Looking for something to keep your kids away from the TV and their cell phones?
The border region has plenty of fun and educational activities to do this fall and winter – and we’ve got you covered with a starter list of things to do and places to go for the whole family.
On a budget? No worries, we’ve also included some reasonably priced (or free!) Activities.
The city’s four water parks – Camp Cohen, Chapoteo, Oasis, and Lost Kingdom – are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 before they close for the season.
The town’s recreation centers, however, remain open year-round (closed on public holidays) with a plethora of activities including sports and fitness, dance and music lessons, and arts and crafts.
Find your nearest leisure center at elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation/recreation-centers.
And don’t forget the city and county parks, including Ascarate Park and the Playa Drain Trail, for walks, bike rides, picnics, playgrounds and more; and hiking trails for all skill levels across the border for a day with Mother Nature.
Visit elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation/parks/trails-and-trailheads for a full listing and maps of trails and trailheads around the city.
(Check with each location before you go as some activities may change.)
251 Redd Road
Mini golf, karting, escape room, bumper boats, arcade.
Barnes & Noble’s Story Time
Story time on Saturday at participating locations. To free.
Bob O Family Entertainment Center
Go karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, dizzying drums, train, flying banana ride, batting cages, arcade, laser tag.
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad, Fabens
@ cattlemans.Steakhouse on Facebook
Children’s zoo, movie sets, snake pit, labyrinth, lake promenade, children’s play area, activities and more.
Cré-Arte Art Studio
7815 Helen of Troy
Info: @ crearte.artstudio on Instagram
Drawing, painting, sculpture lessons.
El Paso farm
1,100 Nuevo Hueco tanks
@elpasocornmaze on Instagram, Facebook
Corn maze, pumpkin train, duck races, pedal carts, slides, face painting. Open from October 9 to 31. Dates are subject to change.
El Paso Art Museum
1 Place du Festival des Arts
@ElPasoMuseum of Art on Facebook and Instagram
Exhibitions, art lessons for children, camps and workshops. Free entry.
El Paso History Museum
510 North Santa Fe
@epmuseumofhistory on Facebook and Instagram
Exhibitions, activities. Free entry.
Paintball El Paso
14372 Street of love
Paintball park with lawns.
El Paso Zoo
4001 E. Paisano
@elpasozoo on Facebook and Instagram
35 acres of animal exhibits, activities / attractions. Holiday events for Halloween, Christmas. Train rides, playground in the trees, endangered species carousel, wildlife amphitheater.
Hueco Tanks State Park
6900 Hueco Tanks Road n ° 1
Hiking, rock climbing, sacred desert sanctuary, bird watching, nature study, picnic, stargazing.
4100 E. Paisano
Skating lessons for children.
iFly El Paso
430 Rambla Wine
Indoor skydiving for children ages 3 and up
Jumbo Family Fun Center Park
7051 S. Desert Blvd, Canutillo
Inside El Paso Factory Outlets
Inflatable amusement park
1700 N. Zaragoza
@junglejaks on Instagram
Bumper boats, foam factory, karting, toddler town, modeling studio, arts and crafts.
1101 Highway 28, La Union, New Mexico
@launionmaze on Facebook, Instagram
Maze, pumpkin, playground, picnic area. The labyrinth is open from Friday to Sunday until November 7
11951 Glorietta, San Elizario
Info: @licondary on Facebook
Park, mini-farm, fishing pond, pedal boats, fresh cheese of the day.
Little Star City Readers
El Paso Public Library Participating Locations
Encourages early literacy and the reading of 1,000 books before kindergarten begins. Children’s story time at various locations.
Labyrinth of the Mesilla Valley
3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces
@mesillavalleymaze on Facebook
Over 30 activities included with admission. Corn mazes, escape rooms, flower fields, slides, hamster wheels, hay rides, pumpkin patch, pedal carts, playground, photo areas, picnic areas.
Open Saturdays and Sundays until October 31.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
4,100 dripping springs, Las Cruces
@NMFRHM on Facebook
@nmfarmranchmuseum on Instagram
47 hectares of breeding, gardens, demonstrations, exhibitions.
1660 N. Zaragoza
@oasislanes on Facebook and Instagram
Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, jumping balls, outdoor carnival attractions.
Ozzy Kids Club
Chico Kids Club
Children 12 and under can join clubs affiliated with El Paso Locomotive FC and El Paso Chihuahuas teams with a range of activities and benefits, including meeting the players
Ramirez Pecan Farm
13709 North Loop, Clint
Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC on Facebook, ramirez_pecan_farm on Instagram
Pumpkin festival in October, picking pecans in December.
Red Door Escape Room
8889 Gateway Boulevard West, Ste. 2800; Fountains of Farah
Escape rooms with puzzles that are difficult to solve as a team. The activity is recommended for children 14 years and older. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
4585 Ripley, Ste. 5
@RockinJump on Facebook, @rockinjump on Instagram
Jumping arena, dodge ball, slam dunk area, climbing walls, ninja course, etc.
Roller Bomb Skating Ring
12320 Lorenzo Ruiz
@rollerbombskatingrink on Instagram, Facebook
Open skate sessions, birthday parties, school trips, Old School Sundays and more
365 Rambla Wine
Golf practice for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a person 21 and over at all times.
Urban Aerial Adventure Park
801 S. Mesa Hills
@UrbanAirWestElPaso on Facebook
@urbanairpark on Instagram
Laser tag, sky rider, adventure center, ropes course, climbing walls, bumper cars, trampolines, playground, dodge ball, more.
Western Playland Amusement Park
1249 Furturity, Sunland Park, New Mexico
@WesternPlayland on Facebook and Instagram
Rides like roller coasters, merry-go-round, bumper cars, children’s rides, carnival games. Open until October 16.