Farm & Ranch Museum offers family fun for the holidays

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is the perfect place to take visiting family during the holidays. In addition to permanent indoor and outdoor exhibits, they have a range of special activities and exhibits this month.

Discovery Afternoon: Farm in a Glove: December 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

How do seeds germinate? How do plants differ? Come explore these and other questions and plant a mini-farm you can take home. These Wednesday afternoon classes were developed with home-school students and their parents in mind, but are open to all children. Recommended for ages five to 10. The fee is $3 per child/parent. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling LuAnn Kilday at 522-4100.

New exhibit: Connie Garcia: A Lifetime of Art, Opening reception: December 14, 5 – 7 p.m.

Las Cruces artist Connie June Garcia (1950 – 2017) had a creative flair and a love of art that is evident in her work. She expressed her creativity through tile, foil, drawing, contemporary painting, cards, and much more. She began creating her artwork in the 1970s, starting with batik art, which she sold at art shows throughout the U.S. Members of Garcia’s family will be at the opening reception, which is 5 – 7 p.m. on December 15. Admission to the reception is free and there will be refreshments. The show will be in the museum’s Arts Corridor through April 1, 2018.

Heritage Cooking: Campfire Christmas Cookies December 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A campfire might seem like an unlikely place to make Christmas cookies, but let’s do it. Visitors can participate in the age-old art of making cookies using a vintage Pizzelle iron from the 1800s. They’ll use traditional cookie cutters, and have all the fixin’s and decorations ready. Bring your appetite and enjoy a sweet taste of history. Regular museum admission is required to participate in this special program ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for children five to 17).

The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children ages four to 17, and $2 for active U.S. military members and veterans. Children three and under, and members of the Museum Friends receive free admission. For more information, call 522-4100 or go to nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.