Night at the Museum – Dino Snores for kids

What do get your bug obsessed, nature-loving explorer of a son for his birthday? My friend provided the perfect answer when she mentioned Dino Snores – a sleepover for kids aged 7-11 at the Natural History Museum.   I had no idea you could spend a night under the Blue Whale, in one of the most incredible and iconic buildings in London, and when the date of our adventure rolled round it was hard to know who was more excited.
 
Upon booking your tickets for Dino Snores for Kids you get the opportunity to win one of 20 exclusive spots at the Airbnb Base Camp. And what a Base Camp it was.  On arrival we were greeted by our Explorer host, who led us up the steps to the balcony of the Hintze Hall and to a rather realistic looking campfire and log setting. Further treats were in store when we were shown to our camp beds, either side of a giant sequoia and overlooking the breathtaking blue whale skeleton.
Airbnb Base Camp is all about the detail.  Sounds of the jungle fill the air, a fancy dress trunk awaits and even the loos or ‘long drops’ were given a creepy crawlie makeover. Little A was thrilled to see his camp bed complete with hanging lantern and tented canopy and the fun didn’t stop there.  Dino Snores for Kids was super well organised and we soon set off on our evening of adventure.  First up came a Science and Space show in one of the lecture rooms. A rocket launch, lots of fizz, pops and smoke from the science bench and specimens from space all eagerly devoured by our wannabe Astronauts and embarrassing to admit but my friend and I also learnt a few facts along the way. (Pluto is no longer considered a ‘planet’ in our solar system and is now reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ FYI!) After a brief pit stop back round our cosy campfire (you pack a snack and the fact you are eating it past 9pm basically makes it a midnight feast).  Next up was designing your own Dinosaur T shirt.  Each activity was led by brilliant NHM staff all bubbling with excitement and interesting facts that kept the children fully interested even past their bedtime.  T-shirt designs complete and stowed away for us, we were off on the final activity of the night – a torch lit trail through the Dinosaur exhibit.  This one isn’t for the faint hearted especially given that the animatronic T-Rexy is waiting for you at the end. Hearts pumping and eyes beginning to look a little weary it was up to the balcony for us and time to bed down at the Airbnb Base Camp.
 
Activities finished around 11pm and the light’s go off at midnight. I was somewhat surprised that after 10 mins of overtired giggling from Little A he actually nodded off to sleep.  He then woke me at 6am needing a call of nature but aside from that slept like a log.  The ‘Animal Man’ is waiting to entertain you after breakfast with a live animal show before the magical bubble disperses and the Museum gets ready for opening time.
Definitely the experience of a childhood and a memory I will cherish of the boy and me time.  If the little one in your life is aged 7-11 and into adventure then this is the sleepover for you.
All in the detail:
We arrived just before 7pm.
Airbnb Base Campers receive a lovely goody bag on arrival.
2 camp beds per ‘tent’
Do pack an eye mask as some lights do stay on so if you are like me and like pitch black then definitely take one
You wear your clothes to sleep in so think ‘overnight flight’ comfort
I put Little A into his PJs with his Boden onesie on top
Pack slippers – marble floors on the walk to the loo
Airbnb Base Camp at the Natural History Museum was simply one of the best experiences for kids we have ever done.
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