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Let’s Do Science! (+Giveaway)

Two years ago for Christmas, BigBrother asked for a science kit.

When we go to things like fairs or amusement parks, LittleBrother can be seen watching the stuff that makes the rides work; gears and bolts and things I’d rather not think about, especially if we’re at a temporary, pick-it-up-and-move-it-somewhere-else type of fair.

In short, my two boys love science and math and all that jazz. This is perplexing to me, the words and art and music mom. I mean, I like science if we’re talking about how to make my flowers grow better in our garden and watching baby birds hatch and chasing butterflies and long walks in nature. I like math if we’re talking about how to get more money into my bank account and a teeny bit but not a lot of music theory. But otherwise, give me words and photography and paint brushes and triplets — not the baby kind — and I am a happy camper.

However, I’m also a happy camper when my kids are happy campers. So math and science it is, at COSI, on a regular basis.


We were invited to attend a blogger event last weekend. The boys and I took my mother-in-law and had a fascinating day of mindbenders and mazes, ocean exploration, and really big movie screens.


When I told the boys we were going to see Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, they both informed me that butterflies were “for girls.” Nothing pushes my buttons more than a “this thing is for girls and this thing is for boys” kind of argument, which I pointed out to our younger son who happens to love My Little Pony. I assured them that the movie was not for girls and that they would like it, thankyouverymuch. I don’t think they believed me, but happily accepted some popcorn, lemonade and 3D glasses. When the lights went down, I’m sure they still thought that they were right and I was wrong.

Check out these cool dudes. 3D Flight of the Butterflies movie.

But, shocker, I was right and they were wrong. BOOYAH.

I loved the movie for many reasons. Despite my preference of words to science experiments, I have always had an infatuation with butterflies. The boys loved it as well; watching the caterpillars eat their way out of the chrysalis, especially since they look so funny at first, fascinated the two brothers. I must admit to requiring a fix of my eye makeup after the movie ended; watching a man and wife’s life work see completion made my waterworks flow. I know, I know; I’m such a crier.

This movie was actually their first experience with the Giant Screen Theater at COSI. Neither apparently have my issues with heights or vertigo, which makes me happy for them. Despite the movie being in 3D and the whole height/vertigo thing, I also didn’t have any issues. Maybe shedding tears helps keep my feet grounded. Or something.

The boys already asked when we are heading back to COSI. My answer, of course, is soon. A happy day with happy boys makes a happy mom.

And you can go soon too.

I am giving away two packs of four tickets for admission and movie passes.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Mandatory entry: Comment below with whether you have been to COSI before and what your favorite (or your kids’ favorite) exhibit is/was.
  • Like Stop, Drop & Blog on Facebook.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter; one entry for each.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway is open until Saturday, April 13th at 12 PM (noon) EDT. Two random winners will be chosen and contacted by email for their shipping addresses. Tickets will be mailed to winners on Monday, April 15, 2013 (tax day!). Tickets for COSI admission and movie passes are good through May 31, 2013. Not sure your kids are the ready for COSI? Check out our photos from last summer and rest assured there’s something for everyone.

Good luck and Happy Sciencing!

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COSI Fun in Photos

COSI Space Collage

COSI Progress Collage

COSI Evil Scientist Collage

COSI Water Collage

COSI Big Science Park Collage

COSI Ocean Collage

COSI Big Machines Collage

COSI Instagram Collage

A reminder, I’m giving away a pack of four tickets (including movie tickets) to COSI. I hope you enjoyed our photo tour through COSI. The last collage, taken with my iPhone and instagrammed, was added to show you that while I love the photos with my DSLR, I also love capturing our day as it happens on my phone.