Event Details

This event is running from 30 April 2015 until 6 October 2016. It is next occurring on October 6, 2016 6:30 pm

  • Upcoming Dates:

THIS WAY LATE PLAY DATE IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT. Tickets will not be available at the door. Please check back on Friday, Oct. 7, when our 2017 WLPD Passport will go on sale!

Thursday, Oct. 6  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs – Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers – are proud to present the next Wizardly Way Late Play Date. Don your cloaks and grab your wands for this evening of magic, mischief, and science!

Tickets are $30 for not-yet-members and $20 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.

Activities (included with admission):

  • Education activities (6:30 – 9:15 p.m.):
    • Charms Lesson – Wingardium Leviosa!
      Try your hand at broomstick engineering with the help of this handy levitation charm! Make sure to say it correctly or else your broomstick might not fly.
    • Care of Magical Creatures Lesson – Origins
      The wizarding world is full of amazing magical creatures! Come learn a bit more about them and the not-so-magical creatures that inspired them.
    • Divination Lesson – Do you possess the Sight?
      Muggles can prophesize too! Recreate Professor Trelawney’s crystal ball using dry ice and peer into the Orb’s infinite depths to reveal your future.
    • Alchemy Lesson – Gold Galleons
      Gold Galleons are the most valued coins in the wizarding world. Discover how – with a little bit of help from science – you can turn a muggle’s penny into gold!
    • Howlers – Uh-oh, someone’s in trouble!
      Ever wanted to make a howler and send it to a friend (or enemy)? Here’s your chance!
    • Hallows Hunt
      Can you find all three deathly hallows to become the Master of Death? You must use clues from Beedle the Bard and the skills learned in your lessons in order to possess all three.
  • Education demonstration:
    • An End to Horcruxes
      Join Harry on his quest to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes using something more powerful than magic… science! Chemical reactions, flames and more await in this exciting demonstration.
  • Costume contest (prizes include tickets to future Way Late Play Dates)
  • Planetarium shows
  • Looking for Honeydukes Express? Stop into the Great Hall and enjoy free mini cupcakes from our friends at Sprinkles while supplies last!

Extra Charge Activities:

  • Food Trucks onsite – Casablanca & Steaming Goat
  • Make your own Way Late Play Date t-shirt with Hip Hues
  • Visit Parnassus on Wheels parked on site to pick up copies of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter coloring books and more!

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, but are transferable to another person (NOT to another event). 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.

Printing Sponsor:

Minuteman Press


Community Partners:

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About Way Late Play Date

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 special theme with cool science activities to take part in. Plus, you’ll have all the floor exhibits to yourself, including the laser game Body Battles in BodyQuest, the Tilt a World in Space Chase and the many levels of the Adventure Tower. All the center’s exhibits are adult-friendly, so if the kids can climb it or slide down it, SO CAN YOU!

Stay tuned for the Way Late Play Date themes for 2017!

Subject to change.



Our Way Late Play Date events have grown into one of Nashville’s most fun events for adults! Because of that success, we are now offering the Way Late Play Date Passport.

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 $30 and four times the fun!

2017 Passports will go on sale Friday, Oct. 7!

Passport Details: Must be 21 or older to attend Way Late Play Dates. Way Late 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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