Spring 2022 School's Out Camps are here!

Spring 2022 School's Out Camps are here!

Explora's Spring 2022 School's Out camps are now open for registration! You can find specific program details or register for camps below! Stay tuned to this page for future offerings.

Looking for Explora's Summer Camp offerings? Click here!

Call the Explora Reservations line (505) 600-6734 for more information.

SCHOOL'S OUT CAMP AT EXPLORA

SPRING BREAK CAMP AT EXPLORA

This single day camp 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. Please email reservations@explora.us for more information.

In-person camps will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with ample space between children and open camp spaces. Masks are encouraged, but not required.


Friday April 15th, 2022

Energy is Everywhere

Grades K-5th. Full Day (9am-4pm)
~this camp includes supervised lunch time~

Energy is essential to almost everything we do! Using LEGO® Sets, we’ll investigate the world of energy in all its amazing forms. Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become environmental engineers in this energy-themed camp. Explore many sources of energy by building models of wind, solar power, biofuel and more! 

Registration Info for In-Person Camps

To protect our littlest visitors, masks are recommended, but not required while at Explora. Our staff will be wearing masks.  

Feeling sick? Please stay home! If you are experiencing fever, runny nose, sore throat, or any other contagious symptoms, please stay home and contact us for next steps. 

  • 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.
  • Campers should register for camp for the grade most recently completed.
 Register Online
  • 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.
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

SPRING BREAK CAMP EXPERIENCES AT:

SPRING BREAK CAMP EXPERIENCES AT:

The Larry P Abraham Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos

This week long camp is a multi-age, collaborative camp experience, 9:00-2:00, $250 members/$275 non-members.

Financial assistance is available for all programs, on request. We don’t want anyone to miss out on Explora programs. Please email reservations@explora.us for more information.

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.

March 21-25, 2022

Compost!

Grades K-5th

What is compost? Can you create a garden from garbage? Delve into the important role that compost plays in growing our food.



Summer Camps at Explora! Join us for investigation, discovery, and hands-on summer fun!

Summer Camps at Explora! Join us for investigation, discovery, and hands-on summer fun!

Explora offers a variety of week-long summer camps that inspire learners of all grade levels to get excited about science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).  At Explora, campers preK-12th will get engaged and keep their brain cells buzzing by exploring STEAM topics in materials-rich and creative environments. Choices include in-person camps at Explora, Balloon Camp at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and Farm Camp at the Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos. Make sure to check out our X Studio programs for teens (6th grade and above!). Let’s get curious!

Did you know we offer summer camp scholarships? Financial assistance is available for all summer programs, on request. We don’t want anyone to miss out on summer camp!

SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES AT EXPLORA

SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES AT EXPLORA

Each of these week-long, half-day camps is $150 for members/$170 for non-members.

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines, with ample space between children and open camp spaces. Only half-day options are available. Supervised lunchtime will be available for campers enrolled in both morning and afternoon camps. Aftercare is available for afternoon camps for an additional fee. Masks are encouraged but not required.


June 6-June 10, 2022

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm 

Constructing with Clay:
Clay is the great pretender. It can mimic so many physical items. How can we use it to construct structures that exist in the world and serve the purposes of both form and function? Play with centrifugal force while creating your own beautiful, functional clayware.

Grades PreK, 9am-12pm

Amazing Light:
Explore the way light bounces, refracts, and casts shadows as you play with the amazing properties of light.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Under Water:
Submerge yourself in the wondrous world of water as you experiment with floaters and sinkers, explore the properties of water, and dive deep into the element most necessary for life! 

Grades K-2nd, 1pm-4pm

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® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades 3rd-5th, 9am-12pm

Sustainability All Around!:
What does sustainability mean? Discover nature's systems of recycling, and investigate the mysteries of biodegradation in this deep-dive into sustainable gardening.  

Grades 3rd-5th, 1pm-4pm

Smoke and Mirrors:
Investigate optical illusions and deceptive perceptions by experimenting with reflection, refraction, translucence, scattering, and focus. Explore how the brain ‘sees’ and play with light and shadow! 

June 13-June 17, 2022

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Laws of Motion:
Using LEGO® Sets, we’ll be inspired by the work of Sir Isaac Newton to play with gravity, velocity, and so much more! Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help campers become physicists in this engaging camp. Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades PreK, 9am-12pm

Art and Engineering:
Put your designer’s mind to work as you create kinetic artworks! Build robots, paint with machines, and discover the exciting world of art and engineering.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Crazy Concoctions:
Be an inquisitive scientist! Concoct slimy substances and observe their characteristics, watch colors change before your eyes as you mix different colored solutions to create new ones and much more.

Grades K-2nd, 1pm-4pm

Shine a Light:
Discover the surprising and fascinating properties of light! Mix color with light and shadow, play with refraction, and ride the light wave.

Grades 3rd-5th, 9am-12pm

Super Bounce:
Bouncing, rolling, throwing, smashing, falling, and swinging! Be a curious physicist, and explore the laws of motion and gravity with balls of all kinds. 

Grades 3rd-5th, 1pm-4pm

Blast Off:
Calling all rocket scientists! Design paper rockets and plastic bottle rockets which will fly straight, and go to altitudes of several hundred feet when launched. Discover the laws of motion as well, as the forces of thrust, air resistance, and gravity as you rocket into the stratosphere. 

June 20-June 24, 2022

Grades PreK, 9am-12pm

Art Bots:
Robot art?! Construct contraptions that combine pencils with circuits, LEDs, and motors to make small bots that draw or scribble. What kind of designs will your robot create? 

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm

Color Wonder:
What is color? Is it always the same?  Discover how color combines and changes its appearance. Use different materials and media to explore the properties of color and create your own color illusions!

Grades K-2nd, 1pm-4pm

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. Get ready to make friends with bugs!

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm 

Interesting Inventions:
Using LEGO® Sets, we’ll be engineers and recreate inventions that have completely changed the world. Build models of inventions like the conveyer belt and, of course, the car!  Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this invention-themed camp.
Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades 3-5, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Constructing with Clay:
Clay is the great pretender. It can mimic so many physical items. How can we use it to construct structures that exist in the world, and serve the purposes of both form and function? Play with centrifugal force while creating your own beautiful, functional clayware.

Grades 3-5, 1pm-4pm

Color Science:
Combining colors can yield surprising results! What happens when you mix different colored pigments, or different colored light? We'll experiment with paint, colored water, light, and lenses as we make discoveries about colors.

June 27-July 1, 2022

PreK, 9am-12pm

Amazing Air:
Whoosh—Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble! Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more. What can air do?

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Ready, Set, Create!:
Experience art-making for the whole body. From painting, to sculpture we will explore new ways of artistic expression through action, motion, gravity, and gesture.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Ticket to Ride:
Using LEGO® Sets, build models of amusement park rides like the Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, and Swing Boats! Can you modify your design to make it go faster or slower? Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this amusement park-themed camp.
Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades 3-5, 9am-12pm

Spring, Sprang, Sprung:
Curious about things that stretch, bounce, and oscillate? Investigate the patterns of behavior in elastic stretch and oscillation, and discover kinetic relationships through some springy, surprising experiments!

Grades 3-5, 1pm-4pm

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

Grades 4-8th, 1pm-4pm

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 your current level (no programming experience required).

July 4-July 8, 2022

~No Camps at Explora~

July 11-July 15, 2022

Grades PreK, 9am-12pm

Art and Engineering:
Put your designer’s mind to work as you create kinetic artworks! Build robots, paint with machines, and discover the exciting world of art and engineering. 

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Amazing Animals:
Using LEGO® Sets, explore STEM concepts while building models based on some of your favorite animals! Animal models include kangaroos, monkeys, seals, and more! Students will learn more about where these animals live and their habits. Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this animal-themed camp. 
Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Crazy Concoctions:
Be an inquisitive scientist! Concoct slimy substances and observe their characteristics, watch colors change before your eyes as you mix different colored solutions to create new ones, and much more.

Grades 3-5, 9am-12pm

Sustainability All Around!:
What does sustainability mean? Discover nature's systems of recycling, and investigate the mysteries of biodegradation in this deep-dive into sustainable gardening. 

Grades 3-5, 1pm-4pm

Smoke and Mirrors:
Investigate optical illusions and  deceptive perceptions by experimenting with reflection, refraction, translucence, scattering, and focus. Explore how the brain ‘sees’ and play with light and shadow!

July 18-July 22, 2022

PreK, 9am-12pm

Amazing Light:
Explore the way light bounces, refracts, and casts shadows as you play with the amazing properties of light.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Under Water:
Submerge yourself in the wondrous world of water as you experiment with floaters and sinkers, explore the properties of water, and dive deep into the element most necessary for life!

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Get Galactic:
Using LEGO® Space Sets, we’ll let imaginations run wild to build space-themed 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® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades 3rd-5th, 9am-12pm

Blast Off:
Calling all rocket scientists! Design paper rockets and plastic bottle rockets that will fly straight, and go to altitudes of several hundred feet when launched. Discover the laws of motion as well, as the forces of thrust, air resistance, and gravity, as you rocket into the stratosphere.

Grades 3rd-5th, 1pm-4pm

Super Bounce:
Bouncing, rolling, throwing, smashing, falling, and swinging! Be a curious physicist, and explore the laws of motion and gravity with balls of all kinds.

July 25-July 29, 2022

PreK, 9am-12pm

Amazing Air:
Whoosh—Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble! Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more. What can air do?

Grades 3rd-5th, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Constructing with Clay:
Clay is the great pretender. It can mimic so many physical items. How can we use it to construct structures that exist in the world, and serve the purposes of both form and function? Play with centrifugal force while creating your own beautiful, functional clayware.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm

Interesting Inventions:
Using LEGO® Sets, we’ll be engineers and recreate inventions that have completely changed the world. Build models of inventions like the conveyer belt and of course, the car!  Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this invention-themed camp.
Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm

Color Wonder:
What is color? Is it always the same? Discover how color combines, and changes its appearance. Use different materials and media to explore the properties of color, and create your own color illusions!

Grades K-2nd, 1pm-4pm

Shine a Light:
Discover the surprising and fascinating properties of light! Mix color with light and shadow, play with refraction, and ride the light wave. 

Grades 3rd-5th, 1pm-4pm

Color Science:
Combining colors can yield surprising results! What happens when you mix different colored pigments, or different colored light? We'll experiment with paint, colored water, light, and lenses as we make discoveries about colors.

August 1-August 5, 2022

PreK, 9am-12pm

Art Bots:
Robot art?! Construct contraptions that combine pencils with circuits, LEDs, and motors to make small bots that draw or scribble. What kind of designs will your robot create?

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Ready, Set, Create!:
Experience art making for the whole body. From painting to sculpture we will explore new ways of artistic expression through action, motion, gravity, and gesture.

Grades K-2nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Ticket to Ride:
Using LEGO® Sets, build models of amusement park rides like the Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, and Swing Boats! Can you modify your design to make it go faster or slower? Guest educators from Bricks 4 Kidz® will help students become engineers in this amusement park-themed camp.
Lego® Sets and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO® Group.

Grades 3rd-5th, 9am-12pm

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

Grades 3rd-5th, 1pm-4pm

Spring, Sprang, Sprung:
Curious about things that stretch, bounce, and oscillate? Investigate the patterns of behavior in elastic stretch and oscillation, and discover kinetic relationships through some springy, surprising experiments!

Grades 4th-8th, 1pm-4pm

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 your current level (no programming experience required).

Registration Info for Summer Camps

To protect our littlest visitors, masks are recommended, but not required while at Explora. Our staff will be wearing masks.  

Feeling sick? Please stay home! If you are experiencing fever, runny nose, sore throat, or any other contagious symptoms, please stay home and contact us for next steps. 

  • 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.
 Register Online
  • 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.
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

SENSORY FRIENDLY CAMPS:

Things That Move!

For ages 8-12

$150 members/$170 non-members

Options:

  • 1st week: July 5th-8th from 9am-2pm.
  • 2nd week: July 11th-15th from 1pm-4pm.

Awaken your inner engineer as you compete in catapult challenges, soar paper airplanes, and design your very own hovercraft! Our "Things That Move" summer camp is specifically designed for neurodiverse individuals and their siblings! Come tinker, play, build social skills, and discover new things!

Presented by LSG & Associates 

Requirements: Campers need to be able to: 
  • Communicate (verbally, communication device/ system).
  • Have independent personal care including bathroom skills and feeding skills.

SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES AT:

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, ABQ, NM 87113

SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES AT:

The Art and Science of Ballooning in New Mexico

Grades K-5

$300 members/$340 non-members

Options:

  • Monday, June 20th - Friday, June 24th, 9:00-4:00
  • Monday, July 18th - Friday, July 22nd, 9:00-4:00

Welcome, young balloonists, to this exciting collaboration between Explora and the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum! Spend the week exploring art, “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 more to determine your very best designs.


The Larry P Abraham Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos

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Each full-week camp is a multi-age, collaborative summer camp experience, Grades K-12 9am-3pm, $260 members/$300 non-members. PreK: 9am-12pm, $150 for members/$170 for non-members.

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.

June 6-June 10, 2022

Grades K-3rd

Seeds to Plate:
How does all that tasty food end up on your plate? Delve into all the exciting and delicious foods that can be made from ingredients found fresh on the farm. Investigate the many different ways that a seed ends up a part of a meal on a plate.


June 13-June 17, 2022

Grades 2nd-5th

Seeds to Plate:
How does all that tasty food end up on your plate? Delve into all the exciting and delicious foods that can be made from ingredients found fresh on the farm. Investigate the many different ways that a seed ends up a part of a meal on a plate.


June 20-June 24, 2022

Grades K-3rd

Water in the Wild:
Water plays a powerful role in any ecosystem. We’ll examine the Rio Grande, bosque ecosystems, and acequias to learn how people, animals, and water are all connected at the farm and in the wild!


June 27-July 1, 2022

Grades 2-5th

Water in the Wild:
Water plays a powerful role in any ecosystem. We’ll examine the Rio Grande, bosque ecosystems, and acequias to learn how people, animals, and water are all connected at the farm and in the wild!


July 5-8th, 2022

PreK

Water in the Wild:
See how water is shared by plants, animals, and humans and play with water in the wild!


July 11-July 15, 2022

Grades 6-12

Farming of the Future:
What is the intersection of farming and tech? In this hands-on, tech-based farm camp, you will explore a variety of aspects of farming and agriculture and innovate current farming methods through coding. Apply technology to centuries-old farming practices and bring your farming into the future. Scholarships are available for Farming the Future. 

Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software.


July 18-July 22, 2022

Grades 6th-8th, 9am-4pm

Watermania with the Center for Water and the Environment:
Dive into water science with guest educators from UNM’s Center for Water & the Environment. Through coding, designing and inventing, you’ll work with a variety of water samples and test for water quality, build water level monitors, and learn about careers in water management and resources. Water is a crucial New Mexico resource- learn about the intersection of water and tech that has real-world applications! This program will be hosted by the Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos. Scholarships are available for Watermania. 


Get the FAQs Here

Get the FAQs Here

To help answer some of your general questions, please use this convenient guide. For additional questions, you are invited to contact the Camp Coordinator at campcoordinator@explora.us.