One of the gifts that I’m most excited to give the kids this year is a sleepover at the Museum, with the Dinosaur Fossils at Royal Tyrrell. How does it work? First, you make the trip to Drumheller, and arrive at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Next, you check-in at 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Camp runs overnight from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Camp-Ins are for children 5 – 13 years old only. Children under the age of five, including babies and toddlers, are not permitted to attend any portion of the Camp-In program due to the age level of programming and safety concerns for both small children and the exhibits. There must be at least one adult per five kids taking part in the camp-in program – we left our toddler at home.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost for the camp in is $44.00/child or youth (camper) · $44.00/chaperone. Admission includes: bedtime snack (banana bread, yogurt, fruit & beverages) + breakfast (pancakes, bacon, cereal, fruit & beverages). When you take into account the fact that you’re getting two meals included with the programming, it’s actually really, really affordable.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING CAMP IN?
You’ll set up camp when you arrive – finding your spot under the dinosaur in the large display. Then, it’s time to start your programs. Kids will take part in rotating programs where they can do everything from assembling dinosaur bones together, to creating and colouring castings. There’s snacks, but you can also bring your own (they had delicious banana bread, yogurt and juice for a bedtime snack).
Then, after a fun-filled evening, it’s time for bed. You’ll make your way back to cots, or sleeping bags, and sleep overnight. Bring an extra blanket if you get chilly, it was pretty cold in there!
The next morning, you’ll be up bright and early to enjoy breakfast in the Museum cafeteria ( included in your program admission) and get the chance to shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. On this day, you’ll get free admission to the galleries when they open at 10 am, and catch a movie after breakfast.
Camp-Ins run Friday and Saturday evenings in February, March, April, October, and November. Though you can’t register for the program online, you can request a reservation, which is confirmed by email and payment is arranged. The process of signing up for the camp-in was simple, and it easy easy to complete payment after our registration was confirmed.
Visit www.tyrrellmuseum.com to learn more and register for an upcoming camp-in program