Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and March 30, 2019 for MAD Bash

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Way Late Play Date (21+)

Harry Potter

Thursday, Oct. 11  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

You asked… we answered. Hogwarts is back in session! ⚡

Join us for another magical night as we bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses with science inspired by your favorite witches and wizards. From incredible charms to wicked potions, there's no end to the wizardry - and science - you'll explore! As Dumbledore once said… “Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Tickets are $35 for not-yet-members and $25 for members and include admission to all exhibits and activities, three beverage tickets (beer, hard cider, or soda), a planetarium show and a souvenir cup.
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No tickets available at the door.

Special Activities:



Get Brewing! 

Welcome to Potions, Harry’s least favorite class... well, at least until sixth year! Using a microscope, come take a closer look at some of the strange (and real!) ingredients used by the Half Blood Prince down in the dungeons.​​​​​​​


Get Casting!

In Harry Potter, a charm is a spell that adds certain properties to an object or creature. For example, the Color Change Charm that you are about to learn causes an object or animal to change it’s color! Be careful not to mix up this charm and the growth charm like Harry did on his OWL…


​​​​​​​Get Protected!

Are you ready to face down Lord Voldemort’s army in the Battle of Hogwarts? Grab your wands and get ready to practice the spells you’ll need in our Defense Against the Dark Arts class!


​​​​​​​Get Planting!

During herbology, Harry, Ron, and Hermione often worked with dangerous plants under the watchful eyes of Professor Sprout. Using your mind and previous knowledge about plants, can you pick out which plants are safe to eat and which plants are dangerous?


Grab your Monster Book of Monsters and head down to Hagrid’s cabin for an exciting lesson on some of our planet’s most magical animals! We just hope he doesn’t have a Blast Ended Skrewt this time...

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Times: 7, 7:45 & 8:30

ASTRONOMY - Planetarium Show

Climb to the highest level of the Astronomy Tower for a lesson from the science center's own Professor Sinistra! If all goes according to plan, you'll be navigating your broomstick by the stars...

Times: 7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15

VIP LOUNGE - ASC Members & Passport Holders

Cheers to Butterbeer!

Find your House's table in this Common Room for a special activity while you sip on a classic butterbeer cocktail. All you need is your Adventure Science Center member card or Way Late Play Date passport and photo ID to get in!

Not a member or passport holder and want to enjoy this perk? At the event, visit our Guest Services desk on the first floor to purchase an ASC membership for $10 OFF and get immediate access!

Other Activities

  • Test your trivia knowledge with Hypericon and enter to win fabulous prizes in the costume contest!
  • Meet the Nashville Rollergirls and learn more about their upcoming Harry Potter match!
  • Screen print your own souvenir Way Late Play Date t-shirt with Hip Hues (extra charge).
  • Food Trucks onsite (extra charge)Gypsy Crepe Co. and Steaming Goat.


Beverages Represented:







Beer. Science. Pop Culture.

WAY LATE PLAY DATES: Crazy science fun for the 21+ crowd

Every few months, we open our doors after hours to adults only for unique fundraising events that combine science and your favorite pop culture franchises. From investigating Batman's incredible helmet to exploring what food might taste like in the apocalypse, no two events are the same... ever! Enjoy the chance to let your inner kid out to play as you explore all the science center has to offer - from exciting hands-on exhibits and experiments to incredible planetarium features - with an adult beverage in hand.

2018 Way Late Play Dates:

  • February 8: Sherlock vs Bond (winner of fan voting – new theme)
  • April 26: Space Jams (90s Sci-Fi)
  • July 26: Star Wars vs Star Trek
  • October 11: Harry Potter (winner of fan voting – returning theme)

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.

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
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