Disclaimer: I was invited as part of a media event to attend #NatureSleepovers at the Canadian Museum of Nature in order to write this review. The views I shared are my own.
Air mattress. Flashlight. PJs. These items are great to have when you are attending a sleepover, but my VPs and I had these items in tow for adventures at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Yes. You read that right! Now you are probably thinking why would we want to bring all of these things for a visit to a museum?
Let me fill you in on a tidbit of information: The Canadian Museum of Nature is not just for visits during the day. The museum is now introducing their Nature Sleepovers events for families to experience this amazing place in a whole new way – at night! They are taking place from September 2018 – June 2019!
Nature Sleepovers allows visitors to explore certain exhibits, take in a 3D movie, then cozy up for one of the best sleepovers overnight in a gallery at the museum! My VPs and I were invited to discover what a night at museum would be like. We were over the moon with excited to have this experience!
Let the evening begin!
The sun had already gone down when we arrived at the museum for our after-hours adventures. When we arrived, we were welcomed by our guides for the evening. We were then invited to get comfy and to make name tags for ourselves. Both VPs had fun making their own name tags and making new friends within our group.
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Once everyone was present, we were ushered into the theatre of the museum to be formally welcomed to Nature Sleepovers and get a run-down of the evening’s events.
Our group was then guided on our jovial journey around three different galleries of the museum. We spent about thirty minutes in each area and had a different experience in each one of them.
Fossils, and footprints, and flashlights! Oh, my!
Our first stop: The Fossil Gallery! Flashlights were up and ready for a tour of this exhibit with the lights off.
The VPs and I learned so much during our adventure in this gallery about some of the fossils that are on display. We got to see both real fossils and fossil moldings of the dinosaurs that lived between 85 to 35 million years ago. With flashlights in hand. Our guide took us around to see these creatures that lived on land and in the water.
We learned how they got along with each other and how some of them are the descendants of some of the animals we see on Earth today! My littles loved being able to experience this part of the museum this way. We saw these magnificent beings from a different perspective.
Bugging out in a fun way
Our group then creeped over to the Nature Live exhibit to take in the starts of this part of the museum: The insects! Sarah introduced us to six of the tenants in this exhibit first hand. The VP of Cuddles loves being able to be up-close and personal with these creatures and was excited to meet these new friends.
Not a fan of these many legged beings? There are many other areas to discover in this exhibit! There are many different interactive stations to peak a visitor’s interest and increase their knowledge of insects.
There are other inhabitants of this exhibit that were not able to come out and play. They were in their habitats for visitors to see and learn about. This is a favourite exhibit for both of my VPs to visit whenever we visit the museum. They had an adventure here!
Mammal searching fun
A quick trip across Canada was next on our agenda as we were guided to the Mammal Gallery. Our guide had us go on a scavenger hunt to find out about the different mammals that make our nation its home.
The three-dimensional scenes of the mammals in their natural habitats are really beautiful to see. It We wanted to look at all of the displays while trying to be first to finish the scavenger hunt. My daughter loved this one most of all. She was so happy she could be a part of it, if only for a moment.
We made quick work of our scavenger hunt. My son had his own adventure with some of the other children within our group. My girl, in all of her comfort, put her nose down and completed our mission.
Once we found all of the answers we were seeking, we got to fully take in the rest of this gallery to learn more about the animals and the landscapes in Canada.
Animals coming to life, right before our eyes
After a quick snack and a change into our PJs, we headed to the theatre for a lively bedtime story. We put on our shades and settled into our seats to take in Museum Alive.
Written and directed by David Attenborough, this 3D museum adventure brought viewers to the London’s Natural History Museum as Attenborough shared his knowledge of some of the animals featured within its great halls. It was thirty-five minutes long, but it was a fabulous movie to watch to learn about so many different animals. Both of my kids were taken in by the magic of this film. They were sad to see it end so quickly.
Once the movie came to a close, it was time to call it a night. We learned we were going to be staying in the Mammal Gallery for the night, and we were ready to get some rest. We slept with the bison looking over us. My VPs and I snuggled down for the night on our air mattress and blankets. I was happy I had brought to extra blankets to keep their tootsies warm. It was cool in our part of the museum.
I also would have liked to have had more light at night to be able to see around me should I have needed to get up and move around.
Rise and shine
The lights brightening our gallery signaled that morning had arrived. All hands were on deck to deflate our air mattress.
Once the hard work was done, The VPs were back at one of the interactive screens to get in a bit more learning before getting dressed to leave.
After getting dressed for the day, we were served a light breakfast to help get our brains going. My kids enjoyed fresh fruit, yogurt, apple juice and milk before ending our adventures at the museum.
Nighttime adventures to remember
Both of my VPs and I had amazing adventures during our Nature Sleepovers experience at the Canadian Museum of Nature. We learned so much from our guide through each of the galleries we visited. Being able to move around the museum in our PJs allowed us to have fun and make being at a museum more relaxed. Being able to sleep in one of the galleries was a fun way to end a night of fun. My kids had an amazing time at this event. They are already asking when we will be coming back for another cozy adventure!
Are you curious to learn more about Nature Sleepovers at the Canadian Museum of Nature? You can find out more about booking a night at the museum and other events by visiting their website! We also follow Canadian Museum of Nature on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube Pinterest pages!
Which part of the museum we visited would your kids love to visit while attending a Nature Sleepovers event?
Until my next post, Readers!