Home School Explorations Series for grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

Spring 2019 Semester
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January 28–April 23, 2019

View Spring 2019 Schedule

Mondays, 11am-12pm or 1-2pm Tuesdays, 1-2pm

Explora members $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 per child per semester.


Register for Spring Semester 2019

  1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online

2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:

3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.

January 28–April 23, 2019

Spring 2019 Explorations Schedule

Energy Transformers

1/28 or 1/29
These energizing activities offer exploration into the different forms of energy! Investigate how these forms are converted from one to another. Experiment with “Newton’s Cradles” and build wind turbines that produce electricity.

Kaleidoscope Crazed

2/4 or 2/5
Explore the amazing properties of mirrors and lenses, and discover all the wonderful images and colorful patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Design and build your own unique kaleidoscope.

Galileo’s Universe

2/11 or 2/12
Let’s gravitate toward experiments that include swinging pendulums, rolling masses, and dropping objects as we explore several of Galileo’s famous experiments! By recording and analyzing data, we’ll learn about the actions of pendulums and the laws that govern falling objects.

Building a Monument

2/18 or 2/19
Tension in the room? Put it to good use! Participants will use their bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. They’ll also discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as they create their own unique architectural structures.

Exciting Electricity

2/25 or 2/26
Use batteries and wires to light a bulb, and explore open and closed circuits. Then make a gigantic complete circuit you won’t forget!

Shocking Discoveries

3/4 or 3/5
With a touch of the Van de Graaff electricity generator, we’ll energize our understanding of static electricity with hair-raising, empowering experiments that tend to create oohs, ahhs, and a few giggles, too!

No class the week of March 11–15 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

Pigments of Your Imagination: The Chemistry of Art and Science

3/18 or 3/19
Do artists need to understand chemistry? Explore the art-science connection by using pigments to make your own paints. Then use your handmade paints to create an original work of art!

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

3/25 or 3/26
Explore balance, movement, and design by constructing sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Compare and contrast symmetry and asymmetry in design and weight, and explore cause and effect by trying to balance weights and physically work out visual choices.

Be a Rock Star

4/1 or 4/2
This isn’t about music; it’s about geology! Use microscopes and magnifying loupes to discover the main types of rocks, model the rock cycle, and perform a series of tests to unearth a mystery mineral.

Good Vibrations

4/8 or 4/9
Catch a wave…a sound wave, that is! Experiment with vibrations to learn how sound is produced and how it acquires its specific qualities. Find out how sound travels through various materials and how to tell whether it is coming or going.

Nature in Art: Biomimicry

4/15 or 4/16
Delve into the science of biomimicry. Explore various art forms and the nature that inspired them.

Food Sleuths

4/22 or 4/23
What’s for dinner? Test a variety of foods to determine the presence of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins. Learn the roles these substances have in a healthy diet, and what they really do inside our bodies!

Explora’s Home School Explorations Series

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.


  • You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
  • 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.

Call: 505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9 am – 5 pm.
Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: 505-224-8325

Cancelation policy

  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

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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