Spring Break week is a good time for some adventure, a great time to do something with the kids. The COSI (Center of Science and Industry), in downtown Columbus, Ohio, has interesting activities for everyone. Just two hours away, COSI can be a day trip from Cincinnati.
To take a turn on the highwire unicycle, make sure to wear close-toed shoes (there are also height and weight restrictions). Pedal a counter-weighted unicycle out over the center's atrium for an amazing experience combining balance and height.
Hands-on activities with "Gadgets," will test strength and accuracy. The gadgets also teach about momentum and movement. The "Chemistry Live!" show on the Gadgets stage is educational and entertaining with experiments conducted using liquid nitrogen and other specialty chemicals - controlled explosions included.
The "Ocean" area allows for fun with water. Shooting water cannons, piping/ plumbing activities, and a submerged submarine will keep the kids occupied and intrigued.
"Space" offered one of the favorite activities, a "Black Hole" experience that makes the floor feel like it is moving. There is also a lunar landing module ride and the opportunity to guide a miniature Mars rover or operate robotic arms.
Their new "Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition" starts Saturday, March 27. This is an encore presentation of the most visited exhibition in COSI's history. "Explore stunning room recreations, see hundreds of authentic treasures, and interact with costumed characters from that fateful voyage." (Admission to the "Titanic" is an additional cost, not included with general admission to COSI).
Even more to explore... "Progress" is a history lesson. The "Extreme Screen," for viewing large format films, is 83 feet wide and 7 stories tall. The "Big Science Park" is an outdoor courtyard (opens late April pending weather) with exhibits that give the opportunity to "lift a car, roll a two-ton granite sphere, or ride the Centripetal Generator and feel the floor drop out from underneath you." "Grossology, The Impolite Science of the Human Body" exhibit is open until May 9.
Parking is close and an additional cost. The "Atomic Cafe" offers a typical menu of pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets and some fresh fruits or sides at an expected mark-up, but offers a pleasant and surprisingly quiet place to enjoy lunch, purchased or packed.