5 Things Kids Will Love at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum

Children and balloons just seem to go together. Something about a colorful, floating orb just seems to light up little faces in a way nothing else does. No one knows this better than the folks at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Since 2005, the museum has introduced visitors to the science and wonder behind ballooning. If your child is a balloon-a-maniac, there are a few features you should make time for.

1. Balloon Explorium
Every year, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum invites fifth graders from around the state to take part in an exciting event called Paper Takes Flight. Fifth-grade students are asked to build balloons from tissue paper, then come together during the month of November to launch their creations into the sky above the museum. This event is only open to fifth-grade classes, so if you have an interested fifth-grader, talk to her teacher now!

2. Robots and Rockets
During the Summer, the Balloon Museum hosts a STEM-inspired summer camp that lets kids from 3rd grade on up explore robotics and rocketry. Students spend their day delving into the ins and outs of building and programming, building what else? Robots and Rockets!

3. Tim Anderson 4D Theater
The 4D theater is included with your museum admission, and, according to the museum website, “(engages) audiences in visual, aural, and physical sensations as they watch ballooning and other flight and science-related short films.” The films immerse audiences in the history of ballooning over the centuries. The films are short, only two and four minutes each, but are a fully-immersive experience for your balloon loving kiddo.

4.Stories in the Sky
Especially for kids ages 0-6, The museum hosts a story time that is fully interactive. Children participate in the stories, as well as snacks and activities themed for the experience. While this is an event for younger children, families, playgroups, and older siblings are all welcome!

5. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
If you are in Albuquerque in October, you cannot miss the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, advertised as the World’s Premier Balloon Event. The 2016 event was a nine-day extravaganza featuring hit music artists, specialty shaped balloons, and, of course, balloon rides. Over 300 unique balloons participated in the festivities.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum is truly a sight to see, especially for your STEM-minded child. If you’re planning a family vacation to Albuquerque in the near future, you might enjoy staying at Bottger Mansion of Old Town. It’s near many great things to do, as well. Take the time to explore the magical world of ballooning, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way!

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