Top 10 Kid-Friendly Eateries in New Mexico

New Mexico is lucky to have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, but when you have children, sometimes your dining choices are limited to “how fast is it?” and “how can we keep the kids entertained?” We want to let you know that there are many local restaurants that not only welcome children but also allow you to enjoy your meal as well.

See our top 10 dining attractions that cater best to families who want to eat, play and explore.

1. Rude Boy Cookies

115 Harvard SE, Suite # 7, Albuquerque, NM

Rude Boy Cookies is Albuquerque’s newest cookie shop and milk bar. It’s a fun interactive space where costumers can select their own fresh-made baked goods like the Salted Caramel Shortbread, Lemon Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Peanut Butter Cookie, or a traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Bring the kids because they love choices and flavored milks are a new twist on an old favorite. They can choose from a variety of custom-flavored syrups to shake up their milk and enjoy.

Shark Reef Cafe in Albuquerque, NM. Photo from mikeyjunchaya via Instagram.

Shark Reef Cafe in Albuquerque, NM. Photo from mikeyjunchaya via Instagram.

2. Shark Reef Cafe

2601 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM

With so much to keep both kids and adults engaged, convincing the kiddos to finish their meals before enjoying a close-up view of the shark tank will be your biggest challenge.

A day with the family at the Albuquerque Biological Park is a great way to spend the day. The “Lil Sharky Meals” Menu is just for kids, featuring grilled cheese, burgers, chicken tenders, and mac & cheese. The prices are reasonable and and the view is spectacular.

3. Rebel Donut

Eastside – 2435 Wyoming Blvd NE, Westside – 9311 Suite QA Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM

Rebel Donut is Albuquerque’s premier pastry shop with more than 30 designs and flavors that change daily. Help the kids discover their inner rebel when trying Maple Bacon, Rocky Road, Red Velvet Rebels and other fun flavors.

4. Walker’s Popcorn

2720 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM

Walker’s Popcorn is a local, family-run business where customers have an opportunity to taste the Southwest through popcorn! Select from more than 30 flavors like Green Chile Cheddar, Caramel Apple, Cookies & Cream, and Cherry Chocolate.

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, NM

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, NM

5. Cliff’s Amusement Park

4800 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM

Located just minutes away from Nativo Lodge is Albuquerque’s premier amusement park. With plenty of thrill rides to satisfy the teens and Kiddieland for the littler ones in your family, Cliff’s Amusement Park is a great place to create fun memories. Discover some of the tastiest treats that the amusement park has to offer from a variety of kid-friendly eateries that offer snacks like pizza, turkey legs, Dippin Dots, and funnel cake. Yum!

6. It’z Family Food & Fun

4595 San Mateo Blvd, Albuquerque, NM

Bowl, climb walls and play video games. That’s not all! Kids eat free every Thursday. It’z Family Food & Fun will keep the young and the young at heart entertained all day long. Plus, the all-you-can-eat buffet is a great option for thrifty families.

7. Dish N Spoon Cafe

616 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM

Dish N Spoon Cafe welcomes families with young children in Santa Fe. They have a play area with books and toys. The kids can choose grilled cheese, pb & j, pasta and fruit from the kid’s menu. And it’s located just minutes from the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Santa Fe Farmer's Market

Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

8. Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute

The Railyard Market 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

Why should you bring the kids to the Farmer’s Market?

Because you’ll be doing your family and local farmers a favor. The year-round event helps you provide family wholesome, healthy foods while supporting the local community. The colors are fun and bright, and kids will enjoy the interactive experience when selecting their own healthy foods.

9. Kakawa Chocolate House

1050 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

At Kakawa Chocolate House guests can sample a variety of chocolate treats, drinks and baked goods. Kakawa supports local organic farming, while promoting the history and anthropology of chocolate. Their one-of-a-kind creations include truffles, chocolate elixirs, agave caramels, solid dark chocolates, alternative baked goods, and homemade ice cream.

10. Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM

Entertain the kids with an arcade room, on-site playground and a staff dressed as cowgirls and cowboys. The frito pie and bbq sample are popular options.

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