Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: ¡Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum
Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.
Anyone who has a child or children, has ever done child care for a friend or family member, or is a child at heart and loves the fun of learning and experiencing the world around us knows what a treasure we have in our N.M. Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum. A special place for children of all ages, its creative exhibits make learning fun and provide opportunities for inspirational discovery through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. Explora fosters opportunities for thought, curiosity, imagination, growth and lifelong learning through the interaction of minds, bodies, objects, prior experiences, cooperation with others, and the creation of personal meaning. It provides an environment that respects all people, that promotes curiosity, open-mindedness, patience and the confidence to try new things, think for oneself and inspires thoughtful activity in a safe and encouraging space. Part science center, part children’s museum, part free-choice school, part grandma’s attic, part grandpa’s garage, part laboratory, part neighborhood full of interesting people, Explora provides an exciting diversity of experience.
Explora is about creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. Hosting hundreds of fifth graders from eight Pueblo schools for their solar car races, providing parent/child science classes for families experiencing homelessness, and serving pizza alongside science activities to thousands of families from APS Title I schools during Family Science Nights—these are just a few of the reasons that Explora, Albuquerque’s innovative science learning center, was recognized recently with a Noyce Foundation Bright Lights Community Engagement Award.
As a learn and play center that challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to think critically, the museum contains a collection of over 250 interactive science, technology and art exhibits such as an experiment bar and a high-wire bike and robotics lab. Demonstrations, theater performances and a variety of programs and activities are also offered. It provides a wide range of activities including special educational camps, the Growing a Scientist program, after school clubs, hosts birthday parties and is a destination for school and organizational field trips.