Looking for some economical and crazy seasonal fun for the family? Check out this guest post from Jaclyn Reynolds, PR and Social Media Manager at COSI Columbus.

There’s just something about fall.  The crunching leaves, heading back to school, pumpkins everywhere, and specially-flavored coffee (yummy pumpkin spice lattes!) to brighten up your day.  This is my first fall at COSI and right away I’ve noticed it’s done a little differently.  COSI is all about inspiring curiosity, which is what drew me to it in the first place.  Why just pick a pumpkin when you can see fire breathe out of it?  Have you ever seen a flying turkey?  How about a crystal ball made entirely out of dry ice?  I did, during our Pumpkin Patch Live show! 

For me, high school Physics was scary but there’s nothing to be afraid of at COSI’s Festival of Physics.  October 15 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and October 16, 2011 from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., we’ll explore whether or not you can be two places at once, what quantum physics and gumdrops have in common and what makes atoms explode!  Physicists from The Ohio State University will explore the deepest mysteries in the universe with the COSI Team.

My very favorite part of fall has always been Halloween!  Ever since my aunt let me borrow her real tiara so I could dress up as a real princess – I have been in love with Halloween.  Here at COSI, we have Spooky Science going on Oct. 28 (from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.) and Oct. 29 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  We’ll have a (gently) spooky storyteller, a professional pumpkin carver, creepy crawlies, fun crafts and science cart activities transformed for a Halloween motif!  Plus – Spookley the Square Pumpkin is on the giant screen.  This cute fall-themed movie has a great anti-bullying message – perfect for October which is Anti-Bullying Month.

Teenagers have an extra special party at COSI with the Late Night Teen Event: Fangtastic Edition on October 29, 2011 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.  It’s a fun party for teens in grades 9-12 with creepy crawly critters and a chance to explore COSI’s amazing “Adventure” exhibit.   

So take a break from carving those pumpkins and getting those costumes ready and head into COSI for a lesson in the science of fall!  And pssst…..let me sweeten the deal by urging you to look for coupons on your placemat at Columbus area Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants.  PLUS, your Giant Eagle Advantage Card will get you $3.00 off an admission.  For more information on all of these fun events, visit cosi.org.  If you need me, I’ll be figuring out just what a barfing pumpkin is.    

Coming from out-of-town to visit COSI?  Take advantage of Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau's  Fall Getaway Packages and enjoy discounted tickets to COSI (and the Columbus Zoo) plus great hotel rates and more. Go here to check out rates and availability or call 800/245-8387 for more info.  

~Guest post by Jaclyn Reynolds