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5 Things to Do in January in the 505

5 Things to do in the 505 in January from Albuquerque Moms BlogI don’t know about you, but when January rolls around, I usually have a holiday hangover. It all seems to start during the summer and all of the fun activities there are to do in the 505. Of course that’s followed by a whirlwind of activities including the start of school, fall festivals, PTA engagements, pumpkin patches, Halloween, Thanksgiving and…dun dun dun… the winter holidays.

It’s as though someone hits the fast forward button on life, but once the new year rolls around, everything feels like it’s moving in slow motion. I’m all for some R&R, but with January being cold and all the warm and friendly holiday decor being boxed up for another year, it honestly depresses me a little. So if you are looking for some ideas for things to do in January in the 505, look no further! Here are 5 ideas that would be fun to check out.

  1. I feel like this one is a little obvious, but depending on the weather it can be an awesome way to beat the cold. Check out the local museums. There are so many here. Explora! is great for kids, and a perfect place to get their minds and hands working on building things.
    Other honorable mentions:
    Natural History Museum
    Ballon Museum
    Depending on your kids ages, there are a lot of other museums to check out. For a more exhaustive list, check out Vista Albuquerque’s post.
  2. If the weather is awesome and warm, you should definitely check out the Zoo, botanical gardens and aquarium. Sometimes I see some of the funniest things at the zoo during the winter.
  3. Have you heard of the new Escape Room here in Albuquerque? If not, it’s the newest hot thing around. It may not be appropriate for toddlers (though nothing prevents you from taking them), but it would probably be enjoyed more by mid-school to high-school ages and definitely adults! Grab a sitter and make it a date night with friends. I know I’m going to!
  4.  If you are looking for something to take your littles to during the day to get their energy out (and it’s just too cold for the park), check out Hoot’s Party Zone. They even have hours for the 6 and younger set. Need some more ideas? Check out this list from About Travel.
  5. Finally, if you are on a tight budget and need something to do inside, check out your local library for story time or head over to Barnes and Noble for their story time (and treat yourself to a nice hot coffee while you’re at it).

Some honorable mentions: Roller skating, Ice skating, Laser Tag, one of the many parks in the 505, and of course, you can always just bake cookies at home or do some crafts.

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3 Responses to 5 Things to Do in January in the 505

  1. Katie
    Katie January 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    These are great! But I have to admit that the Escape Room sounds terrifying!

  2. Shannon
    Shannon January 11, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Hey Katie!

    Thanks! I haven’t done it yet but I’m excited to try it. I’ll let you know if it’s scary or not!

  3. Rebecca
    Rebecca January 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    I’ve heard really fun things about the Escape Room from a friend… it does sound slightly crazy wanting to lock yourself in a room though!