Growing a Scientist for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs

Fall Semester 2017
August 23 – December 16

Growing a Scientist full for the fall semester.

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

In Growing a Scientist,  preschoolers ages 2½ to 5 and their adults make discoveries about science by questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Experienced educators engage children and their adults in science activities that incorporate art, literature, and fun! Following each program, enjoy a snack together.

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


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Three ways to register:

  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.

Fall 2017 Class Schedule:


Wed., Aug. 23/ Thurs., Aug. 24/ Fri.,Aug. 25/ Sat., Aug. 26
Get your hands dirty as you explore a variety of slimy substances and make your own chemical concoctions.


Wed., Sept. 6/ Thurs., Sept. 7/ Fri., Sept. 8/ Sat., Sept. 9
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.


Wed., Sept. 20/ Thurs., Sept. 21/ Fri., Sept. 22/ Sat., Sept. 23
Catch some air and see how it takes up space. Experiment with the power of compressed air and investigate how moving air interacts with objects.


Wed., Oct. 4/ Thurs., Oct. 5/ Fri., Oct. 6/ Sat., Oct. 7
Explore natural acid/base indicators such as red cabbage, black tea, grape juice, and turmeric. We’ll watch their colors change as we mix these indicators with acids and bases. We’ll also use them to draw color changing pictures.


Wed., Oct. 18/ Thurs., Oct. 19/ Fri., Oct. 20/ Sat., Oct. 21
Test different shapes to see which ones make the best wheels and investigate different surfaces for roadways as you explore wheels moving “round and round”. Build your own wheeled vehicle to take home.


Wed., Nov. 1/ Thurs., Nov. 2/ Fri., Nov. 3/ Sat., Nov. 4
Test the strength of eggs, investigate and compare rolling eggs to other shapes, and create egg art.


Wed., Nov. 15/ Thurs., Nov. 16/ Fri., Nov. 17/ Sat., Nov. 18
Can you balance on one foot? Test out your sense of balance as you explore counter balance and center of gravity. Make a balanced art project to take home.


Wed., Nov. 29/ Thurs., Nov. 30/ Fri., Dec. 1/ Sat., Dec. 2
Classify fruits and vegetables 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?


Wed., Dec. 13/ Thurs., Dec. 14/ Fri., Dec. 15/ Sat., Dec. 16
Experiment with gears, ramps of different heights, and blocks of different materials. Can you use your engineering skills to build a tall tower, move objects with gears, or roll an object down a ramp?

Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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.


505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9 am – 5 pm.


Explora Reservations
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


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.

Spring 2018 Class Schedule:

Beautiful Bubbles

Wed., Jan. 10/ Thurs., Jan. 11/ Fri., Jan. 12/ Sat., Jan. 13
Test bubble wands of different materials and shapes, and experiment with blowing bubbles. Make your own bubble blower and make colorful bubble snakes.

Animal Defenses

Wed., Jan. 24/ Thurs., Jan. 25/ Fri., Jan. 26/ Sat., Jan. 27
Explore a variety of strange and unusual ways animals defend themselves, and design your own animal with special characteristics to help it survive.

Heat Up, Cool Down

Wed., Feb. 7/ Thurs., Feb. 8/ Fri., Feb. 9/ Sat., Feb. 10
Experiment with the effects of temperature change as you see how fast you can make ice cubes melt, use water of different temperatures to blow up a balloon, and make your own thermometers.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Wed., Feb. 21/ Thurs., Feb. 22/ Fri., Feb.23/ Sat., Feb. 24
Investigate mirrors, reflection, and symmetry as you compare your image in concave and convex mirrors, build kaleidoscopes, and make symmetrical art to take home.

Playful Pendulums

Wed., March 7/ Thurs., March 8/ Fri., March 9/ Sat., March 10
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. Play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint, and much more.

Color Mix-Up

Wed., March 21/ Thurs., March 22/ Fri., March 23/ Sat., March 24
Watch colors change before your eyes as you mix colored solutions, make secondary colors from primary ones, and create artwork to take home.

Wonderful Water

Wed., April 4/ Thurs., April 5/ Fri., April 6/ Sat., April 7
Get wet exploring unique properties of ice and water during a number of exciting activities. Explore different types of water, race water drops down a hill, and much more.

Air, Air Everywhere

Wed., April 18/ Thurs., April 19/ Fri., April 20/ Sat., April 21
See air take up space as you trap it in parachutes and bubbles. Watch air do work as you blow pinwheels and move paint with your own breath. Make your own windmill hats to take home.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Wed., May 2/ Thurs., May 3/ Fri., May 4/ Sat., May 5
Sort a variety of leaves and observe them up close. Discover how special leaves are when you examine the colors in a green leaf and enjoy leaf patterns with rubbings and prints.

Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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