Explora!, Albuquerque

Address 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 Map, Tel (505) 224-8300 Call, Hours Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12pm-6pm, Cost Adults (12-64) $7.00; Children (1-11) $3.00 Website

This hands-on science museum is a great place to take kids during the heat of the day (or any other time when the weather isn't cooperating). Among my favorite science museums so far, the pleasant space has tons of different hands on activities and experiments that work well for a range of ages. It is easy to spend several hours here.

Exhibits include a construction area where kids build things out of PVC pipes, water play areas, a bike on a "tightrope," a small toddler area, crafts and much, much more. The music section did the best job I have ever seen of demonstrating how sound works. I was inspired by how many of the museum's exhibits were built using everyday materials. Some exhibits even had signs explaining how they could be re-created at home.

There is no restaurant, but if you bring your own food, you can dine at the rooftop picnic area. Snacks and cold drinks are also available.