As a mom of two boys, running out energy is the name of the game these days. And Beau has started pulling himself up on things and exploring more and more, so between the hours of 10 and 2, we always looking for the best way to keep these boys busy and have fun with them too.
In Tampa, we went to Glazer Children’s Museum all the time and LOVED it! I just started exploring Columbus COSI museum thanks to our new membership, here are the kids’ favorite spots to explore!
- KidSpace. Need I say more? This is a really large area that’s good for babies, toddlers and little kids. There are more than 10 stations that are all different and include both fine motor and gross motor learning opportunities. Shep tends to gravitate to the large treehouse, barn and water play area (pictured). I also just discovered the water play area for babies, so Beau got to join in the fun.
- Shadows/Magna-Tiles. This section was a little hidden to me before. It’s in KidSpace, but its a little darker section right after the grocery store on the right. It’s an excellent exhibit that helps kids explore colors, shadows and has Magna-Tiles for them to play with (that then is projected onto the screen). I’ve held off purchasing Magna-Tiles because both COSI and play cafes always have them, so it’s a win! Plus I always wonder if he will play with them as well at home as he does when he’s out and about.
- Ocean Exhibit. We went there twice before finding this one – and it’s breathtaking. It’s relaxing for me to visit it! Located on the bottom left, all the way in the back by the simulator, it’s an underground water cave that helps kids learn about the properties of water, play with endless items in water exhibits, all in the backdrop of relaxing spa music. There are also sections where kids can connect pipes to explore how water flows through them, and a mud section (it’s not too muddy, but bring an extra set of clothes to be safe!)
- Space Exhibit (M floor). This is Shep’s favorite (surprise surprise – check out our favorite space-themed toys!) He loves saying hi to his real-life sized astronaut friend, using gloves to operate a space capsule, and seeing the rocket.
Yes, I have the boys in matching outfits here (because you kinda have to when they are this little, right!? I love this GapKids dumptruck shirt – one of the few things that Shep actually doesn’t protest when getting dressed. I’m also wearing a Christmas present (kind of tough to see in this pic), hot pink Vineyard Vines velveteen pants. Both on big sales!
COSI is much larger than I ever realized, so this list is just a few of our favorite spots. There are so many more exhibits, and they always have seasonal and special exhibits to explore. We saw the train exhibit over the holidays, and enjoyed seeing all the intricate models.
What’s your favorite COSI exhibit? If you are out of the area, what exhibits does your children’s museum have?