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!

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, Homeschool Workshops

Teen Tech Studio

Teen Tech Studio Hours:

Wednesdays (10am-5pm) and Saturdays (12pm-5pm)

Special Note: COSI's Teen Tech Studio is now open for kids of all ages and their parents (activities best suited for children ages 8+). 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 all ages, 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.

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

Genetics

Explore the basic principals of genetics and what makes you YOU. Create models of DNA and RNA . Decode DNA and investigate how it works as a blueprint to design all parts of your body. Reveal just how parents traits influence their offspring’s traits.
  • Program Date(s): October 14, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

3D Printing 101

Participants will utilize Teen Tech Studio and learn Autodesk’s Tinkercad platform for 3D modeling. Through assistance from mentors, participants will design a house and 3D-print their design on one of COSI’s three 3D printers. Additionally, via an X-Box Kinect camera, each participant will be 3D scanned and saved as a printable file! Want to 3D print your scan? Check out part 2 of this workshop!
  • Program Date(s): November 4, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student + $10 lab fee
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration) + $10 lab fee
  • COSI Admission: Included

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

3D Printing 201

In this workshop, participants will use Blender software to colorize and edit their 3D scans (created in Part 1) and print them on one of COSI’s 3D printers. Autodesk’s Inventor will also be introduced and used to design printable objects.
  • Program Date(s): November 11, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student + $10 lab fee
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration) + $10 lab fee
  • COSI Admission: Included

Kitchen Science

Use elements of chemistry, biology, and inquiry in the kitchen. Explore some of the chemical reactions which occur each time we create a meal. Compete as a team with others to create your ultimate recipe to share with your family. *Please specify any student food allergies when registering.
  • Program Date(s): December 9, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure: Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.

Audio Production 101

Using Apple’s Logic Pro X software, participants will learn to create music with virtual instruments (midi controllers), drum machines, and microphones. Additionally, participants will use Logic to produce custom sheet music.

  • Program Date(s): January 6, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

Audio Production 201

Participants will learn how to take their music through the processes of tracking, mixing, and mastering. Using listening examples, various techniques will be explored, including mono vs. stereo recording and audio file formats (mp3, wav, etc.). Participants are encouraged to bring instruments to learn proper recording techniques.

  • Program Date(s): January 13, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)

Magic Treehouse: Space Mission

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books, and the writer of a mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, we don’t want to give it away. The adventure is just beginning!
  • Runtime: 35 minutes

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Take a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.
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!

Pathology

what is Pathology? What does a Pathologist do? Explore the complex puzzles of diseases that pathologists solve make us healthier. View an autopsy; narrated live by a Forensic Pathologist and discover more about this intriguing career. Use the information gained in the autopsy to solve the cause of patient’s death
  • Program Date(s): February 10, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

Back To The Moon For Good

In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. To win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
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.

Video Production 101

Participants will work with DSLR cameras and learn basic camera functions: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, frame rates. Using these functions, they will learn to light, frame, and shoot a documentary-style interview. Additionally, participants will use Adobe’s Premiere software to explore green screen production.

  • Program Date(s): March 2, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

Our Solar System

Presented LIVE by the COSI Team, this tour of our solar system in a dynamic, interactive show built specifically for 5th-7th grade students. Created to explore the inner workings of our solar system and cover all 5th-7th grade Earth and Space Science content standards, this show will show your students the solar system in a way they’ve never seen it before.

Standards Guide
  • Runtime: 40 Minutes
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.

Video Production 201

Using footage captured during Part 1, participants will work in teams to produce a finished video project. Teams will edit (using Adobe Premiere), gather b-roll, mix audio, and add accompanying music. The session will conclude with a viewing of video projects.

  • Program Date(s): March 9, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Among the most mysterious and exotic objects in the Universe, black holes tantalize everyone who learns about them. These dark beasts are one of a few phenomena out in the cosmos where the known laws of physics and general relativity break down. "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity" explores the power and grace of these cosmic beasts.
Group Discounts

Group Discounts

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

Microscopy

What wonders exist that are too small for our human vision to perceive? Learn basic microscope techniques, prepare a wet and dry mount, and begin to explore the world around us that is waiting to be discovered.
  • Program Date(s): April 13, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration)
  • COSI Admission: Included

Cell! Cell! Cell!

You are made 0f 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive. This the story of how they do it.

Standards Guide

Columbus Member Advantage

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

Graphic Design 101

Participants will use a variety of vector-based software (including Adobe Illustrator) to create an imagine of their choosing. Once created, participants will use a vinyl cutter to create both a sticker and an iron-on t-shirt decal.

  • Program Date(s): May 4, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student + $5 lab fee
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration) + $5 lab fee
  • COSI Admission: Included

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
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