Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Our 5 Favorite Things…
Boegley was quite happy to give Explora a big thumbs up after our family adventure there earlier this week. Located in near Old Town Albuquerque, this was a very fun and unique experience.
And, though we got in via complimentary passes from Amy Carr, Publications and Marketing Manager, the admission is very affordable for a family!
There were so many amazing interactive exhibits that it was tough for us to choose just five favorite things, but we finally made our choices.
1. Engineering and Gravity
We could’ve stayed near the entrance for hours. Watching the balls roll along the tracks, drop, bounce and even cause the bell to chime was a mesmerzing experience. But, there was far more to see and do, so we moved on…eventually.
2. Moving Air
But, we didn’t get far before we found one of our next favorite things. An interactive exhibit about moving air grabbed our attention. Via a simulation we each got the chance to sit down and try our hand at getting a model plane off the ground! I can honestly say it was exhilirating. All three of us, put this as one of our very favorite experiences in Explora.
Does anyone need a pilot? Well, perhaps we’d better get actual training first and dozens of hours in the air – LOL!
The black one in the photo below is one of the amazing Axolotl’s at Explora. The corner photo of the pink one gives you a better idea of just how cool they are though.
At Explora they have a male and a female black one. They’re full-grown daughter is similar to the pink one.
Due to these “Mexican salamander’s” ability to regenerate more than any other known animal on the planet, scientists are very intrigued by them. They’re exceptionally gentle and curious. Yep, seeing these little beauties was my -Janelle’s- favorite thing 🙂
4. Paradox Cafe
Need a little break after exploring for so long? On the upper level, they have a very unique cafe with tables and chairs as well as booths. While only some tables have computers, each one has a unique activity to keep guests entertained while sitting down for a bit to eat.
The Paradox Cafe will make you wonder about your perception! You have to really challenge what you’re seeing to decipher what is true and what is not. At the current time in our country, that’s a great way to help our kids see that what we think is the truth may not be the case.
5. Curious Bubbles
Making time for the bubble exhibit is a MUST! As you can see below, Daddy/Rob, enjoyed the bubble section. So much so, that he magically grew a bubble beard!
Yes, this was Rob’s favorite exhibit 🙂 The exploration of bubbles in this section was amazing. Bubbles continually grew here and there. Tubs of bubble solution with giant dippers brought tons of fun. And, we’ve gotta mention the bubble sheet.
There was so much to do at Explora. It wasn’t just for kids either. In fact, they even have a night every other month specifically for adults 18+. They have a “A Night with the Animals”, “Fired Up”, “Inventive Art” and more.
They have educational programs and camps. There’s toddler time, a live theatre and so much more. So with or without kids, homeschool/worldschool or regular school…we highly recommend checking out Explora in Albuqueruqe!
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Janelle, Rob & Boegley
Photo credit: Pink Axolotl – flickr.com-photos-fronx