It’s a recipe for an exciting adventure — mix in a chance to explore the Universe in our new digital Planetarium, a heaping of fun experiments in the Science Gallery, and throw in a giant scoop of fascinating history in the Museum Galleries — all in one evening. Add an evening snack of pizza and juice, along with a mysterious flashlight tour of the darkened Galleries, and you have the recipe for an experience of a lifetime that campers and leaders alike will never forget!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to sleepover?
$40 per child (17 and under). For every five children, one adult is admitted free. Adults over that ratio are charged $40 each. GST is included. Prices are subject to change. A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to confirm a booking. Full payment, as well as detailed group information, is due two weeks before the date of your sleepover.
Who can come?
Youth groups, Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, School Classes, 4H groups, etc. We aim for a minimum of 80 campers and 16 adult supervisors to run a Sleepover.
What if we don’t have 80 children in our group?
Most groups are not large enough on their own, but we can help you reach those minimum numbers by combining groups. Please fill out our online form and submit it to the Sleepover Co-ordinator, or find another group yourself and have them join in!
How do we confirm a Sleepover date?
If you are interested in a Sleepover, please fill out our online form and submit it. You will be contacted regarding potential dates. Once your group, or combinations of groups, reach our minimum attendance requirement, a $400 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your group’s attendance on that particular night. Groups get booked on a first come, first served basis and are NOT confirmed unless the deposit is received by the Co-ordinator. Upon confirmation, a package will be sent to you with forms and information to pass on to parents and adult chaperones.
What if my numbers change?
If your numbers drop and you are no longer able to meet our minimum requirement, or if the numbers you indicated on the online form change significantly, you should let us know right away. There are things we might be able to do with some lead-time, such as match another group up with yours. Without lead-time and without meeting our minimum numbers, groups risk having the event cancelled. To avoid disappointment, keep in regular contact with the Museum on how your numbers are coming along.
When can you sleepover?
Sleepovers usually happen on Friday nights and normally occur between January and June. But we are certainly open to special requests to accommodate your needs on other nights of the week, or other times of year.
What should I bring?
- Sleeping bag and pillow. A sleeping pad/cot/air mattress is optional, although the Museum does not supply an air pump. We ask that campers make every attempt to “double up” on large mattresses to save on space. You will be sleeping in the Science Gallery. Although the floors are carpeted, you will be more comfortable with something under your sleeping bag.
- Campers should wear comfortable clothing for an active program and bring indoor shoes, if they wear boots.
- Campers often change into pajamas for the flashlight tour: please pack regular pajamas or something comfortable like a jogging suit.
- A flashlight is required for children participating in the flashlight tour.
- Toiletries such as a facecloth, small towel, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
- Extra garbage bag for packing up in the morning. (Often they tear and we do not have any to supply to campers)
What shouldn’t I bring?
Due to allergy concerns, outside food and drinks are strictly not allowed at sleepovers, unless there are special dietary concerns. Such concerns need to be approved by the Sleepover Co-ordinator prior to the Sleepover date. Campers are provided with pizza and juice for snack and have an additional juice break during the evening. They are given milk, yogurt tubes, nut-free muffins and fruit for morning snack. While there are vending machines available, we discourage their use. The Museum Shop is not open during a sleepover program. We cannot make change during the evening. Campers and supervising adults should also avoid bringing valuables to the Museum.
When does the program start?
The program starts at 6:30 PM. Children should arrive between 6 and 6:30 PM to allow enough time to put away their gear and get signed in. Note: Campers cannot be left unattended by their parents prior to 6 PM.
When does the program end?
The program ends between 8 and 9 AM the following morning. Campers should be picked up promptly, preferably after 8:30 AM, as gallery spaces are needed for daytime activities. Early pickups can be arranged with the leader of your group.
Who can I contact (in case of emergency)?
If (in an emergency situation only please) you need to reach a camper during the program, Museum Security’s direct line is (204) 988-0677. Also, if you are coming for a sleepover and either running late or need to get in touch with someone at the Museum after office hours, please call Museum Security at the number above.
Is there a refund policy?
The $400 deposit, once confirmed for all groups, is non-refundable. Full payment of all registered campers is due no later than two weeks prior to the Sleepover date and after that point, there are no refunds. If a participant within your group is unable to attend, you may replace that participant with a new person from your group. The Manitoba Museum will accept participant name changes.
What can we snack on?
We serve pizza and juice in the evening and a nutritious, nut-free morning snack. Please note that the pizza snack can be served anytime during the evening rotations, and all campers should have a light dinner before arriving at the Sleepover program. Coffee and tea are also available for adults. Let us know in advance if there are any allergy concerns.
Where can I park?
While The Manitoba Museum does not have its own parking lot (we are tenants of the Manitoba Centennial Centre), there is plenty of parking nearby! Your options are:
- Parking on all the streets surrounding The Museum. It’s free between 5:30 PM and 9:00 AM the following morning. Do NOT leave any valuables in your vehicles. Please not that from Dec. 1 to March 1 there is a Snow Route Parking Ban on most streets surrounding The Museum.
- A paved, outdoor parking lot on Rupert Avenue directly across the street from The Museum entrance, an an outdoor, gravel lot on Pacific Avenue next to Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Both of these are operated by Impark and require a second payment at 6:00 AM.
- Secure, underground parking at the Manitoba Centennial Centre parking lot, entrance off of Lily St. Identify yourself as a Sleepover participant and only pay the full evening rate of $10, if you depart before 9:00 AM the following morning. Please note tht this lot is first-come, first-served and can fill up on nights where multiple events are going on in the vicinity.
Although The Manitoba Museum makes every effort to check information and make parking near our facility accessible to Sleepover participants, those with vehicles are responsible for any costs associated with parking.
How can I register or get more information?
- 2012 sleepover-brochure (Adobe PDF format) the complete information package or submit your information via our online form.
- E-mail our firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call (204) 956-2830 and ask for Sleepover Programs or press 5 when directed.
- Map to our location.
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