In our continuing effort to explore Albuquerque – we made plans for Friday night with friends to go to Explora! “Explora!” is a science museum in Albuquerque and about once a month – they host adults’ nights – which is a brilliant idea. Because going to a science museum and watching kids interact with exhibits – not all that interesting. Getting to play with the exhibits yourself – ka-ching!
Explora! is near Old Town Albuquerque – so we decided to get dinner beforehand at La Crepe Michel. As you can imagine – the menu is dominated by crepes (although they do have salads and some other entrees). But we all focused on the crepes. They had a list of about 9 savory crepes – between the four of us we tried saumon et asperges, porc dijonnaise, fruit de mers, and champignons. I forgot to take pictures – but everyone enjoyed their meals. I had the fruit de mers in a buckwheat crepe (gluten free) and it was pretty good, but it didn’t knock me out of the park – it was filled with scallops and shrimp (very, very tiny shrimp) and I thought that the seafood was a bit tough.
Ah – but then we moved on to dessert. I tried the Crepes David – chocolate, nutella, vanilla ice cream and chantilly cream – really, need I say more? It was delicious:
The others with me tried pears, bananas with rum and chocolate, and strawberries (all of them had chantilly cream). Derek had the bananas with rum and chocolate and somehow snuck a bite of mine – he later reported that mine was much better than his.
On to the museum. We walked over there and had a blast checking out all of the exhibits.
They had fun displays on airflow and since at least two of us were aero majors (Derek as an astro major, doesn’t really get into the airflow thing) – we had fun here. Derek is checking out the Bernoulli flow demonstration:
And we got to fly a mini-plane – I rocked this (perhaps my previous experience flying sailplanes helped). The elevator / angle of attack worked pretty well, but the rudder was a mess. Here’s our friend Jeremy taking his turn:
Then they had an experiment bar and tonight’s experiment was Drawing Machines. They had a whole bunch of random supplies – egg cartons, stiff foam, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, big lego blocks, rubber bands, etc. – plus mini-rotary motors and battery packs (plus hot glue to help afix things). Then you just try and build a machine that with its motion would “draw.” This was surprisingly hard – and we had to iterate several times to get ours to work. But it did indeed work (admittedly, our dude was not a very fast drawer). Here is our machine mid-way:
and then finished:
There were several cool vibrations exhibits. But – I had a blast at the bubble exhibit. Yes – this is something all kids have played with – but these bubble wands / soapy water – worked amazingly well and easily and we were able to form enormous bubbles:
We stayed essentially to closing (10pm) and had a blast. I would definitely check out another adults night.