Have your very own night at the museum at one of London's cultured but colourful sleepovers
© Benedict Johnson
Want to sleep with dinosaurs? Bed down under an Elizabethan cannon? Or wake up beside the mummies? Time Out rounds up the top attractions that will let your kids bed down for the night. Call venues to find out dates of upcoming sleepovers.
The veteran in city sleepovers, Science Night has been running for so long that some of the current staff first attended as children in the nineties. Activities are based around a different theme each month but a make-and- take workshop, a science show, and an IMAX film are guaranteed.
After breakfast, once the doors are opened to the public, those exhausted by all the excitement head home to show off their creations but kids with energy to spare are free to explore the museum, including the 50 interactive exhibits in the Launchpad area and the dazzling Exploring Space Gallery. Jonathan Ross and Prince Andrew are among those whose children have enjoyed a Science Museum sleepover and recent satisfied overnighters praised the event as ‘better than we even dared imagine’.
£35 per person (bursaries are available). Five children per adult. Suitable for eight-to-11-year-olds.
- Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
These popular sleepovers take place every two months and are open to Young Friends of the British Museum and their chums.
Every sleepover brings temporary and permanent exhibitions to life with storytelling surrounded by centuries of world history, before kids bed down in the Egyptian and Assyrian Galleries. Then it's up early for breakfast, which is included in the ticket, and a farewell activity. Sleepovers are advertised in the magazine for Young Friends of the British Museum and bookings will be accepted by post only within the first few weeks to ensure fair ticket allocation.
In addition to sleepover invitations, Young Friends receive a gift membership pack full of museum goodies and the chance to attend other fun events.
Suitable for ages 8-15. Up to four children, one of whom must be a Young Friend, per adult.
The museum's monthly sleepover brings together a programme of activities to allow visitors to investigate the museum at night. There's a torch-lit tour to the darkest depths of the galleries, nature puzzles, then a chance to snuggle down for the night in the Central Hall, in the shadow of Diplodocus. 'Dino Snores' events sell out quickly so booking well in advance is essential. Visitors should eat before attending and take a snack for later in the evening. Breakfast is provided.
Each booking must include a minimum of five children and one adult. Age 7-11.
Not a budget option, but if cost is not an issue what party girl or boy wouldn’t relish the chance to join the Hamleys teddy bears for their picnic, save the world with the action heroes, or relax at a doll’s pampering session? The world-famous toy shop is available for private hire on Saturday nights, when trained staff run treasure hunts and games galore and a chef serves a midnight feast before the partygoers head to the land of nod.
£4,500 for ten children. Suitable for six-to -11-year-olds.
- 188-196 Regent Street, W1B 5BT
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