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Winter Camp 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 21, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 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 21:

Mix It, Build It - Construct and concoct! See how your mixology can yield creative results. Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Chemistry Treats: Concoct cool chemical reactions and use kitchen chemistry to bake a treat!

  • K-2nd

    Mud Makers: Get your hands dirty, and create your own sculpture as you explore the world of mud. Use microscopes and magnifiers to look at dirt and sand from all over the world, and Mix and Build: Run your own construction project, make fun dough, and create a yummy snack!

  • 3rd-5th

    Robo Battle: Use motors, batteries, and recycled materials to build a robot! Refine your design to give your creation a creative and competitive edge, and Mystery Mixtures: CSI will have nothing on you as you investigate the components of a mystery mixture using chemical testing and your powers of observation.


Tuesday, December 22:

Engineer It - Solve fun challenges using ingenuity and creativity! Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Build Big: Assemble chunky, fun, foam structures. Connect pieces to bigger things.

  • K-2nd

    Doorknobs & Broomsticks: We use simple machines every day to do extraordinary things. Use inclined planes, pulleys, levers, and more to learn the power of these simple machines, and Build Strong: Build a tower, design a bridge, and then challenge your structure with a weight test. Will yours be the last one standing?

  • 3rd-5th

    Go, Car, Go: Apply mechanical engineering principles to design a car with a smooth ride. Vary the design of the wheels, axles, and chassis of your car to satisfy the need for speed, and Glider Designers: Make a glider that can fly - how far can it go? Change the body, tail, and wings, and experiment with ways to launch.

  • 6th-8th

    Code Commandos: Experiment with artificial intelligence by creating an interactive Python game. Apply your logic skills to program game creations in JavaScript, Scratch, or Processing code.


 Wednesday, December 23: 

Charged Up - Spark your interest in electricity and feel the pull of magnets! Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Feel the Pull: Use magnetic force to drive toy cars and paint pictures! Investigate magnetic attraction.

  • K-2nd

    Feel the Pull: Use magnetic force to drive toy cars and paint pictures! Investigate magnetic attraction, and Light it Up: What does it take to light a bulb? How do you turn it off? Find out as you create your own circuit with a switch to take home!

  • 3rd-5th

    Sparky: Make sparks fly with Van de Graaf generators, Wimshurst generators, and plasma balls. Light bulbs and explore other electrifying effects, and Magnet Power: Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, and build electromagnets.


Monday, December 28:

Making & Tinkering - Adventures in invention await as you design and build your own unique creations. Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Exploring Sound: Explore sound waves and vibrations with your sense of hearing, touch, and sight!

  • K-2nd

    Textile Investigations: Put fabrics to the test! Concoct your own dyes, experiment with stain removers, test the breakage strength of yarn, and create your own work of art using textiles and Chime Time: Use hangars, silverware, tuning forks, and kazoos to explore sound waves and vibrations. Create your own melodies, rhythms, and a sound sculpture.

  • 3rd-5th

    Sound Off: Build jingling, jangling, and booming musical instruments! Explore harmonics - use a computer to see the shape of sounds you create, and Shrinking and Fusing: Watch your drawing shrink before your eyes, and fuse plastic to make your own creative designs.


Tuesday, December 29:

Splish, Splash! - Dive into liquids and explore density, floating/sinking, surface tension, and more. Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Fun with Water: Race water drops, test balloon blowing with water of different temperatures, and sort objects as floaters or sinkers.

  • K-2nd

    Float It, Sink It: Can you engineer an object to both float and sink? How many drops of liquid can you fit on top of a penny? Experiment with surface tension, design a boat, and create swirling liquid layers as you explore buoyancy.

  • 3rd-5th

    Water Works: Aquifers are amazing! Pipe water through models and tubing systems and experiment with water flow and volume to explore how aquifers work, and Chill Out: Use liquid nitrogen to investigate the secrets of ice, and experiment with water filtration.


Wednesday, December 30:

Crazy Color - Mix pigments and explore colored light. Trick your eyes with optical illusions! Here's what each grade level will be doing today:

  • Pre-K (morning, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Color Mix: Mix your own paint! Try different colors and textures for fun and interesting results.

  • K-2nd

    Gels/Pigments: Create your own paints using dry pigments and different liquids. Use colorful gels to explore how colors combine, and Color Illusions: Use optical illusions to investigate color, and make your tops and other toys to take home.

  • 3rd-5th

    Plant Watercolors: Extract pigments from plants and make your own paint. Experiment with perception by painting while surrounded by different colors of ambient light, and Color Chemistry: Create dramatic color changes using chemical solutions and everyday ingredients. Use indicators to reveal clues about a substance's composition.



Winter Camp

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Schedule & What to Expect
  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as descibed, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for for K-8th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-8th, 4-5:30 pm.  

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, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to

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

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.