Growing a Scientist for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs

Fall in love with science, as you and your child explore together!

Spring Semester 2019
Register now!

January 8–May 4, 2019

View Fall 2018 Schedule

In Growing a Scientist™preschoolers ages 2½ to 5 and their parents or adult caregivers make discoveries about science by questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Early childhood educators engage children and their adults in science and engineering activities that incorporate art, literature, and fun! Each session focuses on a different theme. Activities change each semester. Following the program, enjoy a snack together.

Explora members $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester


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Register now for Spring Semester 2019

  1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online

2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:

3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

January 8–April 23, 2019

Bubble, Fizz, and Foam

Wed., Jan. 9/ Thurs., Jan. 10/ Fri., Jan. 11/ Sat., Jan. 12
Become a curious chemist when you mix up cool concoctions, investigate foamy foods, and pour bubbling solutions!

Circles Everywhere

Wed., Jan. 23/ Thurs., Jan. 24/ Fri., Jan. 25/ Sat., Jan. 26
Experiment with the strength of cones, create art with loops and circles, and be an architect with cylinders and domes.

Forceful Magnets

Wed., Feb. 6/ Thurs., Feb. 7/ Fri., Feb. 8/ Sat., Feb. 9
Investigate magnets and other items they attract and repel a variety of materials. Try magnetic painting and adding “fur” to animal pictures with magnets. Decorate and take home your own magnetic maze.

In a Spin!

Wed., Feb. 20/ Thurs., Feb. 21/ Fri., Feb. 22/ Sat., Feb. 23
Experiment with spinning and twirling, looping and whirling. Make your own spinning tops and twirly birds to take home.

Static Power

Wed., March 6/ Thurs., March 7/ Fri., March 8/ Sat., March 9
Get charged up about electricity. Make your hair stand on end with static electricity and go fishing with a balloon. Make a static box to take home.

Mysterious Matter

Wed., March 20/ Thurs., March 21/ Fri., March 22/ Sat., March 23
Investigate solids and liquids, comparing and contrasting different states of matter. Experiment with mystery mixtures and make bottles of swirling liquids.

Our Amazing Bodies

Wed., April 3/ Thurs., April 4/ Fri., April 5/ Sat., April 6
Celebrate our amazing bodies from our fingerprints to our hearts and bones! Conduct experiments and create a body mural to illustrate your insides.

Under Construction

Wed., April 17/ Thurs., April. 18/ Fri., April. 19/ Sat., April. 20
What did the “three little pigs” learn about structure? You’ll become an architect and builder as you experiment with a variety of shapes and materials to test for strength and stability.

Is it an insect?

Wed., May 1/ Thurs., May 2/ Fri., May 3/ Sat., May 4
Watch insects in action, discover how many legs insects have, and find out what they eat. Create your own insect house for a live insect.

Explora’s Clubs & Programs

Explora educators develop activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.


  • You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.

Call: 505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am–5pm. Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am–5pm.
Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: 505-224-8325

Cancelation policy

  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

Fall 2018 Class Schedule

August 22–December 15, 2018

Crazy Concoctions

Wed., Aug. 22/ Thurs., Aug. 23/ Fri., Aug. 24/ Sat., Aug. 25
Be an inquisitive scientist as you concoct new substances. Investigate their characteristics as you first observe them, and then manipulate them with your hands.

Taking Flight

Wed., Sept. 5/ Thurs., Sept. 6/ Fri., Sept. 7/ Sat., Sept. 8
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly. Experiment with floating balloons, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.

Fruit or Veggie?

Wed., Sept. 19/ Thurs., Sept. 20/ Fri., Sept. 21/ Sat., Sept. 22
We’ll dissect different fruits and vegetables to find out what’s inside. Then, we’ll make colorful fruit and vegetable prints to take home, assemble our own snacks, and more!

Pebbles and Sand, Oh My!

Wed., Oct. 3/ Thurs., Oct. 4/ Fri., Oct. 5/ Sat., Oct. 6
Roll up your sleeves and explore the world of sand and rocks. Sort rocks, examine sand from around the world, and create sand sculptures.

Wonderful Rainbows

Wed., Oct. 17/ Thurs., Oct. 18/ Fri., Oct. 19/ Sat., Oct. 20
Separate light into the color spectrum and experience the colors that make up rainbows. Use a variety of items to find rainbows and enjoy a colorful snack.

On a Roll

Wed., Oct. 31/ Thurs., Nov. 1/ Fri., Nov. 2/ Sat., Nov. 3
Observe and compare rolling systems using recycled materials, cups, and marbles. Test which shapes roll the best and create a roller coaster for marbles.

Floaters and Sinkers

Wed., Nov. 14/ Thurs., Nov. 15/ Fri., Nov. 16/ Sat., Nov. 17
Roll up your sleeves and experiment with fruits, vegetables, and other solids to classify them as floaters or sinkers. We’ll modify materials to make them float or sink, and design a foil boat to carry a cargo of pennies. How many pennies will your boat hold before it sinks?

Make Sense of Your Senses

Wed., Nov. 28/ Thurs., Nov. 29/ Fri., Nov. 30/ Sat., Dec. 1
Explore each of your five senses as you feel different textures, match pairs of scents, trick your eyes with illusions, identify mysterious sounds, and more.

Patterns on Parade

Wed., Dec. 12/ Thurs., Dec. 13/ Fri., Dec. 14/ Sat., Dec. 15
Explore patterns in nature, create a variety of symmetrical and repeating designs, and make your own patchwork quilt pattern.


Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341


Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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