During our recent trip to Columbus, Ohio - we had the opportunity to visit COSI (Center of Science and Industry)! I love taking the kids to places where they will not only have fun - but learn. COSI is a fun and interactive environment that helps to increase the natural curiosity that children have.
COSI, Columbus, Ohio's dynamic Center of Science and Industry, inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. Opened in 1964 at Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus, COSI moved in 1999 to a new 320,000-square-foot home designed by internationally-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. COSI continues to represent a significant investment in the economic development and community revitalization of downtown Columbus.
In 2008, COSI was named America's #1 science center for families by Parent Magazine. Since 1964, COSI has engaged with over 30 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its award-winning outreach programs.
At COSI, you will find a wide assortment of interactive science exhibits. We spent a lot of time in the Energy Explorers area. The kids learned how energy is generated, how we use energy and how we can conserve energy. Through various activities, they could see the affects of different energy choices and consumption.
|Savannah testing a bicycles energy against the energy it takes to walk or drive a vehicle.|
Joey loved the Curious George exhibit that is available through January 5, 2014.
Let’s Get Curious!
Letting curiosity and inquiry be your guide, explore familiar buildings and locales from the Curious George™ book series and television show on PBS KIDS in Curious George™: Let's Get Curious! The exhibit presents key concepts in science, technology, math, and engineering, which are woven throughout the exhibit. Activities invite children to learn like Curious George – through direct experience and problem solving! Included with COSI admission or Membership.
The Curious George exhibit had a farm where the kids were able to experiment with wind machines and the effects of wind on objects. They explored the Produce Stand and even 'worked' for a while at the Construction Site.
While we were there - my little daredevil also decided to ride a unicycle. Not only did Savannah ride a unicycle but she rode it in the air at a height of 2 stories!
"It’s all about balance. COSI’s High Wire Unicycle—the only one in the world—challenges you to ride a unicycle across an 84-foot cable while 17 feet above the ground. If your sense of balance isn’t world-class, don’t worry. The Unicycle’s 250-pound counterweight drops the cycle’s center of mass to well below your feet, keeping you safely upright at all times."
Since Joey was too short to try the unicycle - he and I experimented with floating hot air balloons, creating a stop motion movie, controlling robots and launching a 2 liter bottle through the air!
There really are so many fascinating things to do and learn while visiting COSI!
I wish that we lived closer to COSI. It would be an amazing place to visit often. We were only able to spend a few hours there and weren't able to see or experience nearly everything. It's definitely on our list of places to revisit.
Some of their exhibits change throughout the year - so check their sit often to keep up with new activities to experience!