The Santa Fe Children's Museum is a hands-on kids' museum and interactive space for families to learn and play together. The fun-based, family-friendly museum features hands-on science and art exhibits, immersive experiences, and a range of diverse daily programs for children of all ages.
Exhibits include a climbing wall, face painting and dress-up, a giant bubble table, mirror, and magnet play, a worm bin, water activities, and a well-maintained outdoor garden and a puppet stage. Designed to engage visitors of all ages by presenting educational, and meaningful experiences through hands-on exhibits and programs, programs at the Santa Fe Children's Museum include daily programs on a variety of topics such as aerodynamics, printmaking, and solar energy. Other programs include drop-in classes in cooking, clay work, adobe building, painting, and electrical gadget making and their special preschool activities are offered on Friday mornings. The Santa Fe Children's Museum regularly presents free events for the whole family to enjoy, such as the Holiday Performance Series, and the Summer Solstice Celebration.
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The Santa Fe Children’s Museum was founded in 1985 by four local educators with the aim of providing an educational environment that builds upon a child’s sense of joy and encourages exploration, discovery, and learning through play. The Museum was opened to the public in 1989 and features a variety of dynamic, hands-on exhibits, displays, and experiences for children of all ages that encourage and cultivate curiosity in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Exhibits / Collections
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum features over 35 interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits for children of all ages, including magnetic building tables, a dress-up and puppet theater, giant bubbles, a 1.5-acre outdoor educational garden and a puppet stage, and a special play area for toddlers.
Wee – Wednesdays run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and are designed for toddlers and parents to enjoy a morning of discovery and play. The Museum provides a range of toddler-focused activities and explorations and a unique story time.
Seeds and Sprouts is a program offered on Thursdays from 4:30 am to 5:30 pm and is aimed at teaching children about seasonal growing cycles and other related gardening practices. This interactive program features hands-on gardening and nature-themed activities year-round, which change on a weekly basis and are subject to the weather. Thursdays are Yours! offers free access to children under the age of 16 between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
Fridays at the Museum offer Open Art Studio between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm, which involves weekly explorations into the arts with a variety of interactive activities, hands-on experiences, and special guests. Activities change weekly, and themes change monthly, with past topics including Culinary Arts, Recycled Art, and Stories!
Meet Cornelius is a program offered on Sunday between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm where visitors can meet the Museum’s resident corn snake, Cornelius. Children can learn fun facts about snakes, enjoy an informal meet and greet with Cornelius and watch him being fed.
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe and is open to the public on Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Museum offers Wee-Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and Thursdays provide free admission for children under 17 years old between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has a party room which can be rented for special occasions and other celebrations and rental packages include admission to the museum for up to 30 people (adults and children) for the entire day, unlimited access to all public spaces of the museum, both indoor and outdoor, including the garden, and a special throne seat for the birthday boy or girl.
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: 505-989-8359