Nation’s #1 COSI Science Center presents “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” Review

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Geckos seem to be popping up everywhere as comical, mystical creatures that everyone loves. Did you know there there are more than 1,100 species of Geckos worldwide with new ones discovered yearly? Besides the friendly Geico Gecko (anthropomorphic Day Gecko) many of us have never really seen a gecko up close. . .until now!  The exhibit “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” opens January 15 and runs through May 8, 2011 at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus, Ohio.

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Geckos Tails to Toepads at COSI

The Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit is FREE with paid admission to COSI. This exhibit will show you what it is like to be a gecko.  Come face-to-face with those adorable bulging eyes, sticky toepads, and squawking voices of 14 different species of geckos on exhibit, including the Giant Day Geckos that you see on Geico commercials.

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Did you know Geckos don't blink their eyes?

Did you know that Geckos don’t blink their eyes?  You will learn all sorts of fun facts that you may not already know about Geckos at Geckos: Tails to Toepads at COSI.

Is Geckos Exhibit at COSI worth it?

If you are looking for a hands-on adventure that is fun while educational, this exhibit is for you. You’ll have many opportunities to engage in learning about Geckos including experiencing gecko night vision, building a custom gecko, spotting camouflaged geckos, and more.  This traveling exhibit mimics the environment that each of the 14 species of geckos on display lives in. They control the lighting, humidity, temperature, and water quality that each gecko is accustomed to.

You’ll notice the difference in both each gecko’s appearance and the environment they live in compared to each other.  You will learn about the biology of geckos, natural history of geckos, geckos role in human cultures, importance of geckos to ecosystems, and how geckos relate to bio-technology.

Gold Dust Day Gecko
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Satanic Leaftailed Gecko

Is COSI good for kids?

I remember going to COSI as a child through my teen years with my family and through school field trips. There was always something new to see and explore. I loved it. Now that I live further north, in Akron, Ohio, I sort of forgot about COSI. I’m so glad to be re-introduced to COSI as it is a fabulous place for fun and learning for kids of all ages. We are taking a trip down to COSI in 2 weeks, my kids cannot wait! From the center of Akron, Ohio, COSI is just 2 hours and 9 minutes, not bad for a fabulous day out with the family. Since kids have Martin Luther King Jr day off and that is the opening weekend for the Geckos exhibit, we plan to take a day trip to Columbus. I know my kids will love it, from memories of what I remember and because my kids, especially my 5 year old son who is in Kindergarten since he loves science!

Parents Magazine agrees that COSI is worth it as they have named COSI the #1 Science Center in the USA! COSI has 110,000 square feet of space with more than 300 exhibits that are hands-on fun for all ages. This is a massive indoor playground where you can explore, create, discover, and learn to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to take in some shows too during your visit, there are about 6 per day to choose from. Arrive early as you’ll want to spend the whole day here!

Visit COSI and the new Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit at COSI

More than 100,000 people have already been to the Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit, what are you waiting for? The Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and produced by Peeling Productions.

Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit runs January 15, 2011 – May 8,2011. This exhibit is FREE with admission to COSI.

COSI Admission

COSI Exhibits and Live Shows
Adult (13-59)     $14.25
Senior (60+)     $13.25
Youth (2-12)     $9.25
24 months & younger: FREE

COSI + Extreme Screen
Adult (13-59)     $20.25
Senior (60+)     $19.25
Youth (2-12)     $15.25
COSI Member     $5.50

COSI Hours

Wednesday – Saturday 10am  5pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

COSI will be open on Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Monday, Feb. 21 for President’s Day.

COSI Address

W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

WIN Family 4-Pack Tickets to COSI  (Geckos: Tails to Toepads exhibit included) (Closed)

Updated: 1-19-11 Winner Announced: Mark

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on January 18, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to COSI who supplied the tickets for review and giveaway.

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157 thoughts on “Nation’s #1 COSI Science Center presents “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” Review

  1. Mark says:

    Wow, I never realized there were so many different species of these lizard like creatures. The one with the non-blinking eyes was interesting.

  2. Shannon says:

    COSI is an awesome place! I remember it from my kid years, too, Cindy! I think we’d most enjoy seeing the Geckos although, I don’t remember ever being bored there so we’d enjoy all of it. Thanks for hosting the contest!

  3. Patti says:

    Oh I hope we win, I have been telling my Husband about COSI and how I think He and the Kids would love it, crossing our fingers!

  4. April Bennett says:

    We have never been but the place looks awsome and my kids (age 7 and 5….The 7 yr old is almost 8. Would be a great Birthday gift!)

  5. Cindy says:

    AB Smith, they do have something like the time tunnel, it takes you back to a scene from the 1800’s and then an exact duplicate of that same city scene in the 1950’s. So cool!

  6. Katy says:

    We have only been to COSI once, but I would love to go back and see the Geckos AND take my kiddos to the little kids’ area–I don’t remember the name of it, but it was VERY worthwhile! 🙂

  7. Mark says:

    I would be thrilled to be the winner. The boys would like to go. Gracie is a little too small now but Diana would like it too. We would like the Oceans exhibit.

  8. Diane Kiss says:

    I’d like to see all of COSI. I’ve heard many great things about it but have yet to take the family there. It seems to be a great adventure. : D

  9. AB Smith says:

    going to COSI was always my favorite field trip as a kid! I would love to share that with my young sons – do they still have the time tunnel? so cool!

    thanks for sponsoring this.


  10. Cindy says:

    So funny, Pam! There’s nothing wrong with trying to win something for your daughter! I wouldn’t complain if my mom won something for my family! lol

  11. jayneb says:

    I follow you on google-and I love COSI- I havent been there in years and this would be awesome for my familY!

  12. Cindy says:

    That’s ok, Rachel. You have plenty of time left to tweet and do the other entries. Try posting on home remodeling articles, there are a ton and you get lots of extra entries that way! 🙂

  13. Jessica says:

    My dauhgter would love to see COSI, I havent been there since I was a young child. I think she would love the geckos and Weather LIVE

  14. cheryl hopkins says:

    We’d like to go to COSI to play in the kids area…we want to build the brick house to see if we can blow it down!!!

  15. Elizabeth Towns says:

    I love COSI. My children would absolutely love to see the Gecko exhibit. We spend hours visiting COSI when we can, and it us some of our best family time. My babies don’t even realize they are immersed in science, just like I didn’t when I was there age. Enter me, Please. Posting on facebook and twitter: rickicandu. I will bring the link back.

  16. Melissa Barnes says:

    follow on gfc and i would love to see adventure in the valley unknown also –
    i would love to see the geckos- my aunt and cousins live near here so i would give them the tickets but would love to go too, we might have to take a road trip!

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  18. Kara Figueroa says:

    I commented on the “Do it yourself flooring that looks fantastic? Floor in-a-flash” post – #2

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  19. Kara Figueroa says:

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  20. Lauren Presutti says:

    I would love to see this museum. I have heard so many awesome things about it and I think every city should have a kids museum!! Not to mention getting reacquainted with the Gecko Lizard would be a plus!

  21. Kara Figueroa says:

    I am a facebook friend and I follow via GFC!

    I would LOVE to see everything at COSI!! My boys have been asking to go for a year – they are 5 and 7 and would LOVE to go!

    kfig143 at yahoo dot com

  22. Brittany B. says:

    I would like to see the Titanic exhibit…also when I was there as a kid they did a human body exhibit that was awesome!

  23. Cynthia C says:

    Following on gfc
    I know my nephew would love the gecko exhibit, as well as everything else at COSI

  24. Cindy says:

    Rachel, the Titanic exhibit sounds pretty neat too. It seems as though COSI has a great variety throughout the year for every interest.

  25. Cindy says:

    I agree, Susan. The caves look remarkable! We have a small one near us called Ice Box cave, can’t really get into it but it is always fun to shine the flashlight in! We went to Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave in Southern Ohio this fall, they were MUCH larger and pretty neat to see. There are some up on Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay too that are fun. I bet the movie is spectacular with views that you wouldn’t be able to see yourself.

  26. Rachel B. says:

    Im a FB fan under Rachel Livingston and would love to see the Gecko exhibit! I missed the Titanic exhibit they had last year. 🙁

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