Special Events

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Adult Night:  Explora Olympics

Friday, July 20, 2018 for ages 18+

Have a fun Friday night at a great price! Enjoy a night of demonstrations and activities around the theme “Explora Olympics.”

Advance purchase tickets available until noon Thursday, July 19.

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Science on Tap

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm

A time to eat, drink & talk about science!

Theme:  The Science of Behavior Change in our Canine Companions

Ellen Schmidt, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
Senior Director of Outreach & Volunteer Programs
Animal Humane New Mexico

Oh behave! For everyone who’s ever wished to change a few of behaviors in their furry household companions (or partners, kids or employees, for that matter), join us for a fun evening learning about the science of behavior change, or Applied Behavior Analysis. We’ll cover what we’ve learned from greats like Pavlov and B.F. Skinner, touch on the basics of modern ABA, how it relates to the “clicker training” used by organizations like Animal Humane, and practice some hands-on learning with shaping new behaviors.

Learn more at Science on Tap!

Teen Science Café

Friday, June 1, 2018, 5–7pm

Teens, meet other teens and meet a local scientist. Find out about their work and career. Free snacks, free science talk, demo, or activity. No advance registration needed.

This month’s topic:

Biomimicry: Nature & Design

Guest Scientist:

Kris Callori, Master of Biomimicry, Registered Architect, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CEO of Verdacity, LLC.

Kris is fascinated by how native ecosystems collaboratively build community and solve design problems.  She is the founder of Verdacity, an Albuquerque-based sustainability consulting firm that guides teams to achieve high-performance building goals. Kris acknowledges that we have the intuitive knowledge as designers to create structures that are truly integrated with the surrounding environment.  She is an avid presenter and advocate for ideas that inspire the way we build, fostering continued progress towards a healthy and prosperous society.

Nature is designed to thrive, and we can interpret nature’s lessons to create innovative buildings and technologies. Biomimicry is the study of how natural adaptations can be applied by architectural designers to produce buildings that are better adapted to fit into their surroundings. Teens will practice the art of observation and interpretation, then participate in an interactive design activity inspired by nature.

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Funding assistance for Teen Science Café provided by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of the City of Albuquerque.

Coin Night at Tractor Brewing to benefit Explora

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Explora has been selected by Tractor Brewing as one the 2018 non-profit beneficiaries of their Beer for a Better Burque (BBB) program. Celebrate the 2018 program’s launch on January 11, 6-8pm at Tractor’s Wells Park location, 1800 4th St NW, Albuquerque505-243-6752. Each non-profit will be there to introduce their organizations, and Tractor will donate one dollar of every beer you buy to the organization of your choosing! RJ Perez will be playing at 8pm, so stick around for music.

Additional Coin Nights for BBB 2018 will be held each month, some of which are at all Tractor taprooms. Check their calendar for the latest information.   Learn more

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Generational Stories in Cardboard

Sunday, August 19, 1–3pm

Youth, invite your elders to create with you at Explora’s pop-up STEAM Room makerspace as a part of the Mayor’s #OneABQ Challenge. Bring your whole family to co-create a custom cardboard square that symbolizes your family’s strengths, and your love for our community to contribute to Explora’s #ThisIsABQ cardboard quilt sculpture.

Learn more at ABQ To Do

Sensory-Friendly Hours

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm

In partnership with New Mexico Autism Society, Explora is offering sensory-friendly hours. Regular admission fees apply. For more information about these extra hours call 505-224-8300.

During these sensory-friendly hours, individuals and families can enjoy a less sensory-stimulating visit.

  • Sensory-Friendly Entrance: an entrance that bypasses the store and admissions desk.
  • Sensory Spaces: quiet, low-light rooms upstairs and downstairs available to take a break from the exhibit floor.
  • Museum Toolkits: resources co-developed with NM Autism Society, like social stories, fidgets, visual schedules, and more.

Sensory-friendly hours and tools are offered in partnership with NM Autism Society with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and United Way of Central New Mexico.

Think It, Build It! Challenge

12 Months of Math: August – Math in Architecture and Design

Saturday, August 25, 11am-2pm

Each Think It, Build It Challenge will engage families in a fun, interactive challenge—plan, build, and test! Families will also have the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, professionals from the field. Try out one, two, or all three design challenges.
12 Months of Math

Meet a Scientist!

Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora’s Portal to the Public (PoP) Meet a Scientist programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers. Learn more.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
1-3pm in the Experiment Bar

Learn About Optometry!

Meet an eye doctor, learn about what they do, and try out the equipment they use!

Sunday, August 26, 2018
1-4pm, drop in anytime

We welcome Mark Smith, Ryan Jackson, and jeff Mahn, who offer demos and activities related to their work.

Included with regular admission (range $4-8), and free for Explora members.

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Adult Nights for ages 18+ Let your inner child out at an evening for grown ups!

The next Adult Night is Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:30-10pm. The theme will be “Uncommon Grounds: Coffee & Tea Science”

Regular admission fees apply.

PoP: Meet a Scientist for all ages Meet local scientists for conversation and hands-on activities related to their work.

The next PoP: Meet the Scientist is Sunday, August 12, 1-4pm

Regular admission fees apply.

Visitor Information

Mon-Sat: 10 am–6 pm
Sun: 12 pm–6 pm

Closed on Jan. 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25.
We close at 2 pm on Dec. 24 and 31.

LOCATION: 1701 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505-224-8300

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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

Please contact us if you require special assistance.

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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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