BedBUGS Sleepovers

BedBUGS

The sleepover with a difference... Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo. Bug-tastic fun for 8-11 years old.

Explore the zoo by torchlight and wake up to the sounds of the animals. Plus games, story-telling, talks - all animal themed of course! Breakfast is included.

​Watch out for...

  • The amazing leaf cutter ant nest at the entrance, walking out on their ropes where you can see them carrying leaves many times their own weight, right before your eyes (please don’t touch!)
  • Huge locust swarm display
  • Cockroach sink (yeuch!)
  • Micrarium for miniature wildlife, like brine shrimps and Daphnia
  • Giant orb spiders on their webs
  • Cave crickets (look into the bubble if you dare…)
  • Weird naked mole rats in their underground tunnels
  • Incredibly beautiful moon jellyfish tank
  • See directly into the hive of our Honeybees
  • Discover why maggots are useful…
  • See Bali starlings in their aviary, only a handful of which survive in the wild
  • Spot our cute little rare Golden mantella frogs
  • Polynesian tree snail breeding room, many species of which are extinct in the wild

B.U.G.S! (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival) is the zoo’s cutting edge biodiversity and Conservation exhibit. It is also the main place where invertebrates – animals without backbones – are displayed in the zoo, including insects, spiders, millipedes and lots of other creepy crawlies

B.U.G.S! is designed to explain what biodiversity - quite simply the variety of life on the planet - is all about, and why we need to conserve it.

There are over 140 species kept in BUGS, the vast majority of which are invertebrates, although we are also home to a few mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Invertebrates are fundamental to biodiversity - for example over 95% of animals do not have a backbone, and there are over 1 million species of insect!

 

Are any of the bugs loose in the building?

All of our animals in BUGS are safely behind glass so they won't bother you.

However, you are ultimately in a bug house so we would not recommend attending the sleepover if you are extremely scared of bugs and insects.

 

Sleepover in BUGS

Your group will sleep in BUGS, with everyone else attending the sleepover.

Boys and girls sleep in separate areas. Please ensure you read the FAQs regarding sleeping arrangements before you book.

As well as checking out the residents in BUGS! we'll make sure you are kept busy right up until bedtime.

There will be lots of activities which includes animal talks, tours, games and story-telling sessions - all animal themed of course!

19:00

Arrive at ZSL London Zoo
Your BedBUGS hosts will check everyone in and allocate group names.

 

Head to BUGS!

 

Welcome talk
Your hosts will run through the itinerary for the evening, all health and safety information plus answer any questions.

 

Explore BUGS!
BUGS, (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival), is home to over 140 different species ranging from spiders, fish, mole rats to anteaters, who live just outside.

 

Snack time
Enjoy your evening snacks.

20:45

Animal talk
Get up-close to one of the residents of BUGS (bring your camera!)

 

Activity

 

Torch-light night tour
This is your chance to find out what really goes on once all of the visitors and keepers have gone home. Many of our animals are actually more active at night so you’ll see what they get up to as we search the zoo by torchlight.

22:30

Back to BUGS
Unpack and get ready for bed.

 

Relax before bedtime

23:30

Lights off

 

Wake-up
Although some of the animals may have woken you up before!

07:30

Breakfast

 

Morning tour
Check out some of our most popular animal exhibits, before the day-visitors arrive

10:00

Finish (feel free to stay in the zoo to explore for the day)

 

 

 

What is included in the price

  • Full day entry into ZSL London Zoo (on day of departure)
  • Free car parking (for night of sleepover and day of departure)
  • All activities and exclusive tours during sleepover (visit The Experience page)
  • Accommodation in BUGS for the night (visit Accommodation page)
  • Breakfast (usually pastry, piece of fruit, yogurt and drink)
  • Experienced hosts who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience
  • Goody bags for all children

Prices

£65 (per child)
£65 (per accompanying adults)
£58.50 (ZSL members)

Full payment is required at the time of booking. However, we are happy to accept a £500 deposit for groups with over 20 children, and final payment is required 6-weeks before sleepover. Please call 0344 225 1826 to discuss further.

Members tickets: Please note that the member needs to be the participant, and cannot purchase a member's ticket on behalf of a non-member. All members must bring their ZSL membership card with them on the night.

Minimum group size

We do not have a minimum group size, although the number of adults per group can never exceed the number of children.

Sleepovers are great for cub scouts, brownies, school trips or birthday celebrations.

Over 20 children in your group?

1 adult per 5/6 children are eligible for a discounted ticket of £35
To be eligible for the discounted rate, all of the conditions below must apply:

1. There are more than 20 children in your group
2. Adults are over 18 years old

Capacity

60 places are available per sleepover.

Our sleepovers are much smaller than the ones in the museums. This will ensure you'll get much more out of the experience and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out about our animals.

Dates

2015 dates:

BedBUGS will run on selected dates in July and August.

Age restrictions

Children need to be aged 7 - 11 year olds.

We can be flexible on the upper age limit, but not on the lower age limit.

Accompanying adults

For every 5/6 children, we require at least 1 accompanying adult who must be over 18 years old. The number of adults should never exceed the number of children per group.

Each adult in the group is responsible for the group at all times throughout the entire experience: They are expected to:

1. Ensure your group adheres to the rules set out in the health and safety briefing
2. Ensure all children in your group are the correct age, and no younger than 8-years old
3. Ensure your group keeps together throughout the evening, and keeps up with the host during the night tour
4. Address the behaviour of children in your group if they are impacting on the enjoyment of other participants
5. Ensure your group doesn't disturb other guests, in particular keeping the noise down once the lights are off and staying in your designated areas until 7am
6. Ensure the children have dinner before arriving their snack will not be eaten until approximately 20:15pm 

Sleeping arrangements

All participants will sleep in BUGS, but boys and girls have separate sleeping areas. For this reason, please ensure the following is adhered to:

1. For an all-girl group, you will need 1 female adult for every 5-6 children
2. For an all-boy group you will 1 female or male adult for every 5-6 children
3. For a mixed sex group you will need 2 female adults or 1 female and 1 male adult for every 5-9 children
4. Female adults may sleep on either side of the gallery however male adults may only sleep in the male area of BUGS.

However, we can accommodate a limited number of mixed groups at each sleepover. Please let us the gender of all participants in your group 14-days before the sleepover, when you receive the 'see you soon' email. Please note: Mixed groups tend to sleep on sloped areas though.

Cancellation policy

A full refund or date change can be requested at least 14 days before your BedBUGS sleepover. Refunds are made to the card that the experience was purchased on. We cannot accept cancellations or reductions in numbers within 14 days of your sleepover date.

Other questions

Please visit our FAQS page

How to book

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What is included in the price?

Please visit the Prices and Booking page.

How much does it cost?

Please visit the Prices and Booking page.

Who is eligible for the discounted adult rate?

Please visit the Prices and Booking page.

Can I pay a deposit or do I need to pay the full fee when booking?
If your group size is under 20 children, you will need to pay the full balance when booking.

If your group has more than 20 children, we will accept a £500 deposit for an agreed number of children. The remaining balance needs to be settled in full at least 6-weeks before the date of your sleepover.

Can I spend the day in the zoo before/after the sleepover?
Full day entry into ZSL London Zoo (on day of departure) is included in your BedBUGS ticket price! The sleepover will finish at 10am on Sunday morning, and you are welcome to spend the rest of day exploring the zoo.

Is there somewhere to store our bags whilst we visit the zoo?
There is a room where you can store your bags after the night of you stay, whilst you visit the zoo, and you can pick them up when you leave.

What dates are the sleepovers running on?

Please visit the Prices and Booking page.

We can only accommodate a maximum of 60 people per sleepover so places are very limited.

We can also run exclusive sleepovers for a fixed fee and your group size would need to be a maximum of 60 people. Please contact us on 0344 225 1826 or Bedbugs@zsl.org to discuss further. We have separate dates for private and public bookings please contact us to discuss your options.

What are the age restrictions?
Sleepovers are aimed at 7-11 year olds. We can be flexible with the upper age, but due to health and safety reasons we are unable to allow anyone younger than 7 years old on the experience.

The accompanying adult must be over the age of 18 years old.

What group sizes are allowed?
The minimum size of a group must is 1 child and 1 adult, although please be aware that this experience is suited to larger groups as some children can find it intimating. We recommend minimum group size of 3 children, plus accompanying adult.

If you are looking to attend with a smaller group, you may be interested in our Lookout Lodge experience at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Please ensure you have at least 1 adult per 5/6 children. The number of adults per group can never exceed the number of children.

What are the sleeping arrangements for boys and girls?
Boys and girls will both sleep within BUGS but they will have separate areas. There are toilets nearby for children to get changed in.

As a general rule female adults may sleep on either side of BUGS however male adults may only sleep on the male side of the building. Please note this rule when deciding which adult will accompany the group. All groups need to have an adult with them throughout the night.

However, we can accommodate a limited number of mixed groups at each sleepover. Please let us know the gender of all participants in your group 14-days before the sleepover, when you receive the 'see you soon' email.

How many adults will be required?
For an all-girl group you will need 1 female adult for every 5-6 children.
For an all-boy group you will need 1 female or male adult for every 5–6 children.
For a mixed sex group you will need 2 female adults or 1 female and 1 male adult for every 5–10 children.

What if the adult accompanying the group is not the parent or legal guardian?
We ask that the parent or legal guardian signs the consent form and the child will need to bring it with them on the night of the sleepover. We are unable to admit participants without a signed consent form. You are welcome to send them back to us before the sleepover if you prefer, it is your responsibility to check we have received them before the sleepover.

What will we do during the event?

Please visit The Experience page.

What do I need to bring with me to the sleepover?

  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Camping mat
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • An evening snack and drink
  • A torch
  • Jacket or heavy jumper for the night tour (if it rains, we will supply the children with waterproof ponchos. Adults will need to bring their own).

We strongly recommend you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value.

  • For health and safety reasons we ask that you do not bring inflatable mattresses or camp beds.

Do we bring pyjamas?
We ask that you bring clothes that you are happy to sleep in whilst bearing in mind that there is always the chance we may need to evacuate the building during the evening if there is an emergency.

In the slightly colder months (September - November), participants may wish to bring an extra blanket or fleece to wear in bed.

Do we bring food with us?
Each person should bring an evening snack and soft drink with them. We suggest that everyone has dinner before arriving at the zoo as the evening break will not be until approximately 20:15pm.

You will be given a simple breakfast in the morning, which usually consists of a croissant, yogurt, cereal, fruit and drink. Breakfast is included in the price.

Are we allowed to bring a birthday cake
You are more than welcome to bring a birthday cake with you, however you are not allowed to use candles. Some groups also bring some party food to have during their break if it is someone's birthday. We also ask that you do not bring party poppers, or anything else that it is likely to create too much of a mess.

Can I bring a child who has additional needs?
Yes, we welcome participants with special needs. Please be aware it is your responsibility to ensure that any child with special needs is capable of getting the most from the events and they are able to cope in an environment with lots of other children. Do let us know if you are planning on bringing along a child or children with special needs and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible.

When do we need to arrive and how do we get there?
Participants will be allowed entry into the zoo for the sleepover at 18.00pm in off peak and 19:00pm in peak times, so please try not to arrive earlier than 5 minutes before the start time as you'll need to wait outside. However, please ensure you are on time as we won’t be able to wait for you as there is a tight schedule.

Please visit zsl.org/visit/London-zoo for directions to the zoo. The nearest tube stations are Camden Town (15 minute walk) or Baker Street (15 minute bus ride on 274). Please note that Regent's Park tube station is a 25-minute walk from the zoo.

Can I drive to the sleepover?
Yes, if you are an accompanying adult participating in the sleepover you are welcome to park in our visitors car park for free.

Once you enter the zoo you will not be allowed to revisit your car until the sleepover finishes at 10.00am.

Will I get any sleep during the night?
Due to the excitement of the evening and the number of people in the room, we cannot guarantee you will get a good night’s sleep. We do encourage groups to keep the noise to a minimum once lights are off.

What are the responsibilities of the accompanying adult?
We require at least 1 adult per 5/6 children. The adult will be responsible for the group throughout the entire event.

They are expected to:

  • Ensure your group adheres to the rules set out in the health and safety briefing
  • Ensure all children in your group are the correct age (between 7-11 years old)
  • Ensure your group keeps together throughout the evening, and keeps up with your host during the tours of the zoo
  • Address the behaviour of children in your group if they are impacting on the enjoyment of other participants
  • Ensure your group doesn’t disturb those who are sleeping, in particular keeping the noise down once the lights are off

What do I need to do if I need to cancel / amend my booking?
If you need to reduce numbers or cancel your booking you must tell us at least 14 days before the date of your visit.
We cannot accept cancellations or reductions in numbers within 14 days of your visit date. You will be asked to pay the full cost of the places you have booked.
You can increase your group number for BedBUGS at any time, provided places are still available.
If you are collecting ticket fees from large groups please bear these booking terms in mind and allow enough time to tell us about any changes in numbers.
We are unable to confirm a booking until full payment has been received.

Will the ZSL staff be CRB checked?
The members of staff who sleep over and facilitate BedBUGS will be CRB-checked and there will be at least 1 first aider onsite at all times.

Any other questions?
Please email us at BedBUGS@zsl.org or call 0344 225 1826