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+)


(Total Eclipse of the Heart)

Thursday, July 27  |  6:30 to 10 p.m.

Flashback to a time when big hair and fanny packs reigned supreme, when Bon Jovi, Tears for Fears and Run-D.M.C. were just getting their start, when the internet was starting to take shape and cell phones were as big as your head... we're going back in time for a night of 80s-inspired science and pop culture! Get ready for a 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' as we help you prepare for August's Music City Solar Eclipse, while you enjoy some after-hours, adults-only fun in the Science Center. (Join the Facebook event»)

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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Special Activities:



Turn around, bright eyes... a total solar eclipse is coming this August! Get prepared for totality in Nashville by learning all you can about this once in a lifetime event, including how to view the eclipse safely both directly and indirectly. Make your own pinhole viewer with a special twist – a heart shaped pinhole. That’s right... you can actually experience a total eclipse of the heart!


Through the clouds I see... smoke pluming and lava flowing! We're throwing it back to a classic experiment you may have done in science class in the 80s – especially after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. Supported by our newest temporary exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, check out some fascinating facts about volcanic eruptions and make your own model of a volcano.


Nothing can stop me from trying... to innnovate in medical science! While there is no shortage of heart-themed lyrics in this era's music, medical scientists in the 1980s were working with hearts in a more literal sense by transplanting the first permanent artificial heart. Since the first successful transplant in 1982, thousands of patients have benefited from this medical breakthrough. Get your hands on a real sheep heart to investigate how the heart functions and admire how an artificial transplant could work.

SHE BLINDED ME WITH LIVE SCIENCE (7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15)

I can smell the chemicals... in our “blinding” live show inspired by some of your favorite 80s nostalgia products. A few cans of aerosol hairspray, a tube television, some made-in-the-80s-toys and a stack of CDs may not sound like much, but add a little science in the mix and things will get radical!

Shows start at 7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15

SPACE INVADERS (6:30-7:30)

Although the game hit the market in 1978, Space Invaders didn't invade the U.S. until 1980 when it exploded in popularity in coin-operated arcades and on early personal gaming systems. Get a larger-than-life Space Invaders experience while trying your hand at the game or watching others attempt to play this classic game on the 63-foot Sudekum Planetarium dome!

Open Play from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

First come, first served.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (7:45, 8:30 & 9:15)

Will things ever be the same again? With less than a month until totality sweeps across the nation for the first time since 1918, we're taking the opportunity to showcase our newest Sudekum Planetarium produced show... ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed. In this immersive program, you can learn about the history of eclipses, safe viewing techniques and even hear a first-hand account of experiencing totality.

Shows begin at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15.

Other Activities

  • Enjoy trivia with Hypericon in Jack Wood Hall before the Costume Contest judging begins at 9:15 p.m.
  • Other special activities with our Community Partners throughout the night, like making SLIME with the TN Ghostbusters!

Extra Charge

  • Food trucks onsite: Boheme's Banana Boat Steaming Goat
  • Make your own Way Late Play Date souvenir t-shirt with Hip Hues!









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: 80s Retro (Total Eclipse of the Heart)
  • 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.

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