Dinosaurs at COSI, Legoland at Easton and early vision screenings

Dinosaur fans: Mark your calendar for Nov. 18, when the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery roars into COSI. The buzz surrounding this new exhibition has been bigger than a Tyrannosaurus rex since it was announced in September 2016. The gallery will feature life-size dinosaur models, casts of fossils, a full-scale climbable dinosaur nest, mechanical specimens and interactive experiences.

Dinosaur Gallery and the companion AMNH Exhibition Gallery, expected to open next year, will span 22,000 square feet on COSI's first floor. Featured dinosaurs include T. rex, velociraptor, yutyrannus and apatosaurus. Stay tuned for more details in the next issue of Columbus Parent.

Speaking of blockbuster attractions, Columbus is getting the state's first Legoland Discovery Center. The indoor paradise for Lego lovers, the 11th in North America and 22nd in the world, will be owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments.

The $10 million, 36,000-square-foot play center takes over the Station building space formerly occupied by KDB and GameWorks. It is expected to open in fall 2018. The Lego store already open at Easton will remain in place.

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus will feature play areas, two interactive rides, classes, a 4-D cinema, a party room and a Miniland, a signature area found in all Legolands that features local landmarks. (There will be a contest to nominate places for the Columbus venue.) The attraction, where the average visit lasts two to three hours, is geared toward families with children ages 3-10.

The other U.S. Legoland Discovery Centers are in Atlanta; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri; Philadelphia; San Antonio; Tempe, Arizona; and Westchester, New York.

At the Michigan center—the closest to Columbus—online rates for admission start at $18.99; ages 2 and younger get in free.

Further evidence of the importance of early vision screenings: A new study from Ohio State University shows that farsighted students have a harder time paying attention in class.

The study found preschoolers and kindergartners who have uncorrected farsightedness performed worse on tests related to visual attention. The study appears in the October issue of Optometry and Vision Science. OSU researchers said previous studies already have shown a link between uncorrected farsightedness and decreased early literacy. The study was supported by the National Eye Institute.

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