Wednesday, August 13, 2008

COSI Named #1 Science Center in the Country - How cool is that!!

According to PARENTS Magazine

Columbus (August 13, 2008)--COSI in Columbus was named the #1 Science Center in the country for families according to Parents magazine. Part of Parents’ ongoing series of 10-Best articles, the survey in the September issue reveals that about 50 of the nation’s 150-plus science centers have special exhibit areas exclusively for young children and their families.

“The science centers we profiled make learning fun for young children,” says Sally Lee, editor-in-chief of Parents magazine, “so when kids begin studying the subject in school, they’ll be enthusiastic about it.”

“COSI has worked very hard to make a more significant impact on early childhood education and become a more valuable community resource for families,” said COSI President & CEO David Chesebrough. “The fact that COSI was chosen as an early childhood education leader from among the best science centers in the country means our efforts are paying off.”

To figure out the rankings, Parents sent an extensive survey, asking for details about the exhibits as well as science demonstrations, special events, camps, and classes. The magazine also says they considered the stroller-friendliness of the facility, dining options, the quality of the staff, conveniences like family restrooms, and whether the center was a good value based on the admission price in relation to the number of exhibits. Parents analyzed all those factors to compile its report.

According to the Parents survey, the 10 Best Science Centers for Families in order of their ranking are: (Full results are available at and in the September issue, which is on newsstands Tuesday, August 19)

1. Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus, Ohio
2. Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
3. Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
4. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey
5. St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
6. New York Hall of Science, Flushing, New York
7. California Science Center, Los Angeles
8. Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
9. The Franklin (formerly The Franklin Institute), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

Go to for current hours of operation. Admission to COSI & CSI: The Experience is $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for youth (2 - 12 years old), $15.50 for senior citizens and free to children under 24 months. Extreme Screen movies are additional. For more information, visit or call 614.228.COSI.

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