Home School Explorations for grades K-2 (ages 5-7)

Spring 2018 Semester

January 22 – April 21, 2018

Mondays:  11am-12pm or 1-2pm

Tuesdays:  1-2pm

Explora members $90 per child per semester

Non-members $108 per child per semester


Except no class the week of March 26 due to Spring Break. View our Spring Break Camp details!

Be curious, discover, experiment!

Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, hour-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are hour-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, math, and art through questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Children will be encouraged to build their own knowledge and cultivate skills such as observation, creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, and innovation as they explore a different topic each week. Class topics change each semester.

Register for Spring Semester 2018

  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 2018 Explorations Schedule

January 22 – April 16, 2018

Floaters and Sinkers

1/22 or 1/23
Roll up your sleeves and experiment with fruits, vegetables, other solids, and liquids to classify floaters and sinkers. We’ll modify materials to make them float or sink, and design a foil boat that will carry a cargo of pennies. How many pennies will your boat hold before it sinks?

Round and Round

1/29 or 1/30
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.”

Simple Machines

2/ 5 or 2/6
Test your strength with levers and pulleys, and experiment with the ways simple machines make work easier in this powerful exploration.

Measure Me

2/12 or 2/13
Students discover measuring concepts such as more, less, weight, and height in this practical exploration. We’ll use scales, measuring cups, droppers, and more to explore the concept of measuring.

Bubble, Fizz, and Foam

2/19 or 2/20
Become a curious chemist when you mix up cool concoctions, investigate foamy foods, and pour bubbling solutions!

Make Sense of Your Senses

2/26 or 2/27
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.

Crazy about Chromatography

3/ 5 or 3/6
Inside an ordinary black marker is a rainbow of color waiting to escape! Students investigate how paper chromatography is used to separate the components of mixtures, and test colored markers, food coloring, and candy to see what unexpected colors each contains.

Balancing Act

3/12 or 3/13
Can you balance on one foot? Test your sense of balance and explore counterbalance and center of gravity with a wide variety of interesting objects.

Light and Shadow

3/19 or 3/20
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light by bouncing and bending it, explore shadows and shadow shapes, and experiment with colored light and colored shadows.

Explora’s Home School Explorations Series

Explora educators develop camp 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. Registration/Information

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

No class the week of March 26‒30 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

Visit for more information.

Chemical Changes

4/2 or 4/3
What’s the difference between a physical change and a chemical change? How do simple mixtures differ from chemical changes? Students explore these differences and investigate several fascinating chemical changes.

Do Animals Play Hide and Seek?

4/9 or 4/10
Playing hide and seek with some camouflaged animals helps us understand how their natural environments disguise them. After discovering the importance of this type of defense, students design camouflaged animals of their own.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

4/16 or 4/17
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.

The exploration topics change each semester.

Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free. Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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