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10 Indoor Activities Under $20

Looking for indoor activities for kids but need to stick to a budget?

These 10 venues have indoor kids activities for under $20!

Click on an activity or scroll for more info, hours, admission costs, and website links.

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505

  • Hours 
    • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10am-6pm
    • Thursday 10am-7pm
  • Tickets
    • $5 for NM resident kids under 12 
    • $8 for NM resident adults
    • $7 for non-NM resident kids
    • $10 for non-NM resident adults 
    • $3 EBT, First Responders, Senior Citizens (65+), Military, and Teachers (with proof of verification)
  • Great for kids of any age who love to learn 
  • Parent and Grandparent-friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least two hours
  • There is a family break room for snack time

The children’s museum has indoor and outdoor activities to provide exploratory -hands-on learning experiences.

There are indoor water tables, outdoor gardens, terrariums, and more! There is something for children of all ages to enjoy.

For a full review, click here.

On Thursdays, any children under 17 are free between 4:30 and 6:30pm.

The museum is only open Wednesday-Saturday. For more information check out their website.

Santa Fe Children's Museum

Genoveva Chavez Community Center 

3221 Rodeo Rd

  • Hours
    • Monday-Friday 6am-6:30pm
    • Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Admission
    • Children 0-10 are $2
    • Youth 11-17 are $4
    • Adults 18-59 are $7
    • Seniors 60+ are $4
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least a half hour
  • Food court inside the center

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is a family-friendly facility that includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a recreational pool (closed due to COVID), an ice rink, weight lifting equipment, cardio exercise equipment, an indoor walking track, and multi-purpose basketball courts.  

Their memberships and day passes cater to families and offer experiences you can enjoy throughout the year.

It’s a great place to host birthday parties!

Check out their website for more information. 

Genoveva Chavez Center
Genoveva Chavez Community Center
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Santa Fe Public Library

Southside Branch

6599 Jaguar Drive

  • Hours
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
  • Great for Kids of All Ages, Parents, and Grandparents
  • Handicap Accessible 
  • Free parking
  • Visit for as much or as little time as you need.
  • No food in the library. Great outdoor spaces for a home-packed picnic.

The Southside Branch Santa Fe Public Library frequently offers FREE programs for toddlers and children in addition to crafts and activities for older children. 

They participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and offer a free printable chart to help you and your child read 1,000 books. 

An additional reading program, Tails and Tales, encourages kids from 0-17 to read all forms of books towards earning prizes. The program also gives kids access to take-and-make craft kits. 

Santa Fe Southside Branch Library

Interested in cooking lessons with your child? Click the picture above for more information! (affiliate link)

LiggettVille Adventure Center

Santa Fe Place Mall

4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm
  • Adventures begin at $10 
  • Children 1 and up. 
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least a half hour
  • Located in the food court

LiggettVille is a climbing, ropes, zip-rail extravaganza. The course has several sections designed for all different aged children and even adults. Children who are able to climb can be included in this adventure!

The adventure packages start at $10.

They offer discounted birthday party packages for groups over 10 people. 

You can book your adventure on their website. 

LiggettVille Adventure


  • Hours
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
    • Sundays 12pm-6pm
  • Admission
    • $8 Adults Ages 13-64
    • $6 Children Ages 12 and Under
    • $6 Seniors Ages 65+
    • $6 Students with valid student ID
    • $6 Military Adults Ages 13+ with valid military ID
    • $4 Military Children accompanied by an adult with valid military ID
    • $7 New Mexico Resident Adults Ages 13+  with valid ID
    • $5 New Mexico Resident Children Ages 12 accompanied by an adult with valid ID
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least one hour
  • No food in the museum, food court nearby

Show your kids the amazing world of creepy crawlies with thousands of mounted insects and over 150 live ones and other creatures!

A great learning experience for kids who are interested in the natural world.

You can walk-in or purchase your tickets ahead of time on their website.

Harrell House Bug Museum

Classic Games Arcade

Santa Fe Place Mall

4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

  • Hours
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
    • Sundays 12pm-6pm
  • Play with as little as 50 cents.
  • Good for Kids over age 3
  • Free parking
  • Visit with as much or as little time as you have
  • Food court nearby

Want to engage your screen-obsessed child? Located in the center of the mall is an old-fashioned arcade with games such as Jurassic Park and Pac-Man offers the whole family sensory stimulating fun

Classic Games Arcade

Violet Crown Santa Fe Movie Theater

1606 Alcaldesa St

  • Hours based on earliest / latest showtimes
  • Cinema Tickets
    • $15 for adults
    • $13 for kids
    • $13 for seniors
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Paid parking– 4 hour Parking Validation
  • Plan to visit at least two hours– or just eat and sit at the bar for as long as you’d like
  • The Violet Crown hosts a restaurant and bar
  • In the Railyard. Near Whoo’s Donuts and Shake Foundation

Visit their website for show times and the menu for the restaurant.

The Violet Crown is a hybrid between a restaurant, bar, and movie theater. The spacious theater seats make it a true treat to grab a glass of wine, some loaded nachos, kick back and watch a movie. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about doing the dishes after! 

A unique program the Violet Crown puts on is Baby’s Night Out. The theater shows films with lights up and sounds down so that new parents can have a night out without the hassle of getting a sitter. They even supply free diapers, wipes, and changing tables!

Violet Crown

Museum of International Folk Art

706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill

  • Hours 10am-5pm, 7 Days a week
  • Admission
    • $12 for non-resident adults
    • $7 for resident adults
    • $3 for NM Teachers
    • Free for Kids under 16
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least two hours
  • Museum Hill Cafe in the museum complex

Santa Fe is filled with art and museums. The Museum of International Folk Art is one of the more kid-friendly of those museums. Open 7 days a week, this museum is a great option for any day of the week.

The museum is home to the largest collection of international folk art in the world from over 100 countries. 

New Mexico residents have free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

For more information or to plan your visit, check out their website.  

Santa Fe International Museum of Folk Art

The Alley

In the DeVargas Center

153 Paseo de Peralta

  • Hours
    • Sunday–Thursday 11am–10pm
    • Friday–Saturday 11am–11pm
  • Admission
    • Prices vary for times, age, and activity. Find the prices here. 
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit at least one hours
  • The Alley hosts a restaurant, El Sabor,  and a bar, Bocce Bar

The Alley is the only bowling alley in Santa Fe. Not only is there bowling, but there are also pool tables, bocce ball, darts, shuffleboard, and an arcade. The bar and restaurant bring the refreshments to you so that you don’t have to interrupt your fun. 

This makes a great venue for birthday parties. You can even rent a private room for up to 30 people for $100 an hour.

For more information or to plan your visit, check out their website

The Alley

Rockin’ Rollers Event Arena

Open Skate Fridays

2915 Agua Fria St 

  • Open Skate 7 pm to 9 pm every Friday.
  • Admission
    • $10 for adults
    • $8 for teens
    • $5 for kids 12 and under
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Free parking
  • Plan to visit for at least a half hour
  • No food at the rink
  • Near Piccolino and Torreon Park

Santa Fe has one Roller Rink, the Rockin’ Rollers Event Arena. On Friday nights families can come together for a two hour skating event. 

The rink is available for rental for parties and events.

Check out their facebook page for more information.

Roller Skates



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