Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-doo we’ve got another Way Late for you!
What do you get when you mix science with sugar? A devilishly good time with tasty treats and science feats! Join us Friday, December 1 for Wonka Late Play Date.
This after-hours event will be packed full of reasons why we are nuts about science. Sample a liquid nitrogen marshmallow, explore a chemical reaction between sugar, heat, and air (aka cotton candy), and see what happens when you place a candy bar in a vacuum chamber – all with a sweet or sour specialty cocktail in hand.
Plus, while you're here, pick up some sweet tricks to help with holiday preparations.
Kick off December with this whimsical walk into the wonderful world of Willy Wonka and his gloriously fun candy factory.
Activities Throughout the Night
Vacuum Chamber Candies - Find out what happens to some of your favorite candies as we run tests on them with a vacuum chamber.
Cotton Candy - Sample the fluffy treat we know and love and discover the science of heat and air that brings it to life.
The Candy Crafting Room - Get a head start on the holiday season and craft a handmade peppermint ornament.
Rubens' Tube S'mores - Watch fire dance across the tube as sounds waves pulse through, changing the internal pressure and displacing the air. Roast a marshmallow over the Rubens’ Tube for a s’more experience like no other.
Liquid Nitrogen Slushies - Sample a slushy made with liquid nitrogen! The rapid flash freezing of the soda leaves the drink frozen, but without many ice crystals for a smooth, frozen treat.
Shows in the Sudekum Planetarium + Live Science Shows
Candy Lights & Milky Ways - See a Wonka-inspired laser show followed by a tour of the Milky Way by our incredible Sudekum Planetarium staff.
Live Science Show -Step into the chemistry lab and explore colorful, combustible, and catalytic candy. Learn about the chemical structure of sugar and why mammals love it so much, then watch as our presenter demonstrates chemical reactions using candy.
Wonka Variety Show - Third Coast Comedy Club, the masters of funny, will take you on a Wonka-sized journey of laughter during their improv variety shows.
Goo Goo Cluster- Nashville's very own original candy maker has sweet prize packs for three lucky (golden ticket) winners. Winners will be announced throughout the night and each winner will receive 2 passes to Goo Goo's candy-making classes along with a package of delicious treats.
Winners must be on-site during the event to be eligible to win.