For most of us, our everyday lives have changed in a big way, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay active and learn new skills while we adjust to the new norm. We’re focused on helping you find positive, meaningful ways to spend this time. Fortunately, our local organizations are stepping up with lots of at-home activities to keep your family engaged, learning and having fun!
Ready to get busy? Here are some fun, inspiring and engaging family-friendly things you can dive in to right now.
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Published Tuesday, June 2:
Grow Crystals with the New Mexico Natural History Museum
Salt is an naturally-occurring mineral and a chemical compound with amazing properties which enable salt to be used in everything from preserving food to making it taste better. This super-easy recipe gives you a cup full of needle-like Epsom salt crystals in just a few days!
Learn about día de los Muertos Traditions with KUNM
The celebration of El día de los Muertos is time for a feast that honors the lives of ancestors with arcs of brightly colored marigolds, candlelight processions, reverance and offerings, deeply grounded in cultural heritage. Visit the celebration through the eyes of photographer Ann Murdy who just published “On the path of Marigolds. Living traditions of México´s Day of the Dead.”
Make a Hand Shaped Amulet with the Albuquerque Museum
In North Africa and the Middle East, dating back to the 7th century, people of all faiths have used hand shaped amulets called “Hamsa” to offer protection to ward off danger. In this project create your own amulet using tin foil.
Learn About Southern White Rhinos with the NM BioPark Society
Behavior and Enrichment Manager Tim Van Loan gives us an exclusive look at a training session with BioPark white rhinos Chopper and Bertha, and he explains how their specially designed barn provides a safe space to care for these African animals.
Learn a Simmer and Boil Game with NDI NM
Hannah teaches us how to get our heart rates up while making some stew!
Make Tea Bag Rockets with the National Museum of Nuclear Science
Tea Bag Rockets are a fun way to explore science at home. This activity does involve fire. Always be careful when using fire. Take all safety precautions and be sure to have an adult to help you, they may even have fun!
Make a Leaf Rubbing with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Leaf rubbing is a fun art project and a great way to learn your local tree species!
Published Tuesday, May 26:
Learn About Capulin Volcano with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
The Raton-Clayton volcanic field (RCVF) is a large, young volcanic field covering nearly 7500 square miles of northeastern New Mexico. The best-known feature is Capulin volcano, a classic cinder cone volcano that is a National Monument. Capulin was once believed to be as young as 11,000 years old; however, recent geological studies have dated it at 56,000 to 62,000 years!
Make a Soap Powered Boat with the Albuquerque Library
The key to making this project work is surface tension. Soap is a surfactant – that just means that it breaks down the surface tension of the water. As the surface tension is broken up, it creates enough of a force to push the lightweight boat across the surface!
Meet Mari-Luci Jaramillo: First Latina Ambassador Of The US with KUNM
On KUNM’s Espejos de Aztlán, learn about the life and contributions of Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo. A native of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Jaramilllo advocated for civil rights and became the first Latina to hold a United States ambassadorship.
Make a Raised Salt Painting with the Nuclear Science Museum
Hop aboard the STEAM train with a simple painting activity for kids, all you need is a little imagination, glue, and salt! Salt has the ability to absorb moisture from its surroundings, which is what makes it a good preservative. This property of absorption is called hygroscopic, which means that salt can absorbs both liquid water and water vapor in the air. This activity demonstrates how salt absorbs a watercolor mixture to create a fun, 3D effect painting!
Create a New Mexican Tinwork Frame with the Albuquerque Museum
Ornamental tinwork originated in New Mexico during the mid-19th century as food products in tin cans arrived through the Santa Fe Trail. Its development was a result of the limited availability of materials in the region.
As people in New Mexico had limited access to material for artmaking, containers that once held products like coffee, lard, and kerosene were repurposed into picture frames, nichos, candle sconces, and more. You can create your own version of New Mexican tinwork at home using aluminum foil.
Take a Virtual Stroll Through the Japanese Garden with the BioPark Society
We could all use a little respite and relaxation from time to time and the Japanese Garden is just that. The four-acre garden was designed and created in honor of Albuquerque’s sister city, Sasebo, Japan. Host Tim Van Loan takes a moment to introduce you to one of our many spots of tranquility at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, and then we’re off for a peaceful stroll.
Watch an At Home Concert by Keith Sanchez with Cultural Services
Keith Sanchez is a New Mexico based singer, song writer, lyricist and guitarist.
Published Tuesday, May 19:
Take a Tour of the Albuquerque Museum Exhibit Let The Sunshine In
Let the Sunshine In captures life in Albuquerque from 1968-1972 through street photography. Visit the e-Museum to see 35 mm slides from the collection.
Create a Wind Powered Car with the Albuquerque Library
With a few simple tools you can design and build a toy car powered by the wind in this fun engineering project! When moving air pushes on your car’s sail it exerts force on the sail, which is what pushes the car forward.
Play a Verbal Cues Movement Game with the National Dance Institute of NM
Jessie and friends from NDI NM show us some Verbal Cues!
Learn About Leaves with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
This segment of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center’s virtual field trip focuses on leaves: their types, characteristics, and purpose. After some time in the field, students go to the lab to learn how to process leaves.
Conduct a Rainbow Density Experiment with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
This fun science experiment explores the differences in density. By increasing the amount of sugar in a water solution but keeping the amount of water constant, you create solutions that have increasing densities. The more sugar you mix into the same amount of water, the higher the density of the mixture.
Watch a Live Performance from ¡Globalquerque! 2019
Mdou Moctar, a group from Niger, performs on the Plaza Mayor on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of ¡Globalquerque! – New Mexico’s 15th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
Explore the Minge Collection at Casa San Ysidro
Get a behind-the-scenes look at six histories and anecdotes collected from docent knowledge about the Minge collection at Casa San Ysidro. Learn about the Priest’s Chair with Linda Tigges, the Outhouse in the Corral with Karen McSorley, the Pitchfork in the Stone Barn with Carla Wright, the Colcha with Jo Morris, the Tin Nicho with Glynda Samford, and the Zaguán Portones with Dave Furbush.
Published Monday, May 11:
Learn About Atomic Advertising with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
In the 20th Century, radiation was associated with the future of health and wellness as well as modernity and technology. As both the patent medicine and advertising industries thrived and grew in the decades leading up to the Second World War, the popularity and use of radium and other radioactive materials, such as thorium and polonium, flourished. This exhibition demonstrates the ever-changing public attitudes towards atomic thought over the course of the 20th Century and first decade of the 21st Century through the reflective lens of advertising and packaging.
Learn About Scat with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
While hiking the trails of the Sandia Mountains, we often come across animal evidence. In this video, examine a variety of animal scat samples to learn about our “neighbears” and other mountain friends. Learn how to make model scat representing a variety of local animals with those creature’s diets in mind.
Watch an At Home Concert by La Wren with Cultural Services
Listen to a variety of original music by Albuquerque-based Lauren Dekleva, La Wren. La Wren is an independent pop rock artist singer/songwriter, instrumentalist who’s music tells stories of searching, heartbreak, love and resiliency.
Take a Tour of the No Way But My Own Art Exhibit at the South Broadway Cultural Center
The exhibit features artwork by Paloma Nava, Helen Tindel, Jodie Herrera Art and Helen “Mooxie” Montgomery. Take a look at the beautiful pieces and listen to the artist recount their creative journeys.
Learn How to Make Stuffed Sopaipillas with Three Sisters Kitchen
Sharing culinary traditions is an important part of building healthy communities. In the Cooking for Generations: Stories of Tradition and Love from New Mexico Kitchens series, young filmmakers connect with home cooks to celebrate the diverse food traditions and tell the stories of who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. In this episode, Tina Garcia-Shams shares how she makes stuffed sopaipillas.
Make a 3D Paper Character with the Albuquerque Museum
Explore the world of 3D using simple materials around your home. Create a character expressing your different moods or the faces of your family, friends or neighbors!
Check out the National Hispanic Cultural Center Exhibit ¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte!
Take a tour of selections from the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s permanent collection, which contains approximately 2500 artworks created by Hispanic, Chicana/o, and Latina/o, artists from around the globe. Each artwork reflects the diversity of the Latina/o experience in all of its vibrancy, pointed humor, creativity, and social consciousness.
Published Monday, May 4:
Create Radical Abstract Designs with the Albuquerque Museum
Radial designs move from the center to the edge of a circle. In this project, words and color form the basis for the design. Watch your words transform into a beautiful abstract artwork before your eyes.
Learn About Humble Organisms of the BioPark with the NM BioPark Society
As you know, the ABQ BioPark cares for all types of living species – animals, bugs, fish, and plants alike. Host Tim Van Loan gives us an in-depth look at one of the BioPark’s lesser known organisms, and even though it may seem unremarkable to us, it provides extraordinary benefits.
Watch Our Fair New Mexico, A Virtual Concert from the National Hispanic Cultural Center
This virtual concert series features musician Otilio Ruiz, who has been playing music since the age of 13, and is a former member of the international companies Tlen-Huicani. Ruiz currently teaches at Albuquerque Public Schools and is the musical director of La Rondalla de Alburquerque. His family is working together to bring jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico, to new generations.
Learn a Mirror Game Warmup with the National Dance Institute of NM
Melissa is the leader and you are the “mirror.” The leader makes simple gestures or movements and the “mirror” duplicates the leader’s movements exactly – just as a mirror would!
Get to Know Artist Amanda Beardsley with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Amanda’s artwork combines traditional Native American themes with contemporary objects, and speaks to a wide audience. Some of her artwork contrasts traditional settings with modern objects that accompany our lives and emphasize our traditional values and the acceptance of change.
Conduct an Invisible Soda Experiment with The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
This quick and fun experiment only requires 2 ingredients!
Learn About Animal Skulls with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Take a look at a variety of skulls from animals native to the Sandia Mountains. We can learn a lot about an animal by closely studying the unique attributes and structure of their individual skulls!
Published Monday, April 27:
Explore the Albuquerque Museum sculpture collection
The Albuquerque Museum sculpture collection includes works of art by many of the most important sculptors of the American Southwest. Indoor and outdoor sculptures featured.
Test the strength of spaghetti noodles with the Balloon Museum
STEM Lab Friday demos from the @balloonmuseum – We're testing the strength of spaghetti noodles. How many pounds can you get up to before your noodles snap?#STEMEducation
Posted by Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Friday, April 24, 2020
Test the strength of spaghetti noodles! How many pounds can you get up to before your noodles snap?
Participate in the Harwood Art Center’s community art project
The Harwood’s community art collaboration is a fun and easy project called “Safety Net”. Safety Net is a large cloth assembled from hexagons made by you and others across our city using whatever materials you have available at home!
Learn to become a citizen scientist with the BioPark
You don’t have to be wearing a lab coat or safety goggles to be a scientist. You can contribute to the scientific community right from your own backyard! Discover the importance of citizen science, learn about what the ABQ BioPark does for our community, and investigate how you can partake and contribute to citizen science.
Learn about the history of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the inspiring cornerstone of what has grown from a single building into the thriving business and cultural corridor of the 19 Pueblos District in the heart of Albuquerque. IPCC opened its doors in the summer of 1976. The same year the United States was celebrating its 200th birthday, the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico were celebrating something far older—Pueblo culture.
Create your own dinosaur dig with the NM Natural History Museum
Grab your toy tools, paintbrushes, toothbrushes or any other tools you think could be used to dig & make your very own “dinosaur dig” to excavate at home!
Make a seed bomb with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
This fun project requires compost or fertilizer, clay or clay powder, seeds, and water. Mash it all together, let it dry and toss your seed bomb!
Published Monday, April 20:
Create a Rain Cloud with the Balloon Museum
Create a colorful rain cloud with three simple supplies: a jar, shaving cream and food coloring! This experiment simulates rain clouds by creating an environment in which the water acts as air, and the shaving cream acts as the clouds and as the clouds get saturated with water (food coloring), they produce colorful rain!
Make an Eclipse with the NM Museum of Natural History & Science
Learn how to make your own scale total solar and lunar eclipse at home using common household supplies!
Get started here!
Learn about the Lovelace Astronaut Program with the Albuquerque Museum
On this episode of Picture This, take a look at Albuquerque’s place in the history of spaceflight and what it took to become one of the first NASA astronauts. In the Photo Archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph showing two candidates for NASA’s Mercury Program wearing space suits and standing outside of a room at Lovelace Clinic.
Learn how to make Oven Bread with Three Sisters Kitchen
Three Sisters Kitchen believes that sharing culinary traditions are an important part of building healthy communities. In their Cooking for Generations: Stories of Tradition and Love from New Mexico Kitchens documentary film series, young filmmakers connect with home cooks to celebrate the diverse food traditions found in our beautiful state, and tells the stories of who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. In this episode, Margaret Jaramillo discusses making traditional Indian bread in an outdoor oven.
Learn about Pueblo Cultural Dance with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Since time immemorial, Pueblo communities have celebrated seasonal cycles through prayer, song, and dance. These dances connect us to our ancestors, community, and traditions while honoring gifts from our Creator. They ensure that life continues, and that connections to the past and future are reinforced.
Take a tour of The Jim Henson Exhibition
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a dynamic visitor experience exploring Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. Take a tour through the exhibition with Brian Jay Jones, author of Jim Henson: The Biography and explore the visionary entertainer’s work.
Learn Pre-Ballet Stretches with the National Dance Institute of NM
Instructor Kim leads us through some stretches and barre exercises!
Published Monday, April 13:
Color the Albuquerque Museum’s Collections
Learn about the art and history of our community. The Albuquerque Museum has put together some free to download coloring pages of some of the most popular objects from their collection. Recreate the original or use your imagination to make it your own!
Learn Hip Hop Flash Mob Choreography with NDI NM
Join Jessie from the National Dance Institute of NM as she leads a review of NDI’s flash mob choreography from Dance-A-Thon 2019! Submit a video of yourself dancing to @ndi-nm.org
Watch a Virtual Concert with Cultural Services
Enjoy the bluesy tunes of local band, the Julian Dossett Quintet as they entertain you from their living room.
Build A Marble-ous Maze with Explora
Before your marble starts rolling through your maze, it has potential energy. When your marble starts to roll, the potential energy becomes kinetic (or motion) energy. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms. This means the amount of energy your marble has is constant, but it can change from potential to kinetic or other forms of energy.
Iodine Clock Reaction Experiment with the Museum of Nuclear Science
Use just three household items, Vitamin C, iodine and water to create a timed reaction! Introduce variables like temperature, ratios and and time to experiment with math and basic chemistry principles.
Learn About River Otters with the ABQ BioPark
Otters are playful little critters that are often found living near wetlands and generally seen in freshwater but also in saltwater bodies. Learn how river otters have adapted to being in water, which habitats they live in and how we can help river otters thrive! Plus, build a river otter habitat in your home!
Learn Flamenco with the National Institute of Flamenco
The mission of the National Institute of Flamenco is to preserve and promote flamenco’s artistry, history, and culture by presenting the finest flamenco in the world and by educating families in the art form while emphasizing the positive influence of art on family and community.
The institute is currently offering online classes on a pay-what-you-will basis! A wide range of classes are help on Monday-Saturday at various times.
Published Monday, April 6:
Build a Balloon Hovercraft with Explora
Hovercrafts are unique because they can glide over any flat surface, whether it’s land or water!
How do they work? Hovercrafts move by gliding over a cushion of air, which is created by fans at the back of the hovercraft. A mechanism underneath the hovercraft (also known as a ‘skirt’) traps the air, which causes the hovercraft to rise up. Fans and an engine then push the vehicle forward.
In the project at the link below, you’ll make a hovercraft that’s propelled by a balloon rather than a fan. The air from the balloon creates the cushion which allows the hovercraft to glide.
Create Flying Orbs with the ABQ-BernCo Public Library
Sharpen your levitation skills with electrostatic repulsion! In the video below, Josh shows how to create a flying orb using aluminum foil, tape, scissors, and styrofoam. This levitation works by placing a negative charge into a piece of styrofoam and positively charging a piece of aluminum!
Take a Virtual Tour of the Albuquerque Museum
Thanks to the folks at 360pindrop, you can virtually walk through the permanent collection galleries at Albuquerque Museum!
Learn a Song & Dance with the National Dance Institute of NM
NDI instructor Allegra leads a joyful Creative Movement song and dance class for Early Learners, pre-K through 2nd grade. Fun for the whole family to join!
Jam Out to a Playlist of Local Bands with Cultural Services
Listen to a playlist featuring tunes from over a dozen great, local bands! Listen here.
Learn to make blue corn tamales with Three Sisters Kitchen
Three Sisters Kitchen believes that sharing culinary traditions is an important part of building healthy communities. In their Cooking for Generations: Stories of Tradition and Love from New Mexico Kitchens documentary film series, young filmmakers connect with home cooks to celebrate the diverse food traditions found in our beautiful state, and tells the stories of who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. In this episode, Kyle Pacheco discusses making blue corn tamales.
Take the Backyard Biodiversity Challenge with the Natural History Museum
Join the Bioscience Department of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science on a virtual field trip. The challenge is to find, identify, and share at least 10 species from your backyard or local area! Get started here.
Discover murals in your neighborhood with Muros ABQ
Throughout our vibrant city you’ll see our diverse culture expressed not just through the color of our skin, but through the color on our walls. Take a journey into the heart of who we are and discover the murals of Albuquerque – right in your neighborhood! Use this map to get started.
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