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

Fall 2017 Semester

September 18 – December 5, 2017

Mondays, 11am-12pm or 1-2pm
Tuesdays, 1-2pm

Explora members $90 per child per semester
Non-members $108 per child per semester

Home School class sessions meet every week.

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

On a Roll

9/18 or 9/19
Observe and compare rolling systems using recycled materials, cups, and marbles. Test which shapes roll the best, and create a roller coaster for marbles.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

9/25 or 9/26
Plant seeds of wonder in your students! Discover the origin of a plant by dissecting a seed and finding out what makes it grow. Sow seeds of continued interest by taking student plantings with you to observe at school or at home. This exploration will grow on you!

Taking Flight

10/2 or 10/3
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly.
Experiment with wind tunnels, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.

Acids and Bases

10/9 or 10/10
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.

Color Mix-Up

10/16 or 10/17
Experience the magic of colors changing before your eyes! Students use unusual materials to combine the primary colors and form new ones. They also learn the vocabulary of elementary math equations, such as “red plus blue equals purple,” eliciting “ooohs” and “aaaahs” along the way.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

10/23 or 10/24
Students investigate reflection and symmetry as they compare their images in reflective materials, build kaleidoscopes, and make symmetrical art.

Where Does the Food Go After You Eat It?

10/30 or 10/31
Let’s answer this question by consulting our 8-foot-tall, blue-haired doll, whose canvas body unzips to reveal ten large digestive, circulatory, and respiratory organs. We’ll learn what these body parts do and how to stay healthy, too!

Wonderful Water

11/6 or 11/7
Get wet exploring ice and water during several exciting activities. Students experiment with water drops and investigate absorption, adhesion, and other unique properties of ice and water

What’s That Sound?

11/13 or 11/14
Explore sound waves and observe how they travel through water or air. Students feel vibrations caused by sound waves and experience these waves doing work.

Bodies in Motion

11/20 or 11/21
This full-bodied program sets students in motion—both physically and mentally. What else is in the starry sky besides our sun, moon, and Earth? New stars may be born as students understand more about our sun’s family and explore how other worlds move.

In a Spin

11/27 or 11/28
Experiment with spinning and twirling, looping and whirling. Students make their own tops and “twirly birds”to take home.

Crazy Concoctions

12/4 or 12/5
Be an inquisitive scientist as you concoct new substances. Investigate their characteristics as you first observe them and then manipulate them with your hands.

Explora’s Fall Clubs & Programs

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.


  • 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 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.

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

Visit www.explora.us 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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