Things you need to know about Dino Snores

Read our helpful questions and answers

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.

Important information for your event

What are the minimum group sizes?
Each group must contain a minimum of five children and one accompanying adult.

No exceptions will be made and if the accompanying adult arrives to the event with fewer than five children they may not be allowed entry. Our activities are designed for groups of five or more children to ensure maximum enjoyment and for the event to run smoothly for all our visitors.

We welcome larger groups but there must be at least one adult per five children.

Can I add people to my group?
You may add people to your group subject to availability. You can make amendments to your booking until 14 days before the date of the event after which no amendments, cancellations or refunds can be made.

Are any forms needed for the children?
Children must have a completed parent/ legal guardian consent form which will be emailed to you prior to the event. This must be returned at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.

Children without a signed consent form will not be allowed to sleep in the Museum and will unfortunately not be able to take part in any of the activities, they will have to leave the Museum.

What ages of children are allowed?
All children must be seven to 11 years old and must attend as part of a group. There is no upper age limit however the activities are best suited to seven to 11 age groups.

The lowest age limit must be strictly adhered to. The highest age limit is more flexible and we will allow children over this age to attend. But please be aware the activities are aimed at the stated age ranges and will not be suitable for older children.

Why is there a minimum age?
The absolute minimum age for a child to attend is seven. They must be age seven or older on the night of the sleepover. This and the parental consent forms are to comply with the Museum’s public liability insurance and must be adhered to.

If a child looks under seven years of age we may ask for proof of age on the night. Please be prepared and bring proof of their age just in case a child you bring does not look their age.

How many adults do we need?
Each group will need a minimum of one adult for every five children. The adults will be together with their group for the activities during the event. 

Adults will sleep in the same gallery as the children in their group, however please see below for the requirements for groups of boys, girls or both. 

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.

Can groups of adults book Dino Snores or is it just for children?
Dino Snores sleepovers are for children aged seven to 11 years old. Each group of children must include one adult for every five children. 

Adults interested in sleeping over at the Museum should instead book tickets for Dino Snores for Grown-ups.

What activities are there?
A typical evening programme includes:
18.45 Doors open and set up camp
19.45 Welcome and briefing
20:00 Activity
20.45 Snack
21.30 Activity
22.05 Short break
22.25 Activity
23.15 Getting ready for bed
00.00 lights out
7.00 Wake up
7.30 Breakfast
8.00 Activity
9:30 Dino Snores finishes. Collect bags and belongings
10:00 Museum opens to the public. You are welcome to stay in the Museum for as long as you wish.

Other information for your event

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.

When and where do we need to arrive?
Groups must arrive at the Museum’s Darwin Centre on Queensgate by 18.45. Further details with your Dino Snores confirmation of booking will be sent to you in a few weeks before your booked Dino Snores sleepover.

Can parents/guardians 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.

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 Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) or Earth Galleries and lots of fun things to do. 

Members of the Museum pay £47.

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 if you prefer. For health and safety reasons we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.

Please note that items that need an electronic plug are not permitted at the sleepovers. Also, we do not allow visitors to plug anything into the Museum electrical points.

We strongly recommend you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value. The Museum takes no responsibility for loss or damage to any items belonging to visitors.

Do we need to bring food?
You may bring something for dinner in the evening break, this must be in a separate bag from your group’s other belongings. This is because your food will be taken to the eating areas separately and no food is allowed in the gallery areas.

We provide a cold breakfast in the morning that usually incudes fruit juice.

If you or any of the children in your group have any allergies you should bring something extra to eat with your dinner and let us know ahead of time so that we can arrange for it to be in the eating area for breakfast time.

We cannot guarantee that our breakfast will be nut, gluten or dairy free.

Can the adults bring alcohol?
No alcohol is allowed.

Do we bring pyjamas?
No pyjamas are allowed. Onesies are 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.

Shoes must be worn at all times in the Museum for health and safety reasons, apart from when the group is sleeping.

Where do we change into our sleeping clothes?
Facilities will be available just off the Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) and the sleeping area in the Red Zone.

What will we sleep on?
We provide you with a thin foam camping mat, however you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. We cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.

Where are the sleeping areas?
The Central Hall on the ground floor, in the Museum's Green Zone and other exciting areas of the Museum.

Early arrival may allow you to choose which part of the Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) you sleep in but this is ultimately at the manager’s discretion.

What are the sleeping arrangements for boys and girls?

Visitors in each group will sleep in the same gallery within the Museum, however, boys and girls have separate sleeping areas in their assigned gallery:

  • In a group where all the children are girls you will need one female adult for every five to six children.
  • In a group where all the children are boys you will need one female or male adult for every five to six children.
  • In a group of both girls and boys you will need two female adults or one female and one male adult for every five to nine children
  • Female adults may sleep on either side of the gallery, but male adults may only sleep on the male side of the gallery. 

No exceptions will be made.

What are the group leader’s responsibilities?
As a group leader, you are responsible for your group throughout the night. You are also responsible for your children’s behaviour. This will ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening.

Your responsibilities include ensuring all the children in your group are aged seven at least and that you follow the rules your team leader will give you, keeping your group together and under control at all times, and making sure your group doesn’t disturb those who are sleeping.

What if one of my group falls ill?
We will allow children to be picked up the following morning if they are taken ill. This should be arranged via the team leader of their group.

We have first aiders at every event. If a child or adult attending has any accessibility or health issues they should email dino-snores@nhm.ac.uk and let us know.

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 a large number of other children. 

Please let us know if you are planning to bring a child or children with special needs and we will do all we can to ensure their needs are met wherever possible.

How do I know the dates for later sleepovers in the year?
Check the event website.

What if I need to cancel?
If you need to make amendments to your booking the following conditions apply:

  • Numbers in your group cannot fall below five children and one adult.
  • If you need to reduce numbers, move the date of your event or cancel your Dino Snores booking you must tell us at least 14 days before the date of your visit.
  • We cannot accept cancellations or reductions in numbers within 14 days of your visit date.
  • If cancellation or a reduction in number of tickets is required within 14 days of the event date no refund will be given for those tickets.
  • You can increase numbers for Dino Snores at any time, subject to availability.
  • If you are collecting ticket fees from large groups 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.

What if I have to leave early in the morning?
The Museum exits are closed between 23:30 and 7.00 and it is not possible to leave within these times except for in an emergency. If you wish to leave between 7.00 and 9.30 in the morning please speak to a member of staff.

What if I’m running late?
If you know that you may not get here on time please let us know by email dino-snores@nhm.ac.uk.

Please be aware that you may miss some of the activities if you arrive late.