Home School Explorations Series

Home School Explorations Series

For 3rd–5th graders (ages 8–11 years), at Explora

Spring Semester: January 30th - April 25th, 2023

Be curious, discover, experiment!


Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, 75 minute-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are 75 minute-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, art, and math 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.

In-person classes will meet all CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. (Explora staff will be masked). 

Choose one day/time:   

  • Monday, 1pm-2:15pm (at Explora)
  • Tuesday, 10:30am-11:45am (at Explora)
  • Tuesday, 1pm-2:15pm (at Explora)

Registration Fee

Explora members* $110 per child per semester
Non-members $125 per child per semester

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

Register now for Spring Semester 2023!

1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online
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2. Call the Reservations office at 505‐600-6734 or e‐mail reservations@explora.us.

3. Mail registration form with payment to: Explora Reservations Manager, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87104

Explora’s Camps & Programs

Explora educators develop activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.


  • You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.

Call: 505-600-6734. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am–5pm. Para español, llame al 505-600-6734, de lunes a viernes, 9am–5pm.

Email: reservations@explora.us

Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Fax: 505-224-8325

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 2023 Explorations Schedule

Spring 2023 Explorations Schedule

January 30 - April 25, 2023

Be a Rock Star

MON Jan 30 / TUES Jan 31

Rocks can be sorted into groups based on a number of characteristics. However, geologists sort them by the way in which they were formed.  Students will sort rocks and then perform a number of tests on a mystery mineral in order to identify it.

Pigments of Your Imagination

MON Feb 6/TUES Feb 7

Combine chemistry and art to create your own paints and create a painting. Paint is a compound; experiment with combining different substances to make a variety of paints.

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

MON Feb 13 / TUES Feb 14

Every day we see and hear patterns in nature and in man-made materials, in language, music and sounds, in colors and lines. Explore patterns all around us and create your own terrific tessellations.

Cooking Chemistry 

MON Feb 20 /TUES Feb 21

Students will test different foods to find out which ones have carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  Investigate the difference between baking soda and baking powder; create your own snack and more

Good Vibrations

MON Feb 27 / TUES Feb 28

Motion of particles gives rise to vibrations. Vibrations in space and time create waves whose characteristics of amplitude and frequency produce sound.

Under the Sun

MON March 6/ TUES March 7

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 light from the sun.

Colorful Kaleidoscopes

MON March 13 / TUES March 14

Use mirrors to investigate symmetry, patterns, and reflections and construct your own colorful kaleidoscopes!

Play Ball 

MON March 27 / TUES March 28

Make observations about various objects in motion through rolling, bouncing, and colliding and how energy transforms from one form to another. Energy is everywhere!

Forced into Action

MON April 3 /TUES April 4

Push and pull to experience the “relative” nature of motion and discover the “rules” as to how things move. 

Makey Makey

MON April 10 / TUES April 11

Explore physical computing and computer interfacing using Makey Makeys. Make circuit drawings, create Makey Makey instruments and more! 

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

MON April 17 / TUES April 18

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.

Bathroom Science

MON April 24 /TUES April 25

Adults are always telling you to wash your hands, so find out why as you explore bathroom science.  We will explore the spread of germs, test different soaps, and make our own hand cleanser. 

Class topics vary from semester to semester. For more information about this program please contact our Reservations office.

Phone: 505-600-6734

Email: reservations@explora.us

Para información en español, llame al 505-600-6734