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“Nice and fun for the kids”

Imagination Station
Ranked #7 of 81 things to do in Toledo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Make Imagination Station, Toledo's Science Center, your family's destination. In addition to your favorite exhibits and attractions, we always have something new. In 2014, a new simulator film, Over the Edge!, joined the High Wire Cycle, the BOYO, the Gravity Room, eight Learning Worlds and hundreds of interactive exhibits, activities and demonstrations!
Reviewed April 11, 2011

This place was great. My daughter loved playing with all of the exhibits. Finding fossils was her favorite.

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Reviewed September 22, 2010

This is a wonderful gem in Toledo. My 3 year old daughter loves it, and so do I. The little kids area for ages 5 and younger is gated so kids can't run out and has a mini hospital, mini grocery store, treehouse, water area, hands on building section, fire engine and other fun hands on activities. There's also a 'craft room' staffed by a worker that has books and craft stuff, and they do take-home activities a few times a day. We have probably gone at least 10 times this year, and we never get bored.

The rest of the museum is great for older kids - a nice combination of hands on stuff to do and science education.

The gift shop is a great place to buy presents for kids.

Parking is very close and cheap. I think the food in the cafeteria is reasonable and there's decent choices (quesadillas, pizza, salads etc...). You can also bring your own food and eat in the cafeteria. The lockers are cheap and huge, so you can easily fit a backpack and couple of coats.

4  Thank PineTreeOhio
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

We were delighted with our first trip to the Imagination Station. The Museum was well designed with lots of open space so you don't feel crowded. We visited with two kids - three and one yrs old. Both had a blast. There is a special tot zone upstairs for children below kindergarten. We felt safe letting our one year old cruise around there without anything being too dangerous for him to touch. They have a nicely designed water exhibit that caters to children of all ages - there are different exhibits at different heights to accomodate everyone.

The museum had lots of family bathrooms throughout and even had a bathroom with a minature flush toilet for the preschool kiddos. I also was delighted to a nursing mother's room - often neglected at places designed for young families. It had a comfortable glider for mom to use and a few toys if she had older kids in tow.

There was an outside area that seemed a bit neglected, but that was the only place where the exhibits were slightly below top notch. One other small ding on the museum. In the restaurant - there were women standing guard - prohibiting you from dining there if you bring in oustide food. We were forced to eat outside where the deck was invested with bees. There were also no highchairs avaialble. Today - with so many food allergies- I think it is unreasonable not to provide some seating for families that bring their own food with them. I can't imagine what we would do in the winter.

Compared to COSI in Columbus, the museum is smaller in scale and much more manageble. Maybe it would be less fun for an older child, but I loved that there were no lines to wait in. This place blows Cleveland's children's museum out of the water. Even when you compare similar exhbits (water-station and the pretend play area) this feels cleaner, more modern, and better designed.

We will be coming back again!

2  Thank honeymooncanada
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

We went a few years ago when it was Cosi, and it is even better now. My 2 year old and 5 year old loved it. We went with 2 other families the same ages and all had a blast. Lots to do for all ages, even things for the adventurous dads! (bike across the rope, pull up and fly in the air...)

2  Thank shellkerry
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

Old COSI turned into Imagination Station. MANY hands on activites for children of all ages. My two children, ages 3 and 10, keep requesting to go back. One area has a theme that changes every couple months. Once it was circus, another time comic animation. They want to go back and see what's new. Good for about 3-4 hours of fun! Inexpensive admission, however, eating at the cafeteria will break the bank. Eat before or after your visit.

2  Thank moeandnic
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