Activities in Las Cruces

Activities and events for kids and families.

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Weekly and Free Activities

Activities are held year-round unless noted otherwise! Also visit the Calendar Page for more up-to-the minute activities! Alphabetical by group.


Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 700 S. Telshor, in the Mall, (575)522-4499

Fridays, 10:00am, Storytime with different characters and fun stories each week.

Blue Star Museums Program for Military & Families

When: Memorial Day through Labor Day

How much: Free for servicemen and women, and their families. Active servicemen and women can take their families on a free museum trek. As part of the Blue Star Museums program, New Mexico's 14 state-run museums and historic monuments will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Sept. 6.


Where: 14 state-run museums and historic monuments: Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, all in Santa Fe, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, both in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces and six historic monuments: Jemez, Coronado, Lincoln, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, El Camino Real International Heritage Center and Fort Selden.


Bosque State Park of Mesilla Valley

500 Calle De Norte

Summer hours at the park are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, and 7:00am - 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. All events are free with a valid park pass. Daily entrance fee is $5 per vehicle and annual passes are available for $40. For more information, call LuAnn Tafoya at 575-523-4398.


Branigan Cultural Center 

501 North Main Street, in the Downtown Mall, (575) 541-2154

Saturdays, 11:30a - 12:00p, Magic Carpet Story and Crafts Time


Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., (575) 528-4000 

Year-Round Programs

Ages 3 & up: Tuesdays, 10:30am, Read to Me! Stories, Songs & Puppet Shows.

Ages 1 - 3: Wednesdays, 10:00am, Toddler Time, Stories, Songs & Finger-plays

Ages birth – 13 mo’s: Wednesdays, 11:00am, Mother Goose Time: Interactive lap-sit program for babies and their caregivers.

Ages 1 - 3: Thursdays, 10:00am, Toddler Time, Stories, Songs & Finger-plays

Ages 12 - 18: Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 5-Minute Mysteries, Show off your quick thinking skills!

Ages 2 - 5: Fridays, 10:30am, Rhythm Roundup – Music based program focusing on rhythm, movement, singing and gross motor skills.

Ages 7 - 11: Fridays, 3:00pm, Fantastic Fridays – Stories/Crafts (verify with the Library!)


Chamizal National Monument

800 S. San Marcial, El Paso, TX, 79905

Saturday Crafts!

Every 3rd Saturday of the month

11:00 – 11:45am

Kids aged 5 – 11 are invited to come have fun! Each 45-minute session focuses on underlying themes related to the park such as friendship, diversity, commonalities among different cultures, and creative problem solving. Each program is limited to 20 people on a first-come basis.

Contact Chamizal staff for more information: (915) 532-7273 x112.

Coas Bookstore, 317 N. Main, 575.524.8471, 575.526.8377,

Saturdays, 10:30am-11:00am, Storytellers of Las Cruces


Farmers & Crafts Market, located in the Downtown Mall, along Main Street. A wide variety of arts and crafts, food, fresh produce, unique fine art and much more., email:

Wednesday and Saturdays, 8:00am-12:30pm


Fort Selden State Monument

1280 Ft. Selden Road, Radium Springs, NM 88054, (575)526-8911 or

Admission: Sundays are free for all NM residents with ID. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors with ID. Children 16 and under are always admitted free. $3, Monday-Saturday.

Hours: Wednesday - Monday 8:30am - 5pm. Closed Tuesday.

Directions: Radium Springs, NM. I-25 Exit 19, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, NM

Today the stark adobe brick walls of the frontier past evoke a feeling of personal connection to the past. A visitor center offers exhibits on frontier and military life. Living history demonstrations are occasionally offered on weekends from 1-4 pm, May 1-Sept. 15. Call for programming and special event dates.


Four Wheel Drive Club of LC

A Family Club! Meetings are the second Tuesday of every  month at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Hawk Golf Club located at 7502 Red Hawk Golf Road, map: Meeting Location. The Club organizes two "runs" per month, on the trails around LC that have been rated in the top 10 four-wheeling areas in the country.


Mesilla Mercado 

On the Plaza, Old Mesilla, (575)524-3262 or (575)523-4896

Held every Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday, 12:00p - 4:00pm. Arts and crafts, seasonal produce, music, and much more.


Mountain View Market

Mountain View Market Natural Foods Co­operative, 1300 El Paseo Road, Suite M 

Sunday Growers Market featuring local vendors, held every Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Free.

• 11a.m. to noon, Sunday. Kids’Crafts. A free monthly series with co-op employee Annie in the Co-op Community Room. Parents must attend with kids. Snacks are provided.


Museum of Art, Saturday Family Art Adventure

All ages. A class for kids and families. Projects vary each week. Families have fun together while drawing, painting, and making mixed media projects. No pre-registration required. Located in the Downtown Mall.

Free of charge every Saturday at 10:00 am, 575-541-2137.


Museum of Natural History

Located in the Downtown Mall.

Phone: (575) 522-3120,

Animal Encounters

Come meet the animals of the Chihuahuan Desert at the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History! Animal Encounters is a chance for a hands-on introduction to the animals in our Nature Center. Be part of the action on the last Saturday of every month at 4:00 pm, except when posted. Free.

Club Fetch!™

Club Fetch!™ meets Sunday afternoons to actively explore areas of science and engineering through hands-on activities. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. ClubFETCH!™ members will receive a Ruff Ruffman t-shirt transfer at the conclusion of the program. Sign up today at the museum! 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Free.

Desert Treks

Take a field trip with the Museum. Most trips are free to the public, but will require your own transportation to the site. Minimum enrollment and pre-registration are required, as space is limited. Contact the Museum for more information. Free.

Diggin’ Dinos

This program is for children 4 – 10 yrs old, parents are encouraged to stay. During the 3-week class, students explore their favorite prehistoric beasts from flying Pterosaurs to mighty T-rex. Learn about what they ate, how they lived, and more through hands-on demonstrations and activities! Registration Required, 11:00 am, Free.

Dinosaur Train

This program, based on the PBS show Dinosaur Train™, is for children 3-5 years old, parents are encouraged to stay. In collaboration with the Las Cruces Railroad Museum this program explores the world of dinosaurs, trains and science! Join us for explorations in color, herbivores, carnivores and bird feathers! Registration required, 9:00 am Free.


Dig into science in this hands-on class. Based on the PBS television program, FETCH! ™ with Ruff Ruffman, this program offers participants the opportunity to learn real world science through hands-on activities. FETCH! ™ is open every weekend, except when posted. Free. Fridays 5:30 - 7:30 pm Saturdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Fur 'N Feathers

This program is for children 4 – 10 yrs old, parents are encouraged to stay. During the 3-week class, students explore the novelty of fight in birds, mammals that lay eggs, and much more through hands-on demonstrations and activities. Registration Required, 11:00 am, Free.

Museum Lecture Series

Aligned with current museum exhibitions, the Museum Lecture series explores these topics in depth, examining several facets over the course of the exhibition. Lectures are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm. Contact the museum for dates and topics. Free.

Nature Camp

Nature Camp is a summer science day camp where children learn about science and the Chihuahuan Desert that surrounds Las Cruces through hands-on experiences and activities. These activities and adventures include crafts, experimentation, nature study, field trips, and overnight camping for grades 3 and up.

Saturday Science

Saturday Science is a hands-on science program for elementary school children exploring science topics throughout the year. This class is guaranteed to be a combination of fun and learning. Saturdays at 11:00 am. Free.

Scaly Slimy

This live animal program is for children 4 – 10 yrs old, parents are encouraged to stay. During the 3-week class, students explore fish, frogs , turtles, crocodiles, lizards and snakes, looking at similarities and differences in these diverse groups of animals. Live animal demonstrations may be supplemented with hands-on crafts. Registration Required, 11 :00 am, Free.

Science Café

Do you have a question about science? Do you want to network with scientists in a variety of disciplines? Then Sigma Xi is the organization for you! The NMSU chapter of Sigma Xi: International Scientific Research Society and the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History partner to bring you monthly science round table discussions. Topics of current interest are discussed the last Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm unless otherwise announced. Free.

Sky Safari

Come view the night sky at a closer range. At Sky Safari, the museum furnishes high-powered telescopes and expert guidance by the NMSU Astronomy Department. Sky Safari is funded by the Southern New Mexico Natural History Foundation (SNMNHF).


Saturday Family Workshop Schedule

Looking for something fun to do with your family on the weekend?  Come join the  New Mexico State University Museum for educational family activities reflecting current exhibitions.  Workshops are free and open to the public.  Supplies are limited and workshops are on a first come, first-served basis.  Registration is not required unless you plan to bring 8 or more people.

Family Workshops are held Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Museum courtyard, at 1280 E. University Ave.

Weather permitting, workshops are held outside in the Museum courtyard. Please call (575) 646-5161 for more information.

Uptown Craft & Growers Market, near the movie theater entrance at inside the Mesilla Valley Mall. Shop for local arts, crafts, and produce. (575) 650-7414. 

Held every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Free.


Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave. and Mesilla St. 

Dinosaur Train

1st Thursday of each month at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum

This program, based on the PBS show Dinosaur Train™, is for children 3-5 years old, parents are encouraged to stay. In collaboration with the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History this program explores the world of dinosaurs, trains and science! Join us for explorations in color, herbivores, carnivores and bird feathers! Registration required, 9:00 am Free.

Family Game Day

2nd Saturday of each month
10 am - Noon

Have you ever wondered what kinds of activities your grandparents enjoyed before electronic games were invented? Develop hand-eye coordination with Jacks and Cup and Ball Toss, stimulate your mind with puzzles, and challenge friends to a game of Dominos. Stop in anytime between 10 am and noon to try your hand at early 20th century games. Free.

Toddler Story Time

3rd Saturday of each month
11 am - Noon

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host Story Time on the third Saturday of each month. Join us from 11:00 am – noon. Listen to a Thomas the Tank Engine book and complete a related activity. Children of all ages welcome. Free.


Running - Las Cruces Running Club          

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of area running, running events and supporting the interests of recreational runners throughout the Las Cruces area.


White Sands Missile Range Museum & Missile Park

White Sands, NM, U.S. Highway 70. The Museum is open year-round. Admission is FREE.

For more information concerning events call the White Sands Missile Range Museum (575) 678-8824, or email

Hours on weekdays are 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10:00am - 3:00pm. Closed Holidays.

The Missile Park is open dawn to dark seven days a week. Outside the museum is a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. These include everything from the WAC Corporal and Loon (U.S. version of the V-1) to a Pershing II and Patriot. More than 50 items are on display.



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