Several Worthington events are planned in conjunction with the inaugural COSI Science Festival, which begins Wednesday, May 1, and includes four days of activities at the center and beyond.
More than 100 events are scheduled in 17 municipalities.
The events would not be possible without collaboration from leaders in each of the communities where COSI is staging the events, said Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI.
"COSI cannot put on this festival of four days of events ... by ourselves," he said. "The key to make this work is through partnerships; they've been our bread and butter."
One of the local events is the Worthington Parks and Recreation Department's "Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic: Be a Veterinarian" on May 3 at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road.
The event will have two sessions: 10 to 10:45 a.m. with MedVet and 4 to 4:45 p.m. with the Animal Hospital of Worthington.
Both events are free with registration at apm.activecommunities.com/worthington. (The listing also may be found at cosiscifest.org.)
Melissa Hindman, marketing and community-outreach supervisor for the parks and recreation department, said the event is for children ages 3 to 10, who should bring a stuffed animal.
"The children will be able to kind of follow along on their stuffed animal," she said.
They will have the opportunity to meet a veterinarian, ask questions about pet visits and learn about veterinary careers, Hindman said.
Veterinarians will explain what happens when a family pet comes in for a checkup and other services, she said. The event is intended to ease anxiety for children about pet visits, she said.
Hindman said 30 spaces would be available, and children must be registered to participate. Adults who are bringing children do not have to be registered, she said.
A free event also is planned at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Center Drive, Columbus.
From 5 to 6 p.m. May 2, children of all ages may join "Makey Makey Arcade: Be an Arcade Builder" to practice circuits while playing arcade games.
Sarah Norman, an adult-services associate for the library, said the session would utilize Makey Makey boards, electronic-invention tools that allow users to connect everyday objects to computers.
For example, children would be able to use Play-Doh to control classic arcade games, she said.
Norman said a button maker and craft projects also would be available so children of all ages could participate.
"We will have programs this summer that will be utilizing these (activities)," she said.
No registration is required.
The COSI events include some fun times for adults, too.
Activities for adults include "STEM Fun" at the Old Worthington Partnership's monthly Worthington First Wednesdays event May 1 on High Street in Old Worthington and the opportunity to learn about sour-beer fermentation May 2 at Random Precision Brewing Co., 2365 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus.
For more information on COSI Science Festival events, go to cosiscifest.org.