Fall 2020 School's Out Camps are here!

Explora Camps are Coming Soon!

Explora’s Fall Break camps are now available for registration for November 11, 2020. Register below! Check back on this page for future offerings.

IN-PERSON CAMP EXPERIENCES, At Explora

IN-PERSON CAMP EXPERIENCES, At Explora


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Each of these single day camps is a multi-age collaborative camp experience; 9:00-4:00, $85 for members/$95 for non-members.

Financial assistance is available for all programs, on request. We don’t want anyone to miss out on Explora programs.

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with small numbers of campers per classroom. All campers and staff must wear masks and pass a daily COVID-19 screening.

Feel the Pull

Grades K-5th

Use magnetic force to drive toy cars and paint pictures! Investigate magnetic attraction.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Each of these single day camps is a multi-age collaborative camp experience; 9:00-4:00, $85 for members/$95 for non-members.

Financial assistance is available for all programs, on request. We don’t want anyone to miss out on Explora programs.

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with small numbers of campers per classroom. All campers and staff must wear masks and pass a daily COVID-19 screening.

Keep it Balanced

Grades K-4th

What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys and making innovative mobiles.

Science Fun at the Carnival

Grades 4th-8th

Explore the science behind carnival attractions, including balloon games, roller coasters, balancing acts, and more.

Registration Info for In-Person Camps

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with a limited number of campers per classroom. All campers and staff must wear masks and pass a daily COVID-19 screening.

  • Drop Off: Begins 15 minutes before scheduled camp time.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described.
  • Food: Please pack self-contained peanut-free snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.

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.

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.
    Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to  reservations@explora.us
  • Para español, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
CCancellation 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

In-Person Camp Experiences At:

In-Person Camp Experiences At:

The Larry P Abraham Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos

Each of these single day camps is a multi-age, collaborative camp experience, 9:00-3:00, $ 85members/$95 non-members.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Farming SOILutions

Grades K-5th

What exactly is soil? What can it do? In this farm camp, we will examine this crucial top layer of earth up-close and in-depth. Work with a variety of soils, both natural and synthetic, to find which are the best to support our little sprouts!


Friday, October 9, 2020

Little Green Thumbs

Grades K-5th

Get your hands dirty as you compare and contrast different seeds. Use microscopes to dissect lima beans and fruit and discover the famous fall fruit, pumpkins, in an exciting new way!


Explora Virtual Summer Camps

Explora Virtual Summer Camps

Explora virtual summer camp programs are designed for your students to have an in-depth “camp” experience without leaving your home. All camps have associated materials kits that will be available for pick-up curbside at Explora ahead of the program. Virtual Summer Camps will be led by Explora educators on Zoom. Participants should have access to a wifi-enabled device with a camera. Each session’s Zoom meeting link will be sent via email on the day of the class.

June 29-July 3, 2020


Nature Up Close

Insects, arachnids, and myriapods…oh, my! What can you discover when you look up close and study? We’ll build the best shelter for a bee or butterfly. 

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/03) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 6/29 and 07/01 from 9:30am – 10:30am OR

Tuesday and Thursday 6/30 and 7/02 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Grades 2-3

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 6/30 and 7/02 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

$60 members/$70 non-members

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (6/29-7/02) from 11am – 12pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Grades 4-6

 

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 6/29 and 7/01 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (6/29-7/02) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

June 29-July 3, 2020


Farming in the Future

Grades 6-12

Explore a variety of aspects of farming and agriculture and innovate current farming methods from home. Apply technology to everyday tasks and bring your farming into the future.

Session will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (6/29-7/03) from 2:00-3:30pm

$95 members/$105 non-members, plus equipment fee of $35

July 6-July 10, 2020


Maker in the House

Become a maker, an artist, and a scientist using a variety of materials and tools to design and test your own prototype. Problem solve, innovate and create with this virtual Explora experience.

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/10) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/06 and 7/08 from 9:30am – 10:30am OR

Tuesday and Thursday 7/07 and 7/09 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Grades 2-3

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 7/07 and 7/09 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Or, choose a daily Maker Morning!

$60 members/$70 non-members

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/06-7/09) from 11am – 12pm

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/07 and 7/09 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/06-7/09) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

July 13 – July 17, 2020


Seed Science

Explore a variety of seeds and their uses. Take what you learn to know, sow, and grow a sprout of your very own!

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/17) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/13 and 7/15 from 9:30am – 10:30am OR

Tuesday and Thursday 7/14 and 7/16 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Grades 2-3

 

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 7/14 and 7/16 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/13-7/16) from 11am – 12pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/13 and 7/15 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/13-7/16) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

July 13- July 17, 2020


Tech Girls

Grades 6-12

Be inspired and empowered! Become a creator–not just a user–during this special coding program at home. Learn to code, use Micro:bits, create wearable technology, and design your own project that addresses a real-world problem. Add to your programming skills, no matter your current level (no programming experience required).

Session will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (6/29-7/03) from 10:00-11:30am

$95 members/$105 non-members, plus equipment fee of $35

July 20 – July 24, 2020


Aerodynamics

Will it fly, or will it fall? Safe at home, we can test them all! Airplanes, rockets, and parachutes, too…together let’s discover what aerodynamics can do!

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/24) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/20 and 7/22 from 9:30am – 10:30am OR

Tuesday and Thursday 7/21 and 7/23 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/20-7/23) from 8am-9am

$60 members/$70 non-members

Grades 2-3

 

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 7/21 and 7/23 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/20-7/23) from 11am – 12pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/20 and 7/22 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/20-7/23) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

July 27 - July 31, 2020


Chemistry and Art at Home

Is it an acid? Is it a base? How can we find out in our own place? Explore chemistry, chromatography, artistry, and more in this virtual experience in our homes and yours.

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/31) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/27 and 7/29 from 9:30am – 10:30am

OR

Tuesday and Thursday 7/28 and 7/30 from 12:30pm-1:30pm  

Grades 2-3

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 7/28 and 7/30 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/27-7/30) from 11am – 12pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/27 and 7/29 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/27-7/30) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

July 27- July 31, 2020


Raspberry Pi

Grades 6-12

Use your home wifi and a TV or monitor to 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. 

Session will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (6/22-6/26) from 10:00am-11:30am

$95 members/$105 non-members, plus equipment fee of $35, which includes Raspberry Pi® to take home

August 3-August 7, 2020


Nature Up Close

Insects, arachnids, and myriapods…oh, my! What can you discover when you look up close and study? We’ll build the best shelter for a bee or butterfly. 

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (8/7) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 8/3 and 8/5 from 9:30am – 10:30am

OR

Tuesday and Thursday 8/4 and 8/6 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Grades 2-3

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 8/4 and 8/6 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Camp Experience!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (8/3-8/6) from 11am – 12pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 8/4 and 8/6 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (8/3-8/6) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

In-Person Camp Experiences, At Explora

IN-PERSON CAMP EXPERIENCES, At Explora


Growing a Scientist™

For preschoolers ages 2 ½ – 5, together with their adults, at Explora

Fall in love with science, as you and your child explore together!

September 9–December 19, 2020

In Growing a Scientist™preschoolers ages 2½ to 5 and their parents or adult caregivers make discoveries about science by questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Early childhood educators engage children and their adults in science and engineering activities that incorporate art, literature, and fun! Each session focuses on a different theme. Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.

Parent or adult caregiver participation is required.

Class schedule

Please select one of the following sessions (meets every other week):

  • Wednesday Mornings,  9:30–11am
  • Friday Mornings,  9:30–11am
  • Saturday Mornings,  9:30–11am

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.

Registration

Fee

Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps , and admission all year!

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

September 9–December 19, 2020


Me and My Shadow

Wed., Sept. 9/ Fri., Sept. 11/ Sat., Sept. 12
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Wed., Sept. 23/ Fri., Sept. 25/ Sat., Sept. 26
Sort a variety of leaves and observe them up close. Discover how special leaves are when you examine the colors in a green leaf and enjoy leaf patterns with rubbings and prints.

Animal Defenses

Wed., Oct. 7/ Fri., Oct. 9/ Sat., Oct. 10
Investigate mirrors, reflection, and symmetry as you compare your image in concave and convex mirrors, build Explore a variety of strange and unusual ways animals defend themselves, and design your own animal with special characteristics to help it survive.

Color Mix-Up

Wed., Oct. 21/ Fri., Oct. 23/ Sat., Oct. 24
Watch colors change before your eyes as you mix colored solutions, make secondary colors from primary ones and create artwork to take home.

Playful Pendulums

Wed., Nov. 4/ Fri., Nov. 6/ Sat., Nov. 7
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. We’ll play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint and much more.

Patterns on Parade

Wed., Nov. 18/ Fri., Nov 20/ Sat., Nov. 21
Explore patterns in nature, create a variety of symmetrical and repeating designs, and make your own patchwork quilt pattern.

Taking Flight

Wed., Dec. 2/ Fri., Dec. 4/ Sat., Dec. 5
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly. Experiment with floating balloons, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.

Wonderful Water

Wed., Dec. 16/ Fri., Dec 18/ Sat., Dec. 19
Get wet exploring unique properties of ice and water during a number of exciting activities. Explore different types of water, race water drops down a hill, and much more.

Science to Grow On™

For grades K-3, at Explora

Grow your child’s love for science!

September 9-December 21, 2020

In Science to Grow On™, children make discoveries by questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Explora educators engage children and their adults in age-appropriate activities that incorporate science, art, and fun! Each session focuses on a different theme. Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.

Parent or adult caregiver participation is encouraged, but not required.

Class schedule

Please select one of the following sessions (meets every other week):

  • Option A: Saturday Mornings,  9:30–11am

9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/21, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

  • Option B: Wednesday Afternoons, 1–2:30pm

9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.

Registration

Fee

Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps , and admission all year!

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

September 9–December 21, 2020


Under the Sun

Class 1
Test different sunscreens to find out which one is the best for blocking the effects of the sun. Test the effect of the sun on UV beads and create your own photographic image using sunlight.

Leaves Everywhere

Class 2
Leaves give us oxygen, shelter, and shade.  They can even give us food!  Explore all the beautiful and wonderful things leaves have to offer!

Levers, Pulleys, and Ramps

Class 3
Explore simple machines and discover how they can make work easier. Find out where simple machines are used and create a chain reaction using levers, pulleys and ramps.

What’s in a Fingerprint?

Class 4
Explore your fingerprints and look at your hair under microscopes to find out what makes you unique. Be a forensic scientist as you investigate “who did it” by comparing the evidence!

Drawing Nature

Class 5
Become a scientific illustrator as you use grids, symmetry, and more to draw your favorite animals and plants. Investigate how science and art work together as you use magnifying glasses to examine insects and plants, and then use your powers of observation to inspire your illustrations

Magnetic Filing

Class 6
Experiment with the powers of magnets as you try to repel and attract different materials. Explore magnetic pendulums, use a magnet to race a car, and draw with iron filings.

Catch a Wave

Class 7
Catch a sound wave! Students experiment with vibrations to learn how sound is produced and how it travels. Make your own musical instrument to take home.

Colors on the Move

Class 8
How does mixing colored light compare with mixing different colors of paint together? Explore color mixing as you test a variety of materials and mediums to find out which colors mix together and which colors do not. Create new colors, dissect a marker to find the hidden colors inside and more.

Engineering Investigators

For 3rd–5th graders, at Explora


September 9-December 21, 2020

Design, Engineer, Build!  In each class, Explora educators engage children in activities that use the engineering design process to solve a problem. Whether it’s building a suspension bridge or figuring out what gears are best to use on a bike, children will have fun designing and building, perhaps without even realizing they are honing their problem-solving skills and learning engineering and physics principles! Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.

Parent or adult caregiver participation is welcome but not required.

Class schedule

Meets every other week, please select one of the following sections:

  • Option A: Saturday Mornings (at Explora),  9:30–11am

9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/21, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

  • Option B: Wednesday Afternoons (at Explora), 1–2:30pm

9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.

Registration

Fee

Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps , and admission all year!

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

September 9–December 21, 2020


Trebuchet Basketball

Class 1
Using and modifying catapults, we will test our distance and accuracy to shoot some hoops! Who will make the first three-pointer?

In Flight

Class 2
Soar through the air in a blast! Let’s build the fastest, farthest flying rocket we can! Up, up and away!

Wind-Powered Cars

Class 3
Design a model car that can race across a room using only wind power! How can you build a sail that will catch the breeze and run with it?

Wiring a House

Class 4
After creating a model house, we will light it up with our own electrical circuits! How can you best light the rooms? How and where will the switches go?

Arcade Engineering

Class 5
Let’s bring a new spin to arcade games! How can you best engineer your game to make it the most fun possible?

Crack the Code

Class 6
Mysteries abound as we build puzzle cryptexes. Will you be able to solve the twists and turns in the puzzle in time?

Polymer Lab, Slime Time

Class 7
What are polymers? How do we use them every day? Learn about these materials and their properties as we design different slimes. Slippery, shiny, foamy, stretch, or sticky? It is up to you!

Chain Reaction with Magnets

Class 8
Will your magnets attract or repel? Build a chain reaction track and see if your magnets will go all the way!

Registration Info for In-Person Camps

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with only 5 campers per classroom. Only half day options are available. All campers and staff must wear masks and pass a daily COVID-19 screening.

  • Drop Off: Begins 15 minutes before scheduled camp time.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described.
  • Food: Please pack self-contained peanut-free snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.

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.

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

Explora Virtual Camps

Explora Virtual Summer Camps

Explora virtual camp programs are designed for your students to have an in-depth “camp” experience without leaving your home. All camps have associated materials kits that will be available for pick-up curbside at Explora ahead of the program. Virtual Summer Camps will be led by Explora educators on Zoom. Participants should have access to a wifi-enabled device with a camera. Each session’s Zoom meeting link will be sent via email on the day of the class.

Growing a Scientist™ (Virtual)

For preschoolers ages 2 ½ – 5, together with their adults, at Explora

Fall in love with science, as you and your child explore together!

September 9–December 19, 2020

In Growing a Scientist™preschoolers ages 2½ to 5 and their parents or adult caregivers make discoveries about science by questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Early childhood educators engage children and their adults in science and engineering activities that incorporate art, literature, and fun! Each session focuses on a different theme. Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.

Parent or adult caregiver participation is required.

Class schedule

Please select one of the following sessions (meets every other week):

  • Thursday Mornings,  9:30–11am

Registration

Fee

Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps , and admission all year!

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

September 9–December 19, 2020


Me and My Shadow

Thursday, September 10
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Thursday, September 24
Sort a variety of leaves and observe them up close. Discover how special leaves are when you examine the colors in a green leaf and enjoy leaf patterns with rubbings and prints.

Animal Defenses

Thursday, October 8
Investigate mirrors, reflection, and symmetry as you compare your image in concave and convex mirrors, build Explore a variety of strange and unusual ways animals defend themselves, and design your own animal with special characteristics to help it survive.

Color Mix-Up

Thursday, October 22
Watch colors change before your eyes as you mix colored solutions, make secondary colors from primary ones and create artwork to take home.

Playful Pendulums

Thursday, November 5
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. We’ll play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint and much more.

Patterns on Parade

Thursday, November 19
Explore patterns in nature, create a variety of symmetrical and repeating designs, and make your own patchwork quilt pattern.

Taking Flight

Thursday, December 3
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly. Experiment with floating balloons, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.

Wonderful Water

Thursday, December 17
Get wet exploring unique properties of ice and water during a number of exciting activities. Explore different types of water, race water drops down a hill, and much more.

July 6-July 10, 2020


Maker in the House

Become a maker, an artist, and a scientist using a variety of materials and tools to design and test your own prototype. Problem solve, innovate and create with this virtual Explora experience.

Preschool + Adult Program

Choose one class on Friday (7/10) from 9am-10am OR 10:30am-11:30am

$20 members/$30 non members

Grades K-1

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/06 and 7/08 from 9:30am – 10:30am OR

Tuesday and Thursday 7/07 and 7/09 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Grades 2-3

Choose one:

Tuesday and Thursday 7/07 and 7/09 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Or, choose a daily Maker Morning!

$60 members/$70 non-members

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/06-7/09) from 11am – 12pm

Grades 4-6

Choose one:

Monday and Wednesday 7/07 and 7/09 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

$40 members/$50 non-members

Or, choose a daily Maker Afternoon!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/06-7/09) from 2:00-3:00pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Home School Experiences

Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, hour-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are hour-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, math, and art through questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Children will be encouraged to build their own knowledge and cultivate skills such as observation, creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, and innovation as they explore a different topic each week. Class topics change each semester.

Sessions meet EVERY WEEK for ONE HOUR.

In-Person Camp Experiences At:

Home School Explorations Series for grades K-2 (ages 5-7)

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

Fall Semester 2020

September 22-December 8, 2020

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

Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!

Please select one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, 11am-12pm (virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format
  • Tuesday, 1-2:15pm (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm (virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format

Fall 2020 Explorations Schedule:

Crazy Concoctions
9/22
Be an inquisitive scientist as you concoct new substances. Investigate their characteristics as you first observe them and then manipulate them with your hands.

Me and My Shadow
9/29
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.

Growing Pains
10/6
What do butterflies and frogs have in common? Students observe plants and animals at different stages in their life cycles, and discover how plants and animals change and grow up to be like their parents.

Looking for a Pattern
10/13
Investigate patterns in nature, discover designs in animal footprints, experiment with rhythm patterns, and create your own design on a big hat you can wear

A Shovelful of Dirt
10/20
Get your hands dirty as you make discoveries about dirt and soil. Use magnifying loupes as you look for living material in the dirt, and sculpt your own creation out of clay.

Wonderful Water
10/27
Get wet exploring ice and water during several exciting activities. Students experiment with water drops and investigate absorption, adhesion, and other unique properties of ice and water.

What’s That Sound?
11/3
Explore sound waves and observe how they travel through water or air. Students feel vibrations caused by sound waves and experience these waves doing work.

Where Does the Food go?
11/10
Let’s answer this question by consulting our 8-foot-tall, blue-haired doll, whose canvas body unzips to reveal ten large digestive, circulatory, and respiratory organs. We’ll learn what these body parts do and how to stay healthy, too!

Crazy About Chromatography
11/17
Inside an ordinary black marker is a rainbow of color waiting to escape! Students investigate how paper chromatography is used to separate the components of mixtures, and test colored markers, food coloring, and candy to see what unexpected colors each contains.

Playful Pendulums
11/24
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. We’ll play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint and much more.

Switch On, Switch Off
12/1
Turn things on and off as you explore open and closed circuits. Investigate a variety of switches and much more.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
12/8
Students investigate reflection and symmetry as they compare their images in reflective materials, build kaleidoscopes, and make symmetrical art.


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

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

Fall Semester 2020

September 22-December 9, 2020

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

Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!

Please select one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, 9:30-10:20am (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Tuesday, 1-2:15pm (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm (virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format

Fall 2020 Explorations Schedule:

Water Filtration
9/22 or 9/23
How can we create cleaner water? Experiment with a variety of materials to filter water samples. Test your samples before and after for turbidity, hardness, and pH, and find out how effective different filtration methods may be.

Good Vibrations
9/29 or 9/30
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.

Energy Transformers
10/6 or 10/7
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.

Building a Monument
10/13 or 10/14
Put tension to good use! Use your bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. Discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as you create your own unique architectural structures.

Forced into Action
10/20 or 10/21
Get on the move with Sir Isaac Newton and discover the laws that govern motion. Eggs may break and balls will fly as we experiment with simple tools to learn about inertia and to determine the forces, velocity, and acceleration of objects in motion.

Mobiles: Twisted, but Balanced
10/27 or 10/28
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.

Galileo’s Universe
11/3 or 11/4
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.

Kaleidoscope Crazed
11/10 or 11/11
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.

Exciting Electricity
1/17 or 11/18
Use batteries and wires to light a bulb, and explore open and closed circuits. Then make a gigantic complete circuit you won’t forget!

Go With the Flow
11/24 or 11/25
What is Bernoulli’s Principle? Levitate balls and make an egg jump from one container to another to find out how airplanes fly and birds soar. The science of fluid dynamics is a great way to engage participants’ natural curiosities and connect them to the world.

Food Sleuths
12/1 or 12/2
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!

The Heat is On
12/8 or 12/9
Do we sometimes act like hot little molecules? We’ll use natural tendencies, along with some dramatic experiments, to understand how molecules transfer heat through conduction, convection, and radiation.


Home School Explorations Series for grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

Fall Semester 2020

September 22-December 8, 2020

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

Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!

Please select one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, 1-2:15pm (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm (virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format

Fall 2020 Explorations Schedule:

Ecology of the Forest
9/22
The forest floor has many stories to tell. Dig in the dirt and discover evidence of who and what is in it. Test soil samples for absorption and percolation, and find out how soil supports the health of the forest and the lives within it.

Plants Capturing Light
9/29
What are the factors that regulate photosynthesis? Experiment with leaf pigments, light intensity, and light frequency to shed light on nature’s own solar cells.

Raspberry PiⓇ
10/6
Not that kind of pie! Explora the power of this tiny computer that can be used for almost anything and costs only $50. Explore coding languages, gaming, music making, and much more!

Music Math
10/13
You’ve probably enjoyed listening to your favorite music. Now you can unlock the mystery of its structure! Find the math in music as you design rhythm patterns, discover music fractions, and keep the beat while putting it all together.

Kaleidoscope Crazed
10/20
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.

Triangles and Tribulations
10/27
Have you always thought the triangle was just the shape between the circle and the square? It turns out that a triangle has some very important properties for engineering and construction. Find out more in this challenging trial-and-error exploration using triangles to construct games and roller coasters.

Building a Monument
11/3
Put tension to good use! Use your bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. Discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as you create your own unique architectural structures.

Energy Transformers
11/10
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.

In Synch
11/17
Explore the phenomenon of resonance by snapping, plucking, or striking rubber bands, springs, rods, pendulums, and more to observe their natural springiness. Use techniques of matching natural frequencies to “magically” move pendulums, oscillate springs, and amplify vibrations of objects.

Stop Motion Animation
11/24
Explore persistence of vision with optical toys like zoetropes, flip books, thaumatropes, and a variety of computer programs. Use measurement skills and other applied math concepts to animate pictures and make them come alive!

Film Making
12/1
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.

Laser Cutting
12/8
Whhhaaaaaat???? Yeah that’s right we’re going to cut stuff with a laser! We’ll design artistic pieces and cut through paper, cardboard, wood, or acrylic to put on display at home.


VIRTUAL SUMMER SCIENCE NIGHTS

VIRTUAL SUMMER SCIENCE NIGHTS

Tuesdays: 6-6:30 pm starting June 2, 2020 and En Espanol/In Spanish – 3rd jueves/Thursday: 6-6:30pm

Join with your family. Each week is a different theme.

$5 per family per virtual link.


June 30, 2020

A Night with the Animals: BioPark and Explora together


July 7, 2020

 What’s the Matter?


July 14, 2020

 High Power Lasers With Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico and Explora


July 21, 2020

 Physics and Flying Eggs with Explora and Spaceport of America


July 28, 2020

Lucky Guess? Magic or Science?


August 4, 2020

Fire and Ice


June 18, 2020 - In Spanish

Mystery Chemistry


July 16, 2020 - In Spanish

Electrifying!


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