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, and Christmas Day

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Way Late Play Date (21+)

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Thursday, July 26  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

An intergalactic night of reckoning is coming to Adventure Science Center. Whether you don the robes of a Jedi master or the gold shirt of the Starfleet command division, you won’t want to miss the conclusion of this epic Way Late Play Date saga featuring two of the biggest science fiction franchises in history. Grab an adult beverage, explore science inspired by Star Wars and Star Trek, and let your inner kid out to play while enjoying all the science center has to offer.

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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Call on your best droid to assist, it’s time to engineer a spaceship that can take us to explore new worlds. Let’s find out if a Millennium Falcon-inspired or an Enterprise-inspired design can take the lead!


Work together with your team to rescue Han Solo from the carbonite! Once that’s done, check out a cool behind-the-scenes sound effect…the Han Solo Cup!


Command to Enterprise… we have a problem! Tribbles have been spotted all over Adventure Science Center and we need all hands on deck to help get rid of these pests. If found, it’s critical that you return them to the collection point and let the Captain take it from there.


Any good Jedi or Sith lord knows that what gives their saber the power is not just the Force, but a Kyber crystal. Check out our collection of crystals and see which side you’re drawn to.

STARS, Narrated by Mark Hamill - Planetarium Show (7 & 8:30pm)

The Force is strong with this show...

Narrated by Star Wars' Mark Hamill, STARS focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more.

INCOMING!, Narrated by George Takei - Planetarium Show (7:45 & 9:15pm)

Boldy go where no show has gone before...

Narrated by Star Trek's George Takei, Incoming! allows you to discover the hard-hitting stories about how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changed the course of life on Earth, and shaped the world we know today.

VIP LOUNGE - ASC Members & Passport Holders

Mos Eisley Cantina vs Ten Forward

For this very special battle of the ages, our VIPs will have the opportunity to prove their allegiance when they snag their specialty cocktail! Plus, VIPs will enjoy an exclusive scavenger hunt through the science center for a chance to win an awesome prize, AND our giant coloring book will be out and ready for your creative juices to flow. 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

  • Showcase your allegiance, play some trivia, and enter the Costume Contest with Hypericon in Jack Wood Hall.
  • Get virtual with our friends from The Rabbit Hole - VR by trying out one of their intergalactic modules.
  • Get that selfie you've always dreamt of as you meet members of the 501st Legion!
  • Screen print your own souvenir Way Late Play Date t-shirt with Hip Hues (extra charge).
  • Food Trucks onsite (extra charge)Cousin's Maine Lobster 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 | Purchase tickets»
  • October 11: Harry Potter (winner of fan voting – returning theme) | Purchase tickets»

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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