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Adult Night at Explora


When community members let us know they wanted a night at Explora without the kids, we listened, and created a night just for adults. Adult Night debuted at Explora in November 2004, and has grown into an evening popular with college students, young professionals, parents and grandparents on their night off from the kids, meet-up and singles groups, folks on date night, active retirement groups, and more. 

Each Adult Night at Explora features a special theme with related activities, ranging from theater performances to hands-on experiments with surprising materials. Adults can experiment with new activities, explore exhibits, enjoy live entertainment and light refreshments, view the night sky with local astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomy Society, and meet members of the High Desert Amateur (HAM) Radio Club of New Mexico as they try to contact radio enthusiasts from distant lands.

Bring a friend, bring a date, bring a group—and enjoy Explora.


Adults only, Ages 18+

$8 Adults
$5 ages 65+, students, and military, (with ID)
Free with Explora membership

Thanks to 100.3 The Peak and Lite 95.1 for supporting Adult Night!


Adult Nights at Explora 2015 
(ages 18 and up):

  • January 16, 2015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
    Ice, Ice, Baby

  • March 20, 2015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
    What's the Attraction? Magnets!

  • May 15, 2015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Eggs-traordinary Engineering:
    Activities and challenges abound, with Eggs-treme Drop Challenge, Eggs-cellent Crackup,
    Breaking Point, and Eggs-centric Art. Will your eggs survive the evening?
    Live musicDa Kavene Kapelye
    Food truck: Soo Bak will be selling their Korean fare near Explora's main entrance.

  • July 17, 1015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Sustainable Science
    Activites: Take the fishing and waterwheel challenges, experiment with energy, make recycled plastic art.
    Guest Speakers present inspiring images and host conversations:
    7pm- Kim Hooker, Studio Southwest Architects, "Architectural Design and Green Building" 
    7:30pm- Dan Fuller, City of Albuquerque Public Art, "Public Art, Land Art, and Sustainability"
    8pm- Nesia Zurek, UNM, "The Practice of Sustainability-What Choices Do We Make, and Why?"
    8:30pm- Abbey Hepner, UNM and, "Living Light: Explore the Mysteries of Bio Luminescence"
    Food trucks: Conchita's Creations, Switch It Up, and Rita's Italian Ice
    Live music: Lost Mesa Swamp Kings

  • September 18, 2015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Plugged, Unplugged
    Activities: Experiment with homemade batteries and magnifiers, generate energy, and make your own musical instrument. If you like, join in a jam with tonight's musical performer! And of course, we'll have astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Soociety (TAAS) with telescopes for viewing celestial objects, and HAM radio enthusiasts from Albuquerque's High Desert Amateur Radio Club.
    Live music: Enjoy this rare opportunity to see unique unique instruments in action! Kevin Kinane, a.k.a. "Recycle Man" offers engaging electric and acoustic performances. He'll pay tribute to Tom Waits songs on the Chapman Stick, and also offer a one-of-a-kind performance on his amazing found-object percussion contraption.

  • November 20, 2015
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Science of Food
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Explora Members: Free
Children (under age 1): Free
Children (ages 1-11): $4
Adults (ages 12-64): $8
Seniors (age 65+, with ID): $5
Students or Military (with ID): $5

Groups: Reservations Required.
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