This guest post was written by Jaclyn Reynolds, Public Relations and Social Media Manager at COSI Columbus. COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) is located just 15 minutes south of Dublin Ohio -- and was recently named to Forbes list of the nation's Top 12 Best Children's Museums.

COSI Columbus recently announced its exhibit lineup for the next year.  We hardly ever do that but we had such a great lineup of exhibits that seemed to tie in to each other, we decided to give it a shot.  We named it the Brain Trip -- a really fun name (and self-explanatory).  However, the other night at dinner with friends, I was explaining why I had been so busy lately.  I was talking animatedly about the Brain Trip when one of them interrupted me and said, “um, Jaclyn?  What exactly is a Brain Trip?”

Good question!  Helping you keep your brain sharp is definitely something we do at COSI every day.  From live shows to hands-on interactive science experiments, COSI is definitely a place to exercise your brain.  So with four exhibits headed our way this upcoming year, giving it a catchy name just seemed to be a “no-brainer.” (Haha!)

First up, we’ll use those critical thinking skills to build masterpieces with LEGO® Castle Adventure (September 29, 2012 to January 6, 2013).  Then we’ll do a literal study of the brain with Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Brain (October 17, 2012 – January 6, 2013).  Then it’s time to boost your brain power solving brainteasers and interactive challenges with MindBender Mansion (January 26 to April 28, 2013).  And finally, we’ll wrap it up with sharpening those problem-solving skills with Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition (June 8 – September 13, 2013).

So back to the question of a Brain Trip: we think this is a great year to take a trip to COSI, maximize that brain power, learn more about what’s going on in your mind and have a really great time along the way!

Note: Take advantage of discounted tickets to COSI Columbus through the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau's "Kids Eat FREE Columbus Zoo/COSI Summer Getaway." Go HERE for more information or call 800/245-8387.