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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 Night at Explora 2016


January 15, 2016
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Theme "Beautiful Bubbles"

Music by Meredith Wilder and Sage Harrington
Food Truck Fresco New Mexico: focus on fresh and delicious meals: sandwiches, soups, and sides from local products.
Video The Science of Bubbles
Bubble Activities including a Bubble Gum Blowing Contest


March 18, 2016
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Theme "Everyone Knows It's Windy"

Music by Entourage Jazz
Food Truck Conchita's Creations:  Fresh salads and sandwiches for purchase outside the Explora main entrance.
Snacks on the Move: 
PopFizz Pushcart will cruise throughout the museum with frozen confections for purchase.

Have Fun with moving air: Test our new Shimmer Wall & Air Cannon prototype.
Experiment Bar Air Activities: Wind generators, Bernoulli blowers, and more!
Harnessing Wind: Presentations on Renewable Energy and New Mexico 
          Tom Solomon, New Mexico
          Amy Miller, PNM Director of Community, Environment, and Local Government
HAM Radio Technology: Talk with High Desert Amateur Radio Club - Community Room
Viewing the Night Sky with Telescopes: Hosted by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) - West Deck


May 20, 1016
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Theme "Science of Food"

Music Eileen and the In-Betweens
Food Truck
 Fresco NM: Selling sandwiches outside the Explora main entrance.
Snacks on the Move: PopFizz Pushcart will cruise throughout the museum with frozen confections for purchase.

Experiment Bar: What Makes it Glow, How Much Sugar, and Vitamin C Test
Food samples and for sale in Labs A & B: Taste of Laos
Miracle Berry: 
See how lemons, limes, and other foods change when mouth-puckering tartness turns into saccharine sweetness. Limited to 20 people per session. In the Community Room at 7, 8, and 9 pm.
HAM Radio Technology: Talk with High Desert Amateur Radio Club - Community Room
Viewing the Night Sky with Telescopes: Hosted by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) - West Deck


  • July 15, 2016
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Explora Olympics
  • September 16, 2016
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Inventive Art
  • November 18, 2016
    6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Magic vs. Science
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Albuquerque, NM 87104

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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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