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COSI: Family 4-Pack of Tickets Giveaway

by Katie on August 21, 2015

I’m re-posting this giveaway because the previous post is no longer allowing for new comments.  I will be combining the comments from both posts when I choose the winner of the giveaway.  Good luck to all!

If you’re a long-time reader, it probably comes as no surprise that I love living in Cincinnati.  Aside from the obvious….Skyline, Graeter’s, and LaRosa’s….there are so many family-friendly events and attractions right in our own city.  And with such a close proximity to major cities such as Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville, there are endless option for day trips and weekend excursions.

Last week, our family took advantage of living within driving distance to Columbus and spent the day at COSI – Center of Science and Industry.  Encompassing a complex that is 320,000 square feet in area, COSI is the epitome of hands-on learning and fun.  COSI features four strategic areas of focus – energy and environment, technology and innovation, health and medicine, and early childhood education.

COSI embraces a childlike love of learning.  Through hands-on exhibits, interactive demonstrations, and immersive experiences, COSI provides an educational experience and a meaningful understanding of science, health, industry, and history for all of its visitors….young or old!

Our visit to COSI started at the Planetarium where we watched the Wildest Weather in the Solar System.  The Planetarium at COSI is the largest in Ohio and it features a 60-foot dome with their Digistar 5-projection system.  We had a phenomenal view of the solar system during the show which the kids loved, especially since it was their first visit to a planetarium.  The Planetarium is currently featuring two additional shows – Our Universe Above and One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.  All three of these shows run through September 7th.

After the Planetarium, we went to Adventure! in the Valley of the Unknown.  This self-contained mysterious world completely transports visitors to a remote island where the remnants of an ancient culture leave a cryptic trail of messages.  The kids spent over an hour in the Adventure! exhibit, working their way through mysterious clues, symbols, and messages to uncover the first set of answers to this ancient world.

Working off these initial clues, they collaborated together to decipher the ancient alphabet.  Once they decoded the alphabet, and explored a few more caverns, they decided to solve the remaining mysteries and messages on our next visit to COSI so they could explore the rest of the attractions.

After working through Adventure! , we stopped by COSI’s seasonal exhibit, Top Secret: License to Spy.  In this exhibit, participants can use their secret agent skills to investigate suspects in the mystery of who stole the super computer chip.  There are a variety of activities within the exhibit that help investigators gain intelligence on the suspects and dive deeper into the spy realm.  Our 12-year old was completely enthralled with this mission, and we spent more than an hour poring over word clues, puzzles, and evidence to finally solve the crime.

At this point, it was midway through the afternoon, and we still had the rest of the museum to explore including space, progress, gadgets, life, oceans, energy explorers, and more.  Needless to say, we didn’t have enough time to visit every area.  We did stop by the life area, however, and had fun competing with each other in the various physical challenges (have I ever mentioned that we tend to be just a little bit competitive?!).  The exhibit pictured above tested your reaction time to see how many lights you could quench before the time ran out.  I may or may not have severely bruised my finger as I raced to outscore my second oldest son (but just for the record….I won!).

By the end of the day, we were all completely exhausted, but it was hands down, one of the best memories we created this summer!

COSI would like to offer one of my readers a family 4-pack of tickets to visit COSI!  Want to win?  You have 6 ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – which exhibit would you most like to visit at COSI?
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  5. Like COSI on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the COSI Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 24th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by COSI. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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COSI: Family 4-Pack of Tickets Giveaway

by Katie on August 19, 2015

If you’re a long-time reader, it probably comes as no surprise that I love living in Cincinnati.  Aside from the obvious….Skyline, Graeter’s, and LaRosa’s….there are so many family-friendly events and attractions right in our own city.  And with such a close proximity to major cities such as Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville, there are endless option for day trips and weekend excursions.

Last week, our family took advantage of living within driving distance to Columbus and spent the day at COSI – Center of Science and Industry.  Encompassing a complex that is 320,000 square feet in area, COSI is the epitome of hands-on learning and fun.  COSI features four strategic areas of focus – energy and environment, technology and innovation, health and medicine, and early childhood education.

COSI embraces a childlike love of learning.  Through hands-on exhibits, interactive demonstrations, and immersive experiences, COSI provides an educational experience and a meaningful understanding of science, health, industry, and history for all of its visitors….young or old!

Our visit to COSI started at the Planetarium where we watched the Wildest Weather in the Solar System.  The Planetarium at COSI is the largest in Ohio and it features a 60-foot dome with their Digistar 5-projection system.  We had a phenomenal view of the solar system during the show which the kids loved, especially since it was their first visit to a planetarium.  The Planetarium is currently featuring two additional shows – Our Universe Above and One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.  All three of these shows run through September 7th.

After the Planetarium, we went to Adventure! in the Valley of the Unknown.  This self-contained mysterious world completely transports visitors to a remote island where the remnants of an ancient culture leave a cryptic trail of messages.  The kids spent over an hour in the Adventure! exhibit, working their way through mysterious clues, symbols, and messages to uncover the first set of answers to this ancient world.

Working off these initial clues, they collaborated together to decipher the ancient alphabet.  Once they decoded the alphabet, and explored a few more caverns, they decided to solve the remaining mysteries and messages on our next visit to COSI so they could explore the rest of the attractions.

After working through Adventure! , we stopped by COSI’s seasonal exhibit, Top Secret: License to Spy.  In this exhibit, participants can use their secret agent skills to investigate suspects in the mystery of who stole the super computer chip.  There are a variety of activities within the exhibit that help investigators gain intelligence on the suspects and dive deeper into the spy realm.  Our 12-year old was completely enthralled with this mission, and we spent more than an hour poring over word clues, puzzles, and evidence to finally solve the crime.

At this point, it was midway through the afternoon, and we still had the rest of the museum to explore including space, progress, gadgets, life, oceans, energy explorers, and more.  Needless to say, we didn’t have enough time to visit every area.  We did stop by the life area, however, and had fun competing with each other in the various physical challenges (have I ever mentioned that we tend to be just a little bit competitive?!).  The exhibit pictured above tested your reaction time to see how many lights you could quench before the time ran out.  I may or may not have severely bruised my finger as I raced to outscore my second oldest son (but just for the record….I won!).

By the end of the day, we were all completely exhausted, but it was hands down, one of the best memories we created this summer!

COSI would like to offer one of my readers a family 4-pack of tickets to visit COSI!  Want to win?  You have 6 ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – which exhibit would you most like to visit at COSI?
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  5. Like COSI on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the COSI Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 24th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by COSI. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Micro Kickboard is hosting the Ultimate Back to School Giveaway to get your child stocked up with the top back to school essentials.  Each prize package is valued at $500, and they include a Micro Kickboard Maxi scooter, a Micro Kickboard Helmet, Crayola Crayons, a $25 Target giftcard, a MadPax backpack, a Yumbox lunchbox, Raymond Geddes school supplies, LilGadgets wireless headphones, Babiators sunglasses, and a Thermos FUNtainer Bottle.

The giveaway runs through Monday, August 17th, and two lucky winners will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, August 18th at 10:00am EST. Winners will be e-mailed individually, in addition to a social media announcement.

Good luck to all!

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The Skyline Chili Gift Card Giveaway is now closed; thank you to all who entered.  The winner of this giveaway is………….

SD who said, “Lately my fave has been the coney bowl.”

The winner has been notified via e-mail, and they have 48 hours to contact me and claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

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$25 Skyline Gift Card Giveaway

by Katie on July 6, 2015

There are many, many reasons why I love living in Cincinnati….and Skyline Chili is definitely one of them!  Since 1949, Skyline has been serving their famous chili to Cincinnati residents and visitors alike, and it continues to be one of the signature restaurants in Cincinnati.

While Skyline is known for their famous cheese coneys and 3-ways, they also feature a Fresh Selects Menu which includes salads and wraps with fresh garden ingredients that are ideal for summertime.

This summer, Skyline is adding a new BLT Wrap and BLT Salad to their everyday Fresh Selects menu.  These new menu items are loaded with crispy bacon, fresh romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and Wisconsin cheddar cheese.  Plus, both the wrap and the salad are tossed with Skyline’s own chili ranch dressing.

If BLT’s aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other options available with Skyline’s Fresh Selects fare:

  • Greek Salad – This salad features romaine lettuce, tomatoes, sliced pepperoncinis, feta cheese, kalamata olives and Skyline’s original Greek dressing.
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad – Featuring Skyline’s own spicy buffalo sauce with diced chicken, this salad boasts of lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and the dressing of your choice.
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Skyline’s spicy buffalo sauce with diced chicken steals the show in this wrap, and it’s complimented by lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing in a tortilla.
  • Greek Chicken Wrap – This wrap hosts a savory combination of diced chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, sliced pepperoncinis, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and Skyline’s original recipe Greek dressing in a tortilla.
  • Classic Chicken Wrap – For all the traditionalists out there, this wrap features diced chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and Chili Ranch dressing in a tortilla.

Have I whet your appetite yet?!  Skyline would like to treat one of my readers to dinner (or lunch!) at Skyline by offering them a $25 Skyline Gift Card.  Want to win?  You have 6 ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – which menu item is your favorite at Skyline?
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  5. Like Skyline on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Skyline Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, July 13th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Skyline. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Jane.com has another phenomenal giveaway!  One very lucky winner will win 4 FREE 2-Day Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland or Walt Disney World plus a $500 Visa Gift Card!

There are several ways to enter this giveaway, and you can enter every day.  Plus, Jane.com is giving the readers of Cincinnati Cents an added bonus! Enter the code KATIE3481 for to earn 5 extra entries!

This giveaway runs through June 7th.

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Throughout the month of May, KINDSnacks is partnering with the online retailer, Zulily, to host Kindness Safaris at 20 different zoos across the country.  In hosting these safaris, KIND and Zulily hope to show kids just how easy and fun it is to participate in random acts of kindness each and every day (how awesome is that?!).

The Kindness Safaris will include a scavenger hunt booklet that will feature interactive kindness activities inspired by animals.  For example, when kids see a bear, they’re encouraged to give a family member a bear hug!

Attendees will receive flowers when they leave the zoo to pass on to someone else as an act of kindness.  Participants will also receive a take-home kindness kit that comes complete with a complimentary lunch tote for kids to color on.

KIND and Zulily will be hosting a Kindness Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, May 16th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  To celebrate this event, KIND and Zulily are hosting a #kindawesome art contest on Cincinnati Cents.  All of my readers are invited to submit photos, artwork, or comments about what kindness means to you and your children, using the hashtag #kindawesome.

For example, the picture above shows the dinner my kids made for me earlier this year on an evening when I had a horrendous headache.  My oldest son ran up to the store to get the needed ingredients, and together, the four of them made blue waffles and scrambled eggs.  To me, this definitely qualifies as a random act of kindness (and a pretty awesome dinner!).

The winner of this contest will receive a mixed case of KIND Bars and 4 tickets to the Kindness Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo!  So be sure to leave a comment below with either a picture or a story about a random act of kindness to be entered to win this giveaway!

By the way….if you don’t win the contest, you can still print out a coupon from the Cincinnati Zoo’s site for $2 off adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission for the Kindness Safari event.

This giveaway ends at 9:00 a.m. EST on Friday, May 15th and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by KIND. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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