Event Details

This event is running from 30 April 2015 until 5 October 2017. It is next occurring on February 2, 2017 6:30 pm

  • Upcoming Dates:


tardisThursday, Feb. 2, 2017  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

Whether you travel in a time machine disguised as a telephone booth (we’re looking at you Bill & Ted) or a Time Door, come enjoy a night filled with wibbly-wobbly, time-wimey science fun. From the DeLorean to the TARDIS, we’re looking at time travel across multiple franchises and exploring how it could all be possible… or not.

Tickets are $35 for not-yet-members and $25 for members and include admission to all exhibits and activities, three beverage tickets (beer, wine and soft drinks), a planetarium show and a souvenir cup.

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Activities (included with admission):

  • Education activities (6:30 – 9:15 p.m.):
    • The Spandex Universe (Doctor Who)
      Explore how gravity and mass dictate planetary motion with our model of the spandex universe, while trying your hand at creating some of the various theories about time travel and the nature of all that wibbly-wobly timey-wimey stuff!
    • Metal Bending (Terminator)
      Much like the T-1000, Gallium has the ability to change states and weaken other typically strong metals. Come test out your metal-bending skills and prepare to be amazed at what happens to this metal in the palm of your hand.
    • Air Guitar Station (Bill & Ted)
      Calling all Wyld Stallyns! Step into the spotlight with your best air guitar chops and we’ll provide the perfect sound bytes. EXCELLENT!
    • Hovercraft Test Bed (Back to the Future)
      So maybe 2015 didn’t go exactly as Back to the Future Part II predicted, but plenty of technological developments are on the way. Come test out an early prototype of Marty McFly’s hovercraft, and maybe, if we can work out some of the other kinks, we can travel back to 2015 and introduce the hoverboard right on schedule.
    • Time Zone Travel
      Alright, so time travel may or may not be possible, but, if you are flying, it IS possible to land at a time earlier than the time you took off! Hop a ride in our SR-71 Blackbird and learn how blazingly fast flight can turn back the clock!
  • Costume contest with Hypericon at 9:15 p.m.
  • Planetarium shows: live Skies Over Nashville presentations at 7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15 p.m.
  • Trivia with Nerdy Talk Trivia at 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30 p.m.
  • Additional activities and fun with our community partners: ConGT, Make Nashville, MTAC and The Escape Game
  • Photo ops with a life-sized TARDIS thanks to our friends from Habitat for Humanity of Sumner Country ReStore

Extra Charge Activities:

Food Trucks onsite:

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Way Late Play Dates typically sell out before the event, so don’t procrastinate. Get your tickets today!

21+. Valid photo ID required at the door. Please purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are non-refundable. All proceeds support Adventure Science Center’s interactive exhibits and hands-on science experiences.

Program subject to change.

Have a group of 20 or more people? Call (615) 401-5106 to learn about our group ticket rates.

Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact volunteer@adventuresci.org. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Adventure Science Center, click here»

Printing Sponsor:

Minuteman Press


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Brewery Partners:

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About Way Late Play Date – Putting the “FUN” in Fundraiser

Every few months we open our doors from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to adults-only for a night of science and fun. Each Way Late Play Date has a pop culture theme with cool science activities to take part in. All the Science Center’s exhibits are adult-friendly, so if the kids can climb it or slide down it, SO CAN YOU!

2017 Way Late Play Dates:

  • February 2: Time Travel (winner of fan voting – new theme)
  • April 27: Marvel vs. DC (winner of fan voting – returning theme)
  • July 27: Total Eclipse of the Heart (80s Retro)
  • October 5: Pixar

Subject to change.

Way Late Play Date Passport  |  SOLD OUT

Way Late Play Dates have become one of Nashville’s hottest tickets in town! This special Passport gets you into all four of our Way Late Play Date events for the price of three.
That’s a savings of $35 and four times the fun! 

2018 Way Late Play Date Passports will be on sale starting Oct. 6.


Passport Details: Must be 21 or older to attend Way Late Play Dates. The Passport is not refundable or transferable to other people. If you are unable to attend all four Way Late Play Dates, your purchase will be used as a donation towards the exhibits and education initiatives of Adventure Science Center. Thank you for your support!

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