Explora is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to protect one another and our community. If you need assistance, please contact explora@explora.us. Visit our social media channels for continued STEAM programming: FacebookInstagram, & Twitter

If you would like to donate to Explora’s Recovery Fund, please click here: https://esccma.explora.us/Donation.aspx?C=RF 

Thank you!

Explora está cerrado debido al brote de coronavirus. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión mientras trabajamos para protegernos unos a otros y a nuestra comunidad. Si necesita ayuda, comuníquese con explora@explora.us. Visite nuestros canales de redes sociales para la programación continua de STEAM: FacebookInstagram, & Twitter

Si desea donar al Fondo de Recuperación de Explora,  por favor vaya a  https://esccma.explora.us/Donation.aspx?C=RF 

Muchisimas gracias.

Growing a Scientist

For preschoolers ages 2 ½ – 5, together with their adults, at Explora

Fall in love with science, as you and your child explore together!

Fall Semester 2020
Register now!

September 9–December 19, 2020

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 engineering activities that incorporate art, literature, and fun! Each session focuses on a different theme. Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.

Parent or adult caregiver participation is required.

Class schedule 

Please select one of the following sessions (meets every other week):

  • Wednesday Mornings,  9:30–11am (Virtual)
  • Thursday Mornings,  9:30–11am (Virtual)
  • Friday Mornings,  9:30–11am (at Explora)
  • Saturday Mornings,  9:30–11am (at Explora)

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.



Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

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

Growing a Scientist Semester Program

Register now for Spring Semester 2020

  1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online

We’ve updated our online registration! You may be asked to provide a new password when you login.

3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

September 9–December 19, 2020

Me and My Shadow

Wed., Sept. 9/ Thurs., Sept. 10/ Fri., Sept. 11/ Sat., Sept. 12
Discover different ways to make shadows as we investigate light and shadow shapes, experiment with colored shadows, and make shadow puppets.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Wed., Sept. 23/ Thurs., Sept. 24/ Fri., Sept. 25/ Sat., Sept. 26
Sort a variety of leaves and observe them up close. Discover how special leaves are when you examine the colors in a green leaf and enjoy leaf patterns with rubbings and prints.

Animal Defenses

Wed., Oct. 7/ Thurs., Oct. 8/ Fri., Oct. 9/ Sat., Oct. 10
Investigate mirrors, reflection, and symmetry as you compare your image in concave and convex mirrors, build Explore a variety of strange and unusual ways animals defend themselves, and design your own animal with special characteristics to help it survive.

Color Mix-Up

Wed., Oct. 21/ Thurs., Oct. 22/ Fri., Oct. 23/ Sat., Oct. 24
Watch colors change before your eyes as you mix colored solutions, make secondary colors from primary ones and create artwork to take home.

Playful Pendulums

Wed., Nov. 4/ Thurs., Nov. 5/ Fri., Nov. 6/ Sat., Nov. 7
Explore pendulums and chaotic motion. We’ll play with pendulums that draw in the sand, pendulums that paint and much more.

Patterns on Parade

Wed., Nov. 18/ Thurs., Nov. 19/ Fri., Nov 20/ Sat., Nov. 21
Explore patterns in nature, create a variety of symmetrical and repeating designs, and make your own patchwork quilt pattern.

Taking Flight

Wed., Dec. 2/ Thurs., Dec. 3/ Fri., Dec. 4/ Sat., Dec. 5
Investigate how air interacts with materials to make them float and fly. Experiment with floating balloons, make simple gliding toys, and construct your own kite.

Wonderful Water

Wed., Dec. 16/ Thurs., Dec, 17/ Fri., Dec 18/ Sat., Dec. 19
Get wet exploring unique properties of ice and water during a number of exciting activities. Explore different types of water, race water drops down a hill, and much more.

For more information about this program please contact our Reservations office.

Phone: 505-224-8341
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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: 505-224-8341. 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 first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received 5 business days or fewer before the first class will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.
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