In July, our family had the opportunity to visit COSI (Center of Science & Discovery) in Columbus, Ohio. Now for those of you who have never been to COSI, let me assure you, it is definitely a trip worth taking. Prior to this visit, the last time I’d been to COSI was in grade school, and let’s just suffice to say that ‘s it’s been
lots a few years since then.
Encompassing a complex that is 320,000 square feet in area, COSI is the epitome of hands-on fun and learning. COSI features four strategic areas of focus – energy and environment, technology and innovation, health and medicine, and early childhood education.
COSI embraces that childlike love of learning, and makes it attainable for all of their visitors. It is their desire to give others a more meaningful understanding of science, health, industry, and history through exhibits, demonstrations, and a wide variety of educational activities and hands-on experiences.
One of my favorite sections of COSI was the Gadgets Zone. Our family spent a large portion of the afternoon in this area, exploring the many different facets of physics, chemistry, engineering, and energy. The kids took turns experimenting with various pulleys to determine which system enabled them to hoist themselves up with the least amount of physical effort required.
Our youngest son spent the better part of an hour configuring circuits to create a variety of different outcomes – a doorbell ringing, a fan running, and illuminating a light bulb.
Meanwhile, our daughter loved building a variety of contraptions with her special “Daddy and Me” building time.
Another favorite for all of us was the area of Progress. Traveling back to 1898, you literally feel like you’ve been transported back in time. From the post office front to the street lamps, it seems as though you’ve walked into a completely different era.
Jumping forward to the 1962 town, the kids had a blast with their cousin in the old fashioned diner, although our daughter looks a little too comfortable with her imaginary beverage!
They also enjoyed looking at the different store fronts, as well as the differences in packaging and logos.
My personal favorite was the gas pump, even though I had a few moments of sadness knowing that $0.25 would now only buy a few drops of gas!
At the end of the afternoon, the kids even had the opportunity to work together to lift a car off the ground. We literally spent the entire day from open to close at COSI (with a quick break for lunch in the parking lot), and still did not manage to see all of the exhibits and attractions that COSI has to offer.
Since it’s just under a 2-hour drive to Columbus from Cincinnati, it’s a great day trip for our family. Plus, the membership prices are very reasonable, especially as a homeschooling parent:
- Teacher & Family Membership – $95
- Single Adult Family Membership – $95
- Basic Family Membership – $115
- Premium Family Membership – $160
Stay tuned tomorrow as I’ll be sharing our family’s experience at two of the side exhibits at COSI – Adventure in the Valley of the Unknown and Sherlock Holmes.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by COSI. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.