Santa Fe is full of fun for kids, from museums and bookstores to creepy crawlies and mud pies. The following are all open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, except where noted.

The plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo © Thomas Fikar/123rf.

The plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo © Thomas Fikar/123rf.

  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum (1050 Old Pecos Tr., 505/989-8359, 10am-6pm Tues.-Wed., Fri.-Sat., 10am-6:30pm Thurs., noon-5pm Sun., $7.50) A free-ranging landscape for kids focused on discovery and play. Expect mud pies, dinosaurs, puddle-jumping, and robots.
  • Bee Hive (328 Montezuma Ave., 505/780-8051, also open noon-4pm Sun.) A lovingly curated kids’ bookstore, often with story time on Saturdays.
  • Dinosaurs & More (137 W. San Francisco St., 505/988-3299, also open Sun.) The owner can tell a story about nearly every meteorite, fossil, and geode in the place.
  • Doodlet’s (120 Don Gaspar St., 505/983-3771) Open since 1955, this corner shop is filled with bits and bobs for kids and adults, from toy accordions to kitchen tchotchkes.
taxidermy display at Harrell House of Natural Oddities in Santa Fe

A taxidermy display at Harrell House of Natural Oddities in Santa Fe. Photo © McLevn, licensed CC BY-SA.

  • Harrell House of Natural Oddities (DeVargas Center, 177-B Paseo de Peralta, 505/695-8569, 10am-7pm Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm Sat., noon-5pm Sun., $5) An amazing live collection of spiders, snakes, lizards, and more. Kids can pet giant millipedes and fuzzy tarantulas.
  • Moon Rabbit Toys (112 W. San Francisco St., 505/982-9373, also open noon-4pm Sun.) Worth seeking out inside the Plaza Mercado, for its house-designed strategy games.
  • Toyopolis (150 Washington Ave., 505/988-5422) The closest toy store to the plaza, for emergency distraction.
  • Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 505/989-4423) This teen arts center hosts a range of workshops, performances, and more.

Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Southwest Road Trip.