2020 Summer Camps

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

Week-long Camps offered June 1–August 7

No camps June 29–July 3.

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:
$300 per week for Explora members • $340 per week for Non-members

Morning Camp (9am-noon) – 5 half days:
$150 per week for Explora members • $170 per week for Non-members

Afternoon Camp (1-4pm) – 5 half days:
$150 per week for Explora members • $170 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

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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: $50 per child, per week.

Drop-in, pay as you go:

  • $5 per morning, per child, per day.
  • $10 per 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

Week 1:  June 1–5

Morning

Pre-K – Water Play: What is water? Explore the properties of water and experiment to find out more. Then uses what you’ve learned to design some splashy creations.

K–1st – Creepy CrawliesInvestigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. We’ll do experiments with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K–1st – Get Galactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

2nd–3rd – Art + Environment: Explore the natural world through observation and creative response. Create artworks using recycled and found materials while engaging with the outdoor environment.

4th–6th – 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.

Afternoon

K–1st – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. We’ll do experiments with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K–1st – Get Gelactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

2nd–3rd – Simple Machines: Learn the foundational and complex properties of simple machines. Save Rapunzel from her tower, build a marble run, and create your own complex systems using these neat tools called simple machines.

4th–6th – Culinary Creations: Scrumptious, savory, sweet, and salty. Take your tastebuds on a journey as you try a variety of flavors and design a culinary creation of your very own.

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon.

Week 2 – June 8–12

Morning

Pre-K – Adventures in Air: From a warm breath to a cold breeze, air seems to be everywhere. Investigate air and its many possibilities. How can we make air work for us?

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!

K–1st – Taking Flight: Explore how the different materials used in various airborne apparatus interact with air to help them float or fly. Try designing your own air-worthy creation!

2nd–3rd – Illusive Illuminations: Do you know that light can be bounced and bent?  Use lenses, mirrors, prisms, and filters to explore the wonderful properties of light and optics.

4th–6th – Sci-Fi Superheroes: What is a superhero? What is a supervillain? Experiment to find what gives superheroes their powers and what makes them vulnerable. Can you find the superhero that is hiding inside you?

Afternoon

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!

K–1st – Taking Flight: Explore how the different materials used in various airborne apparatus interact with air to help them float or fly. Try designing your own air-worthy creation!

2nd–3rd – Water, Water, Everywhere: Cool off at Explora! Explore the amazing properties of water and how it travels across and under land. How does it get to our houses? Explore various properties of water including surface tension and density in relation to other liquids.

4th–6th – Matter Modifications: Under ordinary situations matter can undergo changes in its characteristics. Will these changes be physical or chemical? Predict and experiment to see what changes we can create as we modify matter.

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon.

Week 3:  June 15–19

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art Bots for Tots: Can a pickle run a robot? Discover how pickles (and more!) can conduct electricity, then make your creative mark by assembling a simple robot and putting it to work!

K–1st – Mechanics in Motion: Increase your strength by using mechanical motion to help you complete a variety of tasks such as using a pulley to lift a heavy bucket, making a drawing machine using gears, pulling a car up a ramp, and bowling with pendulums. 

K–1st – Music Explorers: What is music? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibrate, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Identify the main parts of music such as vibration, tone, rhythm, and words. Examine the thin line between “noise” and “music.”

2nd–3rd – Soaring High: What keeps gliders in the air for such a long time? Use everyday materials to design, build, and test gliders and other lightweight flying objects that use air to stay aloft.

4th–6th – Molecular Masterpiece: What happens when you mix pigments? What is a chemical reaction? We’ll be using paint, water, light, and more to conduct a variety of experiments in chemistry, chromatography, and conceptual art.

Afternoon

K–1st – Mechanics in Motion: Increase your strength by using mechanical motion to help you complete a variety of tasks such as using a pulley to lift a heavy bucket, making a drawing machine using gears, pulling a car up a ramp, and bowling with pendulums.

K–1st – Music Explorers: What is music? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Identify the main parts of music such as vibration, tone, rhythm, and words. Examine the thin line between “noise” and “music.”

2nd–3rd – Chemistry in the Kitchen: Be kitchen chemists and experiment with chromatography, acids and bases in foods, leavening agents (baking soda, baking powder, and yeast), conduct tests for nutrients in foods, and investigate the role of different fats in baking.

4th–6th – Blast Off!: Rocket flights involve the laws of motions as well as the forces of thrust, air resistance, and gravity. Use these scientific principles to design paper rockets and plastic bottle rockets that can fly straight and even go to altitudes of several hundred feet when launched using compressed air launchers.

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon.

Week 4:  June 22–26

Morning

Pre-K – Making and Baking: Why do cookies taste so good? Come explore the basics of baking as you create your own pudding, pesto, and cookie recipes. Experiment throughout the week to discover what you prefer making and baking. 

K–1st – Unsavory Science: From boogers and bacteria to earwax and owl pellets, this camp will focus on the science of all things icky, yucky, and totally awesome! What will you discover?

K–1st – Pattern Pizazz: Discover patterns in nature, experiment with pattern blocks and mirrors, and view a variety of repeating designs as we explore geometrical shapes, patterns, and tessellations.

2nd–3rd – Whales to Worms: Delve into the Kingdom called Animalia! Make discoveries about extreme life cycles, design a “home sweet home” for a particular creature, and work with living samples to observe their behaviors.

4th–6th – Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, and roller coasters. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!

6th–12th – 9am–12pm – 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! Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi® Foundation. Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software.

Afternoon

K–1st – Unsavory Science: From boogers and bacteria to earwax and owl pellets, this camp will focus on the science of all things icky, yucky, and totally awesome! What will you discover? 

K–1st – Pattern Pizazz: Discover patterns in nature, experiment with pattern blocks and mirrors, and view a variety of repeating designs as we explore geometrical shapes, patterns, and tessellations. 

2nd–3rd – Get Galactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

4th–6th – Energy Engineering and Exploits: Test different construction materials to see which one help machines produce more energy. Explore how different forms of energy are converted from one to another, then build wind turbines that produce electricity!

6th–12th –Anime Play: Push your creativity and go beyond your animation limits! Learn all about anime, an animation style associated with Japan, which often combines stylized hand-drawn and computer generated images. Practice your skills, and surpass your rivals to become the leader!

There will be no Summer Camps offered at Explora during this week.
Balloon MuseumAll-day Classes (9am–4pm)

K–5 – The Art and Science of Ballooning: Welcome, young balloonists, to this exciting collaboration between Explora and the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Spend the week exploring art, balloon envelopes, weather science, and all things ballooning. Meet a local balloonist as we look into the local and international history of balloons. Experiment with buoyancy, lift, and aerodynamic variables as you design your own airborne craft.

Note: Drop off and pick up for this camp will be at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Look for “Explora Balloon Camp” on the main registration page when registering for this camp.

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

Have a safe holiday!

Week 5:  July 6–10

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Water Play: What is water? Explore the properties of water and experiment to find out more. Then, use what you’ve learned to design some splashy creations.

K–1st – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. We’ll do experiments with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K–1st – Get Galactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

2nd–3rd – Art + Environment: Explore the natural world through observation and creative response. Create artworks using recycled and found materials while engaging with the outdoor environment.

4th–6th – Culinary Creations: Scrumptious, savory, sweet, and salty. Take your tastebuds on a journey as you try a variety of flavors and design a culinary creation of your very own.

Afternoon

K–1st – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. We’ll do experiments with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K–1st – Get Galactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

2nd–3rd – Simple Machines: Learn the foundational and complex properties of simple machines. Save Rapunzel from her tower, build a marble run, and create your own complex systems using these neat tools called simple machines.

4th–6th – 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.

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon!

Week 6:  July 13–17

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Adventures in Air: From a warm breath to a cold breeze, air seems to be everywhere. Investigate air and its many possibilities. How can we make air work for us?

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!

K–1st – Taking Flight: Explore how the different materials used in various airborne apparatus interact with air to help them float or fly. Try designing your own air-worthy creation! 

2nd–3rd – Water, Water, Everywhere: Cool off at Explora! Explore the amazing properties of water and how it travels across and under land. How does it get to our houses? Explore various properties of water including surface tension and density in relation to other liquids.

4th–6th – Matter Modifications: Under ordinary situations matter can undergo changes in its characteristics. Will these changes be physical or chemical? Predict and experiment to see what changes we can create as we modify matter.

Afternoon

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!

K–1st – Taking Flight: Explore how the different materials used in various airborne apparatus interact with air to help them float or fly. Try designing your own air-worthy creation! 

2nd–3rd – Illusive Illuminations: Do you know that light can be bounced and bent? Use lenses, mirrors, prisms, and filters to explore the wonderful properties of light and optics.

4th–6th – Sci-Fi Superheroes: What is a superhero? What is a supervillain? Experiment to find what gives superheroes their powers and what makes them vulnerable. Can you find the superhero that is hiding inside you?

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon!

Week 7:  July 20–24

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art Bots for Tots: Can a pickle run a robot? Discover how pickles (and more!) can conduct electricity, then make your creative mark by assembling a simple robot and putting it to work!

K–1st -Mechanics in Motion: Increase your strength by using mechanical motion to help you complete a variety of tasks such as using a pulley to lift a heavy bucket, making a drawing machine using gears, pulling a car up a ramp, and bowling with pendulums.

K–1st – Music Explorers: What is music? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Identify the main parts of music such as vibration, tone, rhythm, and words. Examine the thin line between “noise” and “music.”

2nd–3rd – Chemistry in the Kitchen: Be kitchen chemists and experiment with chromatography, acids and bases in foods, leavening agents (baking soda, baking powder, and yeast), conduct tests for nutrients in foods, and investigate the role of different fats in baking.

4th–6th – Blast Off!: Rocket flights involve the laws of motion as well as the forces of thrust, air resistance, and gravity. Use these scientific principles to design paper rockets and plastic bottle rockets that can fly straight and even go to altitudes of several hundred feet when launched using compressed air launchers. 

Afternoon

K–1st -Mechanics in Motion: Increase your strength by using mechanical motion to help you complete a variety of tasks such as using a pulley to lift a heavy bucket, making a drawing machine using gears, pulling a car up a ramp, and bowling with pendulums.

K–1st – Music Explorers: What is music? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Identify the main parts of music such as vibration, tone, rhythm, and words. Examine the thin line between “noise” and “music.”

2nd–3rd – Soaring High: What keeps gliders in the air for such a long time? Use everyday materials to design, build, and test gliders and other lightweight flying objects that use air to stay aloft.

4th–6th – Molecular Masterpiece: What happens when you mix pigments? What is a chemical reaction? We’ll be using paint, water, light, and more to conduct a variety of experiments in chemistry, chromatography, and conceptual art.

All Day

Ages 12–15 – Youth Apprentice Program: Details coming soon!

Week 8:  July 27–31

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Making and Baking: Why do cookies taste so good? Come explore the basics of baking as you create your own pudding, pesto, and cookie recipes. Experiment throughout the week to discover what you prefer making and baking.

K–1st – Unsavory Science: From boogers and bacteria to earwax and owl pellets, this camp will focus on the science of all things icky, yucky, and totally awesome! What will you discover?

K–1st – Pattern Pizazz: Discover patterns in nature, experiment with pattern blocks and mirrors, and view a variety of repeating designs as we explroe geometical shapes, patterns, and tessellations.

2nd–3rd – Get Galactic: Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themes models of real life space equipment like rockets, orbiters, and more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this space-themes camp.
Lego® Space Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

4th–6th – Energy Engineering and Exploits: Test different construction materials to see which ones help machines produce more energy. Explore how different forms of energy are converted from one to another, then build wind turbines that produce electricity!

6th–12th – Automotive A–Z: Get revved to explore the basics of automotive technologies and upkeep! Learn important vehicle maintenance skills such as how to change tires and lights, and how to do some basic mechanical troubleshooting. *Campers will not operate motor vehicles

Afternoon

K–1st – Unsavory Science: From boogers and bacteria to earwax and owl pellets, this camp will focus on the science of all things icky, yucky, and totally awesome! What will you discover?

K–1st – Pattern Pizazz: Discover patterns in nature, experiment with pattern blocks and mirrors, and view a variety of repeating designs as we explroe geometical shapes, patterns, and tessellations.

2nd–3rd – Whales to Worms: Delve into the Kingdom called Animalia! Make discoveries abotu extreme life cycles, design a “home sweet home” for a particular creature, and work with living samples to observe their behaviors.

4th–6th – Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, and roller coasters. Then test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!

6th–12th – Farm to Kitchen Engineering: Discover the wonders of engineering in your kitchen as we gather farm-fresh foods and process them in a variety of different ways. Gather exceptional ingredients throughout the week, then use what you’ve learned to engineer a delicious meal from scratch.

Week 9:  August 5-9

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Creative Carpentry: Let’s get creative as we learn the safe use of hand tools and some general woodworking skills. Young carpenters will gain the skill and competence to complete projects throughout the week. Practice with measuring, hammering, problem solving, and craftsmanship as you build your own bee house to take home!

K–5th – Water, Water: Cool off at Explora! Experiment with siphon water systems, design water clocks, build “aquaterriums,” explore liquid density, and much more.

Afternoon Classes

K–5th – Toy Engineering: Are existing toys not quite what you want? Use your imagination to tinker, engineer, and custom build your own toys. Adapt design, and create with repurposed, recycled, and new materials to make your own playful creations.

WEEK 8

All Day

4th–8th – Tech Girls: Be inspired and empowered! Become a creator, not just a user during this special coding program. Learn to code, program robots, use Micro:bits, create wearable technology, and design your own project to address real-world problems. Add to your programming skills, no matter what level you are at (no programming experience required).


Cancellation Policy
  • If a cancellation is received more than 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received 5 business days or fewer before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program

Youth Apprentice Program 2020

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 2020

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

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-12th, 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

  • $150 per week for Explora members;
  • $170 per week for non-members.


Full Day Camps

  • $300 per week for Explora members;
  • $340 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.
Cancellation Policy
  • If a cancellation is received more than 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received 5 business days or fewer before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program
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