Explora! The Science Center & Children’s Museum

Explora! The Science Center & Children’s Museum

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Bad weather can be a nightmare for parents with young, active children.  I love to take my boys to Explora! The Science Center & Children’s Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This place is fantastic for year-round educational fun for all ages, even parents! 

Explora! is a children’s museum dedicated to hands-on learning that will engage all kids, at any age, to discover science and love it!  A multilevel building filled with huge, seemingly endless, exhibits designed specifically for young learners.  This museum gives kids the opportunity to learn at their level and that will increase cognitive and creative skills.

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Explora! The Science Center & Children’s Museum

My boys Jameson and Brayden love coming to Explora! so we purchased the unlimited year pass and visit quite often, especially in these winter months when we can’t go to the zoo.  It took us at least 3-4 hours the first time we visited to get through just the first floor.  We came back the following week to see the second floor and the following week after to check out the playground and surrounding outdoor exhibits.  Explora! changes exhibits and puts in new, exciting exhibits throughout the years making it a perfect place to visit often.

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

This exhibit is one of my favorites!  It is a huge rotating stainless steel disc accompanied with various balls and wheel discs that takes patience and a steady hand to get them running together!

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The water exhibit is my husband’s favorite.  His work as a water resources engineer in town can really appreciate what this exhibit teaches the future generation.  From flow rates and pipes to dams and waterfalls, the water exhibit at Explora! is one of my kids’ favorites!

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Even at a young age, my son Jameson loves trains and building little towns and constructing the railroad tracks.  This fun exhibit allows your kids the freedom to build their own world and go around and around!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Brayden, being just 22 months younger than Jameson has his own special area in Explora!  It’s a small room in which babies can crawl around and not feel intimidated by the older kids but also providing them a safe way to play and learn at their own pace!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Playing with sand has never been so much fun!  This exhibit allows you to make hills in the sand and see the geographic contours and ridges as it maps it in real time!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Learn about frequencies and sounds along with pendulums the fun, interactive way!  This exhibit is huge with brief descriptions to the hows and whys that young learners can easily understand.

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Strong and fun magnet building and sensory play to problem-solving puzzles!  Even my own parents had a great time!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Another major hit at Explora! is the bicycle on a tight rope!  This is the mini version but the life size ride is on the second floor hovering over the toddler area!  My husband actually rode this on a civil engineering field trip in college.

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

On the roof top patio area, build structures with huge blocks!  Have a picnic at one of the tables and enjoy the warm New Mexico weather during the summer!  Take the stairs down from this patio area and find a large playground!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Learn about circuits the fun way!  This exhibit is has so many little boards like this one that my Dad and Jameson tinkered with for an hour!

Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum Explora! The Science Center & Children's Museum

Last but definitely not least, the bubbles exhibit! Everyone had such a great time making these huge bubbles!

There are so many fun exhibits at Explora! and you can take your time and always come back over and over!  Explora! even has a baby and toddler time where they open just one hour earlier on Mondays reserved just for the cutest young learners! They also have mini classes throughout the day that you can join and many staff members that can answer your questions!

I loved Explora! and so does my entire extended family!  I hope to see more of these kinds of museums.  It definitely helps me keep my kids entertained on rainy days and I’m glad that I can take them here to learn something new!

Have you been to a children’s museum like Explora!  I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment! 

Thanks for visiting!

  • robin masshole mommy

    My kids would love it there. We love going to hands on places like this as often as we can.

  • Silvia

    Wow this museum is such an awesome place for kids! We have the children’s museum here in Houston. I haven’t been in a long time but I know many parents love to take their children there.

  • http://www.fakingfancyblog.com Missy Burson

    I’ve been to Albuquerque 3 times for hockey tournaments & never knew about this place! Good to know I have somewhere to take the kids when we go next time…

  • http://www.terristeffes.com Terri Steffes

    I love Children’s Museums. I love how hands on and fun they are, and how kids can be kids there! If I am ever in the area, I will check this one out!

  • http://www.redheadbabymama.com Lindsey Paris

    This is a lot like the Magic House near my parents. Tons of touchables, but we’re always bringing our hand wipes! It’s great for a rainy day.

  • http://jenuinemom.com Jennifer (JenuineMom)

    I adore science museums — they are such great places for kids to learn and families to have fun together. Looks like you had a great day!

  • http://everydaymadefresh.com Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Wow, that’s an awesome museum! We went to something like that in Indiana a couple of years ago when we were visiting family. We don’t have anything like that where we live, and it’s a total bummer.

  • http://ladyandtheblog.com Vera Sweeney

    We love going to museums!! This looks like a fun one for kids, perfect for a winter day to get out of the house.

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I love hand’s on museums and activities for the family. I will have to keep this one in mind if we ever make it to New Mexico!

  • http://kitchencents.com/ Rachel

    Hands on science centers are the best. This place looks awesome!!!

  • Krystle Cook

    This looks like a place that my kids would love! The Children’s Museum here in our area is definitely a family favorite.

  • http://tiarastantrums.com Teresa

    We haven’t been to any bad Science Museums. Whenever we travel I always like to locate the Science Museum i town!

  • http://www.GlamKaren.com Karen

    Love science museums that have so many hands-on activities for kids to dive right into! This one looks like the learning and fun are interchangeable!

  • Marisa

    Oh this looks fun! We have something like this in San Antonio. It’s great for the little ones! Great pics!

  • http://logancan.com Logan

    My kids would definitely be all about this museum! It look like so much fun and very hands on!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    What a fun day for your family! We have museums like this where I live and they are just the best to get hands on, having fun and learning at the same time!

  • http://www.kitstanwood.com Kit Stanwood

    This museum looks like it has a ton of interactive displays! I also like the look of the water part! There are a lot of museums that are around me that I keep saying I need to go to (: thanks for helping to motivate me by how cool this place looks!

  • http://www.everyday-thoughts.com Brittany

    Your children’s museum looks like so much fun! We have a membership to the one here in Atlanta and I love it on rainy days because the kids are busy and can run around like they do outside. It’s amazing how much little ones can learn and be active in these type of environments.

  • http://www.twostylishkays.com Keren Charles

    Awe! How sweet is this. I am not a mommy yet, but I can’t wait to take kids to such educational, yet fun places like this. Thaks for sharing.

  • http://www.fennellseeds.com Carolyn

    My kids love museums. I used to take my boys to the local childrens museum every week. I need to start taking my daughter more often.

  • Angela Ricardo

    What a nice place to bring my kids I bet they would enjoy to go there and they explore things. I love this museum I want to bring my kids there soon.

  • http://www.tabithalane.com/ Tabitha Shakespeare

    What a cool place! I love that they are accommodating to really small children!

  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg how fun!!! I love taking my daughter to places like this! She always has a blast and learns a ton

  • http://eatteachblog.com Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    Awww, museums are always such a fun learning opportunity! I wish I lived near one!

  • http://www.bravenezz.com/ Leslie Hernandez

    I love going to museums its so much fun and very educational not only for kids but for adults too. I don’t have children yet but I do take my nephew out a lot that includes museums, zoo, aquarium and occasionally we go see a movie.

  • http://www.dashofjazz.com Jazz

    This looks like a great time! Going to museums were some of my favorite field trips from childhood.

  • http://www.newkidontheblog.co Chelsea Damon

    This looks so fun! My son would love this! I remember my mom taking me to a place like this when I was young and thinking that it was the best day ever.

  • http://www.organizemehappy.wordpress.com Jessica Lawson

    That looks like such a great time, I love museums & I think it is so important to keep children

  • katrina gehman

    looks like everyone had a great time! i’ll have to take my kids sometime.