These questions and answers will help you get the best out of your sleepover adventure and prepare you for your night-time experience at the Museum.
What do we have to bring?
Please bring a sleeping bag, toothbrush, evening snack and some clothes to sleep in (but not pyjamas). You may also want to bring a water bottle, a pillow and eye-shades for sleeping (some lighting is left on overnight). We provide sleeping mats, but you can bring your own, however for health and safety reasons we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.
Please note that items which need an electric plug are not permitted at the sleepovers. We strongly recommend you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value.
Do we bring pyjamas?
No pyjamas are not allowed. You should bring along clothes that are suitable for sleeping in. This is a precaution in the unlikely event that we should need to evacuate the Museum while the children are sleeping.
What will we sleep on?
We provide you with a thin foam camping mat, however you are welcome to bring your own. But as above, we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.
Do we need to bring food?
You must provide your own packed evening snack. Breakfast will be provided, and will include a pain au chocolat, fruit salad, yoghurt and apple juice.
When do we need to arrive?
Groups must arrive at the Museum’s Darwin Centre by 19.00. Further details with your Dino Snores confirmation of booking will be sent to you in a few weeks before your booked Dino Snores sleepover.
How do we get to the Museum?
The nearest tube station is South Kensington (on the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). There is limited street parking nearby in Exhibition Road.
What are the group leaders' responsibilities?
As a group leader, you are responsible for your group throughout the night. This will ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening.
Your responsibilities include ensuring that all your children in your group are aged 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 years old, disciplining your group, ensuring your group follow Health and Safety Talk rules provided on the night, keeping your group together and under control at all times, and making sure your group doesn’t disturb those who are sleeping.
Where are the sleeping areas?
The Central Hall, located on the ground floor in the Museum's Green Zone and under the globe in the Red Zone's Earth galleries.
Where do we change into our sleeping clothes?
Facilities will be available just off Central Hall and the sleeping area in the Red Zone.
What activities are there?
A typical evening programme includes:
19.00 Doors open and set up 'camp'
19.30 Welcome and briefing
22.05 Short break
23.00 Getting ready for bed
Midnight lights out
07.00 Wake up
09.50 Dino Snores finishes and the Museum opens. You are welcome to stay in the Museum for as long as you wish.
How much does it cost?
Sleepovers cost £52 per person. For that price, you'll get experienced staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable event, materials for arts and craft activities, breakfast and overnight accommodation sleeping in our famous Central Hall or Earth Galleries auditorium and lots of fun things to do. Members of the Museum pay £47.
Can groups of adults book Dino Snores or is it just for children?
Dino Snores sleepovers are for children aged 7-11 years old. Each group of children must include 1 adult for every 5 - 6 children. Adults interested in sleeping over at the Museum should book tickets for Dino Snores for Grown-ups.
How many children can I bring?
All children must be 7-11 years old and come to Dino Snores as part of a group. The lower age limit must be strictly adhered to. The upper age limit is more flexible and we will allow children over this age to attend, but be aware that the activities are aimed at the stated age range and will not be suitable for older children. The smallest group you can bring is 5 children and 1 adult. We welcome larger groups, but the number of accompanying adults must adhere to the restrictions listed below.
How many adults do we need?
Each group will need a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 - 6 children. The adults will be together with their group for the whole of the event. Adults will sleep in the same gallery as children, but see below for the requirements for boys and girls. You are welcome to bring as many adults as you like, but they must not exceed the number of children in the group. Accompanying adults must be at least 18 years old.
What are the sleeping arrangements for boys and girls?
Members in each group will sleep in the same gallery. But boys and girls have separate sleeping areas in their assigned gallery:
Can parents wait inside until their child is registered?
If you are dropping off your children, but not staying the evening, we don’t generally allow you to come in with the group. However, we can allow this in some exceptional circumstances, so please check with the Dino Snores team on the night.
Can I bring a child who has special needs?
Yes, Dino Snores encourages participation from children with special needs. Please be aware it is your responsibility to ensure that any child with special needs is capable of getting the most from the events and they are able to cope in an environment with 100s of other children. Do let us know if you are planning on bringing along a child or children with special needs and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible.
What about emergency exit procedures?
These will be explained in the Health and Safety Talk at the start of the evening.
How do I know the dates for later sleepovers in the year?
Check our website, or contact the events team on 020 7942 5589.
What if I need to cancel?
Once your Dino Snores booking is confirmed it can prove difficult for us to find a replacement booking if you are unable to attend. The following rules will therefore apply: