For your little ones
Adult itineraries like shopping and walking tours can make for a long day for your little one. Fortunately, there are children-friendly activities and places for your kids and the kid still inside you.
With a free community playground and playroom, summer camps and special events, the play and discovery space that is Twirl is sure to put a smile on your child’s face. Twirl — a non-profit corporation — is synonymous with inspiration and fun through play installations and interactive exhibits. Twirl is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 225 Camino de la Placita (just off Taos Plaza), twirltaos.org, (575) 751-1402
The Fire Playce
Another creative outlet in Taos is the paint-yourown pottery studio called The Fire Playce. Walk in, let your little one choosefrom a large selection ofunpainted bisque ceramic pieces, have them pick up a brush and watch the colors fly. After being covered with a non-toxic, food-safe glaze, each piece is kiln fired, ready to be picked up in a few days or they will ship it to you.
Acrylic paints are also available so a piece can be painted and taken with you the same day. Prices range from $5 to $80. 308C Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, thefireplayce.com, (575) 751-7250
KTAOS’ Family Friendly Fridays, held in the pavilion at the local solar-powered radio station, featuring the screening of an all-ages movie beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. with Happy Hour for the adults. Bring pillows, sleeping bags, snugglies — anything for comfort. Available food includes a fish fry, other menu items and a kids’ menu. No admission fee. The Solar Center is located on the road to the Ski Valley at 9 State Road 150. KTAOS Solar Center, Taos, ktaos.com, (575) 758-5826
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
The bellowing black smoke and the distinctivechug-chug sound signal that the longest and highest narrow gauge steam railroad in the country is departing the station. Train lovers of all ages love to climb aboard the train cars pulled by the historic steam locomotives of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
Voted “Best Train Ride in America” in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice 2016, the trains run from May 27 through Oct. 22. Trips begin in Chama, two hours north of Taos with stops in Antonito, Colorado, or Osier, Colorado, depending on the route you choose. Passengers ride this National Historic Landmark journey along a track laid in 1880. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the Río Grande, Carson National Forest, Cumbres Pass and Toltec Gorge. Halfday fares begin at $95 for adults and $49 for children. Fares vary depending on the trip and seating preference. 500 Terrace Ave., Chama, New Mexico, cumbrestoltec.com, 1-800-286-2737
Cool Summer Nights in Angel Fire
Putting the cool back into summer, from June 16-Sept. 1, the family friendly Cool Summer Nights Concert Series at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire is a free night of live music from local and regional acts featuring rock, bluegrass, Americana and jazz. There is also a Kids’ Zone with giant Jenga, cornhole, face painting and games. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free. Concerts run from 5-7:30 p.m. at Frontier Park. angelfirecoolsummer.com, angelfireresort.com
Pick up clues at the front desk, search, win a prize during museum hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Museum will be closed July 4. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, taosartmuseum.org, (575) 758- 2690, ext. 101.
Explore The HarwoodMuseum of Art’s “Family Guides.” The guides offer activities to deepen exploration of the museum and art viewing as a family activity. Free with adult admission to the museum. Children and teens are always free. The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., Taos, harwoodmuseum.org, (575) 758-9826
—Compiled by Scott Gerdes