From the moment you walk through its doors, the Center of
Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, captures your kids'
attention and doesn't let go.
Where else can you play a stringless harp, cheer for
basketball-playing rats (our team won!), ride a unicycle across a
high wire, navigate a submarine, fly into space and learn how all
kinds of gadgets work by actually taking them apart? And all in
less than three hours.
This spacious, easy-to-navigate museum is a parents' dream come
true. The kids are too busy exploring to whine or complain about
anything. Leaving, though, is a problem because even if you visit
every exhibit, they'll want to visit them all again before you
Through Sept. 7, COSI will feature its newest exhibit, "Lost
Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science," where kids can see real
human and animal mummies and families can visit a re-created
COSI is not far from downtown, where you'll find plenty of great
restaurants and nice hotels to make this a weekend trip your kids
won't soon forget-especially if your rats win at basketball.
333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH
• Download a suggested itinerary for your kids' ages at www.cosi.org/visitors/plan-your-visit/itinerary/
to make the most of your visit.
• Wear closed-toe shoes (not Crocs) if you plan to ride the
unicycle. Size restrictions do apply.
• Be prepared for kids to get wet in the ocean area
(parents, too) where Poseidon oversees a water playground too
appealing to resist, with shooting water cannons, fountains and
• Spring for the value pass, which includes admission, live
shows and Extreme Screen movie ($19.75 for adults, $14.75 for kids
2-12.) It's the best value.
• It's a relatively easy five-hour, 45-minute drive to
Columbus from downtown Chicago, but be aware that, through
November, construction on Interstate 65 in Northwest Indiana is
causing major delays.
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