For Families

Teacher's Choice Planetarium Films

New! Teacher’s Choice Planetarium Movies

See the film on your choice during your field trip or group visit, including One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure, Wildest Weather in the Solar System, Our Solar System, Back To The Moon For Good and many others from COSI’s library of award-winning planetarium documentaries.

Teacher's Choice Films

New! Teacher’s Choice Giant Screen Movies

See 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


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


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

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.

Support provided by:

NEW! Superhero Science

Superhero Science (Available June 2015)

Train to become a superhero with COSI. We will use the powers of electricity, magnetism, light, heat and speed to combat one sneaky scoundrel. No need to be a mutant, alien, or billionaire - we have science on our side!

Each participant will be given "powers" and will complete activities that represent those powers including:

Electricity AND Magnetism - electromagnet
Light - laser activity
Heat - melting ice activity
Speed - thaumatrope

The program lasts for 1 hour and can hold up to 30 students. The age range for this program is grades K-8. It is available for Franklin county and the contiguous counties. Outside counties can make arrangements for this program (additional travel fee applied).

  • Grade Level: K-8

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.

ASTC & ACM Members

ASTC & ACM Members

Free exhibits admission with a current ASTC membership card; 50% off exhibits admission with a current ACM membership card. Maximum of 2 adults and 4 children admitted free to COSI for reciprocal ASTC members; 50% ACM discount is valid for up to six people. Science centers within 90 miles of one another are excluded from the program unless lifted by mutual agreement. Please call ahead to verify that you are eligible for the reciprocal admission benefit.

HOJO Museum Road Trip Package

HOJO Museum Road Trip Package

Stay two nights at any Howard Johnson in the US & Canada (use the code SFA when booking) and you will receive two free tickets you can use at our museum all summer long. Special offer valid May & June 2015 and tickets can be used through Labor Day 2015.

Group Discounts

Group Discounts

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

Columbus Member Advantage

  • Start Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • End Date: Thursday, 31 December 2015

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.


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

Advanced Robotics

Using a LEGO® WeDo robot, discover how to program and complete a series of challenges. Try to complete all of the challenges before time runs out!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Cow Eye Dissection

Diagrams can only take you so far. To really understand what’s going on inside of the eye, why not cut one open? An experienced COSI Team Member will lead your class through an exciting, slimy, and scientific dissection of a cow’s eye in order to better understand how your own eyes function.
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Sheep Brain Dissection

Discover the world of our brain and experience your lobes in action! An experienced COSI Team Member will lead your class through a dissection of a sheep brain in order to better understand how your own brain functions.
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Titans of the Ice Age (3D)

This film transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldy frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species. A time when man shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts.

Tornado Alley (3D)

Follow Sean Casey from Storm Chasers and other researchers from the Vortex 2 project as they chase tornados through tornado alley in the largest scientific mission around storms ever conducted - it is as close as you will ever want to get to a real tornado!

Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet (3D)

On a thrilling ride, we spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska in the Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago – the last great flourish of the dinosaur era. BBC Earth invites you to come on a journey through the seasons, and experience a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing and hunting.

Wild Ocean

A timely and uplifting film that celebrates the life in our oceans, the animals that now depend on us to survive. It is a film about the people that come together to protect our world. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast, where Africa meets the sea.
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