Escape the winter blahs with a 3D movie on the Giant Screen at COSI or a trip to the zoo.

National Geographic Giant Screen Theater

Last fall COSI partnered with National Geographic to open a Giant Screen Theater. The partnership allows access to a large film library. I recently visited for a screening of its newest movie, "Jerusalem 3D." The writer, producer and director Daniel Ferguson was on hand to answer questions about the making of the movie, which took 5 years, and presented a slideshow talking about the production. The movie features aerial footage of Jerusalem, something that has not been done in 25 years along with various holy sites. The film also discusses the three major religions of the region and the significance of its geographic location in relation to Asia, Africa and Europe. It's a great chance for people who are unable to make the trip there to see what the city is like and how major religious holidays are observed there. The movie shows The Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall (also known by many as the Wailing Wall), a digitally recreated temple and archaelogical sites.

Also screening is the movie "Mysteries of the Unseen World."

The cost to see a movie on the giant screen is $8 for non-members and $4 for members (free for supporting members). If you add it onto the price of COSI admission, it's $5 for non-members and $4 for members.

*One of the best deals is COSI Family Friday Night, the last Friday of every month. Admission for non-members for COSI and the giant screen movie is $11, $3.50 for members and free for supporting members. The next one is Friday, Feb. 27. (A little over the budget, but still a great deal.)

Free zoo admission

Visit the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium for free on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Parking per vehicle is $8, so consider carpooling.