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“Awesome Fun for the Kids!!”

Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque
Ranked #2 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: Explora is an innovative learning place, part science center, part children's museum, providing fun, truly hands-on activities in science, technology, and art for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to adults. We have an early childhood learning area, including a special area for toddlers to explore, and children and adults enjoy not only our two main floors of exhibit activities, but our outdoor decks with views, giant building blocks, playground patio, and gift shop filled with entertaining and educational items great for at home or travel fun. We offer after-school, home school, and early childhood classes, plus winter, spring, and summer camps for kids. Located in Albuquerque's historic Old Town, Explora has free parking and is perfectly situated for a walk to the nearby park, shops, and restaurants. We close Jan 1, July 4, the week after labor day, Thanksgiving, Dec. 25. We close early at 2pm Dec. 24 & 31.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We were looking for something our boys would enjoy as we rolled into Albuquerque. What a gem they have with Explora. Tons of hands on activities and different areas of experimentation. Not to mention the coolest and largest elevator I've ever been on. IF you have kids you can't go wrong with Explora!

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Interesting, hands-on exhibits, which allow you to add your knowledge to the subjects covered. The gravity exhibit up front, with the moving balls, is really neat. The place is colorful and there are many places where adults can sit down while the children enjoy exploring the various exhibits.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

nice for children of all ages, as adults we learned a lot from the exhibits at explora, we will be back.

Thank bob l
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Our three and a half year old grandson was delighted with the plethora of activities. Even those that were beyond his comprehension still engaged his attention for a few minutes. The staff is everywhere and very helpful. Our threesome had a super time. We had been to the natural science museum that morning, so we took a break and went to Explora around three. We were there two and a half hours and he wanted to stay longer. Only a bribe of ice cream could pull him away.

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This unique museum is chock-full of exciting hands-on stations for visitors of all ages. Our two-year-old toddlers couldn't tear themselves away from some of the water stations until they found the Moving Air room, and then they kept at making pinwheels and letting the fans blow their hair around. The Laminar Flow water fountain is an incredible show while also illuminating the different ways in which water can flow.

There are numerous math-related stations that translate abstract ideas into action and fun challenges, and for older visitors there is a balancing bicycle you can ride across a rope suspended over the Moving Air exhibits.

In addition to all the science stations, there is a nice-sized play area with balls, blocks, simple wooden and metal machines, a playhouse for climbing, and couches for caregivers. Local residents save money by buying a membership that gives free admission all year, but the reasonable admission fees mean you can bring the family without draining your bank account.

The nicely-stocked museum store has all kinds of science fun to bring home, and right across the street is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a great destination in its own right. That museum has a café as well, and a larger store with a wider selection of books and other items.

Easy to get to, free parking and a bus stop right outside, and near Albuquerque's Old Town attractions, this is a must-see for families.

2  Thank Randy B
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