlight feeds the algae, the algae feed the polyps and the polyps become coral reefs.

This symbiotic relationship (a relationship where each cooperates with the other) depends on the temperature of the surrounding water. When the temperature of the water becomes too warm for the algae, the reef becomes white, something called coral bleaching. The living algae gives coral its color. Reefs can recover if the water becomes cooler, so maintaining the right water temperature is key as we face the challenges of global warming. Warmer ocean water is also more acidic than normal, which makes it harder for corals to build their exoskeletons or hard forms. Ocean warming results from higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the water. The ocean absorbs CO2, which also makes the water more acidic, making it harder for the coral to grow. Deep sea corals live in the deep cooler parts of the ocean. Since zooxanthellae algae does not live in these depths, deep sea corals eat plankton and other organic matter.

Most coral reefs are found in southeast Asia and near Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Australia’s Queensland and is so large it can be seen from outer space. Barrier reefs are miles away from a shoreline, but fringe reefs can be attached to the shore or near a lagoon. Another kind of reef is called an atoll. This reef is a ring of coral that surrounds a lagoon and starts out as a fringe reef around a volcanic island. Most coral reefs are 5,000 to 10,000 years old. Their fossilized ancestors date back hundreds of millions of years.

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New Mexico Kids! Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs

Santa Fe Area Schools

Fayette Street Academy, 830 Fayette St., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-982-3396; Email: info@fayettestreetacademy.org; Website: fayettestreetacademy.org; Ages: 5-12; Enrollment: 42; Average Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Cost: $10,000. For over 40 years, we have offered high quality, individualized education with a small student-to-teacher ratio. Our scholar citizens, ages 5-12, are divided between a kindergarten and 3 multi-age classes, based on levels of neurological development. Our curriculum is constructed to match these different stages. Piaget was correct when he said children are not simply little adults, they actually perceive the world in different ways at different ages. We hope you will join us for a tour, at our wonderful campus in Santa Fe! Fayette Street Academy is currently discussing enrollment for the coming year for all ages.

Little Earth School, 321 West Zia Rd., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-988-1968; Email: j.hill@littleearthschool.org ; Website: littleearthschool.org; Contact: Jill Hill, Director. Grades: Age 2-Elementary; Maximum Enrollment: 58; Established in 1978, Little Earth School provides a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through elementary. Children learn through an integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and which emphasizes respect for self and others. Tuition assistance and before and after care available.

Rio Grande School, 715 Camino Cabra, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983-1621; Email: admissions@riograndeschool.org; Website: riograndeschool.org; Contact: Rachel Rosebery, Associate Director of Admissions. Grades: Preschool through 6th Grade; Ages: 3-12. Enrollment: 170; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6; Cost: 15K-21K; Accredited by: NAIS, ISIS. At Rio Grande School we combine academic rigor and excellence with a collaborative, experience-based education. We bring learning to life through a challenging, integrated curriculum enhanced by differentiated instruction from master educators. We fully prepare students for the next phase of learning. Our K-6 quality curriculum taught by master educators enables preschoolers to make strong/seamless transition to elementary while our K-6 program provides a solid foundation for students to advance into middle school with skills/spirit that enable them to excel. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Basketball, swimming, science, clay, running, chess, acting, and more. 170 students, 3 years old

Santa Fe

through sixth grade; 43% boys, 57% girls. Student-Educator ratio is 6:1. Capacity is 16 Pequeños, 18 Grandes & 20 in Kindergarten-sixth grade. 40% of students receive tuition assistance between 10% and 80% of the cost.

Santa Fe Girls’ School, 310 W. Zia Road, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-820-3188; Email: admissions@santafegirlsschool.org; Website: santafegirlsschool.org; Contact: Rosie Williams, Co-Director. Grades: 6, 7, 8; Enrollment: 45; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:7; Cost: $15,750. Santa Fe Girls' School is a small, allgirls middle school designed for this critical period of development. We provide a culture where girls develop into self-advocating, confident, and academically prepared high school students. Our thoughtful academic curricula engages our students' curiosity and excellence; our small class size ensures that each student's abilities, challenges and accomplishments are recognized by her teachers. Our graduates go on to the public and private high schools of their choice as academic and social leaders. Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: Self-defense, electives. Call or email to schedule a visit.

Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-4676431; Email: kpavuk@santafewaldorf.org; Website: santafewaldorf.org; Contact: Kate Pavuk, Admissions Coordinator; Grades: PreK – 12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $4,495 - $20,700; Accredited by AWSNA/WECAN. Discover a school where the arts, academics and athletics come alive in a truly integrated curriculum that mirrors the child’s inner development and carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to prepare the child as thoroughly as possible for all life experiences. An international network of mindful education, Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the world, with 1,200+ schools operating worldwide. Parent & Child classes also available. Scholarships, Financial Aid and Before and After Care available.

Academic Support Programs

Occupational Therapy by Jeanne Du Rivage, 4209 Hidden Cricket, SF, NM 87507. Phone: 505-470-3492; Email: jeannedurivage@yahoo.com; Website: I have an ad in Psychology Today. Contact: Jeanne Du Rivage, Occupational Therapist. Grades: prechool to grade school; Ages: birth-12 years. Accredited by:

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Santa Fe Waldorf Preschool children chop vegetables to help make soup for the class meal. Photo by Genevieve Russell, StoryPortrait Media.
January/February 2023 New Mexico Kids! 35 310 West Zia Road • 505.820.3188 Tuition assistance available Admissions Open House March 12th 3 pm 4th & 5th grade families welcome! Santa Fe Girls’ School Dedicated to Middle School Girls RSVP: www.santafegirlsschool.org Discover a school where your child will thrive in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. Preschool - High School 505.467.6431 santafewaldorf.org/visit Visitor Morning Tours January 17 & February 14 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Occupational Therapy Jeanne Du Rivage, MA, OTR/L, SEP Occupational Therapist Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Over 35 years of experience supporting children and families with behavior, sensory processing and other developmental needs. Call for a free 15 to 20 minute consult. 505-470-3492 jeannedurivage@yahoo.com Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe

AOTA. I am an occupational therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner with over 35 years of experience working with children and families. I am able to help with sensory processing and behavior challenges as well as other developmental needs. I offer home and community based services on a sliding scale and do not take insurance.

Albuquerque Area Schools

1st Class Learning Center, 5111 Homestead Circle NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505898-5702; Email: 1stclasslearningcenter@gmail.com; Website: 1stclasslearningcenter.com; Contact: Leann C Gordinier, Owner/Director. Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years Old. Mission Statement: To provide a learning environment that is safe, enjoyable, interesting and peaceful for all children, their families and community. We believe in our curriculum where each child develops according to age and capacity, having the freedom to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually without any pressure. We also believe children learn best when rules and limits are clear and consistent. Most importantly, we believe that children learn best by staff members who create an atmosphere that is loving, warm, caring and friendly by which all children feel accepted, safe, and a part of 1st Class Learning Center. Financial Aid; Before & After Care. Enrichment program: FOCUS. Reasonable childcare for 6 weeks-12 years old. ECECD subsidized care is also available and we do not charge sales tax. Discounts are also available. We have an age appropriate curriculum. We serve nutritional meals mandated by CACFP. All staff are CPR/First Aid certified and have their background clearance. Staff also takes child care training mandated by the ECECD.

ACES Technical Charter School, 4501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-506-1186; Email: jeron@acespublicschools.org; Website: acespublicschools.org; Contact: Jeron Campbell, Ed.L.D., Founder and Principal. Grades: K-9; Enrollment: 160 and growing; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20; Cost: Free. ACES Tech is a free, STEM focused charter school which provides a well-rounded academic program to our diverse student body. In addition to traditional core classes, all students have mandatory electives in music, computer programming, robotics, global languages and more. Free bus transportation is provided. Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: STEM, chess, basketball. We will continue to add grades until we are K-12.

Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-8283208; Email: admission@aa.edu; Website: aa.edu; Contact: Amy Eglinton Keller, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. Grades: 6 - 12; Enrollment: 1,184; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:8; Cost: $26,176 (2022-23 full tuition amount); Accredited by: Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Albuquerque Academy students are defined by their curiosity. They are eager to learn. They question, engage, and challenge. They lead, solve, and invent, and they have endless opportunities to explore. They gain confidence in their successes, developing humility and resilience when they are less successful. And at all times, they are supported by a caring community. Financial aid available. The Academy has a wide array of extracurricular activities - from sports teams to clubs. Applications for Fall 2023 are available. Go to aa.edu/admission. Feb. 1, 2023: Regular admission applications due.

Albuquerque Bilingual Academy, 7500 La Morada Pl. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-803-0812; Email: cjones@lpelc.com; Website: lpelc.com; Contact: Chris Jones, Executive Director. Grades: PreK-8; Enrollment: 425; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20; Cost: Free; Accredited by: New Mexico Public Education Commission.

Albuquerque Bilingual Academy (ABA) is a free public charter school. ABA promotes bilingualism and bi-literacy through the School’s dual language bilingual education program. Boasting 82,000 square feet of educational space, ABA offers students a

premier learning environment. We provide our families free clothing vouchers, meals, transportation, health screenings, social work and counseling services, before and after school programming, and much more! Before and After Care; Enrichment programs.

All Saints Lutheran Preschool, 4800 All Saints Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-897-2144; Email: preschool_aslc@comcast.net; Website: allsaintsabq.org; Contact: Marleta Anderson, Director. Grades: Preschool Ages: 3 months-5 years; Enrollment: 30-35; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: varies; Accredited by: ECECD. Preschool that offers a structured environment, as well as an educationally sound and Biblically based program for infants through 5 years. Scholarships; Before and After Care.

Albuquerque School of Excellence, 13201 Lomas Blvd NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-312-7711; Email: info@abqse.org; Website: abqse.org; Contact: Ms. Provin, Outreach. Grades: K-12. Enrollment: 913 Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:25. Accredited by: NMPED. Albuquerque School of Excellence is a tuition free college preparatory charter school that was founded in 2010. Our mission is to provide a safe and collaborative environment that will cultivate the academic and social development for all students regardless of their socio-economic status by emphasizing math, science, and technology for the purpose of students setting and meeting higher education goals. ABQSE is a spotlight school that was selected by the New Mexico Department of Education and a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School awardee. Aftercare. Variety of school clubs includes journalism, coding, robotics, basketball, volleyball, and others! Our lottery for the 2023-24 school year runs Dec. 1. through Feb. 17, 2023.

Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-883-0306; Email: ecc@congregationalbert.org; Website: congregationalbert.shulcloud.com. Contact: Dale Sides Cooperman, Director of Early Childhood Education. Ages: 2kindergarten; FOCUS accredited. Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 5 Star accredited early learning environment strives to make your child’s first school experience a happy and secure one. We offer a positive foundation for all future learning, creating that joyful, lifelong learner, where our students learn that education is both fun and important. We believe in sustaining a culture of inquiry, with licensed early childhood educators who partner with families and children, and where together we listen, wonder and reflect. Committed to providing an emergent and inspiring learning environment for a diverse population of young children, we provide classes for two through five year olds and an accredited kindergarten where Jewish culture, values and holidays are gently integrated. We are play-based and child-centered, supporting the uniqueness of our students and families. Joyfully, we welcome all families and all faiths. Call and inquire about full or part time choices. Limited scholarships may be available. Come learn, play and grow with us!

Cottonwood Montessori School, 3896 Corrales Rd, Corrales, NM 87048. Phone: 505-239-1765; Email: trish@cottonwoodschool.org; Website: cottonwoodschool.org; Contact: Trish Nickerson, Executive Director. Grades: Toddler-6th Grade; Ages: 18 month to 12 years. Enrollment: 175; Cost: $8,000-$14,000. Accredited by: COGNIA and ECECD. At Cottonwood School, how children learn is as important as what they learn. We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important. Together we cultivate each child's talent and character by nurturing their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Our high quality, state accredited programs unleash the potential of every child and develop a foundation for academic achievement and lifelong success. Our faculty is comprised of dedicated Early Childhood and Elementary teachers and aides whose common goal is to encourage the development of each child through individualized learning. Our dynamic hands-on Montessori curriculum also includes weekly enrichment programs

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Josie (left) and Jennifer paint at Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center. Courtesy Photo.
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in Art, Drama, Music, P.E., Steel Band and Environmental Education. Our unique children’s garden, working greenhouse, chicken coop and apple orchard are mini-land labs which take science out of the textbook and into the hands of our students. Our classrooms are warm, open environments conducive to exploration and collaboration as well as independent study. Our students are grouped in multi-age clusters which facilitate optimal learning through peer mentoring, teamwork and community building. We consistently maintain low student-teacher ratios of 14-1 in Early Childhood and Elementary programs and 8-1 in Toddler classes. Cottonwood School is located 5 minutes from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho in the historic Village of Corrales and is housed in several beautiful Southwestern buildings. A 15 minute walk from the Rio Grande, our cozy campus is situated on 7 acres of bosque land. Before and after care available. We utilize both indoor and outdoor classrooms while safely distancing our students and their families when necessary. Our faculty is 100% vaccinated and we use mask wearing protocols inside and out if ever there is a public mandate in place by the Department of Health, along with classroom and playground pods, as needed, and heavy cleaning and daily sanitizing.

Cross of Hope School, 6104 Taylor Ranch Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-8971832; Email: esdirector@crossofhope.org; Website: crossofhope.org/schools; Contact: Debra Alba, Director of School Ministry; Grades: Preschool through 5th grade. Enrollment: 100; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12; Cost: $7,075. Cross of Hope School is a Christian ministry of Cross of Hope Church. Our 5 Star Preschool is state licensed and nationally accredited. Our Elementary curriculum follows common core guidelines and we offer both PE and Computer Science enrichment courses. We have a 12:1 student/teacher ratio and all teachers are state licensed. We offer several After School opportunities every Friday afternoon. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care; Enrichment programs. Cross of Hope School is a welcoming Christ centered community providing high quality education in a nurturing environment that respects each child's development.

Eastern Hills Christian Academy, 3100 Morris St. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505294-3373; Email: information@easternhillsca.com; Website: goEHCA.org; Contact: Hollie Brooks, Administrator. Grades: Preschool-8th; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:11; Cost: $7,130-$8,050; Accredited by: ACSI; Cognia; State of NM. EHCA is a private Christian school dedicated to our mission of discipling children to be like Jesus: in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. We are committed to providing quality academic instruction paired with a Biblical worldview and plenty of opportunity for students to explore and discover their passions. Financial Aid; Before & After Care. Enrichment programs: Spanish, Art, Music, PE, Science Triad (Middle School), Speech and Debate (Middle School). In addition to a variety of enrichment programs, EHCA offers a competitive middle school athletic program that includes basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and archery. At EHCA, every day can be an Open House - call and set up a personal tour of our campus today!

Escuela del Sol Montessori, 1114 7th St. NW, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-242-3033; Email: office@edelsol.org; Website: escueladelsol.org; Contact: Elizabeth Marcilla; Administrative Director. Grades/Ages: 18 months thru 8th grade; Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6 Toddler, 1:12 Primary, Elementary & Jr. High. Accredited by American Montessori Society, National Council on Private School Accreditation. Escuela del Sol Montessori is an independent not-for-profit school that provides the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child's innate passion to learn. Fundamental skills are integrated into an interdisciplinary program to nurture creativity and enthusiasm for learning while fostering critical thinking and social responsibility. Learning in an environment of kindness, courtesy, self-respect, and consideration for others is crucial to moral development, a sense of dignity, and academic success. In-person and distance learning. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Spanish, Music, Art, Gardening. On-site chefs provide delicious & nutritious lunches & snacks.

HOPE Christian School, 6731 Palomas Ave. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-8225399; Email: admissions@hcsnm.org; Website: HCSNM.org; Contact: Roxann Vineyard, Director of Enrollment Management. Grades: PreK-12th, Ages: 318. Enrollment: 1,450; Teacher/Student Ratio: Preschool 1:12; K-12th 1:20; Cost: $5,025 - $10,275; Accredited by: ICAA, AdvancEd (Cognia), and NMPED. HOPE is a non-denominational Christian school with Advanced Academics, Award-winning Drama & Arts, and Full Athletics Program from 1st grade ... all approached from a Biblical worldview. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. After School Clubs, Music Education, Athletics & more.

Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-2436659; Email: evillegas@manzanodayschool.org; Website: manzanodayschool.org; Contact: Emily Villegas, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Grades: Prek through 5th; Enrollment: 460; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: $12,670$16,180; Accredited by: ISAS and NM Department of Education. Manzano Day School, founded in 1938, is an independent, nonsectarian elementary school dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community

involvement in our diverse world. Applications for 2023-24 are now being accepted. Financial Aid; Before and After Care.

Oak Grove Classical Academy, 8888 Harper Dr. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-269-2696; Email: info@oakgroveowls.com; Website: oakgroveclassical.com; Contact: Marcie Sherman, Dean of Program Support. Grades: K-12. Enrollment: 420; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:18; Cost: $4,200 K, $4,900 1st-5th, $5,700 6th-8th, $6,400 High School; Accredited by: Cognia, Christian Schools International. We are a K-12 private Christian, classical school. We seek to inspire our students to love learning and to face life’s challenges with courage and character. Our K-8th students are taught using a hybrid model which brings together the strengths of the traditional classroom while also providing directives that allow parents to act as co-teacher at home Tuesdays/Thursdays. Our high school is a robust, fulltime program with thriving academic and athletics programs. Financial aid.

Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-3383010; Email: admission@sandiaprep.org; Website: sandiaprep.org; Contact: Ray Nelson, Director of Admission. Grades 6–12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Enrollment: 522. Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). At Sandia Prep, students take meaningful risks in a supportive community while learning who they are and who they want to become. Through a blend of contemporary and traditional education, our students think creatively, critically, and without limits. They grow in confidence and resilience as they navigate the world. As an independent school, our passionate teachers create rich educational and extracurricular experiences that meet each student's individual needs. We don't expect your child to fit a mold. We mold our community and our curriculum around your student. Apply for Fall 2023 for grades 6-12 at sandiaprep.org. Financial aid. Enrichment programs: The Center for Learning Excellence. The Center for Learning Excellence (CFLE) at Sandia Prep offers academic services to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students. It is our philosophy that all attending students should be afforded opportunities to succeed academically. The CFLE offers accommodation plans, academic coaching, structured study hall, academic skills intervention, study strategies support, assistive technology support, and ACT/SAT standardized test accommodations.

SpringStone Montessori Schools, Abq and Rio Rancho, NM. Website: springstonekids.com. Nationally-accredited schools accepting children infant–6 years. Schools are open Mon-Fri, 6:30am–6pm. Four state-of-the-art facilities: N. Abq Acres–7940 Carmel Ave NE, 505-821-8181; UNM Area–1615 Randolph Ct. SE, 505-242-1234; Paradise Hills–4598 Paradise Blvd. NW, 505-897-8111; Rio Rancho–2441 Grande SE, 505-994-8111. Enrichment Programs.

The Montessori Elementary & Middle School, 1730 Montaño Road NW, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-796-0149; Email: msams@tmesnm.com; Website: tmesnm.com; Contact: MJ Sams, Development Coordinator. Grades: Kindergarten-8th grade. Enrollment: 440. Cost: Free! Accredited by: NMPED. Established in 2005, The Montessori Elementary & Middle School (TMEMS) is a charter school authorized by the New Mexico Public Education Commission. TMEMS currently serves students from Kindergarten through eighth grade from Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. TMEMS classes incorporate the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, with weekly Suzuki Strings and Visual Art classes. Before and After Care available. We are a FREE Public Charter School.

Academic Support Programs

Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-600-6072; Website: explora.us; Contact: Reservations Manager. All ages. Scholarships. Explora offers educational enrichment programs for children, families, teachers, schools, and community organizations, and serves tens of thousands of students annually. Educators trained in inquiry-based learning offer programs that foster a joy of learning by encouraging curiosity, building critical thinking skills, and taking a deep dive into science, technology, engineering, art, and math. These include: Growing a Scientist™ for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 together with their adult companion(s); Science to Grow On™ for Grades K-3 (parent participation is encouraged); Home School Exploration Series for Grades K-8; and more. Other programs that enrich learning include Winter, Spring and Summer Camps for Grades PreK-teens, Single day "School's Out" Camps during APS days off for Grades K-5, and Birthday Parties with science activities for ages 2 and up. We also offer professional development for teachers and early childhood providers. Some of these include a Continuing Education Certificate for 2 competency hours.

ExplorAbilities, 5006 Copper NE, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-268-7988; Email: info@ExplorAbilitiesTherapy.com; Website: ExplorAbilitiesTherapy.com. Ages:

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0-99. ExplorAbilities is a leading rehab center in Albuquerque. Started nearly 40 years ago, it has served a countless number of children with Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is well known as a premier agency that works closely with the community and cares deeply about children with special needs. Counseling services have been added so that a full spectrum of services can be provided.

Huntington Learning Center, 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Ste. B-3, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-797-3073; Contact: Sohale Mufti; Website: huntingtonlearning.com. Grades: K-12; Days/Hours: Monday to Saturday. Year after year we continue to offer children, ages 5-17, supplemental instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, phonics and related areas, as well as SAT/ACT test preparation. The positive encouragement of our staff and certified teachers, combined with individualized instruction based on our diagnostic testing, is what we believe sets us apart and continues to make our program a success.

LSG & Associates Inc., 10320 Cottonwood Park NW, Suite A, Abq, NM 87114. Phone: 505-250-5204 or 505-366-3342; Email: info@lsg4schools.org; Website: lsg4schools.com; Contact: Laura Sullivan Gallegos, Executive Director or Erin White-Canales, Therapy Supervisor. All grades/All ages. LSG Inc a non-profit organization that provides supports and services for all ages. Our services include: speech and language, OT, PT, and ABA therapies. We can administer free screenings at our clinic as well as provide a wide range of evaluations needed for your family member. We also hold a Social Group on Fridays for individuals interested in building social skills and accessing their community. We work with NMDVR and NMDDSD to provide community outreach and job coaching through our UNTAPPED program. Please contact us for more information.

Tutor-Me, 5528 Eubank NE, Ste. 6, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-307-4170; Contact: Sandra Akkad, Founder. Website: mytutorme.com. Register now! Covid-safe Environment. Ongoing online and in-person tutoring. Focusing on K-12. Homework Help. Tutor-Me is a premier learning center that offers a hands-on approach when helping students. We stimulate & motivate while enriching and helping our students. Tutor-Me provides a safe, conducive and nurturing environment. We offer classes in all Math, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, English, Science, standardized testing, PSAT, ACT, SAT and more. We also have classes in Spanish, French and Arabic. We offer a free trial. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mytutorme.

Youth Development Inc. Head Start, 3451 Candelaria Rd. NE, Ste. A, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-212-7239; Email: empadilla@ydinm.org; Website: ydinm.org; Contact: Ernestine Padilla. Early Head Start/Head Start are two of the most successful federally funded childhood education programs ever created. It promotes the school readiness of children ages 6 weeks-5 years from lowincome families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. YDI has more than 30 centers throughout New Mexico and is completely free.

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