The Explora Science Center is a fun learning environment geared towards preteens and was a blast for our 2 year old. We had never taken her to a children’s museum before or even a science museum for that matter, but we picked a really good one to start her at.
The Explora Science Center is a little hard to classify exactly what it is because at the heart of it, it is a children’s museum, but there is so much science and hands on activities that a teenager (who likes science) or an adult can have lots of fun also. It is not quite a science center because it does not get bogged down in a lot of science information. I would describe it as if all the elementary students in the country had to describe their favorite science experiments of all time and their teachers set them up to play with in one big room. My description is selling the Explora Science Center short, but just understand that if you have a child you will be in for a real treat when you visit.
It is wall to wall hands on activities and the amazing thing there during our visit is that 95% of it worked. My little daughter was in and out of all of the different little cubbyholes trying all sorts of things. She really enjoyed the music and sound areas, the light and laser activities, the moving air experience, and of course the giant bubble tank. Luckily for us we there on a week day in the late in the afternoon a couple of hours until closing and practically had the whole place to ourselves. I cannot guarantee that your experience will be the same as ours, but after visiting countless number of museums, zoos, and aquariums late afternoon during the week has been the best time to go to avoid the crowds.
Though it is not as “fancy” or technologically advanced as other science museums we have been to, I enjoyed my time at this one so much more. The exhibits though rather simple in design, in my opinion, provided a richer learning environment than other museums that relay on touch screen and computers to convey their information. That might just be me, and I am somebody that likes to keep things simple, but I thought everybody that was there including my family enjoyed the experience so much more.
The Explora Science Center is located in a great location with several other museums nearby as well as Old Town Albuquerque so it is easy to make an entire day of it. The experiments are a lot of fun for children of all ages and those young at heart. I also like the fact that not all the instructions were clear cut so you had to do a little experimenting and thinking on your own to figure out some of the stations. As a teacher I have found that trial and error is one of the greatest ways to get students to learn and retain the information. I cannot say this enough the Explora Science Center is a great education/children/science museum.
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Explora Science Center
Located at 1701 Mountain Rd, Albuquerque
Cost as of this Posting Adults 12 to 64 $8.00 Seniors 65 and over $5.00 and Children 1 to 11 $4.00
Hours of Operation Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. closed New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th and the week after Labor Day
For more information visit their website at http://www.explora.us/en/