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Winter Camp 2014-2015

Join us for discovery and investigation during Winter Camp at Explora!

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Camps every day for children in Pre-K, K-2nd, and 3rd-5th grade.
December 22 camp is also available for children in 6th-8th grade.


Monday, December 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, January 2, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Registration/Information - see left sidebar for details

or call 505-224-8341.

Camp for Pre-K, 9 am-12 pm
Explora members - $30; Non-members - $40

Camp for K-8th grade, 9 am - 4 pm
Explora members - $60; Non-members - $80

Before or After Camp Care (optional), 8-9 am and/or 4-5:30 pm
$5 per child, per morning or afternoon


Monday, December 22:

Tinkering and Making - Experiment, design, and create. Use your brain and your hands to make your own creations. Make choices, be persistent, and develop new skills as you see your ideas expressed in your projects.

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)
    Experiment with building using chunky, fun, foam structures. Can you connect pieces and create animals, people, cars, buildings, or more?

  • K-2nd
    Discover how simple circuits work as you create an LED light, then try out different designs to make shadows, relfections, and colored images. We will craft expressive puppets, develop their characters, and share their stories.

  • 3rd-5th
    Create joints and connectors to make lively mechanical systems. Craft imaginative, whimsical toys personalized with your own designs. Strive to convert flat paper into three-dimensional origami forms. Test various papers for their origami-making merit. Craft creases, form folds.

  • 6th-8th
    Build a miniature go-cart. Find out which wheels work best, and develop a steering system through designing and testing. Optimize and refine. Electrify motors, buzzers, lights, and sensors. Create your own custom electrical circuit. Join forces to expand the circuit throughout the whole room!


Tuesday, December 23:

Energy and Motion - Use energy to roll, crash, and accelerate. Transfer energy from one thing to another and keep things moving. Cause actions, observe reactions, and build contraptions.

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Speed, crash, collide, and loop marbles on a roller coaster. Try spinning, twirling, looping, and whirling toys.

  • K-2nd

    Construct a car and use compressed air to make it go. How far can you make it travel? Can you make it go uphill? Construct chain reactions that zig and zag or make noise. Catch a ball, or catch a mouse! Work as a group to connect your reactions together into a bigger chain.

  • 3rd-5th

    Explore energy in the environment. Build and test structures to withstand disaster. Can it survive through a simulated tornado or earthquake? Use leverage to your advantage with simple machines as you lift with levers and pull with pulleys.


 Monday, December 29: 

Hot and Cold - Investigate the surprises of icy-cold or fiery-hot. Discover the intriguing effects of heating things up or cooling things down. Use everyday items in new ways to experience temperature changes.  

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Experiment with melting balls of ice. Mold and shape warm plastic in your hands.

  • K-2nd
    Make a thermometer and experiment with temperature to inflate balloons. Can you win an ice-cube melting race? How can melting ice make blobs and globs of color? Investigate using ice as a magnifying lens.

  • 3rd-5th

    Rearrange molecules to cause a phase change. Freeze mixtures with liquid nitrogen. How much heat is needed to melt ice? How do tree spacing, hill slope, and wind change the result of a forest fire? Can you plan a tree’s foliage to keep it safe during a fire?


Tuesday, December 30:

Food and Chemistry - Take a scientific approach to playing with your food, and experiment with chemical reactions that result in color-changing, fizzing, and temperature changes. Investigate the chemistry of what we eat by experimenting with food. 

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Create fizz and make colors change using food ingredients. Make a tasty mixture for your snack, too!

  • K-2nd

    Be a chemist and mix up cool concoctions. Can you use chemistry to make a tasty treat? We will follow the journey our food takes once we eat it and we will test food for nutrients that our bodies need.

  • 3rd-5th

    Test food for nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, and vitamin C. Explore sugary junk food by carrying out candy experiments! Use household materials to cause hot and cold reactions, change variables, and formulate gooey and rubbery mixtures with surprising properties.


Friday, January 2:

Engineering - Use your ingenuity and creativity to solve problems and accomplish goals. Design, test, observe, and repeat. Take on challenges while experimenting and enjoying every step!

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Make simple cars. Design road systems and structures to get to your destination.

  • K-2nd

    Fabricate bridges, towers, and structures, and experiment with building tall and building strong. Use supplies from a mystery bag to make and alter objects so they slide, glide, roll, spin, float, or move with air.

  • 3rd-5th

    Be inspired by toys, tools, and fish. Change variables like size and shape to create something that floats or sinks. Play with flitting, fluttering, sinking, and bobbing. Assemble a lightweight glider to float on air. How high, far, and long can you make it fly?


Monday, January 5:

Pieces of the Whole - Put the pieces together to see the big picture. take a look, and notice something new. See how things change at different scales or from a new perspective.

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Hunt for patterns in different fabrics. Make your own patterns and tessellations.

  • K-2nd

    Find patterns in nature. Explore Fibonacci numbers and spirals. Investigate in three dimensions by packing spheres and forming patterns. Create crafts with patterns in quilting, bead work, and paper folding.

  • 3rd-5th

    Discover the beautiful geometry of crystals, investigate 2D and 3D shapes and patterns, and mix solutions to make your own crystals. Can you use a computer to create an illusion as you experiment with visual perception?  What makes something appear or disappear before your eyes?



Winter Camp

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General Information


  • Drop-off is between 8:45 and 9 am

  • K-8th grade campers enjoy lunch and exhibit exploration 12-1 pm.

  • Children have a morning and afternoon break with outside play and time for a snack.

  • Pick-up is 11:45-12:15 pm for Pre-K and 4:00-4:15 pm for K-8th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.

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.



  • $30 for Explora members;

  • $40 for non-members.

K-8th graders

  • $60 for Explora members;

  • $80 for non-members. 

  • All campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.

  • 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.

  • To register, click button:

    Or call 505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Questions may also be emailed to

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

Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.

  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.

  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.