2014, Family Friendly Santa FeMay 29, 2014: School may be out for summer, but the learning continues in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a range of new, interactive and educational experiences catering to young travelers. Whether kids are stepping into the kitchen to learn how to cook, discovering the city’s local arts and culture, or learning the sciences via outdoor adventures, the whole family will stay entertained and engaged all season long. Below is a sampling of new family-friendly activities:
Educational Programming at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s kid-friendly packets, known as Discovery Guides, help children experience various exhibits by encouraging them to answer questions and offer opinions on different works. This summer the museum introduced the new OK to Go program. Held in the Museum’s courtyard, OK to Go offers families a place to create a piece of art that relates to the current exhibits. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer. On select Saturdays during the summer, the museum hosts a special family program, granting families’ access before normal hours. Children and families are free to view, discuss, and appreciate the works on view and then go on to the Museum’s Education Annex to create a piece of their own. The program runs from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on June 28, July 19 and August 2. For more information on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s family programming, please visit www.okeeffemuseumevents.org/family.html
Cultural Exploration at Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum
Ranked by DK Eyewitness Travel as a top ten children attraction, the galleries at Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Museum are especially appealing to children of all ages. In conjunction with the Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan exhibit, visitors can learn the history and style behind the kites and then make their own. Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico offers mask making as well as a station to listen to animal stories. Families can also pick up an iPod touch and take a multimedia tour of the Girard Wing. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and admission for adults is ＄6 for New Mexico residents and ＄9 for nonresidents. Youth ages 16 and under are free. For more information, visit www.internationalfolkart.org or call (505) 476-1204.
Kids can put on their explorer hats and embark on a GPS driven treasure hunt throughout Santa Fe’s many attractions in the Santa Fe Plaza area. Using a GPS device and the “Santa Fe Adventure Passport” – available for free at the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau’s offices in the Santa Fe Convention Center or by download from www.santafe.org – searchers follow GPS coordinates to find clues at each of the eight locations. As each location is discovered, kids will not only learn about the destination, but also have their passport stamped. Completed passports can be returned to the bureau’s offices in exchange for an exciting prize.
Outdoor Activities with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures
The whole family can embrace the summer camp spirit with a collection of action-filled family programs that combine outdoor adventures with cultural and artistic experiences. Groups can reserve tours to participate in educational stargazing, mountain treasure hunts, whitewater rafting, cooking classes, llama trekking and more. For specific class listings and pricing, visit www.sfmadv.com/ or call 505-988-4000.
New Amenities at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
In January 2014, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe opened the Adventure Center, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy unique excursions afforded by Santa Fe’s terrain. The center is staffed with experts from Adventure Partners, whose mission is to connect travelers with the soul of a city and who can answer questions and help guests schedule tours to experience all of New Mexico’s natural wonders, including hiking and mountain biking to cultural immersions. Families can also participate in a complimentary, daily guided hike along the Camino Encantado Trail that offers education on the local flora and fauna and stunning views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains.
After a day of activities and appetite building, families can cook and dine together at the newly renovated Chef’s Table at Terra Restaurant. Available for children ages 5 and older, the culinary experience lasts four hours and pairs off each guest with their own chef to create one of the eight to 12 courses for the meal. Executive Chef Andrew Cooper works with the family to create kid-friendly recipes before everyone sits down to enjoy their creations. Pricing starts at ＄150 for adults (additional cost for wine pairing), with two price options for kids: Option #1 – ＄75 and includes 8 courses to match the adults. This option is best for children 6 years or older. Option #2 – Cost TBD; this is the best option for children that will only eat a few small courses. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/santafe/.
For additional information on the city’s top summer attractions, please visit www.santafe.org.