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The Explora Calendar

Regular Hours:  Monday-Saturday: 10am – 6pm and Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Explora is closed on January 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
Special Holiday Hours Sunday, December 24 & 31, 2017: 10am-2pm.


An asterisk (*) indicates pre-registration and fees required. Call 505-224-8341 or para español, llame al 505-224-8323.

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Registration opens for Winter Camp
* Outreach – Science Club in Las Cruces 9:30 am
* Outreach – Science Club in Las Cruces
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Science enrichment classes for ages 7-10 or grade 2-5th offered by Explora! Playing Around with PolymersWhat is a polymer? Do the properties of polymers change when they’re made from different substances? We’ll investigate the properties of
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Science on Tap at O’Niell’s Pub on Central in Nob Hill 5:30 pm
Science on Tap at O’Niell’s Pub on Central in Nob Hill
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us on Thursday, October 3rd, to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table! Sarah Pratt, Project Manager at Explora, dives into a hands-on presentation on the history of the Periodic Table!A free science
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Free! Teen Tech Club 4:00 pm
Free! Teen Tech Club
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Teen Tech Club offers teens ages 13–18 a place to create, tinker, play and learn. In an open-ended format, participants will guide their own learning by exploring cutting edge technology with guidance from experts.Space
Free! Teen Science Café 5:30 pm
Free! Teen Science Café
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
FREE event for teens at Explora! ​You’ve heard of smartphones, but what about the Smart Grid? New systems will power all our devices, from cell phones to cars. This Smart Grid allows us to use greener
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*Maker Lab – Pixel Art 2:00 pm
*Maker Lab – Pixel Art
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
In Maker Lab, you can join the maker movement with a variety of making and tinkering challenges. Children develop and build problem-solving and engineering skills as they explore different aspects of technology that include circuits
*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design 2:00 pm
*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
In Maker Lab, you can join the maker movement with a variety of making and tinkering challenges. Children develop and build problem-solving and engineering skills as they explore different aspects of technology that include circuits
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Toddler Time 9:00 am
Toddler Time
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every Monday, Explora opens an hour earlier for you and your toddler. Explore early childhood exhibit areas, enjoy story time, and join in a music jam. Included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.
Makerspace Open Hours 3:00 pm
Makerspace Open Hours
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday Makerspace Open Hours: Explora visitors: Drop in to our makerspace to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!
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*Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs – Animal Hide and Seek
*Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs – Animal Hide and Seek
Oct 9 – Oct 12 all-day
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
Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs
Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs
Oct 9 – Oct 12 all-day
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
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* Farm Camp in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 9:00 am
* Farm Camp in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
These individual full-day camps are multi-age, collaborative experiences for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade.Hordes of Gourds: Come to the farm as we experiment with pumpkins in an exciting new way. From carvings to
* School’s Out Camp for K–5 at Explora 9:00 am
* School’s Out Camp for K–5 at Explora
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* A Camp for Grades K-5 during Fall Break! Fall Break: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Methods of Migration Flying, floating, flailing, and falling… Experiment to discover the best methods of migration as we test balloons,
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* Farm Camp in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 9:00 am
* Farm Camp in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
These individual full-day camps are multi-age, collaborative experiences for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade.Hordes of Gourds: Come to the farm as we experiment with pumpkins in an exciting new way. From carvings
* School’s Out Camp for K–5 at Explora 9:00 am
* School’s Out Camp for K–5 at Explora
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* A Camp for Grades K-5 during Fall Break! Fall Break: Friday, October 11, 2019 Making Madness Let your imagination run wild as we discover the science and art of making. What will you create?(Note-
Free! Teen Tech Club 4:00 pm
Free! Teen Tech Club
Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Teen Tech Club offers teens ages 13–18 a place to create, tinker, play and learn. In an open-ended format, participants will guide their own learning by exploring cutting edge technology with guidance from experts.Space
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*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Science of our Surroundings
*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Science of our Surroundings
Oct 12 all-day
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
Member Special at Explora: Balloon Fiesta Flightwatch 7:00 am
Member Special at Explora: Balloon Fiesta Flightwatch
Oct 12 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Enjoy breakfast treats, take in the lovely view from our Rotary Pavilion at Explora, and watch for hot air balloons! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, no problem: we’ll experiment with mini-balloons! Space is limited; registration
*Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5 – Water on the Move 9:30 am
*Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5 – Water on the Move
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
In each class, Engineering Investigators will 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
*Outreach – Gallup Science Club 10:00 am
*Outreach – Gallup Science Club
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Develop your skills as a science investigator by questioning, experiencing, and problem-solving around different science concepts. Each session consists of one and a half hours of activities focusing on scientific discovery and incorporating engineering, art,
Meet a Scientist 1:00 pm
Meet a Scientist
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet a Scientist events at Explora welcome people of all ages to drop in and meet local scientists who offer demos and activities related to their work. Included with regular admission, and free for Explora
Outreach: Los Lunas Public Library 1:30 pm
Outreach: Los Lunas Public Library
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Explora brings science activites for children and families to the Village of Los Lunas Public Library. Come join the fun!
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Sensory Friendly Hours 10:00 am
Sensory Friendly Hours
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Description: In partnership with New Mexico Autism Society, Explora is offering Sensory-Friendly Hours, for visitors who prefer a less sensory-stimulating visit. Regular admission fees apply, and visitors are welcome to stay beyond 12pm if they
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Toddler Time 9:00 am
Toddler Time
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every Monday, Explora opens an hour earlier for you and your toddler. Explore early childhood exhibit areas, enjoy story time, and join in a music jam. Included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.
Makerspace Open Hours 3:00 pm
Makerspace Open Hours
Oct 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday Makerspace Open Hours: Explora visitors: Drop in to our makerspace to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!
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Free! Teen Tech Club 4:00 pm
Free! Teen Tech Club
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Teen Tech Club offers teens ages 13–18 a place to create, tinker, play and learn. In an open-ended format, participants will guide their own learning by exploring cutting edge technology with guidance from experts.Space
* Parents’ Night Out 6:00 pm
* Parents’ Night Out
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
* Parents, have a great night out – or in – while your child has fun at Explora!This month’s Theme: DIY AnimatronicsMake a hydraulic claw, make a drawing machine, and more while learning how machines
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Member Special: Tour of Traveling Exhibits, Mechanics Alive! 9:00 am
Member Special: Tour of Traveling Exhibits, Mechanics Alive!
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Tour and learn about the whimscial automata exhibits visiting Explora from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, UK. Space is limited. RSVP: 505-224-8363 or tpillars@explora.us
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Celebrate National Chemistry Week!
Celebrate National Chemistry Week!
Oct 20 – Oct 26 all-day
Celebrate with some fun chemistry-related activities. Saturday, 10/26 from 1–4pm: UNM Chemistry Club Stay tuned for more details!
Math Activity hosted by 12 Months of Math 2:00 pm
Math Activity hosted by 12 Months of Math
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Math in Air & SpaceHow do planes fly? How do rockets get to space? Create your own straw rockets and watch them go, as you learn about how math is used in Air and Space
Math Activity hosted by 12 Months of Math 2:00 pm
Math Activity hosted by 12 Months of Math
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Look for a math activity at Explora from 2-4pm today hosted by 12 Months of Math. Learn more about 12 Months of Math and view math resources for families at 12MonthsofMath.org.
Frontiers for Young Minds Project for ages 8-15 at Explora 2:30 pm
Frontiers for Young Minds Project for ages 8-15 at Explora @ Explora
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Frontiers for Young Minds is an ongoing Journal review project for ages 8-15. Join the Explora group of Frontiers for Young Minds, an open access, online science journal for kids! Participants meet once a month
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Toddler Time 9:00 am
Toddler Time
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every Monday, Explora opens an hour earlier for you and your toddler. Explore early childhood exhibit areas, enjoy story time, and join in a music jam. Included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.
Makerspace Open Hours 3:00 pm
Makerspace Open Hours
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday Makerspace Open Hours: Explora visitors: Drop in to our makerspace to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!
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*Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs – Simple Machines
*Growing a Scientist™ for ages 2 ½ – 5 yrs – Simple Machines
Oct 23 – Oct 26 all-day
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
*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design 4:00 pm
*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
In Maker Lab, you can join the maker movement with a variety of making and tinkering challenges. Children develop and build problem-solving and engineering skills as they explore different aspects of technology that include circuits
Maker Lab 4:00 pm
Maker Lab
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
In Maker Lab, you can join the maker movement with a variety of making and tinkering challenges. Children develop and build problem-solving and engineering skills as they explore different aspects of technology that include circuits
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Free! Teen Tech Club 4:00 pm
Free! Teen Tech Club
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Teen Tech Club offers teens ages 13–18 a place to create, tinker, play and learn. In an open-ended format, participants will guide their own learning by exploring cutting edge technology with guidance from experts.TONIGHT’S
* Science of Spirits at Explora for ages 21 and over 7:30 pm
* Science of Spirits at Explora for ages 21 and over
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Explora is proud to present our first annual Science of Spirits, an Adult Night for ages 21 and up!Sip, shop, and learn about the science of liquors as you visit with experts from four local
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*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Chemistry of Art
*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Chemistry of Art
Oct 26 all-day
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
*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Simple Circuits
*Science to Grow On™ for grades K-3 – Simple Circuits
Oct 26 all-day
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
*Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5 – Painted Circuits 9:30 am
*Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5 – Painted Circuits
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
In each class, Engineering Investigators will 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
Chemistry Week Activity with UNM 1:00 pm
Chemistry Week Activity with UNM
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UNM Chemistry Club will be making liquid nitrogen ice cream with us for Chemistry Week!
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Toddler Time 9:00 am
Toddler Time
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every Monday, Explora opens an hour earlier for you and your toddler. Explore early childhood exhibit areas, enjoy story time, and join in a music jam. Included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.
Makerspace Open Hours 3:00 pm
Makerspace Open Hours
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday Makerspace Open Hours: Explora visitors: Drop in to our makerspace to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!
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Outreach at Santa Fe Children’s Museum 5:00 pm
Outreach at Santa Fe Children’s Museum
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum for a Festive Family Night of Science and Fun at “Weird Science.” Dress in costume and immerse yourself in the strange world of wonder. Explora is partnering
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*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design 4:00 pm
*Maker Lab for grades 2–6 – High Tech Costume Design
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
In Maker Lab, you can join the maker movement with a variety of making and tinkering challenges. Children develop and build problem-solving and engineering skills as they explore different aspects of technology that include circuits
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Spooky Science 3:00 pm
Spooky Science
Oct 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Drop in for some fun for the kids, included with paid admission and free for Explora members. Costumes without masks, and that are not too scary for our youngest visitors are welcome!

Recurring Events

Included with Explora Admission and Free for Explora Members!

Toddler Time

Every Monday from 9am to 11am we have time just for toddlers and their adult companions. In addition to all of Explora’s exhibits, Monday mornings visitors can take part in special activities like Story Time and Music Jams.

Makerspace Open Hours

Every Monday from 3-5pm, drop in to our makerspace, Studio Inventivo, to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!

12 Months of Math Activity

On the third Sunday of every month from 2-4pm, 12 Months of Math hosts a math activity at Explora.

PoP: Meet a Scientist!

Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora’s Portal to the Public (PoP) Meet a Scientist programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

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