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