Family-friendly events you can try this summer

Hannah Grover
Participants in a water balloon fight throw balloons at each other on July 4, 2015, at Brookside Park in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — With summer just around the corner, several San Juan County groups are offering activities and events to entertain families in the coming months. Here's a look at some event you may want to mark in your calendar:

Outdoor summer movies

Family-friendly movies will be screened at three outdoor sites this summer.

Aztec High School's key club will once again host movies in Minium Park, 200 N. Park Ave. in Aztec.

The club, which started its outdoor movie series on May 27, will show movies on the first and third Fridays of the month through Aug. 12. This year's schedule includes movies like "Home," "The Good Dinosaur," "The Lion King," "Zootopia" and "Shrek."

Movies start at dusk, and a concession stand raises money the club donates to charity. Last year's movies drew hundreds of people to the park, raising about $800, according to the club website.

The Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St., will also host an outdoor movie series. Movies begin at 9:15 p.m. June 25, July 9 and July 23. Films that will be shown this year are "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Matilda" and "The Never Ending Story."

San Juan College has already started its summer movie series.

The series began May 20 with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Movies are projected onto a wall at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, 4601 College Blvd. The series continues at 8:30 p.m. June 17 with "Zootopia." Movies will be shown July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 26 and include "Shaun the Sheep," "The Jungle Book," "Captain America: Civil War" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass."

Participants check out a dinosaur made from pallets on July 25, 2015, during the Pallet Throwdown at the Farmington Public Library.

Make.Do events

Started in 2013, the Farmington Public Library's Make.Do Fairs have focused on encouraging a creative attitude in Farmington, giving residents a forum to create various crafts.

In the past, the June Make.Do Fair has featured the popular pallet throw down. But the popularity of the contest has now morphed it into its own event, according to Jenny Lee Ryan, the library's program coordinator.

This year, the pallet throw down will take place June 11 at the library. The only requirement for entering the contest is that 75 percent of the project must be constructed out of pallets. Projects can be registered in advance at

The library will still host a Make.Do Fair this month. The fair on June 18 is being billed as a family tinker lab.

"If, as a family, you have a project you want to show off, we encourage you to register," Ryan said.

She said numerous crafts have already been registered for the event, including embroidery, wooden teddy bears, cellphone projectors, fairy gardens and a mini trebuchet.

A sign, along with a pallet from last year's event, is pictured July 25 at the Pallet Throwdown at the Farmington Public Library.

Car shows and camping

The Car Show and Craft Fair, which will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11, will be one of the first large events of the summer for the Sycamore Park Community Center.

"I like to say there's something for everyone," said Natalie Spruell, the community center's director.

In addition to cars, vendors will sell crafts and the Farmington Police Department will offer child fingerprinting.

The Sycamore Park Community Center will also host its annual father-son camp out at 6 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $4 each and must be purchased in advance so the center knows how much food it needs to order, Spruell said.

The camp out features a hot dog roast and glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt.

"It's just a fun time for fathers and sons to do something together," Spruell said.

More information is available at

Tyrone Saiz wipes down his 1978 Buick Regal as his girlfriend, Ashley Yazzie, looks on June 14, 2014, during the annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair in Farmington.

Fiesta Days

The annual Aztec Fiesta Days includes a variety of family-friendly activities, such as a car show, parade, a breakfast and a tie-dye workshop.

The event — highlighted by the burning of Old Man Gloom — starts June 16 and continues through June 19.

The Frazier Carnival will return this year to Riverside Park. The carnival will be open for all four days of Fiesta Day. Other events — such as the parade, car show and burning of Old Man Gloom — will take place June 18.

A schedule of events can be found at

Old Man Gloom goes up in flames at Aztec Fiesta Days in June 2013.

Balloon rally

The annual San Juan River Balloon Rally in Bloomfield features numerous family-friendly events.

A mass ascension at 7 a.m. June 18 will provide an opportunity for people to watch the balloons float over the San Juan River.

During the balloon glow in the evening, balloons will float over the field at the Bloomfield Boys and Girls Club. Children can also get their faces painted and buy glosticks while collecting hot air balloon cards — which are similar to baseball cards but feature hot air balloons.

For more information, call 505-632-0880.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Hot air balloons fly over San Juan County on June 19, 2015, during the San Juan River Balloon Rally media day in Bloomfield.