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

Home School Explorations Series

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

Fall Semester: September 20–December 7, 2021

Be curious, discover, experiment!


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, 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.

Choose one day/time:   

  • Monday 1-2pm (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, 1-2pm (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

In-person classes will meet at Explora if health order allows. If classes cannot meet at Explora, they will meet via Zoom with the materials kit provided.

Registration Fee

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!

Register now for Fall Semester 2021

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 505-224-8323, 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

Fall 2020 Explorations Schedule

Fall 2021 Explorations Schedule

September 20–December 7, 2021

Soil Searchers

9/20 or 9/21

Soil, mud, dust, earth, terra— there are lots of names for stuff beneath our feet. Come discover the amazing world of dirt.

Pollinators: From Bees to Bats Soil Searchers

9/27 or 9/28

Bees, butterflies, birds, moths, and bats all play an important role in the viability of our food sources and our ecosystem. What type of plants do different pollinators like? What are elements of a garden that encourages butterflies to visit?

Water on the Move

10/4 or 10/5

How does water move through the soil? Be a water engineer as you design, build, and test aquifer models to track contaminants, water tables, and well levels.

Mystery Mixtures

10/11 or 10/12

From forensics to fireworks, chemists learn about interesting substances by performing various tests. Using chemical analysis and powers of observation, participants will each determine the composition of a mystery mixture. Chemical reactions, suspensions, solutions, and mixtures are all part of this mysterious exploration. 

Science of Soap

10/18 or 10/19

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.  

Pigments of Your Imagination

10/25 or 10/26

Do artists need to understand chemistry? Explore the art-science connection by using pigments to make your own paints. Then use your handmade paints to create an original work of art!

Play Ball

11/1 or 11/2

By playing with flexible tracks and a variety of balls, students make discoveries about the effect of mass on collisions and the ways to affect velocity. Students also explore bounciness and elasticity in this engaging exploration.

Chance or Lucky Guess?

11/8 or 11/9

By flipping coins, rolling dice, picking marbles from a jar, and collecting data on candy, students discover that some outcomes are predictable. Students run experiments, collect data, and determine the probabilities of certain outcomes for independent events.

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

11/15 or 11/16

Discover how straight lines can bend and explore how movies are made as you play with toys and use art to investigate persistence of vision. Explore how optical illusions play tricks on your brain. 

Jump Rope Math

11/22 or 11/23

How far will you go as you jump, skip, measure, investigate, and graph? Jumping rope can be seriously fun when you go to great lengths making predictions about travel, proportions, and number of skips

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

11/29 or 11/30

Explore patterns all around us and create your own terrific tessellation. What repeating design will you make?

Crazy Light

12/6 or 12/7

Why do we see ourselves in mirrors? How are shadows made? Use light boxes to explore the basic properties of white and colored light, including reflection and refraction, and investigate the properties of lenses.

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 505-224-8323