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Airbnb is offering family sleepovers at its exclusive Base Camp at London's Natural History Museum

If the thought of spending the night among the creatures that inhabit the Natural History Museum in London is up your street, a new fun mode of accommodation may appeal to you. The museum already offers monthly ‘Dino Snores for Kids’ sleepovers during which children can enjoy a night of fun activities when it closes to the public. Now it has joined forces with Airbnb, which has just launched an exclusive Base Camp there for the occasion.

You can win a sleepover at a special base camp during the ‘Dino Snores for Kids’ events. Image: Airbnb/Natural History Museum

‘Dino Snores for Kids’ gives children aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities. Guests of Airbnb will sleep in a specially-designed camp area on the balcony of Hintze Hall, overlooking the museum’s new star specimen: a 25.2m real blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

Moving Tyrannosaurus rex in the Natural History Museum. Image: Kotsovolos Panagiotis/Shutterstock

“We’re always looking for new ways to bring families together and give them the opportunity for magical and memorable travel experiences,” says James McClure, Airbnb general manager for UK and Ireland. “We are delighted to welcome budding explorers to the Airbnb Base Camp and hope they have a whale of a time.”

You can win a sleepover at a special base camp during the ‘Dino Snores for Kids’ events. Image: Airbnb/Natural History Museum

The Airbnb guests will be met by their very own explorer host, before enjoying a wide range of fun activities over the course of the night, which have previously included torch-lit trails, dinosaur t-shirt-making workshops and science shows. At midnight, it’s time to settle down to sleep at the Base Camp, and in the morning, breakfast is served bright and early. Guests will get to experience a live animal show before departing the museum when it opens to the public at 10am.

You can win a sleepover at a special base camp during the ‘Dino Snores for Kids’ events. Image: Airbnb/Natural History Museum

Upon booking a place at ‘Dino Snores for Kids,’ the museum will give guests the opportunity to win one of the 20 exclusive spots at the Airbnb Base Camp. There is no additional fee for those attending who get to experience it. For further information, see here.