Get Eclipsed at Way Late Play Date July 27

The Rogues Gallery Cosplay group at Way Late Play Date  Marvel vs DC photo courtesy The Rogues Gallery.

The Rogues Gallery Cosplay group at Way Late Play Date Marvel vs DC photo courtesy The Rogues Gallery.

Flashback to a time when big hair and fanny packs reigned supreme, when Run-D.M.C., Bon Jovi, and Tears for Fears were just getting their start; when the internet was starting to take shape; and cell phones were as big as your head. Are you ready to go back in time for a night of 80s-inspired science and pop culture? Get ready for a ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ as you prepare for August’s Music City Solar Eclipse on August 21, while enjoying some after-hours, adults-only fun in Nashville’s iconic Adventure Science Center this month.

Every few months they open the Center 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 specially devised unique cool science activities to take part in around the theme of the evening. All the Science Center’s exhibits are adult-friendly, so if the kids can climb it or slide down it, SO CAN YOU!

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. Planetarium shows begin at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15.

Special Activities: TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, I WANNA KNOW WHAT LAVA IS, OPEN YOUR HEART, SHE BLINDED ME WITH LIVE SCIENCE (Times TBA), SPACE INVADERS (6:30-7:30), and THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Planetarium show / 7:45, 8:30 & 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. Extra Charge Food trucks onsite: Boheme’s Banana Boat & Steaming Goat Make your own Way Late Play Date souvenir t-shirt with Hip Hues!

Please purchase your tickets in advance, as this event usually sells out ahead of time. Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable. 21+ ONLY, and valid photo ID is required at the door. All proceeds support Adventure Science Center’s interactive exhibits and hands-on science experiences. Program subject to change.

Mark your calendars now for the next Way Late Play Date, October 5: Pixar. 2018 Way Late Play Date Passports will be on sale starting Oct. 6. The Passport is is a great way to make sure you don’t forget to buy your ticket in time, and miss out when the event sells out. All tickets and more info at: www.adventuresci.org

Here are details of this month’s event’s Special Activities:

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART
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!

I WANNA KNOW WHAT LAVA IS
Through the clouds I see… smoke pluming and lava flowing! 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 their newest temporary exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, check out some fascinating facts about volcanic eruptions and make your own model of a volcano.

OPEN YOUR HEART
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
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!

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, they’re taking the opportunity to showcase their 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.