Teen Splash Night TONIGHT!

7-11 PM
Friday, March 16
Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center

Swimming, music and games for teens ages 13-17
Cost $1
Information at 575-541-2782


Youth Scholarship Fund is Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for the Youth Scholarship Fund, offered by the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department.

Applications should be submitted to the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

Scholarships are available to families with economic restrictions who are eligible to receive financial assistance. The scholarship fund offers financial assistance to youth who want to participate in recreational opportunities, but may not have the means. Scholarship assistance is limited to existing funds on a first-come, first-served basis. The scholarships are only available to Las Cruces residents.

The Youth Scholarship Fund is available to youth 17 years old or younger, and can be used to pay for a participant or activity fee for any one recreation program for one season or session.

To qualify, participants must show proof of residency and financial need. For information about applying, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575/541-2550. Applications are also available online.

Donors are also needed to assist in funding the program. Information about donating is available by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at 575/541-2550.


art month

Art Mash Up
Celebrating National Youth Art Month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Museum of Art

Join the museums for an evening of music, art, spoken word, and storytelling. This “open mic” event is for all ages, but youth are especially encouraged to attend this event in celebration of Youth Art Month! The theme for this event is “Building Community through Art.”




Spring Break Camp “The Search for the Museum Artifact”

March 19-23, 8am – 12pm, $25

1st & 2nd grade
3rd – 5th grade
6th – 8th grade

Join the Las Cruces Museum System on an exploration through the museums as we search for a hidden artifact!  Learn about science, art, culture, and railroads as you journey through each museum solving puzzles, deciphering hidden messages, and working as a team to discover the secret hidden in the Las Cruces Museums!

All camps are Monday – Friday and held at different museums each day. Participants will learn about compasses, cartography, and ciphers at the Museum of Nature & Science and experience texture, color, ceramics, and mixed media at the Museum of Art.  Students explore the history and culture of exciting world destinations at the Branigan Cultural Center, and learn about trains and Morse code at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

Pre-registration is required, each class size limited to 12 participants.

For programs or classes at any of the four museums in  the Las Cruces Museum System that do require  pre-registration or payment, visit the atrium desk at the Museum of Nature & Science at 411 North Main Street.  We process in person registrations between 10am – 4pm  Tuesdays – Saturdays. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to process online or phone registrations.  For information about any of the programs, exhibitions, or events – please contact us at 575.522.3120 or museums_education@las-cruces.org.




Kids Fishing Clinic
Mesilla Valley Flyfishers, Inc.
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

TIME:  9 AM – 2 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018
PLACE:  Alumni Pond at New Mexico State University
FOR:  Open to all children and their parents, but especially kids 6 to 11 years old, with little or no fishing experience.
PROGRAM:  9 AM, learn basics of fishing.  Free lunch and drinks at noon.  Afternoon trout fishing for the kids.
TOPICS:  Registration, Casting Techniques, Fly Tying, Fishing Rules & Regulations, Fish ID., Hooks & Knots, Aquatic Insects, Bait and Tackle.  Conservation & Ethics, Fish Guts, Fish Prints
COST:  Free to children 11 and younger.  Those 12 or over must have a New Mexico fishing license.  Adults do not need licenses, as they won’t be fishing.
BRING:  Fishing gear.  Sunscreen and jacket as needed.  If you do not have fishing gear, you will be able to borrow some at the clinic.
REGISTRATION:  Each participant must register at the registration table at the event.  An adult must accompany children attending this event.


Cruces Creatives

It’s The BIG Day

Help Us Make the Makerspace

The group is creating a “makerspace” – a shared studio, workshop, and tool shed for entrepreneurs, crafters and artists – at 205. E. Lohman Avenue.

The first public event, which will run from 7 am to 7 pm Saturday, March 3, will be a gathering in the true makerspace tradition, where members of the community come together in a volunteer effort to begin the transformation of the building into a creative, welcoming and functional shared workshop.

Sign up on the groups website, crucescreatives.org, to join the effort and get involved in building this new community in Las Cruces.


Historic Monument to Women Veterans

The City of Las Cruces and the United Military Women of the SouthWest (UMWSW) will formally dedicate the Women Veterans Monument at 10 am Saturday, March 10th at Veterans Memorial Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway. The historic monument, one of only a few such tributes honoring military women of the United States Armed Forces, features six life-size bronze statues representing Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army National Guard women in detailed uniforms from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War and current eras.

In collaboration with the UMWSW, the City of Las Cruces Museums has created a temporary photo exhibit of local women veterans which can be seen at the monument during the dedication. Also, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will feature a special section dedicated to women veterans in its month-long Women’s History Month display.