This weekend you can Discover the Ice Age at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Animatronic mammals and a few dinosaurs are here for a visit, and to capture the imagination of young people by exploring the wildlife that once roamed Ohio at the end of the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. Woolly mammoths, short-faced bears, a rhinoceros and many other large creatures will roar on cue.
Children can dig for fossils and enjoy a host of other activities from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, all in Exhibit Hall D. The cost ranges from $16 to $22 per person, except for children under two years of age, depending on activity choices.
At one time, ice a thousand feet thick or more covered two-thirds of Ohio, including the Columbus area, some 17,000 years ago, before gradually retreating as the climate warmed. The large mammals, many more than ten feet tall, were around long enough to face early human hunters in the region, who contributed to the demise of the once formidable species.