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and I go to Art School Santa Fe after school for art class. This piece is called “Fennec.” I used chalk pastels, which can get messy, but I enjoy this medium

Ronny, my teacher, taught me to use my fingers like paint brushes and to keep them clean so the colors stay bright. In my free time, I like to play

games, ski and play with my dogs. I also like to be outdoors because I love being in nature and surrounded by trees. I go to Santa Fe School for Arts and Sciences, where my favorite subject is Math. I like math because I feel like it is the building blocks of the universe and it helps me understand how things work. I recommend this fun art class, especially because of the prompts we do in the beginning of class. I love drawing anything that has to do with Australia, which I hope to go to one day!

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NogginStik (birth and older)

This toy by SmartNoggin is more than just an ordinary rattle. The top of the toy features a light-up smiling face that changes color from red to blue to green when baby bats at it. It also has different textures for baby to touch and a mirror on the bottom for a fun surprise. And of course, when shaken, this toy makes a rattle sound. BPA free. $23.99 on amazon.com.

Meadow Activity Pad (birth and older)

Tummy time can be frustrating for babies just learning to hold themselves up. Wee Gallery’s activity pad featuring cute meadow animals is a cuddly way to keep baby’s attention. This organic pad features hidden items for baby to discover: crinkly and squeaky features, a rattle and a teething ring made of maple wood. The high-contrast black and white design makes it easier for young babies to see. $42.95 at weegallery.com.

Choo-Choo-Tracks Magnet Toy (2 and older)

Young children learn about cause and effect by moving a marble through a maze on this train toy by Hape. The magnetic concepts they learn by using the wand to “hold” the marble throws a little science into the fun. $18 at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Stone Blocks (2 and older)

Unlike blocks that are smooth with straight edges, these blocks by Janod resemble stones, making them harder to build with and to balance. When children create a structure with these blocks, they are accomplishing an engineering feat. Each set comes with 20 blocks. $36.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Stomp Rockets (3 and older)

With this toy, children use the power of air to launch four foam-tipped rockets up to 200 feet when they run and jump on a launch pad. As a winner of multiple toy awards, Stomp Rockets encourages playing outdoors as well as teaching the concept of air resistance. The tripod stand for the rockets is adjustable so children can

determine which direction their rockets will fly. $22 at Explora in Albuquerque. Jr. Glow Stomp Rocket ($18) and X-treme Stomp Rocket ($14) also are available.

GIANTmicrobes Plush (3 and older)

When you want to let the children in your life know you love them with all of your heart (or kidney or white blood cell), this is the gift for them! These plush toys come in several scientific shapes that are as funny as they are educational. Available at Explora in Albuquerque for the following prices: Gigantic Heart, $46; Kidney, $12; DNA, $17.50; Covid Vaccine, $14; White Blood Cell, $14.

Create a Story Cards (3 and older)

Develop children’s linguistic skills with these cards by eeboo. Each pack includes illustrations that spark creativity in storytelling. Each card helps the story continue. These award-winning Create a Story cards are made from recycled paper by a womanowned company. Five different stories are available (or combine them for even more creative options): Mystery in the Forest, Animal Village, A Very Busy Day, Volcano Island and Back to School. $12.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Stacking Zoo Animals Balancing Puzzle (3 and older)

Children can stack these blocks until they create a tower of colorful zoo animals – or can they? The animal shapes make it challenging. This puzzle encourages fine motor skills and teaches engineering concepts.

Stacking Ocean Animals Balancing Puzzle also is available. $12.99 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo gift shop.

Museum Visit: A Color, Punch Out and Play Set (3 and older)

Children design a tour through a museum filled with their own artwork with this playset by Margaret Peot. Their masterpieces can include such items as paintings, jewels or statues, which they can decorate, then punch out and display with pride in their museum. $24.95 at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

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Insta-Snow Powder with Science Experiments (4 and older)

It’s no secret that it doesn’t often snow during New Mexico winters. But that doesn’t mean children can’t play with cold, white fluff this season. Steve Spangler’s Insta-Snow powder just needs some water to create a half gallon of fluffy white fun. Put it in the freezer to make it cold. Bonus: This set also comes with two science experiments to make this snowy fun even more educational. $15.95 at the NatureWorks Discovery Store in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Space Tap Tap (4 and older)

Perfect for developing small motor skills, Space Tap Tap by Djeco gives children the opportunity to create spaceships and “tap” them into place with a hammer and tacks. Set includes one hammer, one cork board, 24 spaceship pieces, 10 design cards and 40 tacks. Pieces can be removed so children can build different spaceships on the same board. Vehicles Tap Tap also is available. $35 at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Blockitecture Parkland (6 and older)

Blockitecture sets by Areaware are building blocks specifically designed for children to practice beginning architecture. This set gives children the pieces they need to build their own park, including 21 parkland pieces, two river pieces and one pond. Parkland can also be combined with other Blockitecture sets for more architectural fun. $45 at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Wild Environmental Science 3D Puzzle (6 and older)

With these sets, children learn fascinating facts about their favorite animal while creating a (sometimes life-size) 3D puzzle. Animals available include lizards, cobras, crocodiles, spiders, frogs, sharks, big cats and wild dogs. Act fast! They are on back-order and may run out. $34.99 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo gift shop.

Woboba Wingman (6 and older)

The Wobaba Wingman looks like a Frisbee, but these brilliantly-colored silicone disks will fly a lot farther – more than 130 feet! And since they’re small and foldable, they are easy to pack for a trip to the park. $8.50 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. A larger version of the Wobaba Wingman, which can fly for 200 feet, is also available for children ages 8 and older for $14.95.

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You want the best care possible for your kids. That’s why Presbyterian Children’s Care offers comprehensive, family-centered care for children from birth through teenage years.

Our pediatricians focus on the physical, mental and developmental health of infants, children and teenagers. We provide well-child care and immunizations, important health screenings, as well as treatment for a wide range of conditions.

We offer primary care pediatric services at these locations:

609 S. Christopher Rd. Belen, NM 87002 (505) 864-5454

4005 High Resort Blvd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 462-6000

401 San Mateo Blvd. SE Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505) 462-7333

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We offer more pediatric primary care locations across the state, including the Santa Fe area. See our full list at phs.org/childrens.

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Contraptions Reactions (7 and older)

Contraptions Reactions by KEVA makes it possible for children to use problem-solving skills to create an obstacle course. This set includes 178 planks, four long dowels, four short dowels, two reaction balls, one bell, one string and one car. Children plan the desired reactions and then create the course that makes them happen. This set is a great way to introduce physics to children. $53.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Rainbow Lab: Playing with Colour (7 and older)

This set by Tiger Tribe directs children through 24 projects which demonstrate the STEAM principles of color. In addition to the activity booklet, Rainbow Lab: Playing with Colour includes three bottles of non-staining food coloring, two stackable rainbow crayons, one white crayon, one pencil, one paintbrush, two pop-out sheets and a storage box. $17.95 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

Pepper Mint: The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure (8 and older)

This award-winning kit by Thames & Kosmos lets children build a treehouse along with Pepper Mint, a young female engineer – and learn engineering concepts while they do it. Pepper Mint’s treehouse includes a catapult, gears and pulleys and even LED lights that need to be wired using an electrical circuit. The kit also includes a 32-page storybook, which follows Pepper Mint’s adventures, and an instruction manual. A mini Pepper Mint figure is included. $40 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque.

Shifting Stones Game (8 and older)

Players rearrange and flip nine mystical tiles to match pattern cards in this game by GameWright. Shifting Stones can be played alone or with four other players. This game is a winner of the Best Toy Award. $17.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Space Dash Card Game (8 and older)

Kids love being first! In this game, players race to be the first into space by using only one hand to play cards in the right sequence for liftoff. Three to six players can join in at the same time, making for chaotic fun. $17.95 at NatureWorks Discovery Store in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Black Light Science Fun (8 and older)

Black Light Science Fun by Tedco Toys includes several items that children can use for eight black-light inspired activities. Kit includes one black light (three AAA batteries needed), two fluorescent highlighters, black construction paper, glow-in-the-dark slime and an activity guide. $16.25 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque.

Tesla’s Lamp (8 and older)

This lamp is a fun and safe way for children to play with electricity. Patented by Nikola Tesla in 1894, this ball allows children to attract colorful electric discharges with their fingertips. 15 cm in diameter. $40 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque.

Hydrobot Arm Kit (12 and older)

Only water is needed to power this robot arm by Teach Tech -- no batteries or electricity required! With this kit, children assemble the Hydrobot Arm using easy-to-follow instructions, then operate it using hydraulic power and levers. The gripper on the end of the arm can pick up objects to move them or can be replaced with a suction component to grab onto objects with smooth surfaces. $60 at Explora in Albuquerque.

MYNT3D Printing 3D Pen (preteen and teen)

With this pen, older children can doodle and draw – in 3D! Using warmed filament, the printing pen forms a 3D structure as it is directed by the artist. The pen features adjustable temperature for safety and for a variety of effects. The set includes a pen, three colors of ABS plastic filament, a USB cord, an AC adaptor, a nozzle, replacement tools and an instruction manual. $59.99 at amazon.com.

With this set, teens build their own speaker, complete with customizable LED lights. Step-by-step instructions are included to help guide the builder through the world of transistors and electromagnetism. When they’re done, they have their own speaker for their music. $26.95 at kiwico.com.

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Roger von Oech’s Ball of Whacks (teen) Fat Brain Toys aren’t just for small children. Roger von Oech’s Ball of Whacks is made up of 30 magnetic shapes that can be taken apart and then combined to form creative designs. Since some of the magnets attract and others repel, forming shapes can be a problem-solving challenge. Both red and multi-color Ball of Whacks are available. $34.95 at fatbraintoys.com.

Book suggestions from Page 1 Books in Albuquerque

Board Books (babies-preschool)

Santa has a lot to do on Christmas Eve, especially getting Krampus to finally go to sleep in “Goodnight Krampus” by Kyle Sullivan and Derek Sullivan. Children can push and pull the tabs to make nocturnal animals move and play in the beautifully illustrated “Moonlight Prance” by Serena Gingold Allen and Teagan White. Amy Mullen’s bilingual “Colors of the Southwest” teaches little ones colors with common sights they would see in the Southwest, such as green cacti or turquoise lizards.

Picture Books (3-7)

In “Perfectly Pegasus” by Jessie Sima, Nimbus the Pegasus wants to find a friend who is also up in the sky. But after trying to find a fallen star to wish upon, Nimbus discovers that friends can be found in the most unusual of places – even on the ground!

“Powwow Day” by Traci Sorell and Madelyn Goodnight tells the story of River, a young Native American girl who is recovering from a sickness and can’t dance in the powwow. Young readers learn about powwows, as well as disappointment, family support and community as the story follows River and her family preparing for the event. Part of the Vamos series, “Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge” by Raul the Third is an award-winning story of Little Lobo and Bernabé, who cross a busy bridge to bring party supplies to the other side. But when heavy traffic causes a delay, the friends learn about the culture of the city they are visiting while they wait.

Early Readers (4-8)

Author Dawn Quigley tells the story of Jojo Makoons, a quirky 7-year-old Native American girl growing up on the Ojibwe reservation in “Jojo Makoons #1: The Used-to-Be Best Friend.”

Although Jojo is happy with her cat best friend, she fears her human pal Fern doesn’t want to be friends with her anymore. Anne Nguyen learns there’s power in the jade bracelet her recently deceased grandmother leaves to her in “The Secret of the Jade Bangle” by Linda Trinh. With this power, Anne learns to stand up for herself and embrace her Vietnamese culture.

“Expedition Backyard” by Rosemary Mosco and Binglin Hu tells the story of Vole and Mole, two friends who love to journal as they explore their forest home. When they accidentally get moved to the city, they find there is just as much nature to explore in the city as in the country.

Middle Grade (8-12)

Twelve-year-old Seven Salazar is excited to finally belong to a coven and get all her powers as a witch in “Witchlings” by Claribel Ortega. But she is devastated when she and two other girls are not chosen for covens, but left as spares. They will lose all their powers (and be turned into toads forever) unless they complete the impossible task - something which can only be done by working together. In “Stuntboy, in the Meantime” by Jason Reynolds and Raul the Third, Portico Reeves is Stuntboy, a superhero fourth grader, who wants to keep all the other superheroes safe in his castle (his apartment complex), including his fighting parents. Portico must face his “frets,” both being bullied by Herbert Singletary the Worst and difficult life changes.

Author Andrea Beatriz Arango introduces seventh grader Iveliz in “Iveliz Explains It All.” Iveliz is hopeful she will have a good year as she starts school. But dealing with grief, mental health issues and her less-than-understanding grandmother from Puerto Rico makes it challenging.

Young Adult (12-18)

“The Sunbearer Trials” by New York Times best-selling author Aidan Thomas tells the story of Teo, a 17-year-old semidios who, along with nine other semidioses, is chosen to compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner will get the honor of lighting all the temples of the Reino del Sol to replenish the power of the sun so the god Sol can continue his work. The loser will be sacrificed to Sol to refuel the Sun Stones. Teo fears for his friend Niya who is also competing. Teo must struggle to get himself and his friends through the trials, not only for the honor of lighting the temples, but also to keep them all alive. Yamilet Flores is a 16-year-old Mexican girl in a mostly Anglo Catholic school in “The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School” by Sonora Reyes. She struggles to fit in, and in order to hide being gay, she must continually ask herself, “What Would a Straight Girl Do?” until she realizes she is worthy of love just by being herself.

“A Snake Falls to the Earth” by Darcie Little Badger is the award-winning story of Nina, a Lipan Apache teenage documentarian who desires to unravel the mysteries of the stories her family tells of animal people. Her world is entangled with that of Oli, a snake who is sent away by his mother to live among the spirits and monsters on the banks of the bottomless lake. Then climate changes endanger both Nina’s grandmother and Oli’s frog friend. This book is a modern fable that combines our scientific world with a spirit world of magic and mystery.

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Teaching Water Conservation

If your child goes to Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), chances are they know Erin Keck, her team of water resource educators and Jack and the Conservation Critters, their puppets.

Keck is director of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s (ABCWUA) educational program. She has combined her love of the outdoors and teaching to create an award-winning, free educational program offered to APS students of all ages. The water conservation team offers the program to nearly 20,000 students each year. They try to make classes “mostly really funny, fun and interactive, but they’re always focused on water and water conservation,” Keck said. An online educational

curriculum also is available to teachers, students and parents.

“I have five amazing educators who are all environmental activists, really passionate about what they do and phenomenal teachers,” Keck said. “Everything starts with educating children as young as possible, because they are the ones who will be the next generation making important decisions and policies that affect all of us.”

ABCWUA’s free educational program includes puppet shows geared to younger students, classroom science activities, a half-day field trip and tours of a wastewater treatment plant.

“The field trip to the bosque is the heart of our program,” Keck said. “We take all of Albuquerque’s fourth graders to the river for an all-day field experience focused on taking care of the environment.”

The Rio Grande Bosque trip helps students understand how to become good stewards of New Mexico’s limited water resources. How the bosque has been impacted by people and the ecology of the cottonwood forest is presented as a personal experience.

“I’m surprised how many kids get off the bus for the field trip who have very little experience outside and have never been to a river,” Keck said. “We hope that they will fall in love with nature a little bit and be amazed, surprised and excited when they're down there. Once they make that connection and establish their place, I think they start to care more about those resources and understand their importance and how it affects them directly. One of the things we talk about on the field trip is how we've altered the river with dams and levees and the effect that's had on the river and the bosque ecosystem.”

The teaching team also offers free hands-on classroom presentations for grades 1 through 12. They bring everything needed to their classes to involve students in a 45-minute science activity. The activity’s focus, Keck said, is on “water: make a mess, teach something, clean up and leave only smiles behind.”

Every year Keck writes a new puppet show which she and her colleagues perform for students in kindergarten through second grade. Students sing, dance and laugh while learning about the importance of water in the desert.

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Fourth-graders from APS touring the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant learn how the facility cleans 50 million gallons of wastewater every day. Courtesy photos.
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“Last year we had the Rio Grande Mermaid, which was great,” Keck said. “She didn't have much to swim in this year. That was the issue. When I saw the river dry one day this summer, I cried. I was a kid when we moved here in 1978. I remember going up to the river thinking it was

watched online. The coloring book and an instructional video, “How to Make a Water Dragon Out of a Pizza Box,” can be downloaded for free.

“I truly enjoyed the show on water conservation,” said Steven Tognoni, principal at East San Jose Elementary School after watching the puppet show. “(It) works great with children. I would highly recommend the program to any school in APS.”

Two-hour tours of the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant show students how wastewater treatment plants clean about 50 million gallons of wastewater a day.

They look at activated sludge under a microscope to see microorganisms that clean the water. They follow the wastewater path as it is cleaned, and as students stand on the banks of the Rio Grande, where the cleaned water is released into the river, they discuss current wastewater issues. The tour is free, but participants provide their own transportation to and from the treatment plant. Tours are offered to grades in middle school, high school and college, but adults can also schedule a tour when they are offered.

During the pandemic lockdown, Keck expanded the online curriculum. “We live-streamed the puppet show for people, created tons of online activities and content and created a live-stream virtual field trip experience of the bosque,” she said.

The team portrayed various characters who popped out of the bosque cottonwood forest. “One of us was a cottonwood tree, one of us was a porcupine and another a poop fairy who talked about what introducing dog poop to the environment does,” she said.

“What we're hoping is that teachers don't just have this one-time experience that’s completely isolated,” Keck said. “There's lots of content online they can utilize before or after our activities that is really fun.”

Virtual offerings include interactive tours of drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, educational videos, a walk in the woods and online curriculum with resource links . The educational materials are provided free of charge to New Mexico residents and are ideal for use in the classroom, home school, adult literacy programs and informal education programs.

“We live in a desert. We don't have a lot of water and all of us need to do our part to take care of it,” Keck said. “We hope that students may have the opportunity to get visits and experiences multiple times throughout their schooling, as each time they see us, hopefully they deepen their understanding of the importance of water. We also think it's really important that they develop a sense of place and connection with nature.”

To schedule a presentation or book a tour, contact Erin Keck at 505-2893027 or email ekeck@abcwua.org. More info: abcwua.org/education.

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The heart of the Water Authority’s conservation program is an all-day field trip to the Rio Grande bosque.
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October Highlights

28, Fall Festival at Manzano Multigenerational Center, 5:30-8pm. Come dressed in a favorite costume. Free games and prizes, fall craft activities and snacks; all ages. Free, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE, 275-8731, cabq.gov.

29, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Dolls, 2-3:30pm. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a sugar skull doll that is easy and fun to make: a symbol of the holiday. All materials provided; ages 13adult, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org.

29, El Dia de Los Muertos, 11am-3pm. This tradition is celebrated by the creation of Ofrendas (altars) decorated with items that reflect loved ones passions & memories. Free, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov.

29, Ghouls on Parade, 4-7pm. A family friendly trick-or-treating event with vendors, performers and parade. Free, Morningside Park, 3901 Lead SE; parade: Silver between Aliso and Washington, 450-4706, NMEntertains.com.

30, Safari Run, 8:30am. Free kids running clinic, 1K Kids Run, 8K race and 5K Fun Run/Walk to support global health partnerships’ work in rural Kenya.

$10/$35, UNM North Golf Course, 2201 Tucker NE, safarirun.org.

31, Trunk or Treat at Balloon Fiesta Park, 4-7:30pm. Wear a costume and walk from trunk to trunk or bring a bike and helmet to collect candy. Rain or shine, no pets or alcohol, suggested donation a non-perishable food item for Roadrunner Food Bank; all ages. Free, Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, 331-3843, cabq.gov.

November

Arts & Crafts

5, 12, 19, 26, 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.

Classes & Workshops

6, 13, 20, 27, 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

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

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

6, 13, 20, 27, Free Sunday Mornings at ABQ Museum, 9am-1pm, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov.

9, Relaxed Night at NM History Museum, 5:30-7:30pm. For anyone overwhelmed by crowds, sounds or flashing lights, or those who enjoy smaller crowds; all ages, special sensory-friendly offerings, the traveling exhibit, “Chocolate,” and a special Planetarium show.

Admission by donation, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org.

19, Sweet Saturday. Taste the difference between milk, dark, white and ruby chocolates, learn about its history and talk to chocolatiers; family friendly.

Included with admission, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800, nmnaturalhistory.org. 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

26-27, “The Nutcracker Ballet,” 7pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. Experience the ballet presented by the New Mexico Ballet Company featuring performances by current NYC and San Francisco Ballet stars. $11$58 (plus ticketing fees), Popejoy HallUNM, 203 Cornell NE, 925-5858, newmexicoballetcompany.com/event/the-nutcracker-ballet.

Exhibits

1-12, “Ofrendas Comunitarias: Muertos y Marigolds.” Community organizations and schools created ofrendas that will be featured in this exhibit. Free, Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW,

244-0507, gutierrezhubbellhouse.org. 1-27, “Music for the Eyes,” a New Georgia O’Keeffe Experience. An immersive experience by the Georgia OKeeffe Museum with large-scale digital projections, interactive displays and animation. $30 ages 13+/$20 ages 3-12/free 2 and under, Electric Playhouse, 5201 Ouray NW, electricplayhouse.com/georgia-okeeffe.

1-30 “Celebrating El Bosque.” Brian Stinson, an ABQ plein air painter, explores the beauty of the Middle Rio Grande. Free, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/openspace/events/art-show-brian-stinson.

2, 9, 12, 16, 19, Sculpture Garden Tour of ABQ Museum, 11am-noon. Take a stroll through the outdoor gardens led by a knowledgeable docent. $3-$6, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-museum/events/sculpture-garden-tours. 22-30, “Stitched... Woven.. Appliqued... Embellished... Pieced.”Artists are encouraged to explore all the possibilities fiber brings to the art. Free, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, 867-3355, placitaslibrary.com.

Fairs & Festivals

3, Lion Club 11th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair, 9am-4pm. Locally-crafted items by East Mountain artists. Please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter for donation to Bethel Storehouse. Free, Edgewood Middle School, 17 Venus, Edgewood, edgewoodchambernm.com/holiday-crafts-fairs.

5, 12th Annual Craft Fair, 9am-3pm. More than 60 vendors, all with handcrafted items. Free, Rio Rancho UMC, 1652 Abrazo NE, 892-0404, rrumc.net.

5, Indigenous Life Celebration & Youth Powwow, 9am-10pm. A day of activities promoting traditional wellness and cultural life ways for children, teens and families. Celebration includes a Gratitude Walk/Run, Indigenous games, dances, cultural enrichment activities, a marketplace, Feast Day meal and youth Powwow. Free, ABQ Convention Center, 401 2nd NW, 768-4547, cabq.gov.

5, Scandinavian Festival, 10am-4pm. Featuring food, Norwegian and Swedish folk art, scandinavian dance performances and kids’ craft corner. Free, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE, 294-5739, facebook.com/events/577303120792967/?r ef=newsfeed.

6, Muertos Y Marigolds Fiestas y Procession, 2-8pm. A non-motorized procession and celebration with stationary floats, music, poetry and artist vendors celebrating the Day of the Dead. Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Alliance, 6029 Isleta SW, Muertosymarigolds.org.

10, Holiday Crafts Fair. Locally-crafted items by East Mountain artists. Free, Holy Cross Church, Hwy 344, edgewoodchambernm.com/holiday-crafts-fairs.

12, ABQ Doll & Toy Show, 10am-3pm. More than 30 vendors from three states

sell antique, vintage and modern dolls, toys, actions figures and Teddy bears. $5, Grace Church Gym, 6901 San Antonio NE, ABQ, 508-0351, dolls-4u.com.

12, Bandelier Holiday Bazaar, 10am4pm. Arts and crafts fair featuring more than 40 vendors and crafters as well as student-made art; a jump rope team performs and food trucks will be on site.

Free, Bandelier Elementary School Cafeteria and Gym, 3309 Pershing SE, BandelierBazaar@gmail.com.

12, Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration, 11am-3pm. The migration of sandhill cranes inspire poetry, music and dance by the cranes’ observers/ appreciative audience. Free, Open Space Visitor Center Westside, 768-4950, visitalbuquerque.org/event/return-of-thesandhill-crane-celebration/49264.

18, Discovery Festival 2022, 8:30am3pm. Big Brothers Big Sisters host a virtual/in-person hybrid event with online exhibits and a day-of demos by exhibitors about how STEAM is used in their careers, they will answer questions from students. Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, Manuel Lujan Jr Exhibit, discoveryfestnm.org.

18-19, Crane Fiesta 2022, A Virtual Celebration of Bosque del Apache. Live webinars and pre-recorded featured videos as well as a preview of the in-person Festival of the Cranes, Dec 1-3, friendsofbosquedelapache.org.

19-20, Second Annual Placitas Holiday Market, 10am-5pm. Art, crafts, food and drink to benefit Placitas community groups. Free, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, 867-3355, placitaslibrary.com.

25-27, 22nd Annual Rio Grande Holiday Show, 10am-5pm, Fri & Sat; 10am4pm, Sun. Juried fine art and crafts, live music and performances, food and drink. $10 day pass/$15 festival pass (3day admission)/free 11 and under, Lujan Exhibit Complex, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, 222-9700, riograndefestivals.com.

25-27, Festival of Trees, noon-5pm. A fundraising event to kick off the holiday season with trees and wreaths on display and for purchase, plus entertainment and visits from Santa. Free, ABQ Uptown Marriott, 2101 Louisiana NE, carrietingleyhospitalfoundation.org/events.

25-27, NM Artisan Market. Showcase of high-quality handcrafted products by NM artisans. Jewelry, fashion, fine art, home decor, food, gifts. $10, Hotel ABQ, 800 Rio Grande NW, nmartisanmarket.com.

25-31, Lights of Enchantment 2022 Tree Lighting and Choir Contest, 49pm. NM’s largest drive-thru Christmas light display with tunnels of lights and music; all ages. Local choirs will compete for a grand prize, trophy and title of Best Choir in NM; see website for details. Sandia Speedway, 100 Speedway Park, lightsofenchantment.com.

26-27, Reindeer Romp, 9-11am. Reindeer breakfast, crafts, Santa, storytime, holiday sing-a-long, prizes, games gifts; supporting Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. $35/ for one child & one adult, ABQ Uptown Marriott, 2101 Louisiana NE, carrietingleyhospitalfoundation.org/events.

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

1, Dia de Muertos Celebration, 11:30am-12:30pm. Make a sugar skull craft and watch a movie; ages 5-8, registration required. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.

1, Sugar Skull Cake Decorating, 4:305:30pm. Decorate cakes for Dia De Los Muertos and learn about the holiday’s history. Get creative and take home a treat; ages 8-17, supplies limited, first come, first served. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 291-6295, abqlibrary.org.

3, Games, Unplugged, 3:30pm. Play with Charades, Lookabout, Forfeit and other old-fashioned parlor games; registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6269, abqlibrary.org.

5, The Volcanoes of the Petroglyph National Monument, 2-3:30pm. A discussion about how the Rio Grande Rift Valley Sandia Mountains and ABQ volcanoes were formed & history of the Petroglyph National Monument. Free, Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, RR, 891-5013, riorancholibraries.org.

5, Women’s Street Survival, 10:30am12:30pm. Techniques for self-protection; registration required, limited to 20. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a female adult with a signed release. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.

19, Escape Room, 10am-4pm. Join for an adventure starting at the top of the hour; limited to 6 per session. Free, Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org. 26-30, Letters to Santa. A post box will be set up so that children can write to Santa. Drop off the letter and get one back from Kris Kringle himself, no postage needed, be sure to include the name and address to receive a return letter. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.

Music

5, Guitar: Youth Ensemble, 2-3pm. NM high school guitar players grades 812. A classical series that features local guitarists in concert. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org.

13, High School Ensembles: Youth Orchestra and Youth Concert Orchestra, 3pm; Youth Symphony, 6pm. Popejoy Hall, UNM, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com.

Open Houses

17, Hope Christian School Admissions Open House, Middle/High School, 8:30am. Families looking for excellence and values in education for their 6th-12th grade students are encour-

aged to learn about the curriculum and meet teachers and prospective classmates. Students are admitted of any race, color and national or ethnic origin; RSVP requested. Free, Hope Christian School, 8001 Louisiana NE, 822-5399, HCSNM.org/admissions.

18, Hope Christian School Elementary Open House, 8:45am. Families looking for excellence and values in education for their Pre K-5th grade students are encouraged to learn about the curriculum, meet teachers and prospective classmates. Students are admitted of any race, color and national or ethnic origin; RSVP requested. Free, Hope Christian School, 8001 Louisiana NE, 822-5399, HCSNM.org/admissions.

School Break Camps

8, Science is Everywhere Election Day Camp: “It is Rocket Science,” 7:30am-5:30pm, (free before- and aftercare 7:30-8:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students K-6th grade will learn the science of rocketry and try a variety of propulsion types; see website for details.

$75/$70 members, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

11, “Making and Tinkering” & “Puzzled, ”School’s Out Explora Camps, 9am-noon & 1-4pm. Grades K-5 can discover the design process of "build, test, modify, repeat" as they experiment with materials and become an engineer. Or, solve puzzles and play with patterns while exploring how math, science, art and fun intersect. $50/$45 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

11, Science is Everywhere Veterans Day Camp: “Science of Survival,” 8:30am-3:30pm, (free before- and aftercare 7:30-8:30am & 3:30-5:30pm). Students K-6th grade will learn about fire safety, making water palatable and how to harness the sun’s rays; see website for details. $75/$70 members each day, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

21, “Curious Chemistry,” School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am-4pm. Grades K-2 can become a curious chemist while investigating foamy foods, pouring fizzy solutions and investigating making bubbles. $95/$85 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

21, “Musical Math,”School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am-4pm. Grades 3-5 can play with music and art to discover mathematical patterns; create songs with whole, half, quarter and eighth patterns and gain experience with math and music. $95/$85 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

21 & 22, Parent/Teacher Conference Day Camps: Camp Scene Investigations & Chemical Chronicles,” 7:30am-5:30pm, (free before and after care 7:30-8:30am, & 3:30-5:30pm). Students K-6th grade will learn about solving a “crime” in the camp on Monday and take an historic journey through the story of chemistry on Tuesday; see website for details. $75/$70 members, Nation-

al Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

22, “Raceways and Roadways,” School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am4pm. Grades K-2 can test different shapes to see which makes the best wheels, investigate surfaces as roadways and create a marble roller coaster. $95/$85 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

22, “Sewing with Circuits,” School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am-4pm. Grades 4-8 create a painting, build a structure, weave a pattern or sew a design that functions as simple circuitry in this hands-on art + science workshop. $95/$85 members, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

22, “Super Structures,” School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am-4pm. Grades 3-5 can hone engineering skills and build bridges, towers and giant structures. $95/$85 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

23, “Marvelous Magnets,” School’s Out Explora Camp, 9am-4pm. Grades K-5 experiment with the magic of magnets and discover the hidden world of magnetic force. $95/$85 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

Science & Nature

5, Saturday Explorer Camp, Age 610, “Magnificent Migration,” 9amnoon. This program includes hiking & outdoor exploration, hands-on science, literacy & art activities; registration required at play.cabq.gov. $10/ child/per session. Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/ parksandrecreation/open-space. 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 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.

6, Bosque Wild Guided Hike, 8amnoon. A guided hike with volunteers who discuss the flora and fauna of the Bosque; reservations required. Free, Open Space, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/openspace.

12, Discovery Days, Ages 3-5 with Grown up: “Changing Colors,” 1011am. Join your little one and have fun making discoveries about the natural world with hands-on science, story time and art project. Leave with a packet of ideas and activities to continue discovering at home; registration required. $5 per family, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space.

25, Family Nature Club Hike for All Ages, 10am-noon. Join an educator on a family-friendly hike. Hands-on learning, listen to natural history fun facts, enjoy storytelling and seek out wildlife; come prepared to explore the outdoors, trail will accommodate larger-wheeled strollers. Free, registration required, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors

NW, 768-4950,.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space, play.cabq.gov.

LEAP into Science: Various workshops for children and families to explore different science topics. Free, various dates, time & libraries, abqlibraries.org. State Parks Free Entrance Days: details can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm.

STEMLabs: Various themes explore activities centered around science, technology, engineering, math. Free, various dates, time & libraries, abqlibraries.org.

Sports

24, 21st Annual Turkey Trek, 9am. Kids 1K Fun run, costume contest, 5K run & fitness walk supporting Locker #505. $10-$50, Tingley & Central, tcrproductions.com/race%20calendar.

Stage

4, Cirque Mechanics: “Zephyr: Whirlwind of Circus,” 7:30pm. A Theatrical circus that harnesses human power in an energetic experience. $25$75. Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 2773824, popejoypresents.com. 16-18, “The Jungle Book,” School Shows, 10am. This musical by NM Young Actors follows a boy raised by wolves and is friends with a bear. Is their knowledge and skill enough to keep them safe in the jungle? $6, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 821-8055, nhccnm.org.

19-20, “The Jungle Book,” 2pm. This musical by NM Young Actors follows a boy raised by wolves and friends is with a bear. Is their knowledge and skill enough to keep them safe in the jungle? $14, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 821-8055, nhccnm.org.

Storytelling

15, Early Childhood Bilingual Storytime-Indigenous People’s Month, featuring: “Estoy Orgullosa de Mi Pasado,” 10am. The story of a Navajo girl named Tania who talks about her clan, their home, the clothes she wears and what her family produces, ages 3-5 and caregivers. Free, NHCC Library, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org/events.

19, 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

12, Get Crafty with Book Page Turkeys, 2-4pm. Make a turkey out of an

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old book that will make a perfect table centerpiece; all materials provided; ages 13+, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

12, Steampunk Crafts:Gear Snowflakes, 3-5pm. Make snowflake ornaments out of gears and clock hands; materials provided, for teens and adults. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025, Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org.

15, NaNoWriMo: 1000 Ideas in an Hour, 5:30-6:45pm. Refresh stories with this game and get out of mid-point plot tangles; ages 13+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

29, Open Mic, 6-7:30pm. Poets, musicians, writers or anyone who appreciates creative work can join for open mic to recite original work or someone else’s; ages 16+, registration required, limited to 15 people, five-minute limit. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org.

NaNo WriMo. Brainstorm, write and connect with other writers; ages 16+. Free, various dates, time and libraries, abqlibraries.org.

Teen NaNoWriMo. Teen writers join for word sprints, brainstorming and write-ins; ages13-18. Free, various dates, time and libraries, abqlibraries.org.

Especially for Parents

10, Every Child Ready to Read Storytime and Workshop, 11:15-11:55am. A fun, interactive workshop for parents and adult caregivers to learn how to help young children develop early literacy skills through play, reading, singing, talking and writing; ages 0-5. Free, Los Griegos Library, 1000 Griegos NW, 761-4020, abqlibrary.org.

18, Explora Adult Night: “Burque Science,” 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

10, Get Charged Up!, 1-3pm. Get charged up about electricity! Integrate literature and use balloons, tissue paper, hobby motors and pool noodles to explore and play with static electricity and basic circuits. Use what’s discovered to make your own scribble bot that wiggles and draws on paper. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 13, Escape Room, 10am-noon. This workshop will explore strategies for incorporating engineering, logic, math skills and creativity as students create their own escape rooms. No prior knowledge or experience required. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us

Also of Interest

4, Feed the Need Food Drive, 4-5pm. Help reach the goal of donating 100 meals to Roadrunner Food Bank. Join at this kick-off for crafts and a presentation. The last day to donate food is Nov 19; for families with children ages 3-18. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 7685136, abqlibrary.org.

5, ABQ Art Market, 5-9pm. Live music, food trucks, dessert and drink vendors, local artisan vendors. Free, 6780 th NW, Los Ranchos, instagram.com/abqartmarket.

5, Last Downtown Growers’ Market of 2022, 8am-noon. Locally grown produce, locally raised meats, eggs, honey and local NM small businesses. Free, Robinson Park, 801 Copper NW, downtowngrowers.org.

6, 40th Annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle, 8:30am-2pm. NM Animal Humane’s largest party and fundraiser with a 5K dash, a 1-mile dawdle, a Doggie Carnival and Barketplace. Free-$40, Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, facebook.com/events/2391748960978194.

6, Corrales: Arts in the Village, 10am-4pm. Free, Corrales Main Street, 350-3955, visitcorrales.com/calendar.

11, Veterans Day Parade, 10am-noon. The parade is rain or shine and will travel east on Southern toward Pinetree. Immediately after, take part in the ceremony at 11am at Veterans Monument Park. Free, Southern near Veterans Park, Rio Rancho, rrnm.gov.

12, The Magic of Kevin Spencer, 2pm. A performance for all ages and abilities featuring an award-winning magician in a fun show that combines storytelling, stage magic and audience participation.

Free, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE, lensic.org/events/the-magicof-kevin-spencer.

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

December

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.

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.

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.

Classes & Workshops

4, 11, 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

4, 11, 18, 25, Free Sunday Mornings at ABQ Museum, 9am-1pm, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. 7, Free First Wednesday ABQ Museum, 9am-5pm, 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 243-7255, holdmyticket.com. 7, 14, 21, 28, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 31, New Year’s Eve Before Dark, 10am-2pm. Celebrate with the whole family; create a new-year inspired artwork, tour the museum galleries. Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 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

3-4, Christmas in NM, 2, 7pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. Dance performance. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, facebook.com/events/476728170617449. 3-4, “The Nutcracker,” 7pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. The ballet is presented by the New Mexico Ballet Company featuring performances by current NYC and San Francisco Ballet stars. $11-$58 (plus ticketing fees), Popejoy Hall - UNM, 203 Cornell NE, 925-5858, newmexicoballetcompany.com/event/the-nutcracker-ballet. 10, 11, “Christmas Joy,” 6:30pm, Sat; 2pm, Sat & Sun. More than 65 classicallytrained dancers perform a collection of classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music. $28$35/$2 discount students/seniors, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org, magnifydancecenter.com/ensemble.

11, World Ballet Series: “Nutcracker,” 6:30pm. As part of the series, the “Nutcracker” is performed by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers in this family-friendly event with more than 150 hand-sewn costumes. $35$175, Kiva Auditorium, 401 2nd NW, facebook.com/events/1208376466402831.

16-18, “The Nutcracker in the Land

of Enchantment.” The only “Nutcracker” production in NM with a full, live orchestra. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, festivalballetabq.org.

17-18 & 23-24, “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Repertory Theatre, 1, 2, 7pm, Sats; 2, 7pm, Fris; 2pm, Sun. A favorite holiday tradition full of mischievous mice, sweet dancing treats and a sprinkle of sparkling snowflakes; familyfriendly. Nutcracker Tea to follow on Dec 24, $5 additional; meet the characters ad enjoy treats. $22-$30, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central NW, 888-1054, brtnm.com, kimotickets.com.

Exhibits

1-17, “Celebrating El Bosque.” Brian Stinson, an ABQ plein air painter, explores the beauty of the Middle Rio Grande. Free, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/openspace/events/art-show-brian-stinson. 1-31, “Stitched... Woven.. Appliqued... Embellished... Pieced.”Artists are encouraged to explore all possibilities fiber brings to the art; reception is Dec 9. Free, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, 8673355, placitaslibrary.com.

Fairs & Festivals

1, Route 66 Arts Alliance Winter Arts Festival. Music, arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Free, Edgewood Elementary, Route 344 & Dinkle, edgewoodchambernm.com/holiday-crafts-fair. 1-3, Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes & Virtual Crane Fiesta. Celebrate the return of the Sandhill Cranes to their winter home, Bosque del Apache. An opportunity for photography and birding classes as well as guided tours and hikes. Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, 1001 Hwy 1, San Antonio, 575-835-1828, friendsofbosquedelapache.org.

2, Holiday Craft & Plant Fair, 9am4pm. Food, more than 40 arts and crafts vendors, wreaths, poinsettias and greenery. Free, ABQ Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE (inside Los Altos Park), 2966020, facebook.com/events/ 387041596701105/387041603367771/

2, City of Rio Rancho Winterfest, 610pm. Event starts with a parade and ends with a tree lighting. Take photos with Santa, watch fireworks and grab a free cup of hot chocolate; parade at 6:30pm, tree lighting at 7:30pm. Free, Campus Park, 2516 King NE, Rio Rancho, rrnm.gov.

2, Old Town Holiday Stroll 2022, 59pm. Discover new stores and visit familiar staples of Old Town. Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live music by local musicians and dance groups. Free, Old Town, ABQ, albuquerqueoldtown.com/event/oldtown-holiday-stroll.

3, Twinkle Light Parade, 5:15pm. This family-friendly event rolls through Nob Hill, down a mile-long stretch of Route

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66 with floats, marching bands, cars, bikes and Santa. Check website for updated information, cabq.gov.

11, Pre-Chanukah Fest, 1-6pm. Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School NE, abqjew.com/calendar.php.

Library Events

1-17, Letters to Santa. A post box will be set up so children can write to Santa. Drop off the letter and get one back from Kris Kringle, no postage needed; be sure to include the name and address to receive a letter back. Free, Central & Unser Library, 8081 Central NW, 7684320, abqlibrary.org.

10, Hooray for Holidays!, 11am-1pm. An inclusive celebration; experience how a variety of diverse holidays are celebrated by playing games, making crafts and hosting a decoration exchange throughout the month; for families with children up to age 18. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org.

10, “Polar Express” Movie and Storytime,” 11am-1pm. Storytime with the book and then stay for the movie (rated G), plus a special treat. Free, Los Griegos Library, 1000 Griegos NW, 761-4020, abqlibrary.org.

17, Special Christmas Storytime 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 Library NE, 291-6360, 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 Library NE, 291-6360, 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.

Music

2 & 3, Rio Rancho Children’s & Youth Choruses Winter Concerts, 2pm. $15/$10 under 12 over 65, military, Avix Art Building, 4311 Sara SE, 2nd Floor, RR, rr-cc.org/buy-tickets.

3, Guitar New Mexico: Eric Dickerson, 3-4pm. He will perform as part of a classical guitar series. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo, NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

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. 28-30, School Break Explorer Camp, Ages 6-10: “Winter Bosque Habitats,” 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.

Science & Nature

3, Family Nature Club Hike for All Ages, 10am-noon. Join an Open Space Educator on a family-friendly hike. Engage in hands-on learning as a family, listen to natural history fun facts, enjoy storytelling and seek out wildlife; come prepared to explore the outdoors, trail will accommodate larger-wheeled strollers. Free, registration required, play.cabq.gov.

3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 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.

4, Bosque Wild Guided Hike, 8amnoon. A guided hike with volunteers who discuss the flora and fauna of the Bosque; reservations required. Free, Open Space, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/openspace.

10, Discovery Days, Ages -5 with Grown up: “All About Adaptions,” 10-11am. Make discoveries about the natural world with hands-on science, story time and an art project. Leave with a packet of ideas and activities to continue discovering at home; registration required. $5 per family, Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4950, cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/openspace.

17, Saturday Explorer Camp, Age 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/openspace.

LEAP into Science: Various workshops invite children and families to explore different science topics. Free, various dates, time and libraries, abqlibraries.org.

STEMLabs: Various themes explore activities centered around science, technology, engineering and math. Free, various dates, time and libraries, abqlibraries.org.

Stage

3, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” 2 & 4pm. Enter the wardrobe and the magical world of Narnia, where a struggle to prevent an eternal winter looms between the White Witch and Aslan. $6 pre-sale/$8 door, The Black Box Theater, Musical Theatre SW, 6320 Domingo NE, Suite B, nmyoungactors.org.

4, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” 3pm. NM Symphonic Chorus presents this performance with a full orchestra and vocal soloist. $20/$30/$50, Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming NE, nmschorus.org.

7, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 7:30pm, The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. $65-$95, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com.

9, Mariachi Christmas, 7:30pm. Swirling dresses, lively violins and trumpets; the show presents the sights and sounds of Mexico at Christmas with rich mariachi music accompanying traditional ballet folklórico. $25-$65, Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, popejoypresents.com.

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.

31, Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera, 2:30pm. A fun 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/$53, 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. 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

10, Get Crafty with Book Page Holiday Trees, 2-4pm. Use old paperback books to make seasonal trees; ages 13+, materials provided, registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Especially for Parents

8, Early Literacy Workshop for Parents and Caregivers, 10:30-11am. Help get Every Child Ready to Read with this fun, interactive 30-minute workshop. Learn how to use the early literacy activities to prepare your young child for reading; for ages 0-5. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291- 6260, abqlibrary.org.

Also of Interest

4 , Corrales: Arts in the Village, 10am-4pm. Free, Corrales Main Street, 350-3955, visitcorrales.com/calendar.

4, Holiday Dreams Cirque, 3pm. Holograms, projection mapping, holiday music and lasers along with a cast of award-winning acrobats, daredevils and cirque-performers. $29-$85, Rio Rancho Events Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, rioranchoeventscenter.com/event/holiday-dreams-cirque.

9, Gingerbread House Showdown, 3-7pm. Bring the kids or come alone to build a winter wonderland gingerbread house; all supplies provided with purchase. Enjoy music, food and sweet treats. $15, Flying Road Runner Bakery, 303 Romero NW, Suite 124, 683-5992, flyingroadrunnerbakery.com.

10, Elite Tuner New Mexico Season Closer, 3-8pm. Car show, 2step, giveaways, music. $20-$50, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, visitalbuquerque.org/event.

10, Toy Train Swap Meet, 9am-2pm. Buy, sell, swap. Raffle drawing every 30 min (10am-1pm), see the Modular “O” Gauge Train Layout; trains, parts, scenery track and collectors’ items. $5 family/$3 person/free TTOS members, Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School NE, ttosnmd.org.

10, Winter Arts & Craft Fair, 9am3pm. Handmade crafts, art, food and music; support local artists and students. Free, Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow NW, 890-0343, sites.google.com/aps.edu/vvhsartsandcraftsfair/home.

10-11, Railyards Holiday Market, 10am-4pm. Keep it local for the holidays: vendors of made-from-scratch foods and quality handmade crafts will convene for the 9th annual holiday market. Free, ABQ Railyards, 777 1st SW, 600-1109, railyardsmarket.org/holiday-market.php.

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

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.

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Fairs & Festivals

Arts & Crafts

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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.

4, 11, 18, 25, 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.

10, Hands on Art with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 3:30pm. An open art workshop with friends from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4863 and Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

11, First Friday Art Activity, 5-7pm. Create a masterpiece with supplies from the monthly Art Cart. Included with admission, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org.

17, Hands on Art with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 3:30pm. An open art workshop with friends from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

Cultural Centers

& Museums

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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.

3, 10, 17, 24, Thursdays Are Yours, 46pm. All visitors enjoy immersive exhibits for free, Santa Fe Children’s Museums, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

6, 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.

6, NM Residents Free First Sunday at NM History Museum, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 and under, NM foster parents and foster children as well as foundation members are always free, 113 Lincoln, 4765200, nmhistorymuseum.org.

6, 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.

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.

November5, STEM Pathways for Girls, 8:30am3:30pm. A full day of hands-on STEM workshops, inspiring keynote speaker, STEAM fair and raffle prizes. Open to girls and non-binary students in 5th-8th grades. Priority is given to students in Northern NM. $25 non-refundable registration fee can be waived based on need, SF Community College, 570-5402, stemsantafe.org/programs/stem-pfg.

11-13, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, 5-9pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. The largest and oldest recycled art market is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials and includes an art market, exhibits and make and take art activities. Free, $5 general admission, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy, recyclesantafe.org.

Library Events

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

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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.

3, 10, 17, 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.

4, 18, Read Runners Book Club, 3:45pm. A book club for 9-12 year-olds, run by 9-12 year-olds, register online. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 9554863, santafelibrary.org.

5, 19, Parent and Tot Creative Movement, 10am. Preschool-age children can use 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.

9, 16, 23, 30, 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.

Music

2, 9, 16, 30, 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.

5, Santa Fe Opera Young Voice Concert in Celebration of “2022 Santa Fe Reads,” 11am. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820 santafelibrary.org.

Open Houses

3, Fall Open House Camino de Paz, High School, 6pm. A school where life and learning are connected, academics are applied to real life challenges and students are respected as members of a diverse, productive, harmonious, learning community; now enrolling grades 9 & 10. Free, Camino de Paz Montessori Secondary School & Farm, 502 W. Cordova, 231-2819, caminodepaz.net. 13, Fall Open House Camino de Paz, Middle School, 2:30pm. A school where life and learning are connected, academics are applied to real life challenges and students are respected as members of a diverse, productive, harmonious, learning community; now enrolling grades 7 & 8. Free, Camino de Paz Montessori Middle School Campus, 1 Camino de Paz, Santa Cruz, 231-2819, caminodepaz.net.

School Break Camps

8, Parent Teacher Conference Camp Genoveva Chavez Community Center,” 7:30am-5:30pm. For children ages 6-12, activities include ice skating, social games, fun with food projects, and arts & crafts. First come, first served, sliding scale; see website. Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4067, chavezcenter.com/youth-programs.

Science & Nature

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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.

4, The Night Sky in November, 7pm. Join Steve Becker for a planetarium tour of the autumn night sky. Free members/$5 non-member family, Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon, Los Alamos, peecnature.org.

5, 12, 19, 26, 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.

5, 12, 19, 26, Science Saturday, 2-4pm. Science fun for all ages with experiments and activities. Included w/admission, SF Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

19, Family Day: Turkey Celebration, 10am-1pm. Learn about wild turkeys through crafts and activities, take home seeds to grow bird-friendly plants, borrow binoculars to watch birds, hike, play in the treehouse. Free, drop-in, Randall

Davey Audubon Ctr, 1800 Upper Canyon, randalldavey.audubon.org/events/family-day-turkey-celebration.

24, 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.

25, Community Day on Museum Hill, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

Stage

29, Creede Young Audience Outreach Tour, 6:30pm. The Young Audience Outreach Tour's mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to rural and underserved communities. This live musical theater performance will be a bilingual. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar, 955-2820 santafelibrary.org.

Storytelling

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Pajama Storytime, 6pm. A social storytime 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.

3, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with the SF Fire Department to bring a storytime 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.

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

Just for Teens

1, Tell Your Story: Zine-Making Workshop for High School Students (NEA Big Read), 3:30-5:30 pm. Learn about the punk history of the zine movement and make a zine to tell your story. Materials provided. A hands-on workshop for high school students in grades 9-12. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 955-4863, santafelibrary.org.

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Teen Lounge, 1:303:30pm. 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.

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2, Play Pichenotte!, 4-6pm. A fun diskflicking historical board game that entertains children and helps develop motor skills. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

11, Trash Fashion & Costume Contest, 7pm. Be a part of this family friendly event by registering to make your own outfit for the trash fashion show. $5, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy, recyclesantafe.org.

19, Rufina Block Party, noon-4pm. More than 50 local vendors, live music, food trucks, arts & crafts activities, live pottery demos, holiday shopping; all ages. Free, 545 Canyon, newmexico.org/event/rufina-blockparty/14696.

December

Arts & Crafts

2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Fine Art Fridays, 24pm. 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.

6, 13, After School Art, 3:30-4:30pm. Preschool children practice creative skills at the library with themed art sessions. Free, Main Library, 145 Washington, 955-6837, santafelibrary.org.

7, First Friday Art Activity, 5-7pm. Create a masterpiece with supplies from the monthly Art Cart. Included with admission, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson, 946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org.

Cultural Centers & Museums

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Thursdays Are Yours, 4-6pm. Visitors enjoy immersive exhibits for free, Santa Fe Children’s Museums, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

4, 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.

4, 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.

4, 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.

7, 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.

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 over 70 performers, this production is family friendly. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 984-8759, lensic.org.

Fairs & Festivals

3, Santa Fe Waldorf School’s Annual Holiday Faire, 10am-3pm. A festive family event with games, seasonal crafts, marionette plays, entertainment, food, music and artisans. Free, Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org/holiday-faire.

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

Library Events

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

1, 8, 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.

2, 16, Read Runners Book Club, 3>45pm. A book club for 9-12 year-olds, run by 9-12 year-olds, register online. Free, La Farge Library, 1730 Llano, 9554863, santafelibrary.org.

3, 17, 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.

6, 13, 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.

7, 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.

Music

3, Break the Ice, 11am, 6pm. The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s 2022 Winter Concert Series: featuring orchestra, jazz, mariachi and chamber music student performances. $12, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 984-8759, lensic.org.

5, Santa Fe Concert Band Holiday Concert, 7pm. An evening of holiday and classic favorites. Free, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 984-8759, lensic.org.

7, 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.

School Break Camps

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.

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

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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.

3, 10, 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.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Science Saturday, 24pm. 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.

17, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.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

1-4, 8-11, 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.

9, New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus: “Scrooge!,” 7:30pm. A modern twist on the holiday classic, the NMGMC brings the music of “Scrooge!” to the concert stage. $20/$25/$35/$45, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, 9848759, lensic.org.

Storytelling

1, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with the SF Fire Department to bring a storytime 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.

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

Just for Teens

7, 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

7, Play Pichenotte! 4-6pm. A fun diskflicking historical board game that entertains children and helps develop motor skills. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 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.

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The Young Scientist

A dinosaur discovery made in New Mexico’s Bisti badlands in the 1970s has recently been discovered to be a link in the evolutionary chain of a kind of dinosaur similar to the well-known triceratops. In the 1970s, scientists from the University of Arizona found a dinosaur skull fossil in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness of New Mexico. In the early 2000s, the skull fossil was taken to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque, where teams carefully cleaned the skull and made it more stable. After working on the skull for a few years, the team realized it wasn’t from a pentaceratops as they had originally thought but was instead a dinosaur no one knew about, something scientists term a new genus.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) curator Dr. Spencer Lucas and Research Associate Sebastian Dalman, as well as Dr. Steven E. Jasinski from Harrisburg University, announced their discovery, which was named Bisticeratops froeseorum (pronounced BISStie-SAYR-uh-tops frose-e-or-um). The dinosaur was named after the place it was found, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, south of Farmington, and for the Froese family of the musical group Tangerine Dream, which is one of Dalman’s favorite bands.

The new dinosaur is a Ceratops, meaning it is horn-faced. The triceratops had three horns and the pentaceratops had five horns, but bisticeratops froeseorum had two horns. The horns and jaw of the bisticeratops were constructed differently than those of other ceratops dinosaurs, leading scientists to conclude this was a new kind of dinosaur.

Bisticeratops was smaller than triceratops, about 5 to 6 meters long (16 to 20 feet) and about 2 to 4 tons in weight, making it about the same size as a female African elephant. Like triceratops, it was an herbivore or plant eater.

Scientists are excited about the discovery because Bisticeratops lived about 7 million years before triceratops and other similar ceratops cousins. Horned dinosaurs were successful about 10 million years before dinosaurs went extinct and were very successful in North America. Bisticeratops was different than dinosaurs found farther north in Wyoming and Canada. Scientists wonder if Bisticeratops was part of a southern group of dinosaurs, and if there were regional differences in dinosaurs in this time period.

The area where this dinosaur lived was made up of jungle and swamps near a seacoast that submerged the area we now know of as northwestern New Mexico. The fossil skull shows bite marks from what was probably a tyrannosaurid, the largest of which was Tyrannosaurus rex.

Fossil discoveries like that of the Bisticeratops help scientists develop a clearer idea of what species lived in that time period, and how they may have interacted with each other.

More information: media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=1455

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Kids’ Crossword “Presidents” By
for ages 8-15 Across 1. He was the first US President 7. President who was famous for getting rid of slavery 8. There were ___ US Presidents called George Bush 10. The President's ____ office 12. 39th President, "Jimmy" ____ 15. Prevent 17. Peace agreement 20. All right 21. Instant messenger, for short 22. Normal 24. 1st African American President 26. ____ Paul McCartney 27. Tally up 28. Let it ___ Down 1. US President who ordered the US into the first World War, Woodrow ____ 2. John Quincy Adams was the ___ of an earlier President 3. Show that gets almost as many votes as a Presidential election, " American ___" 4. The Colt 45 was one 5. No longer in office 6. 5th US President who was famous for creating the _____ Doctrine 9. Either this ___ that 11. 21st US President, Chester _____ 13. Law 14. He became the President when President Roosevelt died, Harry ____ 16. 11th US President, James ____ 18. BBQ food 19. US President who sent US troops into Afghanistan in 2001 23. Yes in Spanish 24. Historic 25. Madison ___, in New York City Solution on page 39

Let’s Read Let’s Read Let’s Read

Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem

Author: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Illustrator: Alex Bostic

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Ages: 4-8+

This book is about the freedom of the enslaved people. After 300 years of bondage, they were finally free… but in Texas they didn't know it yet. They didn’t find out for

years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This book takes place on June 19, 1865. It’s about people finally becoming free. It’s about people singing, “Free at last, Hallelujah, I’m free!” This book has beautiful artwork that goes with the stanzas on each page. It helps teach about

the important history of Juneteenth and everyone should read it.

Isla To Island

Author and Illustrator: Alexis Castellanos

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ages: 10 and older

This graphic novel is about a girl from Cuba who loves flowers. Her name is Marisol. Her parents send her away because there is a war where they live. She lives with a foster family in New York. She is sad and does not talk because she misses her parents. She loves reading though,

especially books about flowers. One book at a time, Marisol starts feeling better and eventually starts talking again. This book is sad at times but is also amazing. It shows how books and letters can change a person’s life. The book is told mostly through pictures. There are not a lot of words since Marisol doesn’t talk much at first. Read this book to learn about how it might feel to be an immigrant, how to make arroz con pollo a la chorrera and to learn flower facts, too!

By Beckham L., 10

Just Joking Science

Publisher: National Geographic Kids Ages: 7-10

This hilarious and factual book is awesome for kids of all ages! Flip through the pages of this must-read

ent life compared with other kids. She has to oil her hair every day because if she doesn’t, her mom says she’ll go bald! Her grandpa starts talking about boys and how Laxmi will have to cook for a boy. In Laxmi’s mind, she thinks, “Yep, I’m going to college to meet a boy and become his personal roti maker.”

Laxmi has a brother named Rohit, a very annoying one for that matter. At first, Laxmi was so happy to get a sibling but now she realizes the downside. She has to fold her brother's underwear and he doesn’t have to fold hers.

Laxmi’s mom tells Laxmi that she doesn’t need friends because she has to focus on her education. Her grandfather talks way too much about education as well. This book is great for every kid to see the life of Laxmi or to connect if you have a similar family. There are funny, awkward and uncomfortable moments in this book and Laxmi is happy to share these awesome moments with you!

Ultimate Food Atlas: Maps, Games, Recipes, and More for Hours of Delicious Fun

book and you will soon discover at least a million things you didn’t know! (Maybe not a million… but a lot!) You can find entertaining knock-knock jokes and funny tongue twisters. It also has real life science experiments you won’t believe are real! I suggest this book for all ages. Read, laugh and enjoy!

By Leo L., 10

For The Love of Laxmi

Author: Bijal Shah

Illustrator: Alexa Carter

Publishers: Mascot Kids

Ages: 5-8

For Laxmi, it’s tough being an Indian American. She experiences a differ-

Authors: Nancy Castaldo and Christy Mihaly

Publisher: National Geographic Kids Ages: 8-12

This book is a good book with many fun facts. It is the kind of book you browse through and learn a lot! I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. The words in this book

are balanced out with vibrant pictures of food from all around the world. Learn about new foods, food festivals and how food is grown all over the world. You can also learn about geography from the colorful maps in this book and find new recipes, too.

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

Book Suggestions for Hanukkah from Holiday House and Peachtree Publishers

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition) by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Tricia Schart Hyman (Holiday House, for ages 4–8)

For more than 30 years, this clever original tale of a Jewish folk hero outwitting dreadful goblins has been a staple of family Hanukkah celebrations. Packaged in an elegant slipcase, the Gift Edition includes a new quote from 2022 Caldecott Medalist Jason Chin (who was mentored by Trina Schart Hyman, the illustrator who brought this tale to life), and a poster featuring an iconic illustration from the book. For those interested in more tales featuring Hershel, Eric and Tricia also collaborated on “The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol.”

The Ghost of Rose Hill by R. M. Romero (Peachtree Teen/Peachtree, for ages 14 and up, NEW)

Part achingly beautiful ghost story, and part poignant celebration of Jewish diaspora, The Ghosts of Rose Hill is a modern fairytale, in which aspiring violinist, Ilana, finds love and finds herself while helping free the spirit of the shy, sweet ghost boy she met in a Prague cemetery. This verse novel is all about embracing your power, facing your monsters, and loving deeply enough to transcend a century. R. M. Romero spends her summers helping to maintain Jewish cemeteries in Poland. The Ghosts of Rose Hill was inspired by these experiences.

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Galia Bernstein (Holiday House, for ages 4–8) The last night of Hanukkah is here, and everyone is doing their part for the big celebration. But alas! A dastardly dragon named Dreadful keeps foiling the party preparations. Lady Sadie must call upon the Eight Knights of Hanukkah to perform feats of awesome kindness and stupendous bravery to catch Dreadful. Filled with Hanukkah humor and fun, this picture book emphasizes kindness to help the holiday lights shine a little brighter.

Hanukah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Holiday House, for ages 0–3 and 4–8)

Bubba Brayna’s makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking weeks a hungry, adorable bear. Bubba Brayna — who does not see or hear very well — mistakes the bear for her rabbi and invites him in to play dreidel, light the menorah and enjoy some scrumptious latkes. After her well-fed guest leaves and her friends arrive for dinner — along with her actual rabbi — together, they discover who really ate them. Both board book and picture book editions are available!

The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber (Holiday House, for ages 0–3 and 4–8)

Celebrate Hanukkah with a beautiful board book that tells the story of a great miracle. This version of the popular and well-received picture book has been carefully pared down for preschoolers and toddlers, and will introduce children to the Maccabean Revolt, the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the oil that burned for eight nights. Both board book and picture book editions are available.

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Kids’

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Guitars for Kids Freedom in Music Project

Linda Oliveira fondly recalls the day many years ago when Bob Dylan spoke to her backstage at a New Haven, Connecticut, concert. She was a 17-year-old fan. “He told me, ‘Don’t ever give up.’”

Linda and her husband Phil, both now in their 70s, attended Dylan’s Albuquerque concert this year, and say they have followed Bob’s advice in their musical projects, which include the High Desert Blues Band and the Freedom in Music Project. That project provides free musical instruments — mainly guitars and accompanying equipment — to kids in need.

Asked how the Oliveiras started helping kids through music, Linda said, “I actually started back when we lived in Massachusetts. Phil and I were doing performances for kids there, but I got to thinking, ‘Maybe we could do more for them. We could maybe bring them instruments because you know it’s good for the brain.’

“Then, when we moved to New Mexico many years ago,” she continued, “we were at a conference at the J. Paul Taylor Center, which is a juvenile detention center in Las Cruces. And I said to Phil, ‘We need to do more.’ So, our first program we did was there.”

Now, the Oliveiras work with some Albuquerque and Rio Rancho public schools. “They do music education in the schools using our instruments and it gives the kids something to look forward to,” Linda said. “Omar Villanueva is an Albuquerque Public Schools music teacher who does a wonderful job with the students at several schools, and he is a classical guitar player himself.”

Linda added, “We have worked with several professional musicians, such as guitarist Chris Ravin, teacher/performer Keith Sanchez and his New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues, and recording artist/guitarist Amos Cody Jasper in Amarillo, Texas. Rock-blues performer Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation gave us some guitars for the students, too. Mark Padilla, president of the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame, also helped us. These artists are all inspirational to our youth and do so much good. It’s the whole idea of giving kids hope and providing them with release from their emotions in a positive, creative way.”

The pandemic years have been challenging for the Oliveiras and their project. “Covid slowed things down for us. We usually raise money through concerts, but Covid made that difficult to do. We did get a grant from the Albuquerque Community Foundation for 24 guitars, which we gave to schools here. They are Donner guitars and came in beautiful cases with all the picks and equipment they needed. They were gorgeous instruments.”

The Oliveiras intend to keep their program going. “We enjoy doing this work!” Linda said.

For more information: keepingthebluesalive.org thefreedominmusicproject.com.

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Albuquerque Linda and Phil Oliveira. Curtesy Photo

Kids’ Art!

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New Mexico Kids! Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs

Santa Fe Area Schools

Camino de Paz Montessori Secondary School, 502 W. Cordova Rd., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-231-2819; Email: admin@caminodepaz.net; Website: caminodepaz.net; Contact: Patricia Pantano, Education Director. Grades: 7 - 12; Ages: 12-18. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6; Cost: Middle School: $8800, High School $11,000; Accredited by: National Private School Accreditation Group. Camino de Paz is land-based, community-oriented, and interdisciplinary. Multi-age groups allow differentiated instruction that is supportive and challenging. Students prepare for college acceptance while acquiring life skills and career readiness by operating an organic farm/goat dairy business, selling weekly at the Farmers’ Market and local co-ops. We support adolescents as emerging adults with real-world engagement and meaningful work to develop skills, perspectives, and competencies to meet local and global challenges in a community context. Financial Aid. Student quote: “I had never experienced anything like what this school asked of me: Stewardship. Major responsibility. Real work. Camino de Paz is where bravery meets grading, where street smart meets book smart, and where a student is never on his or her own, but rather with their entire family cheering them on.”

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 aca-

demic 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 through sixth grade; 43% boys, 57% girls. Student-Educator ratio is 6:1. Capacity is 16 Pequeños, 18 Grandes & 20 in Kindergartensixth 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: 505-8203188; 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, all-girls 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

Santa Fe Children's Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 954-303-4028; Email: hhausman@santafechildrensmuseum.org; Website: santafechildrensmuseum.org; Contact: Hannah Hausman, Executive Director. Ages: 0-8. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: Admission: $5–$8 with discounts and FREE Thursday afternoons (4pm-6pm). Winter Explorers Camp: Dec. 19-23 & 26-30 ($350) Noon Year's Eve Party (Dec. 31, 11am-1pm) The Museum provides ongoing educational programming, including complimentary virtual and in-person field trips, grab-and-go kits, and in-person seasonal camps for ages 5-8. Scholarships; Before and After Care.

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Rio Grande School fifth graders enjoying the RGS Annual Community Fair. Courtesy photo.
November/December 2022 New Mexico Kids! 35 Santa Fe A school where life and learning are connected, academics are applied to real life challenges , and students are respected as members of a diverse, productive, harmonious, learning community. Enrolling Grades 7, 8, 9, 10 FALL OPEN HOUSE DATES High School: Thur., Nov. 3, 6 pm in Santa Fe Middle School: Sun., Nov. 13, 2:30, Santa Cruz 505-231-2819 www.caminodepaz.net admin@caminodepaz.net Santa Fe Santa Fe Girls’ School www.santafegirlsschool.org Check out our Summer Camp! A three-year program dedicated to middle school girls Financial aid available Preschool - High School NOW ENROLLING | 505.467.6431 www.santafewaldorf.org Holiday Faire Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe Don’t miss advertising in New Mexico Kids! family magazine’s January/February 2023 issue, featuring the Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs Deadlines: Directory: Nov. 25 Ads & Calendar: Nov.30 CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE! 505-797-2708 or email kids@newmexico-kids.com Advertise in New Mexico Kids! family magazine & reach 75,000 parents, grandparents, educators & caregivers in Central and Northern New Mexico.

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-8, 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. December 8, 2022: Grade 6 early decision applications due. Feb. 1, 2023: Regular admission applications due.

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.

Bosque School, 4000 Bosque School Rd., Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-898-6388; Email: admission@bosqueschool.org; Website: bosqueschool.org; Contact: Amy Boldt, Director of Enrollment. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 414; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $25,960. Accredited by: Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; National Association of Independent Schools. At Bosque School, the education is the experience. Our inquiry-based learning approach—built upon a solid college preparatory foundation—sparks curiosity and encourages students to deepen their understanding. By the time they graduate, each student has completed and present-

ed a college-level senior thesis project. Bosque School is committed to educating the whole child. Wellness, social-emotional learning, and life skills are embedded into the curriculum. This holistic approach means that not only are our students well prepared for college, they are well prepared for life. Financial Aid; Before and After Care; Enrichment programs: Bosque Learning Center. Apply by Feb. 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision on March 1, 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: 2-kindergarten; 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 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 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 multiage 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.

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 oppor-

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An Albuquerque Academy student in 9th grade chemistry class performs an acid and base titration to determine an unknown concentration. Courtesy photo.
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tunity 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 Hous- call and set up a personal tour of our campus today!

Elevation Children's Center, 3501 Campus NE, Abq, NM 87106. Phone: 505-4335259; Email: office.elevationabq@gmail.com; Website: elevationchildrenscenter.org; Contact: Liz Dolph, Director. Grades: 12 mo-Kinder plus afterschool for K-5th. Enrollment: 100; Teacher/Student Ratio: depends on class; Cost: depends on program. We are a nature-based preschool with several forest-school options to choose from, including the Bosque Backpackers, an all-outdoor classroom that provides bus transportation from our school to the site. We also have hybrid programs: part classroom/part forest school. Enrolling now! Financial Aid; Before and After Care.

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: 505-822-5399; Email: admissions@hcsnm.org; Website: HCSNM.org; Contact: Roxann Vineyard, Director of Enrollment Management. Grades: PreK-12th, Ages: 3-18. 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: 505-243-6659; Email: evillegas@manzanodayschool.org; Website: manzanodayschool.org; Contact: Emily Villegas, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Grades: Pre-k 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.

Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-3383007; 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). Sandia Prep is an independent, college preparatory school. Your student will 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, your student will think creatively, critically, and without limits. They will grow in confidence and resilience as they navigate the world. Our cohesive community means no one goes overlooked or unnoticed. "Small by design" means greater opportunities for each student to grow as a leader. Financial Aid. Enrichment Programs: 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 Center for Learning Excellence offers Accommodation Plans, Academic Coaching, Structured Study Hall, Academic Skill Intervention, Study Strategies Support, Assistive Technology Support and ACT/SAT Standardized Test Accommodations.Visit us today to see why the future goes to Sandia Prep. Apply for the 2023-2024 school year at sandiaprep.org.

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.

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

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

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.

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Ninth-grade Sandia Prep students London and Riley identify rock samples in their Geoscience 1 lab. Courtesy photo.
November/December 2022 New Mexico Kids! 39 All Saints Lutheran Church Preschool and Childcare Open for 33 Years Continuous Registration. Call 897‑2144 to schedule a tour. Visit the school and see the playground. Meet the teachers. 4800 All Saints Rd. NW (Eagle Ranch & Paseo del Norte) allsaintsabq.org/preschool Theme 22/23: Hands Around the World Flexible Schedule/Reasonable Rates Make-up Days Offered When Available Infant/Toddler (6 months to 36 months) Preschool Children (3 to 5 years) Enjoy a challenging, educationally sound program in a clean, kind, fun, loving and caring environment! Math - Reading - Reading Comprehension Phonics - Science - English & More! WORKINGHAND IN HAND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Homework place and more 5528 Eubank, Suite 6, Albuquerque, NM 87111 www.mytutorme.com facebook.com/mytutorme Registration Ongoing! Enrichment in All Math: (Algebra I & II Geometry Trigonometry Calculus Chemistry) English Science ACT, SAT, PSAT Focusing on K-12 Homework Help COVID-Safe Environment Online Classes Available 505-307-4170 Albuquerque Corrales Albuquerque Albuquerque

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Adult & Family Care Offering Family Medicine for newborns, children, adults and seniors 465 St. Michael’s Dr. Suite 230 Santa Fe, NM 87505

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