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Dino-Snores For Grown-Ups

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Sleepover's Aren't Just for Kids

What happens when the lights go out at night in the museum? That sounds like the pitch line for a movie. Oh wait, it was. In Night at the Museum, the security guard Larry Daley got more than he bargained for when the exhibits came to life. You too can see history come to life at the Natural History Museum, which is holding slumber parties for grown-ups on special nights throughout the year.

With live music, stand-up comedy, quizzes, and monster movie marathons, your evening will be full of thrills, chills, and a feast to fill you to the gills. The only thing they don't provide are the sleeping bags and onesies. Not that you'll be doing much sleeping. I mean, come on, how many sleepovers do you remember having, where you actually went to sleep?

Your evening will begin at 7.30pm when you will set up camp under Dippy the Diplodicus, after which you dine on a bistro-style three-course meal and enter a raffle to win some very coveted dinosaur cookie cutters.

At 10.30pm you'll learn all about the birds & the bees - or at least some horny insects - with a forensic sex ed investigation. Granted, it is probably not the best lecture to attend after dinner, but if you're not feeling queasy by then, you might when they get you to sample some nutritious bugs. Frankly, I'd prefer popcorn with my Jurassic Park movie, but there you go.

After a treasure hunt, a life-drawing class, and some music & comedy, it will finally be lights out at 2.30am. Hopefully Dippy won't keep you awake as he wonders round the museum.

Then it's early to rise, a full English Breakfast, and a shove out the front door, with the hopes that you don't get caught in rush hour on the way home.

This year's Dino-Snores events are on the 29th June, 16th August, and 19th October, and tickets can be booked at 175.
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Why? Because sleepovers aren't just for kids
When: 29th June, 16th Aug, 19th Oct
Phone: 020 7942 5000
Where: Natural History Museum
Cost: 175
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