“This is one corner… of one country, in one continent, on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying, and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see.” – The Eleventh Doctor
Time Lords and Companions of Middle Tennessee, make your plans now to hop in your TARDIS for another journey through the Who-niverse at Adventure Science Center. It’s time again to explore the science behind everyone’s favorite Time Lord – Doctor Who – during this month’s Wibbly Wobbly Nights, on Thursday, Jan. 28 & Friday, Jan. 29
From Cybermen to Weeping Angels to Sontarans, Doctor Who has taken the world by storm. But, have you ever wondered about the science behind the show? Time travel, sonic screwdrivers, regeneration… is any of it real, or close to being real? Come to one of the two Wibbly Wobbly Nights to find out — adults only on Thursday night, or family-friendly all-ages on Friday night.
Thursday, Jan. 28 is Wibbly Wobbly Way Late Play Date, and from 6:30 – 10 p.m. enjoy some adult-only time at Adventure Science Center in your best cosplay as you explore a fun-filled night of Doctor Who science. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and include admission to all exhibits and activities, three beverage tickets (beer, wine, or sodas), a planetarium show, and souvenir cup. You must be 21 and up; a valid photo ID is required.
Friday, Jan. 29: Wibbly Wobbly Family Night runs from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for member adults, $35 for non-member adults, $15 for child members 12 & under, $15 for child non-members 12 & under, and free for all children 2 & under. Tickets include admission to all exhibits and activities, three non-alcoholic beverage tickets, a planetarium show, and a souvenir cup.
Way Late Play Dates typically sell out before the event, so don’t procrastinate, purchase your tickets well in advance. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable. All proceeds support Adventure Science Center’s interactive exhibits and hands-on science experiences. For a group of 20 or more people, call (615) 401-5106 for group ticket rates.
Every few months the center opens from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to adults-only for a night of science and fun. Each Way Late Play Date has a special theme with cool science activities to take part in. Plus, you’ll have all the floor exhibits to yourself, including the laser game Body Battles in BodyQuest, the Tilt a World in Space Chase and the many levels of the Adventure Tower.
All the center’s exhibits are adult-friendly, so if the kids can climb it or slide down it, so can you. Mark your calendar for upcoming Way Late Play Dates – April 28: People’s Choice (to be determined / maybe Superheroes – Marvel vs DC?!?! – stay tuned!); July 28: Star Wars vs. Star Trek: the Sequel; and Oct. 6: Harry Potter.
Activities included with admission to either of the two Wibbly Wobbly Nights at Adventure Science Center include the following:
You Must Be Upgraded – Did you know that one of the Doctor’s most persistent enemies, the Cybermen, were inspired by real medical science? Investigate technologies that mimic mind and body control, and maybe allow for a few “human upgrades” as well.
Hunt for the Doctor – In the first episode of the Doctor Who reboot, a man named Clive runs a website searching for the Doctor. Step into Clive’s shoes as you explore the Science Center and find all the Doctors you can.
Regeneration Research – Discover how the Doctor’s regenerative abilities aren’t so far-fetched for some Earth creatures, including reptiles.
Decoding Gallifreyan – Discover how to write like a true Gallifreyan as you try to decode some messages using their circular form of writing.
The Midnight Entity – Using a Rochester Cloak, join in a game of optics that might explain why the only peek of these mysterious creatures was their shadow running across the landscape.
Two Hearts are Better than One – Using real sheep hearts, take a look at the science behind the Doctor’s two hearts in this fun mini-lab.
And much more, like Costume contests, Planetarium shows, and Extra Charge Activities such as: Food Trucks onsite -Burger Republic & Crankees Pizzeria; Make your own T-shirt or print with Hip Hues.