Monday, Oct. 5* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol
* 7 to 10 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold ’Em presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
10:30 a.m. Burn off a few breakfast calories at Defined Fitness (voted Best Fitness Facility), which brags pools, massive weight rooms, state-of-the-art aerobic equipment and a loaded schedule of classes. If you don't have a membership, it only costs $10 for a day pass with a valid photo ID. (Multiple locations, defined.com)
Noon Bring the kids to Flying Star Café's Bernalillo location Monday through Thursday and they eat for free! The restaurant (voted Best Service in a Casual Restaurant) is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other locations are scattered throughout the Albuquerque area, and some are open even later. (200 South Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 505-404-2100, flyingstarcafe.com)
3 p.m. Once lunch has worn off and you're in need of an afternoon snack, sample the freshly baked goodies at Cravin' Cookies ... and More! (voted Best New Business). The warm snickerdoodles and melty chocolate chips will keep you satisfied. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays. (10420 Fourth Street NW, 298-2597, cravincookiesandmore.com)
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