The Adventure Science Center in Nashville is a three and a half story building filled with fun for all members of the family. The Center has five main exhibits, Space Chase, Body Quest, Bluemax, Adventure Tower and Mission Possible. There is also an exhibit hall that changes periodically. Last but not least is the Sudekum Planetarium which has various shows that change with the day of the week so be sure to check the Planetarium show times before heading out.
Taking each of the main exhibit areas in turn starting with the main hall and the Adventure Tower you will find a massive three and half story climbing frame. Everything about the tower is designed to be fun for the family and educational all at the same time. To name just a few things, there is the small foot powered music keyboard, the climb in guitar, climbing frames, tunnels, slides and for those not wanting to brave the smaller climbing frames, narrow staircases in the climbing frame that will get you to the third floor.
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If you are really not the adventurous type, there is an elevator as well on the right hand side as you enter the main exhibit hall. To reach the top you will need to bend and twist in what can be a fairly humorous affair. The very top of the building includes a dome you can look out at downtown Nashville. There is even a free pair of binoculars for a better view. And just in case you don’t use the elevator, be sure to check out the Bee Hive located around the corner from the Adventure Tower on the third floor.
Body Quest covers 9,000 square feet and as the name suggests is all about the human body, in a great family fun setting. This is not your stuffy traditional museum exhibit. This is an area to explore and interact with the exhibits. Our favorite by far is the water table. Even the adult in me calls it a water table rather than what it is designed to represent, the pumping of blood and its contents around the body. Sounds a little off putting when put like that, hence water table. It’s fun for all ages as you get to build dams, direct water, block channels and float balls from the top to the bottom and see how it interacts with the path you created. There are lots of other items to see and explore including the brain challenge game where two people control a ball with their minds.
Bluemax is a flight simulator for two people. It looks very similar to other indoor flight simulators you have probably seen at similar attractions.
Mission Possible, and yes that is Possible, is all about enabling those with disabilities. If you are lucky to be without physical handicaps this is your opportunity to try out various different scenarios. There is the wheelchair basketball and obstacle course; can you answer the phone whilst sitting in a wheelchair? You can put on a knee brace and then try and climb different sets of stairs; once up can you get down again? There is also the simple game of checkers. Or not so simple if you are wearing a set of ski mittens.
On the second floor near the Planetarium there is a multi-player multimedia game about the Universe. This area also doubles as a stage for live science experiments. During our visit there was a show all about balloon science.
Space Chase is all about the simulated moonwalk experience, however if that is all you do while you are there, you will miss out on a number of other family fun interactive exhibits. So by all means gear up and go for reduced weight stroll but remember to check out the “Star room”, the space trivia game on the second floor, and various machines that will launch things into the air. As mentioned earlier this is also where you will find the Sudekum Planetarium.
In the event you and the family are hungry while visiting the Adventure Science Center , there is a full Subway restaurant on the second floor and the prices are very similar if not the same as a non-attraction based location. The catch, and there are two, you have to get little ones past the roaring dinosaur exhibit and once inside, you have to consume the food in the restaurant. You cannot bring food or drink back into the exhibit halls. You can bring snacks from home to enjoy as well. If you prefer you can leave the center to find food elsewhere, be sure to get hand-stamps for everyone in your party, and then return to continue your family fun.
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Cost :Varies – Find admission information at this link
(Planetarium, Bluemax and laser shows extra)