One of the things I wanted to do before leaving the Columbus, Ohio area was to visit COSI (Center of Science and Industry). I’d heard great things about the COSI Kidspace. Would you believe I got my act together about a month before we moved? I was SO proud of myself. Until the parking lot exit incident.
Other than the parking lot issue, I liked the museum. As always, the big question: Did the kids like it?
Visiting the Center of Science and Industry
COSI has been around for as long as I can remember and there was another branch briefly in Toledo, Ohio. According to COSI.org, COSI opened in 1964 in Columbus and moved in 1999 to their current facility. The website leaves out the Toledo COSI information, but I was there! I know it existed.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive review, as my kids and I visited the Little Kidspace and pretty much stayed there. The COSI Kidspace is awesome. Since my kids hadn’t been there before, everything was new and exciting. It was also big! They have a variety of structures and toys, including a giant helicopter, an eye doctor’s office, a barn, a house, a farmer’s market, and a treehouse! They also have a hands on water play area! This isn’t even an extensive list.
Hands down, my favorite part was the water play area. It was also the favorite of my 3 year old. I love water play and how it intrigues my kids. My 4 year old loved the giant lego pieces.
I really liked how the COSI Kidspace was laid out and that there are so many different and interesting spaces for the kids to explore. We spent around two hours there and didn’t even thoroughly explore all of it. My kids wanted to walk around and see other areas. Since it’s a large building with many exhibits, we only saw a fraction of the space.
The Parking Lot Incident
At the time of our visit, there were some areas with construction. We parked in the lot ($4 whether you have a membership or not at the time of publishing) and hopped on the shuttle. By the way, the parking lot has a flow that isn’t really marked or apparent in anyway, so when I tried to leave, people shot me some dirty looks. Someone finally let me go. Sorry folks. I had no idea and saw no arrows directing me in any particular direction. Be aware when you go, so you don’t mess up, too. Or suffer the wrath of the other moms!*
* And I totally understand. I get miffed when people aren’t following the rules, especially when the rules are designed to alleviate congestion and/or aggravation.
Did My Kids like the COSI kidspace?
Yes. They liked it so much, in fact, that they wanted to return the next day (and my now 4 year old just asked if we can go to COSI “next time”). During the time of the year we were visiting, COSI was closed the next day. We didn’t make it back before we moved, but I do hope to go when we next visit the area. For more information on COSI’s prices and current hours, visit COSI.org. Parking is an additional cost, even with a membership. The parking lot was weird when I went, but that could be because the area was under construction. You can walk to the entrance or take the free shuttle to the front doors. We opted for the shuttle.
Look into a membership, because it may be worth it to grab a membership instead of paying individual ticket prices.
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