I have discovered over the years, that rather than dragging my kids all over a town or city to get the inside scoop, it is often just easier to learn through discovery in one location. Often hands-on is the best kinds of learning because the kids don’t feel forced to learn, but they are learning through processing and testing things out. Moving at our own pace, touching, feeling, experimenting and questioning our universe is key to being educated and a day at the museum is the perfect venue to meet this! We appreciated that we had been invited to be guests at COSI. Lavishly live the who, what, when, where and why of our past, present and future when traveling to the COSI in Columbus, Ohio.
Since we live in Pittsburgh, we have been blessed with many visits to our local museum. Of course my kids were ready to compare and contrast, but that is not what happened, rather we kind of just fell into a day where they learned through exhibits and playing and we never talked about our museum again that day! What were venturing into? In my usual, over-planning mode, I had mapped out the exhibits I knew we had to get to on our budgeted tine, and then of course those that were there if had a bit more time to spend. For my daughter we had to get to the WOSU @ COSI, for my son OCEAN and for me, The National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a movie all about: Great White Sharks!
What is COSI?
In case you were wondering what COSI is and perhaps I should have started with this: Center of Science and Industry that features more than 300+ interactive exhibits- that’s a lot!
First Stop WOSU @COSI. As many of you know my daughter is a news anchor at her current high school and her dream is to aspire to a News Anchor. This was the perfect chance to let her see more tech that goes into what she currently does and how it looks behind the scenes, what makes up the images, etc. Here she is on the green screen and we manipulated much of what she was doing!
While this was a ton of fun, we had even more fun as we progressed through COSI, to discover that level 2, PROGRESS Exhibit allowed her to actually deliver a news segment, from the anchor’s desk and I recorded it! There were a few deliveries to choose from, and she chose her, and was off to deliver the news, take a look HERE!
Now to get into PROGRESS on Level 2, you pass through these little towns, literally walking through something that looks like it is straight out of DISNEY, we felt like we were in California or Florida visiting an amusement park is how perfect this is set up, take a look.
You will see how we started our PROGRESS as you travel through time from past to present. Take a look up close and personal here on my video as I walked through the streets of days gone by.
We needed a small break, because before we got here we were on Level One and experience OCEAN, but take a look at the great photo opp we had while resting, what an amazing City Columbus is and you can capture a great photo, on LEVEL 2, right after you come out of the stairwell, we did!
You get to experience the deep blue sea, while walking into it. The force of water was at play in the one photo where he was balancing balls on water, and then he even went underwater in a submarine. We loved shooting the water guns(well aiming water and moving the dial, but close enough!) We splish, splashed and aimed and in the process got just a little wet(by choice) and then of course moved on to have even more fun.
The highlight of the COSI for me was the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, where we watched Great White Sharks in 3D and let me tell you, this makes shark week MUNCHED because it is intense, educational and so up close you feel like you are in the water with the Great Whites. I spent 39 minutes in awe with what I was watching. You will get in a boat and ride along while you cage dive, and free style dive and even watch seals get ‘tested’ out. The beauty of this great animal and it’s ability to match wits with us is just something I can never get enough of.