Things To Do In Rio Rancho When It Rains (Or It’s Too Cold)

Rio Rancho Indoor Activity Guide

Note: Because of its proximity to Albuquerque, some activities listed are not in Rio Rancho.

New Mexico is known for its beautiful sunsets and mostly, mild weather. Even though it is considered desert, we still get our fair share of rain and cold weather. On those days, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan to get the kids out of the house.

We put together a collection of ideas for you to enjoy with your family when the weather isn’t cooperating. The list includes libraries, museums, and more!

Related: See our list of outdoor activities in and around Rio Rancho when the sun is out.

Libraries in Rio Rancho

You can find free events and classes almost daily at the Rio Rancho public libraries. They offer various services and events for children, teens, and adults.

Loma Colorado Main Library

Public Library
755 Loma Colorado Dr NE
(505) 891-5013

Esther Bone Memorial Library

Public Library
950 Pinetree Rd SE
(505) 891-5012

Museums Near Rio Rancho

J&R Vintage Auto Museum

3650 NM Highway 528, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 | $6/adults, $5/Seniors, $3/Children (6-12), Children under 6/Free

“Here at the J&R Museum, we have a wide range of die cast toys sure to please any collector! We have Motor City Classics, Spec Cast, First Gear, ERTL, Texaco, and Highway 61!”


1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 | $8/Adults (12-64), $4/Children (1-11), Free/Children (under age 1), $5/Seniors

“Explora is a new kind of learning place, providing real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. Explora is part science center, part children’s museum, part free-choice school, part grandma’s attic, part grandpa’s garage, part laboratory, part neighborhood full of interesting people, and part of many people’s lives. Exhibits are designed to engage visitors of all ages.”

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 | $7/Adults (13-59), $3/Children (3-12), $6/Seniors (60+)

The Museum is free to New Mexico residents (with ID) on the first Sunday of every month.

Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 | $4/Adults, $1 Children (4-12), $2/Seniors, Children 3 and under free.

Explore the history, science, and technology of ballooning and lighter-than-air aviation.

Discover how human aviation began with ballooning in 1783 and the many innovations that have followed.

Achieve new heights by gaining knowledge and inspiration from visiting our interactive exhibitions or participating in our many educational programs.

Indoor Play Places and Aquatic Center

Fallout Trampoline Arena

10000 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 | See Pricing

“Whether you want to test your skills on our 2 story ninja course, dunk on our basketball hoop, or practice some aerial gymnastics into our foam pit, there is sure to be something for everyone at Fallout!”

Rio Rancho Aquatic Center

745 Loma Colorado Blvd.  Rio Rancho, NM 87124 | $4/Adults, $3/Children, $4/Teens, $3/Seniors

Offers: Open swim, swim lessons, exercise classes, indoor water slides

Chuck E. Cheese

10510 Coors Boulevard Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87114 | Deals & Coupons

Offers: Arcade games and attractions, food, birthday parties, prizes

Bowling in Rio Rancho

Tenpins & More

1416 Deborah Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 | Prices

This bowling center also features pool tables, a sports bar, snacks & league tournaments.

Starlight Bowling at Santa Ana Star Casino

54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004 | $3+

“A day at the lanes is sure to be fun for the whole family. With tablets at each lane, mini games for kids, and the latest in bowling technology, bowling has never been this exciting!”


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