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.

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 Fall 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.

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