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4 Amazing New Exhibits for Columbus Kids!

4 Amazing New Exhibits for Kids in Columbus

Something new is always popping up for kids to do in Columbus! It’s one of the amazing things about Columbus – we never lack for something to do! It’s at least a part time job keeping up with it – I can testify to that personally! 😉

Two of these exhibits are permanent and two are temporary, so mark your calendars so you don’t miss these fun, family-friendly exhibits!

1. American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery

The new Dinosaur Gallery at COSI is a permanent exhibit that is included with admission or membership! If you have dinosaur lovers, they will be enraptured! The exhibit includes a full-size cast of Tyrannosaurs Rex, dinosaur bones, a model of an Oviraptor nest kids can actually climb on, dinosaur prints and many, many more educational displays, interactive exhibits and models! COSI is open every day, May through August, and Wednesday through Sunday beginning late September through April.

2. The Wonder Room at Columbus Museum of Art

In late October, Columbus Museum of Art unveiled a newly remodeled Wonder Room! The room was created to feel like kids are entering a large “blanket fort” in which to play and imagine! Like the previous design, there are several stations with hands-on activities for kids, but the new theme leans towards textiles, fabrics and tactile experiences. There’s felt, fashion design and weaving. You can also create spiders out of craft materials, draw, and hide out under the stars. Visiting this exhibit is included in your admission or membership to CMA.

  

3. Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit at Easton Town Center

This temporary collaboration between Easton and Miami Children’s Museum, presented by Warner Bros. is the first licensed traveling exhibit based on the movie The Wizard of Oz. It will be housed on the 2nd floor of the Easton Station Building until March 25, 2018. Kids can create a tornado in Dorothy’s house, make their own scarecrow, see scenes from the movie, pick vegetables on the farm, try out optical illusions, climb through the the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West and take part in daily scheduled activities and crafts! Space inside the exhibit is limited so anticipate a short wait in line to get in. There are no flying monkeys or wicked witch, in case you’re concerned about scaring the kids, but there is a Wizard who lights up with a glowing red fire. This is a free exhibit!

 4. Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

While you’re visiting the Wonder Room at Columbus Museum of Art, be sure to check out Think Outside the Brick, a temporary, but annual, collaboration with Ohio LEGO User’s Group! This exhibit, entirely made of LEGOs includes a large display of the city of Columbus, as well as other scenes like pirates, zombies, airplanes, a park and more! On the wall of the room there is a list of items for kids to search for within the scene! Also on the first floor, check out the area for kids to make their own creations out of white LEGOs to display on shelves against a black wall. This exhibit is included with admission or membership and will be on display through March 2, 2018! The Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays!


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Memberships

Okay, if you’re a parent in Columbus, chances are you are a member of COSI and the Zoo. (And if not, you should be!) Being a member to these two places really can pay for itself in as little as two visits. If you’re like me, you don’t wake up thinking, “gee, how can I spend $40 today?” I wake up thinking, “What can we do today that will be fun – and FREE?” So a membership is not technically free, but after a few visits, it really is! Being a member eliminates the added dimension of figuring in cost to your daily outing. I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but just in case I’m not: It’s worth it.

So, let’s go beyond COSI and the Zoo. (Which are WONDERFUL and will no doubt get their own posts one day). I have recently realized (thanks to a wonderful staff person at the Columbus Museum of Art) that with young children, individual memberships are a cost effective option! Take for instance the art museum. A “Friend” membership is good for you plus one additional adult and children age 5 and under are free. This membership costs $60. A one time visit for one adult costs $14. If my husband and I go twice, the membership is pretty much paid for. If your kids are over 5, the “Household” membership is only $15 more – or just about the cost of one visit. Anyway…. with both of my children being under 5, the “Friend” membership became a no-brainer, especially with a Lego Exhibit underway!

Another museum where an individual membership is the way to go is the Ohio History Center. One adult entrance is $10. An “Basic Individual” membership is only $35 and it also gets in one unnamed guest! This is another case where children 5 and under are free.

I say take advantage of these individual memberships while your kids are young! And you’ll have somewhere to go in the dead of winter when cabin fever is raging!

 

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