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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day

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Way Late Play Date (21+)


Thursday, Apr. 27  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

Where do your allegiances lie?! Join us for the comic book battle of the ages at our next Way Late Play Date! We’re going to explore the science behind the two powerhouses of the comic book world – from high-tech gadgetry to super powers – and show Nashville which faction has the strongest support.

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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Amazing Arachnids

Whether it's Black Widow or The Amazing Spiderman, arachnids have definitely had an influence on the crime-fighting universe. Come meet Garth, ASC’s own Pink Toe Tarantula and learn more about some of those spidery skills–even how studying spider webs has helped us make advances in a real-life superscience: nanotechnology.

Wicked Superplants

Although both Marvel and DC have brought us botany-inspired supers in Poison Ivy and Groot, you’ll see how the real plant world is pretty good at fending for itself. Explore our newest temporary exhibit, Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, to find out all about plants that can kill you. We’ll also compare some of the plant-like super powers of Groot, Poison Ivy, and Swamp Thing, but you can decide who would win in this botanical battle. 

Flame On

If you play with fire, you just might get burned. That is... unless you’ve gained the power to control fire by sheer force of will like founding member of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch. You’ll get to toss around real handheld fireballs and consider how some of DC’s fire-wielding superheroes might match up to the Human Torch’s abilities in a Marvel vs. DC style firefight.  

Gadgets & Self-Made Superhumans

If we’ve learned anything from Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, it’s that heroes don’t always have to possess superhuman powers! (But, it helps if you’re a billionaire.) From high powered-lasers to sonar and electro-magnetism, check out some of the real-science super gadgets that turn these ordinary men into Iron Man and Batman

FIRE & ICE: Superpowers that Burn and Freeze

Stay tuned for more details on this 15-minute live science demonstration!

Other Activities

  • Planetarium Shows
  • Costume Contest with Hypericon
  • Other special activities with our Community Partners

Extra Charge

  • Food trucks onsite: Hibachi 4 Hire & Steaming Goat
  • Make your own Way Late Play Date souvenir t-shirt with Hip Hues!








PLUS: Cosplay Collective & The Rabbit Hole VR

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

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

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.