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Below are some questions we are frequently asked about Science Night. We hope you find the answers useful. If you still require more information, feel free to contact us.
A typical Science Night programme looks like this:
18.45 Doors open and registration19.05 Set up camp and attend Health and Safety Talk19.55 Hands-on workshop20.40 Science Show21.20 Snack break22.10 Gallery-based activity23.10 Getting ready for bed
06.45 Wake up07.15 Breakfast07.45 Visit a hands-on gallery and watch a 3D IMAX film09.40 Prize-giving10.00 Science Night finishes, Museum and shop open.
You are welcome to stay in the Museum for as long as you wish after a Science Night.
For Science Nights in 2012 the minimum group size we allow is five children and one adult. For Science Nights in 2013 we are changing things a little:
To ensure adequate supervision overnight, your group will need the following number of adults:
Families: at least one adultSchool groups: a minimum of one adult for every six children as follows:
Please bear this in mind when you are getting ready to make a booking.
Your group will remain together for the whole event and will sleep in the same gallery, but there are different arrangements for schools and families:
Science Night is supervised by experienced staff however as a Group Leader you are responsible for ensuring everyone in your party has a safe and enjoyable experience. We expect you to:
For some children this will be the most exciting night of their lives so far! As a result it is very difficult for them to get to sleep. We try and encourage groups to keep noise to a minimum, but please don’t expect to get your normal quota of beauty sleep.
Our Campers’ Survival Guide (PDF, 855kb) and Group Leader Survival Pack (PDF, 460KB) will give you all the information you’ll need to prepare for the night.
As inflatable mattresses cause a trip hazard we do not allow them on Science Nights. However, we do provide camping mats.
Campers must provide their own packed evening snack.
We supply breakfast, which is likely to include a croissant, a cereal bar, a piece of fruit and a fruit drink. There is tea and coffee for the adults.
Please refer to the Risk Assessment information (PDF, 104KB) which has all the health and safety information you will need to help you assess this event.
We can provide a special educational needs coordinator to give help and advice on the night. We can also arrange a British Sign Language interpreter for any of our Science Nights.
Please let us know when booking if you require either of these services.
Science Night starts at 18.45 and groups are allowed to enter at this time through the Science Museum’s Main Entrance on Exhibition Road.
The nearest tube station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines).
If you need to cancel your booking or reduce numbers, you must tell us at least 14 days before the date of your booked Science Night. We regret that later cancellations or reductions can not be accommodated.
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