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 Day, and March 30, 2019 for MAD Bash

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Way Late Play Date (21+)

New 2019 Policy:

You spoke. We listened. We’ll be launching scannable tickets for all of our Way Late Play Date events. We hope this will help speed up our check-in process, getting you through the door and into the fun much more quickly!

Along with this change, we will no longer be able to transfer your tickets. If you wish to purchase tickets from a non-Adventure Science Center source, remember to use your best judgement to protect yourself against scammers.

Dystopian Worlds

Where will you be when the world ends? 

Feb. 7, 2019  |  6:30 to 10pm

Whether you’re fighting off hordes of zombies, living in a totalitarian state, or coping with the fallout of nuclear war, life after the apocalypse can be tough. Don’t take a chance on your survival… make plans to learn the skills you need to stay alive no matter what scenario strikes at our next adults-only Way Late Play Date. Cost: $35 for non-members, $30 for Adventure Science Center members.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets for this fundraising event include admission to all exhibits and activities, three beverage tickets, and a souvenir cup.

Have a group of 20 or more people?
Call (615) 401-5106 to learn about our group ticket rates.
Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact or click here to learn more»




How do our organs react to outbreaks? Is there a science to zombies? Take a bite out of science as you learn about brains (and other internal organs) and how a zombie virus might affect you.

Bug Appétit?


In a post-apocalyptic world, finding a taco stand is going to be a little more difficult. What if we started eating…. bugs?!? This experience is sure to tickle your taste buds, for those who are brave enough to try this delicacy! While supplies last.

Doomsday Challenge


Are you prepared for a nuclear fallout? Zombie outbreaks? Melting acid rain? Grab your team and step into the Tinkering Garage where you'll be assigned a dystopian challenge to overcome. Design and build to save your lives!

Infectious! - Live Science Show


In this interactive live science demonstration, you'll experience firsthand how quickly disease can spread. Step up and volunteer as “test subjects”… for science! Who dares to enter the contamination zone?

Times: TBA

TBA - Planetarium Show

Stay tuned for information about the evening's show offerings!

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

VIP Lounge - Members only

Escape to the bunker...

Sip on a signature cocktail and try a special activity as you enjoy escaping from the doom inside Adventure Science Center. All you need is your member card and photo ID to get in!

Not a member and want to enjoy this perk? At the event, visit our Guest Services desk on the first floor to purchase an Adventure Science Center membership for $10 OFF and get immediate access! Members get free/discounted access to museums across the globe, discounts on Way Late Play Date events, and more»

Other Activities

  • Test your trivia knowledge with Hypericon and enter to win fabulous prizes in the costume contest! *see costume weapons policy below
  • Food Trucks onsite (extra charge)King Tut's and Steaming Goat.

Discounted Rides with Lyft

Be smart. Use Lyft!

We're proud to partner once again with our friends at Lyft on discounted rides for Way Late Play Date attendees! New users can get $5 off two rides here or download the app and enter code WAYLATE10. Returning users cans save 15% on two rides to or from the event with code WAYLATE0207.

Costume Weapons Policy


All costume weapons must be made inoperable. All costume weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and must be constructed from safe, lightweight material. Approved materials include: rubber, plastic (PVC, worbla, etc.), foam, cardboard and papier-mâché. Security will be inspecting at doors and may ask guests with any potentially threatening accessories to return those props to their cars.

If you do not wish to have your costume weapons inspected, or if you are not willing to comply with this policy, please do not bring your costume weapons to this event.






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.

BountyBev will be providing beverages from the following breweries: Jackelope, RECwater, East Nashville Brew Works and BrewDog.

2019 Way Late Play Dates: 

  • February 7 - Dystopian Worlds (i.e., Westworld, Walking Dead)
  • April 25 - Fantasy Fiction (i.e., Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings)
  • July 25 - Game Night: Science & Sound (i.e., Family Feud, Jeopardy)
  • October 3 - Monster Mash (i.e., Frankenstein, Dracula)

Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid photo ID required at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards supporting 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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