Event Details

This event is running from 30 April 2015 until 6 October 2016. It is next occurring on July 28, 2016 6:30 pm

  • Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, July 28  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

Are you ready for the battle of the century? Saber vs. Phaser; Jedi vs. Trekkie; Force vs. Logic; it’s an intergalactic night of reckoning at Adventure Science Center! Once again, we’re pitting two of the biggest sci-fi franchises against each other to see which fandom has the strongest following in Nashville while exploring some of the science behind these popular series.


Activities (included with admission):

  • Education activities (6:30 – 9 p.m.):
    • Woof to Wookie
      While you explore our feature exhibition – Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs, learn about the origins for the idea of Wookies and Ewoks!
    • Your Body and the Vacuum of Space
      Unlike the episode from Star Trek – The New Generation, discover why you DON’T want to hold your breath in case of space exposure.
    • Star Tech
      Get an up-close look at closest thing we have to lightsabers – plasma tubes, while investigating how plasma is formed and can be used.
    • Star Weaponry
      Explore phasers and blasters and learn how lasers are involved with these weapons.
    • Virtual Reality Explorers
      VR technology is quickly growing into a phenomenon in this day and age. Dive into the VR world and take a look at a real hologram!
  • Costume contest with Hypericon (prizes include tickets to future Way Late Play Dates) at 9:15 p.m.
  • Planetarium shows at 7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15 p.m.
  • Digital Gaming Room (courtesy of Brian Wessels)
  • Trivia with Rebel Legion, rounds start at 7:15, 8 & 8:45 p.m.

Extra Charge Activities:

  • Food Trucks onsite – Steaming Goat Food Truck & Confeastador
  • Make your own Way Late Play Date t-shirt with Hip Hues

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. 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.

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Minuteman Press



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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!

Mark your calendar for upcoming Way Late Play Dates!

  • July 28: Star Wars vs. Star Trek: the Sequel
  • Oct. 6: Harry Potter

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!

2016 Passports are no longer on sale. Check back in later 2016 for the 2017 Passport!

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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