Hundreds of children spent a night at the Museum last weekend in the Natural History Museum's first ever sleepover event, Dino Snores.
Children on a torch-lit tour of the Dinosaur gallery at night
The lucky guests were given a talk about bugs by TV nature presenter Nick Baker, explored the Dinosaur gallery in the dark on a torch-lit tour, watched films and played games, and then slept in sleeping bags under the shadow of the huge Diplodocus in the Museum's iconic Central Hall.
The first event of its kind at the Museum, the sleepover was a sell out as people hurried to book a place to experience the Museum at night.
Museum event organiser, Terry Lester, said 'The event went very smoothly, surprisingly so, since it was the first event of this type that we've run.'
Museum scientist Erica McAlister and Nick Baker give a talk about all kinds of bugs. ‘The kids' favourites were the stories about the aggressiveness of killer bees, scorpions and caterpillars,' said Erica, specimens of which Nick happened to have hidden in his sleeping bag!
'The audience were very enthusiastic, both the adults and the children, and we had lots of ohhhs and ahhhs!
'It was great giving the talk with Nick, although there was some competition as to who had been bitten where by what!'
The success of the event means that Dino Snores will be returning next month. There are dates until April so hurry and book your tickets before they are gone. Adults feeling left out? Well the sleepovers are just for kids, although adults can attend if accompanied by groups of children!