Dino Snores for Kids FAQs

These questions and answers will help you get the most out of your sleepover adventure and prepare you for your night-time experience at the Museum.

Find out more and see available dates on our Dino Snores for Kids page.

  • Why is there a minimum age?

    This event and its activities are designed for children aged 7-11. We want to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy the event, so it is for everyone's benefit we ask visitors to keep to this age range.

    Please do not purchase tickets for children outside of this age range, as we are unable to allow entry to the event or offer refunds.

  • What do I have to bring?

    Everyone must bring a sleeping bag, toothbrush, evening snack and some clothes to sleep in (we recommend arriving in clothes you can sleep in to minimise luggage). 

    • For the safety of all our staff and guests, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, received within two days of the event, or an NHS covid COVID Pass or EU Digital COVID Certificate must be shown on entry for all those 18 and older. Find out how to get your test here. Those who have received a positive test result will not be able to attend. 
    • We recommend that you wear a face covering inside the Museum when not on your sleeping mat, in line with government guidance.
    • Overnight clothes must be suitable for standing outside in the unlikely event of an evacuation.
    • Shoes must be worn at all times in the Museum for health and safety reasons, apart from when you are sleeping.
    • We advise you to bring a bottle of water, a pillow, and eye shades for sleeping as some lighting remains on overnight.
    • We provide thin foam sleeping mats but you may bring your own if you prefer. For health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses over two inches thick. If you need to bring a specific sleeping mat for medical reasons, please let us know upon booking so we can ensure it meets our health and safety requirements.
    • We strongly recommend that you do not bring things that are of financial or sentimental value. The Museum takes no responsibility for loss of or damage to any items belonging to visitors.
    • You are not allowed to plug any electrical items into the Museum's sockets during the event.
    • Equipment is shared between visitors for some activities. There is an additional kit-list available on request for those who would prefer to bring their own equipment with them. Please contact dino-snores@nhm.ac.uk for more information.


  • Do we need to bring food?

    We recommend that you eat a meal before arriving and bring a small snack for later in the evening.

    We do not provide cutlery or plates for eating. Please ensure that you do not bring knives that are sharp or lockable, have blades over three inches or multi-tool knives, as these will be confiscated. A butter knife with a blade of 3 inches or less or plastic cutlery is acceptable.

    On arrival, your snacks will be taken to the eating areas, so please store all food for your group in one bag, separate from your other belongings. No food is allowed in the galleries.

    In the morning, we provide a cold breakfast of pastry and fruit. We cannot guarantee that our breakfast will be nut, gluten or dairy free.

    If you or your children cannot eat the breakfast provided, please advise when booking and bring your own breakfast with you. Please ensure that these food items won't need overnight refrigeration. We will collect these items along with your other food on arrival and keep them safe until you need them. Please ensure that you collect your breakfast items in the morning before the breakfast break by asking a member of staff.

    We cannot guarantee a nut-free environment. If you or any of the children in your group have any allergies you are concerned about, please confirm this when booking.

  • How many adults are required to attend?

    The number of adults required for each group of children are as follows:

    • for 1-2 children, 1 adult required
    • for 3-4 children, 2 adults required
    • for 5-12 children, 3 adults required
    • for 13-20 children, 4 adults are required
    • for 21-28 children, 5 adults are required
    • for 29-36 children, 6 adults are required

    Adults will sleep in the same area as the children in their group. Accompanying adults must be at least 18 years old and show ID upon arrival. One adult in each group will also be asked for their mobile phone number in case we need to contact you during the event.

  • Can I add people to my group?

    You can add children or adults to your booking if tickets are still available, but if the event is sold out this will not be possible. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Are any consent forms required for the children?

  • What if I'm running late?

    If you think that you may not get here on time please email us.

    Please be aware that you may miss some of the activities if you arrive late. We cannot allow entry into the event after 20.00, and no refunds will be given.

  • What is the schedule for the event?

    18.45: Doors open, registration and camp set-up
    19.45: Welcome and briefing
    20:00: Activity
    20.45: Snack
    21.30: Activity
    22.05: Short break
    22.25: Activity
    23.15: Get ready for bed
    00.00: Lights out
    7.00: Wake up
    7.30: Breakfast
    8.00: Activity
    9:30: Dino Snores for Kids finishes. Collect your bags and belongings.
    10:00: The Museum opens to the public. You are welcome to stay in the Museum for as long as you wish.

    Please note that this schedule is subject to change. 

  • Where will I sleep?

    Guests will sleep in Hintze Hall, on the ground floor and the first floor.

    The Events team will assign guests to a team and activity schedule. Sleeping areas are different for each team and we cannot guarantee where you will be sleeping in advance nor can we change your location on the night. If you require special assistance related to where you sleep, please inform us upon booking.

  • Are the sleeping areas organised by gender?

    No, the sleeping areas will not be organised by gender - sleeping will be mixed.

    Event and security staff are on hand throughout the night to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. CCTV is in operation throughout the Museum.

  • Is there a cloakroom?

    There is no cloakroom available during the event and your belongings will be kept in the sleeping areas. You can leave your luggage in the cloakrooms during the day before the event where they are available as usual when the Museum is open to the public between 10.00-17.30. However, you will need to remove all of your belongings by 17.30 and regular rates will apply. 

    The morning after the event, should you wish to stay on at the Museum after it opens to the public, you will be able to drop your belongings off at a cloakroom.

  • What are the adults' responsibilities?

    Adults are responsible for supervising their group's behaviour throughout the event. This will ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening.

    Responsibilities include following the team leader's directions, keeping your group together and under control at all times, and making sure your group does not disturb those who are sleeping.

  • Can the adults bring alcohol?

    The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden at Dino Snores for Kids. If our staff suspect you have been consuming alcohol, our Events Manager has the right to search your bags and test your liquids. If you are caught with alcohol your party will be removed from the event immediately.

    In extreme circumstances, anyone behaving inappropriately, for alcohol-related reasons or otherwise, may be ejected from the event at the discretion of the Event Manager and security team.

  • Is this event suitable for children with access requirements or disabilities?

    Yes. Dino Snores for Kids encourages participation from children with disabilities and aims to be inclusive and welcoming for all children.

    We will do all we can to ensure additional needs are met and reasonable adjustments are made wherever possible. Please be aware it is the responsibility of the accompanying adult to ensure that the event environment is suitable for any child in their care. If you'd like to talk to a member of the team to learn more about whether the event would be suitable for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  

    If anyone in your group has additional needs, accessibility or health requirements please let us know on booking.

  • What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

    We cannot offer a refund once you have purchased your ticket.

    If you need to amend a confirmed booking the following conditions apply:

    • If you need to change the date of your event, we require notice of at least 30 days before the date you originally booked.
    • There is a £5 admin charge per ticket for moving your Dino Snores tickets. All ticket transfers are subject to availability and are at the manager's discretion.
    • You can only move your booking to an event that is within one year of the date of your original event. After this point we cannot move your ticket. Any children on the booking must still fall within the required age bracket of 7-11 years old.
    • You can add children or adults to your booking if tickets are still available (so long as you still comply with our group size requirements), but if the event is sold out this will not be possible. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
    • If you are collecting ticket fees from a large group, please keep these booking terms in mind and allow enough time to tell us about any changes in numbers.
    • We are unable to confirm a booking until full payment has been received.
    • Group invoices are payable within 30 days before the event. There is a £5 fee per ticket cancelled if the invoice is reduced from the original request. No changes will be accepted later than 30 days before the event.
    • Please contact us if a member of your group has tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event.
  • What if I have to leave early in the morning?

    The Museum exits are closed between 23.00 and 7.00 and it is not possible to leave between these times except in an emergency. We do not advise leaving early (as you will miss some of the fun), but if you wish to leave between 7.00 and 9.15 in the morning, please let us know when you book and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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This unique sleepover gives kids aged seven to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark.

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