What an awesome day we had at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). Thank you COSI for the tickets so we could share our experience. There are many COSI exhibits.
Have you been to COSI (pronounced Co-Sci)? It is a science museum and research center located in downtown Columbus Ohio. It has hands on interactive exhibits for your family to touch and learn with. From below sea level to outer space, COSI has your family covered in all things science. Located at 333 W Broad Street, in a 320,000 square foot building! Yes, as you walk up to it, you realize, there is going to be a lot to see and do that.
We walked in and were just amazed. Check out our top 8 COSI exhibits you have to check out while you are there.
Where do you start?
You need to check in at guest services and purchase your tickets. You can decided on what shows you want to see then, or come back and purchase tickets later. We picked out what we wanted to see on the giant screen and set up our planetarium experience times and headed out to explore.
Experience the Planetarium – This is a live show that has state-of-the art digital technology (the largest Planetarium in Ohio). We saw the Starry Nights show where you can learn about the stars, constellations, planets and beyond. Afterwards, you can stay and ask questions to the person hosting the show. Shows change, so pick one that works for your family.
Ride the Highwire Unicycle – There was a line when we were there. You ride the unicycle on a high wire from the second story of the building. It’s amazing to also watch those who are up for the challenge. If you get stuck/scared, they can pull you back to the pad.
Gadgets – Hands on experience to try lifting yourself using pulley’s. My son tried to pull himself up with 1, 2 and 3 pullies to see which was easiest.
Dive into the Ocean – Allows you to play in the water without getting soaked. There is a submarine you can go into (small one). See underwater exhibits. Several hands on water experiments including pipes with fluid flow challenges and erosion exhibit. We enjoyed trying to balance a ball on top of a water fountain.
Be the Astronaut – Allows you to maneuver space craft and feel like part of the crew. We damaged our vehicle when we tried this out, twice. This is perfect for any who likes video games or someone very interested in space. There were many scenarios you can do like driving a moon rover. My son was in Heaven!
Exhibits – There are many hands on events in the hallways.
- Stop and take a drink for the water fountain and learn about not polluting the waters. I heard lots of ‘ew that’s really the water’ comments.
- See the slice of a tree and the many layers tracking how old it was.
- There was a pendulum that swings due to the earths rotation to show the time (check it out!).
- musical instruments – Check out the drums that use your heart beat to make a beat. There is also a stringless harp that you strum to make music.
What is your favorite thing to do when visiting COSI?
Spontaneous exhibits – Check out the spontaneous exhibits int he hallways. COSI staff bring out carts and present hands on science exhibits for the guests to touch and participate in.
Enjoy the Big Screen – Watch a movie on the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. They serve snacks and popcorn! We enjoyed the Journey into Space 3D film. It’s a great way to get your kids engaged and learn about the space program narrated by an astronaut. The movies change so pick one your family will enjoy.
You can enjoy lunch onsite in the atomic cafe. There are lots of options, we enjoyed the pizza.
Tips to know before you go:
- plan on spending an entire day at COSI
- get a map to know where to go
- visit exhibits your family liked, more than once
- enjoy the musical experience on the way into the building
- stop and enjoy the scrap metal exhibit before coming in