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Winter Camps:  December 21, 26-28 & January 2-4

Teen Science Café

Friday, October 5, 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:

Technology in Emergency Medical Services by Byron Piatt

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

Dia de Los Muertos Activities at Explora

October 1-31, 2018

Marigold Making, during all open hours at Explora:

Learn to make Paper Marigolds! Donate them for Explora’s parade float in the South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade on November 4. Parade details will be posted on

October 27, 10-4pm & October 28, 12-4pm

Dia de Los Muertos activities:

Decorate Sugar Skulls to take home, and learn Papel Picado and Paper Marigold making. Donate your creations for Explora’s parade float in the South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade on November 4. Activities are include with Explora admission, and free for members.  Parade details will be posted on

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November 3, 12-4pm

Decorate Explora’s Float!

Come to Explora’s parking lot and help us add everyone’s creations to Explora’s Dia de Los Muertos Float for the South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade to be held November 4. We’ll have Sugar Skull Decorating, plus additional Papel Picado, and Marigold Making for the float. Parade details will be posted on

November 4, 2pm

South Valley Centro Familiar Blvd & Isleta South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade

Parade Day Look for Explora’s Float in the South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade, starting at 2pm. Post-parade celebration at the South Valley Community Center. Parade details will be posted on  Route is from South Valley Centro Familiar Blvd & Isleta to South Valley Community Center, with a celebration on the Center’s grounds after the parade.

Science on Tap

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm

A time to eat, drink & talk about science!

Theme: The Trinity Site – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Judith W. Mead will share personal experiences about Los Alamos, discuss what led up to the Trinity Test, talk about what there is to see at the Trinity site and Ground Zero.

Learn more at Science on Tap!

Explora DIY Costume Creation Contest

Tired of the same-old, store-bought costumes? Want to try your hand at crafting your own awesome costumes, accessories, and decorations for Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, and beyond?

Join our community of makers at Explora as we embark on an epic journey to see how we can adapt cardboard and other recycled materials for our design purposes! Learn various attachment methods, 3D modeling, kinetic sculpture, and more! Add lights, movement, or sound to your creation!

Costume Making Workshops

Costume creation coaches and supplies available on Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3:30-5:30pm at Explora in our STEAM Room pop-up makerspace.

Make your costume at home

Create at home then showcase your design and compete for prizes on Wednesday, October 31 from 4-6pm at Explora.

Oct. 31 Costume Contest Categories
  • Best DIY Decoration
  • Best DIY Accessory
  • Best Use of Cardboard
  • Best DIY Family Costumes
  • Best Use of Technology

Note: All ages are welcome. Activities are included with Explora admission.  

Share Your Creations: Tag us online @explora_nm #explora_nm

Coin Night at Tractor Brewing to benefit Explora

Tuesday, October 16, 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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Adult Night:  Uncommon “Grounds”

Friday, September 21, 2018 for ages 18+

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

Advance purchase tickets available until noon Thursday, September 20.

Learn more

Sponsored by the Alibi


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Meet a Scientist!

Saturday, October 13, 2018
1–4pm in the Experiment Bar

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.

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Yogazo at Explora

Friday, October 19, 2018, 7-8pm

YogaZo is coming to Explora to get down at one of the best places that ABQ has to offer. Join Charlotte Montoya for this 60-minute class in Explora’s unique Rotary Pavilion. This class is perfect for all levels of yoga practitioner and will be a perfect end to your Friday Night! Class is $10 and a portion of the fee will be donated back to Explora and their non-profit efforts to bring experiences to New Mexico through their interactive science center.

Sign up to reserve your spot today. Tickets are required for this class!

Register for this class

Sensory-Friendly Hours

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 10am-noon

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.

national chemistry week 2018

Join us for these events to celebrate National Chemistry Week

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1-4pm

“Explore the Chemistry of Distant Stars” with Timmy the Telescope on the West Deck

  • Observe the sun with full spectrum white light, Hydrogen-alpha (nIR), and Calcium-K line (UV) filtered telescopes.
  • Analyze sunlight with a spectroscope and learn about the STEM career of Spectroscopy. Take the Spectrum Challenge.
  • Browse Educational Poster Boards with current scientific and health information.
  • Test your knowledge with self-directed Q & A cards: NASA Our Magnetic Sun cards and EPA SunWise®.

Make liquid nitrogen ice cream and explore other chemistry activities with the UNM Chemistry Club.

Monday, October 22 – Saturday, October 27

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-12pm, look for special activities hosted by Explora staff.
Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6pm, look for special activities hosted by Explora staff.

Molecules in Motion
Molecules in Motion explores how materials behave and change in a vacuum. Participants can experiment with putting various objects in a small vacuum chamber and then observing the objects as air is removed from the chamber.

Filtered Light  

Filtered Light demonstrates how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Most objects in the universe are so distant from us that we can only study them through light. Filters allow us to block some energy levels of light and isolate others; each energy of light can offer new information about the object of study. In Filtered Light, participants discover how colored filters can help reveal more about an image. They can also make and study colorful images of their own.

Spooky Science

Wednesday, October 31, 3:30–6pm

Enjoy some safe, spooky fun for Halloween at Explora. This afternoon from 3:30-6pm, visitors can make skeleton hands using straws and string. Plus, ask at admissions what time our staff will use science to turn our laminar flow fountain into a misty cauldron! Child-friendly costumes are welcome today. Activities are included with general admission and no pre-registration is needed. For more information call 505-224-8300

national chemistry week 2018

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

The next Adult Night is Friday, November 16, 2018, 6:30-10pm. The theme will be “InterARTive”

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 Saturday, October 13, 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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