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 additional up-to-the minute activities! This list is alphabetical by group.

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

Fridays, 10:00am, Storytime 

Saturdays, 11:00am, Storytime

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.

Info: http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums#!NM

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.

Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces

330 W Las Cruces Ave., 575-644-5331

Boys & Girls Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

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, coas@coasbooks.com

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

Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces 

Located in the Downtown Mall, along Main Street. A wide variety of arts and crafts, food, fresh produce, unique fine art and much more.

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

To request more information, email: fcmarket (at) las-cruces.org.

Fort Selden State Monument

http://www.nmmonuments.org/inst.php?inst=10

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

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

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.

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

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. 

Sunday Kids’ Crafts, 11a.m. to noon. 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

SNAP! 

All ages. A class for kids and families. Projects vary each week. 

Every Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

In the Atrium, between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science

The Science, Nature, and Art Program (SNAP!) encourages visitors to embrace their artistic creativity while engaging in educational activities inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary learning experiences, the education staff of the Las Cruces Museum System have collaborated to create a new program offering.

Museum of Natural History

Located in the Downtown Mall

411 North Main Street

Phone: (575) 522-3120


Animal Encounters

Saturdays at 11:30 am

Meet the animals of the Chihuahuan Desert and gain a close up perspective in the lives of Chihuahuan Desert animals. Free. Behind the scenes tours. 


First Friday Rambles from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During the monthly First Friday Ramble and by appointment, the Museum Naturalist provides free tours behind the wall housing the living collection. If you would like to see how the museum cares for the animals, or if you have questions about how to keep an amphibian, reptile or fish of your own. Pre-registration is required. Call for 575-532-3371 or 575-522-3120 for details. Limit 6 per tour. Free.


Evolved Fridays at 3:00 pm

The Big Bang theory with a lecture/presentation followed by a craft or hands-on activity for the younger participants. All ages welcome. Free.

In September, we will explore the following stories:

September 4 Story of Luna

September 11 Story of the Future: neutrinos, cosmic rays, and particle accelerators

September 18 Story of the Future continued…

September 25 TBD


Family Science SaturdaysSaturdays at 10:00 am

A fun, hands-on class for people of all ages interested in science. Each month focuses on a broad topic with a related class each week. These classes build on each other, though they are designed so people can still participate without attending all classes. Each classes feature a hands-on component. These classes are open to any age and we encourage groups to work together to learn the topic. Free.

September 5 Is your egg fresh?

September 12 Eggshells & Acid Rain

September 19 Walking on Eggshells

September 26 Egg-citing Engineering


Fetch!™Saturdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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, using common household materials. Fetch!™ focuses on short interactions to spark curiosity. Participation is designed on a drop-in basis. Free.


Pre-K Thursdays at 9:00 am, rotating schedule, for children 6 years old and under
Free Admission
  • Planeteers!: Explore the solar system, galaxies and the universe with the museum! Participants will learn about the cosmos and what is beyond Earth!
  • Grandma Mona’s Science Story time: Grandma Mona reads a science-themed book related to the Museum's exhibits. All participants will receive a take-home activity based on the book of the day.
  • Dinosaur Train: Based on the PBS show Dinosaur Train™, and in collaboration with the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, this program explores the world of dinosaurs, trains and science!
  • Nature Kids: The museum is bringing nature to the classroom in a series of explorations involving plants, animals, geology and weather. When possible, the lessons will be Chihuahuan Desert related.

Saturday Workshops
Saturdays at 1:00 pm

Workshops on rotating topics. Free. Call 575-532-3372 for details.

Railroad Museum

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


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.


Mrs. Prickett's Story Time

2nd Thursday of each month
11 am - 11:30 am

Mrs. Prickett's Story Time at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum is so much more than just listening to a story. Mrs. Prickett and her delightful puppets read books and tell stories that are sure to engage children of all ages. A related activity appropriate for pre-school children will follow the story. Free.


Toddler Story Time

3rd Saturday of each month
11 am - 11:30 am

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host Story Time on the third Saturday of each month. Join us from 11:00 am – 11:30am. 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 darren.court@us.army.mil.

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.

Zuhl Family Workshops

Every 2nd Saturday of the Month, 

12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., 775 College Dr.

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. Please call (575) 646-3616 for more information.

 

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