Ah, the joys of the BioPark. Cuddly animals, scary critters, fuzzy plants, cool flowers, squishy fishies, massive sharks. The sights, sounds and smells of the Zoo, the Aquarium and the Botanic Gardens are enough to keep one busy for days. And what better way to fill your senses without emptying your pocket than at the July Half-Price Weekend? Oh yeah, that's right, admission to all three world-class parks is just $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors and $2 for kiddos on July 20 and 21 for New Mexico residents. Discounted tickets can be purchased from any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. And don't forget to stop by the Dragonfly Festival at the Botanic Gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about this interesting, ancient insect and hang out by the U.S.'s first Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond. ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden • Saturday and Sunday • Jul 20-21 • 9 am-5 pm
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
The Other Rio Grande
Thursday, Dec 1: River of Lights
Saturday, Sep 10: Beastly Bash
Thursday, Aug 18: Obon Festival
Float Like a Butterfly
Sunday, May 22: Butterfly Pavilion Opening
Friday, Oct 30: BUGarium Opening
Light the Way: River of Lights Returns
Bulbs in Bloom Show at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Gardens
Ah, March in New Mexico. Warmer weather, budding trees, chirping birdies and, of course, a ridiculous amount of wind. For those who prefer to admire the beauties of the season without a 25-mile-an-hour sand-slap to the face, the fine folks at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Gardens have the perfect solution. They invite you to enjoy the views of bright yellow daffodils and vibrant pink tulips in bloom at the (indoor!) Mediterranean Conservatory. See nearly 400 picturesque plants at the Bulbs in Bloom show and experience the first splashes of spring color. As March progresses (and hopefully so does the weather), visitors can enjoy crocuses and other bulbs as they emerge in the outdoor gardens. The show is open every day starting tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and flower enthusiasts can gain access to the conservatory with the price of admission to the park. ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden • Sat Mar 2 • 9 am-5 pm • $4-$12.50 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
River of Lights
In 1997, the New Mexico BioPark Society started the River of Lights as a fundraiser for expanding exhibits and attractions. Today, this celebrated event continues to sustain those efforts. Every November and December, Burqueños flock to the Botanic Garden to see millions of glowing bulbs bring to life more than 150 sculptures. Visitors can snap photos as giant gingerbread men and walk through the belly of a massive pumpkin. Stop for a moment to rest numb toes while enjoying live entertainment, or pop a squat on the G-scale model train. Each year's show features new pieces by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen (check tinyurl.
Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show
Slithery, squirmy, sticky, scary. The alliterations are endless when it comes to creatures that send shivers up our spines and goosebumps down our legs. This weekend, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden reveals its Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show, featuring bugs and reptiles from around the world. Discover how these critters are a vital part of our natural environment, from venomous snakes and scorpions to slick lizards and the hairiest of tarantulas. This is the perfect opportunity to come down with a good case of the willies this Halloween season and learn at the same time. The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily tomorrow through November 4. ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden • FREE with park admission • ALL-AGES! • cabq.