Families ring in the New Year at COSI


A new year is usually celebrated with a champagne toast and a major countdown, but many families brought in the new year with science at COSI.

"I'm a math teacher," said Leslie Lyles, who took her two daughters to COSI to bring in the New Year. "I thought it was a great place for my kids to hang out and to learn."

COSI started First Night Columbus 22 years ago.

"When you see all of the activities that are going on in the community and they are all focused around a few different things, we really saw a need for a family focus event," said Shawn Verhoff, co-executive director for the center.

COSI wasn't just an attraction for families in Columbus, but those all over Ohio.

Steven Chupnick and his family drove to COSI from Cleveland.

"This was nice, it was indoors and it looked like a lot of fun for them," he said about his 7-year old twins.

The Center of Science and Industry offered face-painting, live shows, food and tons of interaction.

COSI sees about 8,000 people every New Years Eve.