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Meow Wolf's Family-Friendly Guide to Santa Fe, NM
From museums to shops and outdoor activities, there are plenty of sources of family-friendly fun in The City Different for locals and visitors alike!
BY
K. E. Vollbracht
March 5, 2020

So, you’ve got the family together in the beautiful American Southwest, but now you have to figure out what to do with them?! Gather ‘round friends, and I will tell you the tale of the best family-friendly things to do in Santa Fe...

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

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Do you like big sand pendulums? Giant bubbles? Science you can play with? Of course you do, and your kids do too! The Children’s Museum is a great place to crawl, build, play, and learn. Check out their website for special events and exhibits.

Harrell House Bug Museum

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Boasting a huge collection of mounted insects from around the world, as well as over 150 live animals, the Harrell House Bug Museum is a big hit with fans of creepy-crawlies. If you like beautiful butterflies, furry tarantulas, or colorful fish and lizards, this is a must-see!


Meow Wolf Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return

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I bet you knew this one would make the list. It really is one of the best things to do with the family in Santa Fe! Your family can spend hours exploring the 20,000-square foot interactive exhibit before getting in on some of the family-friendly events in the David Loughridge Learning Center, like “Toddler Tales” or a slime making workshop.

Doodlet's Toy Store & Gift Shop

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This delightful little downtown shop is bursting with unique toys, books, candies, and gifts. With a focus on folk art and distinctly New Mexican vibes, Doodlet's is where you can find those awesome things you never knew you had to have!

Bee Hive Kids’ Books

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Located in the heart of Santa Fe’s Railyard District, this little book shop has an amazing selection of kids’ and young adult books in a cozy, child-friendly atmosphere. Check out their website for events and occasional Mythical Creature raffle!

Museum of International Folk Art

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There are so many cool exhibits that come through this museum. We have a special place in our hearts for the huge collection of miniatures!

Genoveva Chavez Community Center

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So the family has been tromping all over town and now everyone’s hot, sweaty, and crabby? Need to cool off with a dip in a pool, or maybe even a trip around an ice skating rink? No worries, fam! We got you.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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There is so much history in Santa Fe, and what better way to experience it than a living history farm that dates back to the 1700s! Check the website for special events and festivals, or go during the week to explore on your own.

The Great Outdoors

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Sometimes you just need to stretch your legs and commune with mother nature. The Borrego Trail is a favorite among locals for its creeks and wildflowers and is a good challenge for the kiddos without being something they can’t handle.

La Lecheria

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Treat yourself! La Lecheria is a local ice-cream parlor that makes natural, small-batch ice cream right here in Santa Fe. They have something for everyone with classics like Chocolate and Vanilla, or you can try their seasonal offerings like Avocado, Habanero Vanilla, Sweet Corn, and Cracker Jack!

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