Kids Events During Balloon Fiesta 2019

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Balloon Fiesta 2019 Kicks Off on Friday With Albuquerque Aloft!

At 70 elementary schools in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, pilots will inflate their tethered hot air balloons and let kids get up close and personal views of the pre-flight process, from unraveling the balloon to inflating it.

Weather permitting, the balloons will take off simultaneously across town.

During Fiesta Albuquerque Has Lots Events Going On

If you’re visiting Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, welcome! There are plenty of options for entertaining the kids during the week.

Top Weekday Kids Events in Albuquerque

Golden Crown Panaderia restaurant in Albuquerque
The Golden Crown Panaderia has a nice patio and GOOD pizza, and is near Explora and the Natural History Museum!

Toy Stores in Albuquerque

  • Bricks and Mini Figs offers bulk LEGOs and Mini Figs and is a fun place to hang out and create.
  • Color Wheel Toys has free Make & Take events and loads of fun stuff. And it’s in Nob Hill, which has fun shops for the grow-ups, too (like Oooo! Ahh! Jewelry)!
  • Out of the Blue Toys is convenient for Balloon Fiesta visitors because it’s on Rio Grande Blvd., where many balloon chasers and viewers end up! Also on Rio Grande Blvd.: Bookworks and the Flying Star Cafe.

The Best Places in Albuquerque to Take an Autumn Walk with Your Kids

First: the sun is strong in the high desert. Even if the air is cool, wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for more than 20 minutes. A hat is also a good idea.

  • The Rio Grande Nature Center has lots of parking, a beautiful learning center, and plenty of stroller-friendly trails that take you through the Cottonwood forest to the river.
  • Petroglyph National Monument — explore the designs and symbols carved into the volcanic rocks on the west side of Albuquerque. The trails are not stroller friendly, so this is a good choice for bigger kids. Wear walking shoes!
  • The Botanic Garden at the ABQ Bio Park is nestled into the Cottonwood forest and has easy-to-walk paths.
Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque New Mexico
A view of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande river from a window at the Rio Grande Nature Center.