The COSI Science Festival will be a spark that ignites you and your child's ability to see science in your everyday lives.  Through the 100+ community events happening throughout the Greater Columbus area from May 1-3 and the Big Science Celebration on May 4th, the festival will showcase accessible, hands-on science activities that encourage an interest in science, sparks curiosity, and creates lasting memories.

Also a special thank you to BCF for their generous support for this exciting event!


Festival Happenings

With support of the Bexley COSI Science Festival Committee (including Bexley City Schools, CSG, Capital University, and the Bexley Public Library), Bexley Recreation and Parks is proud to be a part of the community events during the COSI Science Festival!

We will be overseeing a variety of activities in and around Bexley from May 1-3 culminating with the city wide Star Party at Jeffrey Park on Friday, May 3. Most activities are FREE, but will still require registration. To view the 100+ city wide COSI Science Festival activities, be sure to check out #COSISciFest



Wednesday, May 1

Check out what's happening on Wednesday, May 1 in Bexley!

Be an At Home Scientist (1000a-1200p)
Join us for a very special science edition of our story and play time! Learn some ways to tie S.T.E.A.M. concepts into everyday play using household ingredients. Build homemade bathbombs, make herb and spice playdough, write with homemade invisible ink, and more! Recommended for early learners and their caretakers.

Location: Bexley Public Library

Be an Engineer: Family Engineering (400-600p)
Join Capital University staff and students to test your engineering skills in an egg drop competition and in two paper airplane contests. The egg drop containers will be made at home and brought to the competition, and the paper airplanes will be made on-sight. This is open to groups of two consisting of students, family members, friends, or any combination. 

Location: Trinity Lutheran Seminary

House Wine: Wine Tasting (This Event has been Cancelled)
Taste, enjoy, and learn about more wines at House Wine in Bexley. Their casual Wednesday Night Tasting is only $15 and will include four or five wines along with some cheese or crackers. The pouring begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm and you can taste at your own pace between those times. Additional bottles will be available for purchase in addition to their shop's selection. 

Location: House Wine (Main St.)

Registration is required for all activities via BRPD's online registration system (or in-person at Bexley Recreation - 165 N. Parkview Ave.). Click Here to Register!


Thursday, May 2

Check out what's happening on Thursday, May 2!

Be an At Home Scientist: You Can Too Lab (1100a-1200p)
At the You Can Too Science Lab, we give our littlest scientists the opportunity to build, play, and learn with some high-tech, high-fun materials. Preschool-aged participants can build their own brushbots, extract real fossils from locally sourced shale, experiment with static electricity, and more!

Location: Bexley Public Library

Be an Computer Scientist: BeeBot Challenge (400-500p)
What is computer science and what do they do? Bring your entire family and join the coding craze and learn fundamental coding with a robot. You will be inspired with fun family challenges and have a lot of fun doing it. You will meet middle and high school girls on a robotics team, college students studying computer science, and women in STEM. No prior robotics or coding experience is needed. Presented by Columbus School for Girls and H.E.R. Academy. 

Location: CSG

Be a Design Engineer: Priority Designs Facility Tour (600-900p)
Take a look behind the scenes of a Bexley owned business (Paul and Lois Kolada). Priority Designs turns ideas into prototypes by guiding innovation from insights. The research, strategy, design and engineering by their talented team develops a small idea into a brand. At the end of the tour, enjoy a short science experiment, food (provided by Jimmy John's) and drink on PD's outdoor pavilion.

Location: Priority Designs (Whitehall)

Registration is required for all activities via BRPD's online registration system (or in-person at Bexley Recreation - 165 N. Parkview Ave.). Click Here to Register!


Friday, May 3

Check out what's going on Friday, May 3!

Adult Science Series: Food Tasting Tour (900a-1200p)
Join us for a morning foodie tour around Bexley where you will enjoy some pancakes topped with locally made syrup from your very own Jeffrey Park, then hop on a bus to enjoy delicous gluten free pastries and bakery items from Cherbourg Bakery, and finishing off with with the amazing taste of Johnson's Ice Cream. Each destination will discuss the science behind making these products. Be sure to come on an empty stomach as you will be fully satisfied by the end of the tour! 

Location: Jeffrey Mansion (Cherbourg Bakery, Johnson's Ice Cream)

Registration is required for all activities via BRPD's online registration system (or in-person at Bexley Recreation - 165 N. Parkview Ave.). Click Here to Register!


City Wide Star Party @ Jeffrey Park (May 3)

Star Party @ Jeffrey Park (May 3)
Join us Friday evening from 600-1000p for a fun filled evening of activities including inflatables, Arts & Crafts, Inflatable Planetarium, Air/Water Rocket Launching, Food Trucks (Cheesy Truck, Angry Wiener, and Little Pearl Waffle), Nature Walk & More! The star gazing will be from 900-1000p using telescopes provided by COSI. Be sure to download the star gazing app (SKYVIEW LITE) on your smart phone! 
Telescope Note:  We encourage attendees to bring your own telescope There will be a supervised telescope drop-off location so you do not have to carry it around the entire evening. 

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
600-800p (Moonwalk Inflatable, Inflatable Planetarium, Arts & Crafts (COSI Crafts/Piccadilly), Air/Water Rocket Launching, Food Trucks)

600-630p (Nature Walk with Tom Kirker)

800-815p (Book with An Astronaut)

815-830p (Skyview App Demo w/Astronomer)

830-900p (Q&A Twitter Feed w/Astronaut)

900-1000p (Star Gazing - Bring a telescope if you have one!)

Registration is not required for this event.