Pillowcases are plumped and dinosaur delights await the lucky people who have booked tickets for the Natural History Museum's first ever sleep-over for adults, or Dino Snores for Grown-ups, happening this Friday.
Rachel Haydon from the Museum's Learning Department says Dino Snores for Grown-ups is for kids-at-heart!
Dino Snores for Grown-ups, which includes a night sleeping under the iconic Diplodocus dinosaur, has been eagerly awaited ever since the Museum's event for children began.
'We’re really excited about Dino Snores for Grown-ups! It’s our most requested event,' says Andy Glynn, Museum Visitor Events Manager. 'Every time we advertise our monthly children’s sleepover we get tweets, emails and phone calls asking for a kid-free version, so we’ve finally designed a sleepover especially for adults.'
Finding activities to please up to 200 adults was a harder task than for children, says Andy. 'The main challenge with designing a sleepover for adults is making sure that there’s plenty to do to keep everybody entertained all night long. That’s why we’ve drawn together a great team of experts to blend science, comedy, art, cinema and music into one event. Hopefully there’s something for everyone.'
As well as exclusive night-time access to the exhibitions and galleries, other activities on the night include a monster movie marathon, stand-up comedy from Tom Allen, science shows about forensics and insect sex, 3-course dinner, art classes, live music, and a midnight feast with edible insect tasting and more!
Erica McAlister with a model Drosophila, one of the flies attracted to vinegar.
Museum scientist Dr Erica McAlister is running the insect sex science show. She will talk about some of the common household insects and wants to give people an idea of what's going on right under their noses. 'I will be introducing the incredible strategies that arthropods utilise to further their species.'
For example Drosophila, the flies that are attracted to vinegar and often called fruit flies, have some of the largest sperm in the animal kingdom, in relation to body size - an impressive 5.8cm long!. 'There is a lot of pressure riding on these sperm though, as they don’t make that many of them,' says Erica.
'I'll be bringing along specimens to emphasise that although they may be little, they still have amazing structures and routines for attracting the opposite sex, and use gifts to stop themselves turning into a pre-copulatory meal.'
Rachel Haydon from the Museum's Learning Department is looking forward to working at the event and says, 'I think this is an amazing opportunity for those kids-at-heart who have always wanted to be able to sleep over but have no kids of their own to bring to the children’s Dino Snores.'
And lastly, a tip for the guests from Rachel: 'My advice to anyone attending – bring an eye mask and ear plugs!'