2019 Summer Camp for Grades 4-6

Join us for discovery and investigation!

Registration open now.

Week-long Camps offered June 3–August 9

Be a food scientist, an ecosystem explorer, an escape room designer, an experimental photographer, a bike builder, a robot engineer, or other adventurer in these camps created for children who have completed grade 4, 5, or 6. Select a morning, afternoon, or one of each to make a full day of camp.

No camps July 1-5.

View Summer Camp Main Page

Campers ages 12-15, learn about the 2018 Summer
Youth Apprentice Program 

All-Day Camp (9am-4pm) – 5 full days:  $260 per week for Explora members • $300 per week for Non-members

Morning (9am-noon) – 5 half days:  $130 per week for Explora members • $150 per week for Non-members

Afternoon Camp (1-4pm) – 5 half days:  $130 per week for Explora members • $150 per week for Non-members

Add Before or After Camp Care (optional): Times: 8-9am and/or 4-5:30pm, $5 per child, per morning or afternoon

Grades 4-6 Summer Camp Descriptions by Week

Some camps listed may be full. Current availability may be found at our online registration site (Programs List in the lower left corner) or by calling (505) 224-8341.

The following is a list of Explora Summer Camp for children who have completed grades 4, 5, or 6.

Week 1:  June 3-7

Morning 

4th-6th –Polymer Patrol:Explore polymers made out of everyday and exotic materials like glue and liquid latex. Investigate polymers’ unique properties of shrinking, stretching, bouncing, absorbency, and reaction to extreme temperatures.

Summer Camp 4-6
Afternoon

4th-6th –Nano Science:  Explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are very small, too small for even ordinary microscopes to see them. Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore some of today’s products that use nanotechnology in them and discover how changing things on the nanoscale can give ordinary materials special properties.


Week 2:  June 10-14

Morning

2nd-5th – Play Ball: Launch your egg off a football and see if it survives the crash test! Drop super-balls from high places! Build a mini-pinball machine and experiment with the science behind roller coasters. Use fun testing methods to discover the nature of collisions, impulses, and momentum.

Afternoon

2nd-5th – Delve into Drafting: Explore building, architecture, design, modeling, community planning/design, and mapping! Architects gather and explore basic design concepts through traditional drawing methods and computer-aided design software. What sort of monument, buildings, and communities might you create?


Week 3:  June 17-21

Morning

4th-6th – Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events on slow-motion video, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.

Afternoon

4th-6th – Seasons of the Sun: Let’s go back before the invention of watches and clocks, and study the everyday relationship between time and astronomical motions. Together, we’ll find out how the orientation of a planet’s axis and its direction of spin gives rise to day, night, and seasons as the planet orbits a sun.


Week 4:  June 24-28

Morning

4th-6th – Bubble Brilliance: Use a variety of materials to experiment with bubble blowing, printing, and popping. Test bubble recipes for a variety of standards and discover the true brilliance of bubbles.

Afternoon 

4th-6th – Brain Games: Delve into the many ways your brain can trick your eyes. Experiment with visual perception activities, designing illusions, hidden messages, and more.


No Camp the Week of July 1-5


Week 5:  July 8-12

Morning

4th-6th – Nano Science: Explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are very small, too small for even ordinary microscopes to see them. Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore some of today’s products that use nanotechnology in them and discover how changing things on the nanoscale can give ordinary materials special properties.

Afternoon

4th-6th – Polymer Patrol: Explore polymers made out of everyday and exotic materials like glue and liquid latex. Investigate polymers’ unique properties of shrinking, stretching, bouncing, absorbency, and reaction to extreme temperatures.


Week 6:  July 15-19

Morning

3rd-6th – Delve into Drafting: Explore building, architecture, design, modeling, community planning/design, and mapping! Architects gather and explore basic design concepts through traditional drawing methods and computer-aided design software. What sort of monument, buildings, and communities might you create?

Afternoon

3rd-6th – Play Ball: Launch your egg off a football and see if it survives the crash test! Drop super-balls from high places! Build a mini-pinball machine and experiment with the science behind roller coasters. Use fun testing methods to discover the nature of collisions, impulses, and momentum.


Week 7:  July 22-26

Morning

4th-8th – Seasons of the Sun: Let’s go back before the invention of watches and clocks, and study the everyday relationship between time and astronomical motions. Together, we’ll find out how the orientation of a planet’s axis and its direction of spin gives rise to day, night, and seasons as the planet orbits a sun.

Afternoon

4th-6th – Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events on slow-motion video, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.


Week 8:  July 29 – August 2

Morning

4th-6th – Brain Games: Delve into the many ways your brain can trick your eyes. Experiment with visual perception activities, designing illusions, hidden messages, and more.

Afternoon

4th-6th – Bubble Brilliance: Use a variety of materials to experiment with bubble blowing, printing, and popping. Test bubble recipes for a variety of standards and discover the true brilliance of bubbles.


Week 9:  August 5-9

All Day

Camp price is for the full day $260 for Explora members, $300 for non-members.

4th-6th – Inventive Robotics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover, launch balls, relay messages, and more. Build basic robots from recycled materials and test their capabilities.

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
Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8am.
  • 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: 12pm for morning camp and 4pm afternoon or full day camp. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-8, 4-5:30pm.

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

  • $130 per week for Explora members;
  • $150 per week for non-members.


Full Day Camps

  • $260 per week for Explora members;
  • $300 per week for non-members.
  • Some camps have greater costs due to materials.
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 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.

Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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