The clouds are out above ABQ, the bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and we’re … stuck in the office. Oh, well—at least we have air conditioning!
Until 5 p.m. rolls around (or we find a long enough extension cord to plug our desktops in on the lawn), keeping our noses to the keyboard is our plan for the afternoon. But once the little hand hits cinco, you might just find us at one of ABQ’s fun happenings this weekend
Children and their ancestors (you) will have plenty of dinosaur-related activities to take part in at Discover the Dinosaurs; a weekend-long event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Enjoy a handful of dino-related exhibits that show prehistoric predators in all their toothy glory, using special effects like mood lighting, fog, animatronics, and sound effects. The expo includes plenty of touchable dinosaur displays that allow kids to get up-close-and-personal with the reptiles about which they’ve been daydreaming (they may even learn a few things along the way). Kids may participate in a scavenger hunt, in which they’re asked to complete a sheet with questions relating to the dino-riffic scenes—once it’s completed, they can spin a wheel for a prize.
If scavenging isn’t their forte, the shindig also features rides, inflatable jumping booths, dinosaur-related movies, face-painting, mini-golf, and a “dino dig” that lets kiddos sweep away the sand from atop forgotten fossils.
Fun fact: It takes the staff three days to set up the event, which means you better check it out before it goes extinct.
The Best-a Fiesta
Dust off that satin sombrero—you’re going to need it for the celebration tonight at 6 p.m. for the Los Primos and Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana—a summertime celebration of latin music and dance.
The party will start promptly beneath the Gazebo in Old town, so claim your piece of green with patio furniture at first chance. Things might get a little crowded, as latin music lovers gather to hear live mariachi and trio romantico-themed musical compilations from Los Primos, while the men and women of Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana dance and spin to the traditional tunes.
But perhaps the best part is that this fiesta is absolutely free to attend. The only cost—for us, at least—may be our self-respect, after we give the complicated dance moves a try after a cerveza or two.
Working up a sweat while bouncing is just one of the activities attendees can do to raise awareness and funding for Albuquerque’s adoptable animals at the inaugural Fetch and Releash Pet Adoption Expo this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., of which ATM is a proud sponsor.
The expo will be held at Balloon Fiesta park, with animals from more than 23 rescue organizations available for adoption. And it’s not just cats and dogs—we’re talking horses and pet rats, as well. Attendees can partake in food truck fare, animal training demonstrations, and will be eligible to win a mutt-load of prizes, including an invisible pet fence, 125 pounds of dog food, or a weekend trip for two (or three, if you decide to adopt a companion pet to come along) to Taos.
The event will be held in partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare department, along with Justice Great Dane Rescue, and the Natural Pet Nutrition Alliance.
So, what are your plans this weekend?