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2019 Summer Camps

Join us for investigation, discovery, and some hands-on summer fun!

Week-long Camps offered June 3–August 9

No camps July 1-5.

Each grade range will have its own unique investigations to keep imaginations active with science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Camp Info:

All-Day Camp (9am-4pm) – 5 full days:
$260 per week for Explora members • $300 per week for Non-members

Morning Camp (9am-noon) – 5 half days:
$130 per week for Explora members • $150 per week for Non-members

Afternoon Camp (1-4pm) – 5 half days:
$130 per week for Explora members • $150 per week for Non-members

Sign up for morning and afternoon camps, and your child can stay the whole day, 9am-4pm.

Camp Prices:  Any exceptions are noted next to camp description.

summer camp
Optional Before and After Care

Times:

Before Care:
8-9am

After Care:
4-5:30pm.

Fees:

Sign up in advance:

  • Before care package: $25 per child, per week.
  • After care package: $25 per child, per week.

Drop-in, pay as you go:

  • $5 per morning or afternoon, per child, per day.

Financial assistance may be available for your camp registration fee.
Call 505-224-8341 for more information.

Register online, download & mail a form, or call 505-224-8341.

Summer Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

Summer Camp Descriptions by Week

Are there spaces still available? Current availability may be found at our online registration site (Program List in the lower left corner) or by calling (505) 224-8341.

Week 1:  June 3-7

Morning

Pre-K – Nature Investigators: Outdoor explorers, come investigate as we make exciting discoveries about nature!

K-1st – We Love Dirt!: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt.  Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We’ll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry?: Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks including ice cream, pudding, and more!

2nd-3rd – Nature’s Web: Take a walk on the wild side as we explore the ecosystems of the Rio Grande bosque. Each day we will travel to this reclaimed space while investigating and defining our role among local plants, animals, and the Rio Grande river. What will you find?
NOTE: This camp will require an additional transportation release.

4th-6th – Polymer Patrol: Explore polymers made out of everyday and exotic materials like glue and liquid latex. Investigate polymers’ unique properties of shrinking, stretching, bouncing, absorbency, and reaction to extreme temperatures.

6th-8th – Nature’s Web: Take a walk on the wild side as we explore the ecosystems of the Rio Grande bosque. Each day we will travel to this reclaimed space while investigating and defining our role among local plants, animals, and the Rio Grande river. What will you find?
NOTE: This camp will require an additional transportation release.

Afternoon

K-1st – We Love Dirt!: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt.  Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We’ll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry?: Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks including ice cream, pudding, and more!

2nd-3rd – Rules of Roads: Calling all speed-racers! Head to Explora to make and test roller coasters, ramps, raceways, and more. Investigate different shapes and materials to see which makes the best wheels, and deduct your very own rules of roads.

4th-6th – Nano Science: Explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are very small, too small for even ordinary microscopes to see them. Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore some of today’s products that use nanotechnology in them and discover how changing things on the nanoscale can give ordinary materials special properties.

Week 2 – June 10-14

Morning

Pre-K – Light and Shadow Play: Catch a shadow! Explore light and shadows as you make shadow shapes, try to hide from your shadow, and make shadow prints.

K-1st – Keep it Balanced: What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys, and making mobiles.

K-1st – Robo Code:Computers, coding, and robots, oh my!  During this session, we will learn all about robots through hands-on activities with a variety of robots. Each robot will teach the basics of computer programming, computational thinking and, of course, robotics.

2nd-3rd – Crazy Cars: Become a speed demon as you experiment with rubber band-powered, balloon-powered, and even mousetrap-powered cars.

4th-6th – Play Ball: Ever tried to launch an egg off a football or  dropped super-balls from high places? Do all of this and more to discover the nature of collisions, impulses, and momentum.

Afternoon

K-1st – Keep it Balanced: What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys, and making mobiles.

 

K-1st – Robo Code:Computers, coding, and robots, oh my!  During this session, we will learn all about robots through hands-on activities with a variety of robots. Each robot will teach the basics of computer programming, computational thinking and, of course, robotics.

2nd-3rd – Crazy about Colloids: What do shaving cream, milk, fog, and hair gel have in common? Experiment with these unique colloids to construct shaving-cream towers, create tie-dye milk art, and make your own cloud chamber.

4th-6th – Delve into Drafting: Architects gather and explore basic design concepts through traditional drawing methods and computer-aided design software. What will you create?

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

Week 3:  June 17-21

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Spinning, Rolling, Bouncing: This camp has it all. Let’s explore, as we gather some fun toys and experiment with spinning, twirling, waving, and whirling.

K-1st – Beautiful Bubbles: You’ll use a variety of materials to experiment with bubbles as you test 2-D and 3-D bubble wands, create bubble prints to take home, and more.

K-1st – Animals of the Night: What is an adaptation? What makes every living thing unique? Come explore the traits and tools of your favorite animals to discover why every living thing is adapted to the world around them.

2nd-3rd – Breakfast Science: Bananas, Bagels, and Bacon! Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Let’s get messy as we test and taste our theories.

4th-6th – Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events on slow-motion video, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.

Afternoon

K-1st – Beautiful Bubbles: You’ll use a variety of materials to experiment with bubbles as you test 2-D and 3-D bubble wands, create bubble prints to take home, and more.

K-1st – Animals of the Night: What is an adaptation? What makes every living thing unique? Come explore the traits and tools of your favorite animals to discover why every living thing is adapted to the world around them.

2nd-3rd – Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, and roller coasters. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!

4th-6th – Seasons of the Sun: Let’s go back before the invention of watches and clocks, and study the everyday relationship between time and astronomical motions. Together, we’ll find out how the orientation of a planet’s axis and its direction of spin gives rise to day, night, and seasons as the planet orbits a sun.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

Week 4:  June 24-28

Morning

Pre-K – How Attractive!: Investigate which items are attracted to magnets, make your own magnet, race magnetic cars, and more!

K-1st – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Investigate reflection and symmetry as you compare images in flat, concave, and convex mirrors, build a variety of kaleidoscopes, explore tessellations, make symmetrical art, and more.

2nd-3rd – Home Sweet Home: Discover where animals, plants, and insects like to live. Design a plant terrarium, construct a birdhouse, and even build a second home for a snail.

4th-6th – Bubble Brilliance: Use a variety of materials to experiment with bubble blowing, printing, and popping. Test bubble recipes for a variety of standards and discover the true brilliance of bubbles.

6th-8th – The Great Explora Bake-Off: Throughout the week you will learn new skills in chemistry, calculating, baking, and building. Then use your skills to participate in a final bake-off challenge! What can you create?

Afternoon

K-1st – Encircling Circles: Be in the loop as you discover how engaging math can be. Create art with circles and swirls, design structures with cones, cylinders and domes, and test spinning discs and spirals.

2nd-3rd – It’s Electric and Magnetic!: Explore electricity, magnetism and their connection. Build electrical circuits, experiment with static electricity, make and test electromagnets, discover magnetic switches and more.

4th-6th – Brain Games: Delve into the many ways your brain can trick your eyes. Experiment with visual perception activities, designing illusions, hidden messages, and more.

9th-12th – The Great Explora Bake-Off: Throughout the week you will learn new skills in chemistry, calculating, baking, and building. Then use your skills to participate in a final bake-off challenge! What can you create?

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

There will be no Summer Camps offered during this week.

Explora will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Have a safe holiday!

Week 5:  July 8-12

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Spinning, Rolling, Bouncing: This camp has it all. Let’s explore, as we gather some fun toys and experiment with spinning, twirling, waving, and whirling.

K-1st – Beautiful Bubbles: You’ll use a variety of materials to experiment with bubbles as you test 2-D and 3-D bubble wands, create bubble prints to take home, and more.

K-1st – Animals of the Night: What is an adaptation? What makes every living thing unique? Come explore the traits and tools of your favorite animals to discover why every living thing is adapted to the world around them.

2nd-3rd – Nature’s Web: Take a walk on the wild side as we explore the ecosystems of the Rio Grande bosque. Each day we will travel to this reclaimed space while investigating and defining our role among local plants, animals, and the Rio Grande river. What will you find?
NOTE: This camp will require an additional transportation release.

4th-6th – Nano Science: Explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are very small, too small for even ordinary microscopes to see them. Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore some of today’s products that use nanotechnology in them and discover how changing things on the nanoscale can give ordinary materials special properties.

Afternoon

K-1st – Beautiful Bubbles: You’ll use a variety of materials to experiment with bubbles as you test 2-D and 3-D bubble wands, create bubble prints to take home, and more.

K-1st – Animals of the Night: What is an adaptation? What makes every living thing unique? Come explore the traits and tools of your favorite animals to discover why every living thing is adapted to the world around them.

2nd-3rd – Rules of Roads: Calling all speed-racers! Head to Explora to make and test roller coasters, ramps, raceways, and more. Investigate different shapes and materials to see which makes the best wheels, and deduct your very own rules of roads.

4th-6th – Polymer Patrol: Explore polymers made out of everyday and exotic materials like glue and liquid latex. Investigate polymers’ unique properties of shrinking, stretching, bouncing, absorbency, and reaction to extreme temperatures.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

Week 6:  July 15-19

Morning Classes

Pre-K – How Attractive!: Investigate which items are attracted to magnets, make your own magnet, race magnetic cars, and more!

K-1st – Keep it Balanced: What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys, and making mobiles.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry?: Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks including ice cream, pudding, and more!

2nd-3rd – Crazy about Colloids: What do shaving cream, milk, fog, and hair gel have in common? Experiment with these unique colloids to construct shaving-cream towers, create tie-dye milk art, and make your own cloud chamber.

4th-6th – Delve into Drafting: Architects gather and explore basic design concepts through traditional drawing methods and computer-aided design software. What will you create?

Afternoon

K-1st – Keep it Balanced: What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys, and making mobiles.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry?: Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks including ice cream, pudding, and more!

2nd-3rd – Crazy Cars: Become a speed demon as you experiment with rubber band-powered, balloon-powered, and even mousetrap-powered cars.

4th-6th – Play Ball: Ever tried to launch an egg off a football or  dropped super-balls from high places? Do all of this and more to discover the nature of collisions, impulses, and momentum

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

Week 7:  July 22-26

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Nature Investigators: Outdoor explorers, come investigate as we make exciting discoveries about nature!

K-1st – We Love Dirt!: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt.  Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We’ll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.

K-1st – Robo Code:Computers, coding, and robots, oh my!  During this session, we will learn all about robots through hands-on activities with a variety of robots. Each robot will teach the basics of computer programming, computational thinking and, of course, robotics.

2nd-3rd – Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, and roller coasters. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!

4th-6th – Seasons of the Sun: Let’s go back before the invention of watches and clocks, and study the everyday relationship between time and astronomical motions. Together, we’ll find out how the orientation of a planet’s axis and its direction of spin gives rise to day, night, and seasons as the planet orbits a sun.

Afternoon

K-1st – We Love Dirt!: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt.  Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We’ll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.

K-1st – Robo Code:Computers, coding, and robots, oh my!  During this session, we will learn all about robots through hands-on activities with a variety of robots. Each robot will teach the basics of computer programming, computational thinking and, of course, robotics.

2nd-3rd – Breakfast Science: Bananas, Bagels, and Bacon! Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Let’s get messy as we test and taste our theories.

4th-6th – Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events on slow-motion video, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program: Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

Week 8:  July 29 – August 2

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Light and Shadow Play: Catch a shadow! Explore light and shadows as you make shadow shapes, try to hide from your shadow, and make shadow prints.

K-1st – Encircling Circles: Be in the loop as you discover how engaging math can be. You’ll create art with circles and swirls, design structures with cones, cylinders, and domes, and test spinning discs and spirals.

2nd-3rd – It’s Electric and Magnetic!: Explore electricity, magnetism, and their connection.  You’ll build electrical circuits, experiment with static electricity, make and test electromagnets, discover magnetic switches, and more.

4th-6th – Brain Games: Are you ready to take a picture without an Instagram filter? Create and manipulate photographs using a variety of techniques including a cyanotype developing process, photograms, pinhole cameras, and more.

6th-12th – Creative Woodworking: Learn the basics of working with wood. Use traditional hand tools, such as chisels, saws, carving tools, and planes. Explore basic woodturning techniques on a lathe. Make projects designed to develop an understanding of the nature of wood and the skills for safe and effective shaping technique.

Afternoon

K-1st – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Investigate reflection and symmetry as you compare images in flat, concave, and convex mirrors, build a variety of kaleidoscopes, explore tessellations, make symmetrical art, and more.

2nd-3rd – Home Sweet Home: Discover where animals, plants, and insects like to live. Design a plant terrarium, construct a birdhouse, and even build a second home for a snail.

4th-6th – Bubble Brilliance: Use a variety of materials to experiment with bubble blowing, printing, and popping. Test bubble recipes for a variety of standards and discover the true brilliance of bubbles.

6th-8th – Raspberry Pi®: Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi®, a computer the size of a credit card!
Camp price of $185, or $165 for Explora members, includes a $35 materials fee.
Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi® Foundation. Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software. 

Week 9:  August 5-9

Morning Class

Pre-K – Super Shapes: Circles, Squares, and Triangles, Oh My! Discover the unique qualities of shapes as we draw them, build with them and stack them. Solve challenges like, “What shape of wheel works best on a bumpy road?

All Day (Camps for grades K-6th are all day camps during this week)

K-1st – Science Potpourri: Investigate reflection and symmetry, experience the magic of colors changing right before your eyes, meet Explora’s educational animals, and lots more.

2nd-3rd – Inventive Robotics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover, launch balls, relay messages, and more. Build basic robots from recycled materials and test their capabilities.

4th-6th – Inventive Robotics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover, launch balls, relay messages, and more. Build basic robots from recycled materials and test their capabilities.


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

Youth Apprentice Program 2019

Are you age 12 to 15?
Become an Explora Summer Youth Apprentice!

Learn the ins and outs of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a collaborative, inquiry-based environment. Explore STEM topics and put your understanding to the test through experimentation. Plus, learn facilitation skills through modeling and practice.

Summer 2019

Be inspired and empowered!  Become a Maker, not just a user. Learn about different types of engineering and technology. Learn to use some really cool tools. Create solutions to real-world problems. Meet a variety of STEM professionals, including people who solve problems for a living!

More information will be available soon.

For additional information and to apply contact Anthony Salvagno (505.224.8312 or yap@explora.us).

Cost:

  • $597 for three-week session
  • $525 for Explora members

autismEXPLORA-tions camps for children with autism and their peers

May 28-June 1

Each of the three camps below is a week-long camp offered Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1.
Hours vary by day, see schedule below:

  • Monday, 1-4pm.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, 8:15am-2pm.
  • Friday, 9am-12pm (camp will meet at an off-site location)

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 5-7

EXPLORA-tions – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. Experiment with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 7-10

EXPLORA-tions – Windy 500: Design a wind-powered car that goes the distance! Use cardboard, tubing, dowels, plastic sheets, and more to build your own car, and test variables to refine your design.

Companion Camp for Siblings & Friends of Children with Autism
K-4th grade

Wide World of STEAM:  Discover the excitement of investigation and inquiry as we explore a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math challenges.

Fee for camps for children with autism and their peers:

  • Explora members: $100 per camper
  • Non-members: $115 per camper

A separate application process is being used for camps the week of May 28-June 1. Please contact Susan Leung, Explora’s Camp Manager, at campcoordinator@explora.us or 505-224-8381 for more information and the application materials.

Summer Camp
Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon peanut-free snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for for K-6th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

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.

Summer Camp Fees

Half Day Camps

  • $130 per week for Explora members;
  • $150 per week for non-members.


Full Day Camps

  • $260 per week for Explora members;
  • $300 per week for non-members.
Registration
  • All campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.
  • 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.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to reservations@explora.us
  • Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for K-8th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

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.

Fees

Half-day camps

  • $130 per week for Explora members;
  • $150 per week for non-members.

Full-day camps

  • $260 per week for Explora members;
  • $300 per week for non-members.
Registration
  • All campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.
  • 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.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to reservations@explora.us
  • Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp 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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