Very lucky for some, on Friday 13th we were guests of AirBnB for a sleepover at the Natural History Museum! I think without doubt the adults were as, if not more, excited than the children, who tend to take these things in their stride. One day they will realise what an amazing opportunity we were given. This was a once in a lifetime experience and without doubt the best airBnB ever!
So the museum opens its doors every month for a “Dino Snores” overnight experience. As we were guests of AirBnB ours was a slightly different experience as we were staying in “base camp” which was essentially the penthouse, in the main hall! So we were taking part in the Dino Snores experience but sleeping somewhere else (in the same hall) but on the top balcony and in camp beds rather than on the floor en masse.
We arrived at the museum at 7pm, after closing, and were taken to our camp. Wow!!! I had actually seen pictures in advance but it did not do it justice and we were blown away. Little camps of 2 campbeds under a half tent had been set up with fairy lights, blankets, vintage dinosaur books, lanterns and a chest for our stuff.
Every last detail was considered , down to the “long drop” signs on the toilets, the noises of crickets in the background, plastics bugs, campfire with fake flickering flames and logs to sit on around the fire. Breakfast was served is mess tins and enamel camping mugs.
There were 3 activities, an interactive talk on sharks, followed by a picnic tea at camp, dino t shirt designing and then a torchlit dinosaur trail. We finished just after 11pm and then it was bedtime. It was surreal lying in a camped with all that noise downstairs (there were literally hundreds of people on the floors below. It reminded me of the noise at school playtimes although it stopped pretty quickly at lights out.
The following morning we had breakfast, packed up our stuff and then there was an animal show downstairs in the main hall.
This was the most amazing experience, thank you so much AirBnB, we will treasure these memories forever! If you want to find out more about staying over at the Museum, you can see here, and if you booked for May, you could be in with a chance of winning a spot at the AirBnB camp!