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Summer Field Trips

Great activities for students, teachers, and camp leaders

Summer 2020 Field Trip Programs

Balloon Museum Volunteer


Join us for a fun and exciting Friday program that allows school groups and the public to explore the museum and grounds at their own pace. Activity stations related to the month’s theme are available from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM for all visitors. First Fridays are free of charge for all visitors.

Solar Ballooning          

Using the New Mexico sunshine, scientists have taken ballooning to new heights! Learn about historic and modern solar balloon flights made by New Mexico natives as they test the power of the Sun and attempt to set new records. Want to try it? Make your own solar balloon envelope with us and conduct flight tests. 

Amazing Aeronautical Achievements

Ballooning has changed significantly over its 235-year history. Join us to study the many advancements in lighter-than-air flight that have allowed people to fly higher and farther than ever before.

Sample Agenda for First Fridays:

  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM – Activity stations open for registered groups and the public
  • 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM – Guided tour of the featured exhibition (optional)


Explore the Balloon Museum independently to learn about the artifacts and topics that interest you! The museum will provide age-appropriate handouts to assist chaperones with independent museum exploration and information about the many things to see and do in the museum.

Your youth/school group may visit for a self-guided tour any time Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • While reservations are not required for self-guided tours, we are able to best accommodate your group’s needs if you give advance notice of your visit.


Spend the day at the Balloon Museum! We offer stories, music, crafts, outdoor activities, and self-guided museum tours for families and kids of all ages.

Summer Fun Days at Stories and Music in the Sky are an expansion of the weekly Stories and Music in the Sky programs. Summer Fun Days offer age-appropriate presentations and activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as older siblings who are out of school for the summer. Self-directed activities will be available each week for families to enjoy the Balloon Museum grounds and Albuquerque sunshine. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds all day. Visit our EVENTS PAGE to preview each week’s topic and learn about special programs such as guest presenters, food trucks, and more!

To schedule a group visit to Stories or Music in the Sky, or to find out more information, please contact Anita Fernandez, Curator of Education, at [email protected] or 768-6031.


The Balloon Museum offers engaging and hands-on exhibits that explore the history, science, art, and popular culture of “lighter-than-air-flight” which includes hot air balloons, gas balloons, and airships. During a visit, students attend a guided tour and complete a hands-on project. Sign-up on the link below to register for a trip.

Please note that all scheduled group programs are 90 minutes long. Beyond the 90 minutes, your group is welcome to continue exploring the museum and enjoy the grounds in small groups with their chaperones.

Sample Agenda

1:45 PM – Arrival

2:00-2:15 – Welcome and Introduction to Ballooning

2:15-2:25 – Opening Demonstration

2:25-2:30 – Transition and bathroom break

2:30-2:55 – Museum Tour

2:55-3:25 – Classroom Activity

3:25 – Clean-up

3:30 – Independent museum exploration until departure

Program Topics


Cooking up Clouds! The Recipe for Weather

Learn about the natural interactions that occur in our atmosphere to create weather and clouds.

Wonderful Wind

Balloonists have harnessed the power of wind to travel across the ocean and around the world. Learn about the power of wind as it applies to ballooning, flight, and energy. 

Amazing Albuquerque – The Box

Albuquerque’s unique weather pattern makes it a destination for balloonists from around the world. What is it? Why does it happen? Join us to learn more.


Helium, Hydrogen, and… Methane? Oh My!

Lighter-than-air flight is accomplished using gases that are less dense than air. Learn more about the gases, the balloons, and the aeronauts that discovered them.

Glorious Gondolas

Isn’t a gondola a boat? From epic flights to leisurely day trips, each gondola has to be custom built for its specific use. Build your own gondola for your own adventure.

Amazing Albuquerque – Balloon Fiesta

From special shapes to special sizes, learn all about the balloon envelopes that have filled the skies of Albuquerque since 1973.

Field Trip Point-of-Contact

For questions about planning and scheduling a field trip to the Balloon Museum, please contact the Volunteer & Field Trip Coordinator, Katie Farmin, 505-768-6027, [email protected].

The Flying Bus

The Flying Bus Program is a subsidized field trip program. Free transportation and admission is provided to qualifying groups including Title I and charter schools in the Albuquerque metro area. The funding for extended learning programs, such as summer and afterschool programs, is provided by the City of Albuquerque. During the field trip reservation process, you will be able to request a Flying Bus accommodation.

Flying Bus Eligibility and Requirements for summer and afterschool programs:

1) Must be an Extended Learning Program (Summer Camp, Childcare Summer Program, Community Center, etc.)

2) Must submit a follow-up to the museum after your visit to share your experience such as pictures drawn by kids, a thank you card, photographs, etc.

3) Must complete a post-visit feedback form

Balloons take flight above the Balloon Museum.