For Families

Teacher's Choice Films

New! Teacher’s Choice Giant Screen Movies

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ee the film on your choice during your field trip or group visit, including Tornado Alley, Titans of the Ice Age, D-Day: Normandy 1944, Wild Ocean, We the People and many others from COSI’s library of award-winning giant screen documentaries.

Hallway Exhibitions

In 2012, COSI initiated an effort to improve the visual appeal and experience of our hallways and circulation spaces. With limited funding, we developed a combination of temporary experiences, painting, and permanent exhibit acquisitions. An effort was made to include content that would appeal to adults as well as family groups. The new experiences are planned with a nod to our permanent exhibit areas and grouped in collections as opposed to singular exhibits.

From gorgeous photography to thought-prevoking collections, enjoy these free, limited-engagement displays on your next visit.

Check out these additions during your next visit:

Interactive Videoconferencing

Science Delivered at the Speed of Light. Videoconferencing connects your students with scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with your school or from COSI.

Connecting from my school, Coming to COSI

Career Exploration and Teen Experiences

COSI introduces students who dream of pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, or technology to professional scientists - giving them unique access to real world science. Students participate in lab experiments, learn to work together, and have fun!

Medical Career Discovery, COSI Academy

Birthday Parties

Have your child's birthday party at COSI! COSI birthdays are a mix of silly science and serious fun! Please submit your reservation at least three weeks in advance.

Ages 6-11, Ages 3-5

Workshops

COSI offers in-depth and hands-on exploration of science topics led by trained Team Members. Save on many workshops with your COSI Membership!

Afterschool Workshops, Early Childhood Family Workshops, Infant Workshops, Toddler Workshops, Preschool Workshops, Homeschool Workshops

Camp COSI

When school is out, COSI is in! School's Out Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific outside of school.

School's Out: K - 6 Grades, Rising K-1st Graders, Rising 2nd & 3rd Graders, Rising 4th & 5th Graders, Rising 6th - 8th Graders

OhioHealth Medical Career Immersion

Join the COSI team and OhioHealth medical professionals as we explore many careers in medicine. This intense three-day experience for students about to enter high school (grades 9–12) will include field trips to OhioHeath locations, multiple interactions with professionals and hands-on experiences.

Reserve online now!

Presented by:

  • Camp Type: Multi-Day
  • Age Level: Rising 9th through 12th Graders
  • Program Date: June 22-24 (9am–4pm)

Teen Tech Studio

Teen Tech Studio Hours:

Wednesdays (3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (10am-5pm)

Special Note: COSI's Teen Tech Studio is now open Wednesdays from 12pm - 3pm for for kids of all ages and their parents (activities best suited for children ages 7+). During these hours, Teen Tech Studio is free, regardless of COSI admission.

Teens can hang out, mess around, and geek out in COSI's Teen Tech Studio during selected hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays to work with COSI mentors and explore technology. COSI's Teen Tech Studio offers multimedia activities for ages 12-19, including audio/video production, 3D modeling, digital art, and video game design.

Using Apple's Logic Pro and Garageband software and audio freeware, COSI's Teen Tech Studio is a fully outfitted audio production space that allows teens to develop their skills in making beats with virtual instruments, using microphones to record voices and acoustic instruments, and taking that audio through the final process of editing and mixing. Teen Tech Studio's video production activities are presented in collaboration with WOSU Public Media and focus on allowing teens to learn lighting, filming, and editing techniques through the use of professional grade DSLR cameras, green screens, and Abode's Premiere software. The Teen Tech Studio also features 3D printers, Makey Makeys, video game consoles, and platforms for game and controller design.

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21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

Unpack a box of 21st century skills in this structured 3.5-hour COSI program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes...

  • Grade Levels: Grades 3-8
  • Number of Students: 30
Family Friday Night

Family Friday Night

Admission is $11 for all ages 2 and up on the last Friday of the month from 5:00pm to 9:00pm!
Military Discount

Military Discount

Active, Reserve, and Retired Military - $2.00 off per person in the immediate family with proper ID. Active military also qualify for discounted memberships.

Senior Discount

Senior Discount

Seniors (ages 60 and up) receive a $2 discount on COSI general admission. Valid state-issued ID may be requested at the time of purchase.

Only available for purchase at COSI's Box Office. Cannot be used online.

Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Teachers: $10 Admission, a savings of more than 40%! Teachers also qualify for discounted memberships.

Five Green Speckled Frogs

Come discover the natural world through animal encounters and movement.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday March 6, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:00am

Animals on the Move

Learn the way animals move and try to move that way, too!
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

Hops, Slithers, and Crawls

How does it move? Where does it live? Hop, slither or crawl your way to this exciting workshop full of animal encounters.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday, March 20, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11am

Animal Habitats

Let’s explore where, why and how animals live in different environments. Meet COSI’s animal inhabitants!
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am
Group Discounts

Group Discounts

Groups of 12 or more recieve special discounts to visit COSI.

Peas and Carrots

Hear, see, smell, touch, and maybe even sneak a taste as we use everyday vegetables for learning.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday April 10, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:00am

From Head to Toe

“Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, eyes, ears, mouth and nose!” We’ll take a closer look and see how our bodies work and move.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

No One Else Like Me!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes! Explore what makes you and me special.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday, April 17, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11am

Hands on Health

Explore how we stay healthy. Learn about germs, eating healthy, and exercise through exciting hand-on experiments.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

Bugs & Butterflies

Flutter like a butterfly, creep like a ladybug and wiggle like a worm in this fun-filled hands-on workshop.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday May 8, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:00am

Butterflies & Insects Galore

Budding entomologists will enjoy this opportunity to examine bugs closely, build a habitat, and take home your very own caterpillar.
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

Creepy Crawly Bugs

Explore the amazing world of arthropods, arachnids, and insects, and take home your own caterpillar!
  • Program Date(s):
  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

Blast
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for Blast, COSI's signature fundraising event and party with a purpose in celebration of COSI’s impact on learners of all ages. This event will feature favorite local restaurants serving gourmet fare, beer and wine, lively music, an exciting auction, a unique raffle and more, all with a COSI twist.

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Crazy Coasters

Explore force and motion as you work together to build a roller coaster. Put the force of gravity to work in COSI’s marble challenge. Engage in a hands-on experience to understand the science and design process that goes into engineering your favorite roller coasters.
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Intermediate Robotics

Become part of an engineering team using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS robotics system. Learn what it means to program a robot to complete tasks. Put your new-found knowledge to the test to complete our robot obstacle course!
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Flying Monsters (3D)

A groundbreaking film that uses spectacular visuals, cutting-edge 3D technology and CGI, pioneering scientific techniques and recent paleontological finds to bring the story of giant flying monsters to the giant screen. Audiences of all ages will be in awe as they enter a prehistoric world and experience as never before the real Flying Monsters that once ruled the skies.

Electropolis

Is our energy future going to be one where blackouts are an everyday occurrence? Can anything prevent this? Let's think about energy now, BEFORE the lights go out!
  • Runtime: 22 Minutes

Flight of the Butterflies (3D)

Follow the perilous journey taken by millions of Monarch butterflies each year on one of the world’s most amazing migrations and the true-life story of an intrepid scientist who spend over 40 years searching for the Monarch’s secret winter hideaway.

Bugs 3D: A Rainforest Adventure

Come face-to-face with the amazing universe of Bugs! Follow bug “stars” Papilio (a praying mantis) and Hierodula (a Great Mormon butterfly) in dramatic 3D, as these two little bugs go on a giant screen rainforest adventure in exotic Borneo.

D-Day: Normandy 1944 (3D)

Compelling live action, historical photographs and digital images are used in this new giant screen documentary to show the amazing strategy, coordination, heroism and sacrifice of D-Day.

Crime Scene Investigation

With the help of chemistry, biology, and an inquiring mind, become a Crime Scene Investigator. Use your powers of observation to discover clues from a crime scene in your classroom. Use science to uncover the meaning of each clue to catch the culprit before it’s too late!
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Plant Dissection

To understand how a plant works, it helps to take it apart. With the guidance of a COSI Team Member, you'll dissect flowers to see the purpose of the different structures found in flowering plants.
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Catapults, Trebuchets, & Physics—Oh My!

Discover force and motion by observing model medieval siege machines. Using the scientific process, design, build, test, and redesign your very own catapult or trebuchet using recycled materials. Discover how physics played a role in medieval weaponry!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12
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