Free stuff for kids
Libraries and recreation centers in Santa Fe, Espanola and Los Alamos sponsor family and child-oriented classes, programs and activites throughout the summer. Costs are low or free and registration is easy.
Española Public Library sponsors an eight-week summer reading program for ages 3 to 17; a Thursday morning story hour that includes stories, crafts and songs and a Super Saturday Special for families on the third Saturday of each month. Programs are free; some require registration. 313 N. Paseo de Oñate www2.youseemore.com/espanola/ 505-747-6087
Santa Fe Public Library offers year-round programs for toddlers to 12-year-olds at its main location off the Plaza and its Southside and Oliver LaFarge branches. Summer programs incorporating reading, crafts and activities are held every day but Sunday. Highlights include astronomy, yo-yo tricks and a summer reader party with magic show. Movies, do-ityourself projects, games and snacks for teens ages 13 to 18 are available at the Southside branch each Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. beginning June 4 and running through July 30. All programs are free.
Main Library 145 Washington Ave., 505-955-6781
Oliver LaFarge Branch 1730 Llano St., 505-955-4862
Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, 505-955-2820 ww.santafelibrary.org
Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos puts on a free summer reading program for ages 4-6 from 11 a.m.noon on the first Saturday of every month. 2400 Central Ave., 505-662-8250 www.losalamosnm.us/library
Vista Grande Public Library’s summer reading program runs June 24 to Aug. 7. The reading club for grades K to 4 meets on Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. and includes crafts, activities and stories that celebrate heroes. For preschoolers and toddlers, the Friday morning program offers songs and crafts. Programs are free and registration is required. Family Movie Nights are June 5, July 10 and Aug. 14 at 7 p.m., with free popcorn. The Wags and Words program teams licensed and trained therapy dogs with young readers who struggle with reading aloud. Children can sign up by calling the library. 14 Avenida Torreon, 505-466-7323 www.vglibrary.org
Española’s Richard L. Lucero Recreation and Aquatic Center offers co-ed youth soccer, swimming lessons and a summer youth camp. For details as they are confirmed, check the website. 313 N. Paseo de Oñate www.cityofespanola.org 505-747-6056
Los Alamos’ Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center offers a variety of programs for all ages. For details as they are confirmed, check the website. 2760
Bradbury Science Museum www.lanl.gov/museum 505-667-4444
City of Santa Fe Recreation Division oversees Fort Marcy Recreation Complex, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, Monica Roybal Youth Center, Carlos Oretega Teen Center and Salvador Perez Pool and Fitness Center, all of which offer summer activities and programs for children and teens. For details as they are confirmed, check the websites.
Carlos Ortega Teen Center 737 Agua Fria St. www.santafenm.gov/carlos_ortega_teen_center, 505-955-6860
Fort Marcy Recreation Complex 490 Bishops Lodge Road www.santafenm.gov/ft_marcy 505-955-2500
Genoveva Chavez Community Center
3221 Rodeo Road
Monica Roybal Youth Center
737 Agua Fria St.
Salvador Perez Pool and Fitness Center
601 Alta Vista St.
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
OFFERS: Audubon Summer Day Camps for ages 5-12, with one week for ages 4-5. Each week includes science investigations, nature explorations, creative arts, stories, hiking and active play in the outdoors. Youth volunteer naturalist opportunities are available for teens 13 and older.
SESSIONS: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1– July 31
COST: $225 per week, with a 20 percent sibling discount for each additional child. Before and after care for an added fee. Scholarships are available.
CONTACT: nm.audubon.org or Samantha Funk, 505-983-4609
Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society
OFFERS: Firsthand look at animal sheltering. Camps for ages 10-13 provide the opportunity to work with animals through dog walking and socializing, cat socializing, dog training, learning about house rabbits, humane education, animal artwork and games.
SESSIONS: For children new to the program, basic camps are held June 1-5 and July 6-10. For children who have taken previous camps or have a strong interest in animal welfare, advanced camps are held July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7. Camps are limited to 10 participants.
CONTACT: Devin White
505-983-4309, Ext. 610 email@example.com
Santa Fe Art Institute
OFFERS: A college preparatory, projectbased, design/build summer intensive that provides incoming 10th to 12th graders an introduction to architecture and design and critical community engagement. Three hours of college credit are available.
SESSIONS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 1–July 9. Students must commit to the entire six weeks. Held at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Santo Domingo Pueblo.
COST: $1,595 for six weeks, including morning snack, lunch, transportation and entry to off-site activities and materials. College credit costs additional fee.
CONTACT: www.sfai.org/ design-workshop or 505-424-5050
Santa Fe Climbing Adventure Camp
OFFERS: Indoor and outdoor climbing, wilderness survival skills, hikes and other outdoor-adventure-based activities.
SESSIONS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 26-Aug. 24. Weeklong camps for ages 5-8 and 9-13. Indoor climbing classes 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
COST: $97.56 for eight indoor climbing classes and $349 for camps
CONTACT: 505-986 8944 firstname.lastname@example.org www.climbsantafe.com
Santa Fe Community College
OFFERS: Classes, half-day camps and full-day camps throughout the summer. Classes include Red Cross swimming lessons, cartooning, art, video game design and guitar. Half-day camps cover subjects like kids’ theater, Teen Writing Jam, teen theater, fabric collage and weaving, Fashion Design Camp, cooking fundamentals, baking and desserts and Teens in the Kitchen. Activities at full-day, weeklong camps include Ropes Challenge Adventure, geocaching, High Ropes Adventure, Film Critics Boot Camp and game programming with Alice or Scratch.
COST: $59-$360, depending on the topic and length of activity
CONTACT: www.sfcc.edu or 505-428-1676
Santa Fe Performing Arts
OFFERS: Summer youth programs endorsed by the National Education Association of New Mexico.
SESSIONS: Monday-Friday June 15July 26: kids 7-12 meet 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teens meet 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Both programs culminate in main-stage productions on the weekends of July 17 and 24. Shows titles to be announced.
COST: $695, scholarships available. Call 505-982-7992
email email@example.com or visit www.sfperformingarts.org
Santa Fe Mountain Kids
OFFERS: Children 5-12 spend the day outside connecting with nature, building confidence and developing a love of the outdoors. Programs include advanced wilderness skills, survival hunting tools, fat tire adventure, Bug Out, Dirt Detectives!, backpacking, plein air art and adventure, Photo Safari, Young Archeologists, Volcanoes Rock!, Forts and Forests, First Ascent and the Wonders of Water.
SESSIONS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
COST: $265 plus tax per week of camp; $295 plus tax for weeks with overnights. Backpacking is priced separately. Some weeks have a small materials fee.
CONTACT: Katie Macaulay, firstname.lastname@example.org 505-699-6230
Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences
OFFERS: Move & Play Camps for ages 3-4, Imagine That! Camps for ages 5-6, Discovery Camps for ages 7-8, Exploration Camps for ages 9-13 and Investigation Camps for age 13 and older. Activities include Ooey Gooey; Princesses, Dragons and Knights, Oh My!; Camp Minecraft; Project Runway; backpacking; Japan Camp; and coding.
SESSIONS: June 8-Aug. 7, with no camp July 6-10
COST: Most cost $220. Financial aid is available.
CONTACT: www.santafeschool.org or 505-438-8585
Santa Fe YMCA
OFFERS: For grades K-6, summer adventures promote a healthy spirit, mind and body. Children spend time indoors and outdoors as experienced staff members lead a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, games, skits and songs, sports, swimming and weekly field trips. Math, science and character-building activities also offered.
SESSIONS: May 26-end of July.
COST: $130 per week. Discounts and financial aid are available for YMCA members and CYFD recipients.
CONTACT: www.ymcacnm.org 505-424-8077 or visit 6600 Valentine Way
OFFERS: Various activities and lessons for skateboarders of all ages. Several camps, including ramps and bowls and longboarding, are scheduled in June and July.
SESSIONS: See website
COST: See website
CONTACT: www.skateboardsafety.com or 505-474-0074
St. John’s Summer Academy
OFFERS: A weeklong residential program open to 15- to 18-year-olds who are interested in the great books and want to experience what college is like. Each of the sessions centers on a theme and is organized much like the undergraduate program, with readings, tutorials and seminars. Participants spend time with students from around the country and the world, exploring new ideas and experiencing the best of St. John’s residential life, including the dorms, dining hall, state-of-theart Student Activities Center and fun campus events like Music on the Hill. Students also visit the city’s museums and experience outdoor activities and live performances. Students can attend regardless of whether they plan to apply to St. John’s College.
SESSIONS: June 21-27: Origins and Order; June 28-July 4: Courage and the Soul; and July 5-11: Art and Nature
COST: $990 per week, which includes room and board, books, off-campus excursions and transportation to and from the airport. Limited financial aid is available for local high school students.
CONTACT: For more information or to register, contact Anne Young at 984-6081. Curriculum details available at http://explore.sjcintellectualexplorer.com/saprogram.php.
Turtle World Ceramics
Offers: One-week, half-day Paint Your Own Pottery classes for children ages 9-14. Activities include clay hand building, bisque painting, slip casting, glazing and kiln experience.
Sessions: Half-day sessions run from 8:30-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for beginning dates. Continues throughout the summer.
Cost: $175 per week including materials
Contact: www.turtleworldceramics.com 505-820-9891, 119 St. Michaels Drive, Units C and D
Wise Fool New Mexico Circus Camp
OFFERS: Day camps and half-day camps for kids who want to learn circus skills.
SESSIONS: Wee Kids Circus Summer Camp 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 15-20, for ages 5 and 6, includes acrobatics, stilt walking, juggling, clowning and puppetry. Circus Summer Camps 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for ages 7-14, includes stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, aerial fabric, clowning, acrobatics and puppetry. July 6-17 is for all levels and July 20-31 is for those with prior circus experience.
COST: Wee Kids $225, others $500
CONTACT: www.wisefoolnewmexico.org 505-992-2588