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City Announces Additional Spots for Some of its Youth Summer Programs

1000 new swimming lesson spots, plus availability at community centers and adventure camp.

July 12, 2021

Today, Mayor Tim Keller’s Youth Connect initiative announced that registration has re-opened for some of the most popular summer youth programs. In addition, all but five community centers across the Duke City have registration spots for summer programs available.

“Offering a variety of ways to keep kids safe and engaged is so important for our working families. It's why we kept youth programming running throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Keller. “Now with restrictions lifted, connecting more families with these opportunities is another bright spot in our reopening.”

Parents can visit play.cabq.gov for dates and to register for all programs.

Programs with expanded capacity:

Adventure Camp at Balloon Fiesta Park

The week-long Adventure Camp program offers campers a chance to try their hand at archery, frisbee golf, biking, pickleball, model rocketry and much more. Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable athletic clothing and bring food and water, as well as a hat and sunscreen. Registration fee is $150 per child.

Swimming lessons

With capacity restrictions lifted, the Parks and Recreation Department is now able to offer nearly 1,000 additional spots for children aged 18 months – 14 years old. Classes are structured to be appropriate for age level and experience. Registration includes 8 classes for a total of $40 per child.

Reservation are also no longer required at City aquatics facilities.

Other Summer fun for youth:

Free entry to the Albuquerque Museum Resumes

The Albuquerque Museum has resumed offering free general admission to its many exhibits on Sunday mornings, and on the first Wednesday of every month. Families are encouraged to reserve tickets ahead of time at: https://abqmuseum.holdmyticket.com/.

Extended summer hours & Bosque Wild Walks at the Open Space Visitors Center

Families can now have more options when it comes to visiting the Open Space Visitors Center located near the Rio Grande Bosque. Until October 31, 2021, the center now has extended hours Thursday – Sunday from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm.

On the first Sunday of each month, families can join a local naturalist for a guided walk with along the Bosque. This is a moderately strenuous guide hike through one of the largest riverside-cottonwood forests in the world. The Bosque Wild: Guided hikes are free, but pre-registration is required by calling 505-897-8831