Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

What’s up with the weather this Easter weekend, anyway?

The forecast is calling for possible thunderstorms on Saturday with a 30 percent chance of precipitation, marking one of the very first spring showers to hit the Duke City–but don’t let a few odd raindrops spoil your egg hunt, because there’s plenty of excellent ABQ activities–both inside and outside–that’ll keep you entertained until you take the walk of shame back to work on Monday.

Check out our must-do picks for this Easter Weekend:

Something Worth Barking About

Take a break from howling for the Lobos this Friday in exchange for a barking session with man’s best friend out to Isotopes Park, where he can watch humans do the fetching for a change.

Dog owners and their animal companions are invited to attend the Albuquerque Isotopes’ fourth annual Bark in the Park;” a pooch-friendly game against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Isotopes Park (he’s earned it after fetching your slippers during the offseason, don’t you think?).

Pets and their pals can cozy up to a comfy spot on the grass along Creamland Berm, where both species can drool, cheer, and growl to their hearts’ content. Before you load your favorite mutts and mitt into the car, make sure they meet the guildelines: Dogs must be six weeks or older to attend, have a copy of a current rabies vaccination, identification tags, license tags, leashed, well-behaved, and accompanied by adult at least 18 years or older.

For kids, at least, the leash is optional. Gates open at 6 p.m., tickets are $7, and owners and petss must enter the park through the first base gate only. Poo packets for picking up fido’s “field obstacles” will also be provided.

Get Snazzed for Some Jazz

Have you been serenaded under the stars lately?

Partake in a seductive Jazz Under the Stars session at Bernalillo County’s Bachechi Open Space this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., where Albuquerqueans can hear a free jazz show under the stars along the Rio Grande bosque, courtesy of 103.7 The Oasis and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.

As the sun sets, Albuquerqeans can take nature walks, stare up at the sky with high-powered telescopes, make friends and explore 27-acre property, or participate in childrens’ activities while Guitarist Ambrose Rivera lets some spicy notes fly from his fingertips.

The even serves as a great way for city dwellers to get reacquainted with nature (and some world-class jazz licks in the process), according to Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley.

“Jazz Under the Stars is a great family event, and I want to encourage our community to get to know Bernalillo County’s excellent Open Space program,” she says, in a release.

Guests are eligible to win free prizes, and are encouraged to bring picnic items except for any alcoholic beverages, which won’t be allowed.

Camp Out with Coral

Sleeping over isn’t just for kids anymore, especially at the ABQ BioPark’s Aquarium Overnight event this evening, where families can get up-close-and-personal for more than 12 hours with their favorite aquarium exhibits and learn more about how marine animal behavior changes after the park gates close.

Guests are invited to reach out and touch a variety of unique sea creatures at the Touchpool, introduce themselves to new marine mammals, and enjoy an ocean film festival in the cool confines of the Aquarium’s soothing subsurface decor. When your eyes start drooping, just lay down a sleeping bag and saw some logs wherever you fancy (just try to keep your snoring to a minimum, for the sharks’ sake).

Tickets are $30 and check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., and minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.