This article will give you some ideas what to do with your kids in Moscow, recommended by the Children in Moscow online guide.
There are plenty of places to visit in Moscow as an adult, but Europe’s largest city is teeming with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, too.
Indoor activities for children in Moscow
A newly renovated multi-level supervised play center with trampolines, slides, video games, and music. Open from 13:00 to 22:00 every day. The entrance fee is RUB 500 per child, RUB 50 roubles per adult. Babysitter and organized entertainment are available. Some of the personnel speak English.
Phone: 915 1106 www.arlecino.ru
This complex has four floors of activities including a multi-story play area, a 3-D cinema, bowling, a real steam train, laser shooting, roller skating, and an evening disco. Entrance is free but there is a fee for each activity varying from RUB 30 to 120. Fun for all ages!
Phone: 349 1310 or 349 1311 www.fpark.ru
An entertainment center for children older than two with a four-story labyrinth, 5D cinema, carousel rides, racing cars, Adrenalin ride, and an indoor roller coaster. Entrance is free; attractions are paid for by using a Happylon card and tokens. Costs per attraction are between RUB 40-300. They also organize parties.
Phone: 788 0708 www.happylon.ru
A children’s club with a multi-level play area and ball pit. The Jungle club also has a bowling area, arcades, snooker/pool tables, and karaoke. There is a Cafe-bar. The costs are between RUB 150-500 per attraction. Opening times are on Monday 13:00-21:00 and from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-21:00.
Phone: 314 7543 www.jungleclub.ru
Theaters and museums for children in Moscow
Performances are on Wednesday & Friday 12h00, 16:00 and 18h00, on Thu 16h00 & 18h00, on Sat & Sun 12h00, 14h00 & 16h00. A performance is around one hour. Tickets can be bought on the spot; the office is open from 11 to 18 daily. The prices are between RUB 200 and 300. Children under six can enter free of charge.
Phone: 8 495 234 3197 www.delfinary.ru
Durov Animal Theater
The theater, founded by Vladimir Durov who believed animals should perform at their leisure. The theater has been a children’s favorite for generations. Booking is recommended. There is also a Museum and the famous Mouse Railway Show in which mice ride on a train made by Durov.
Phone: 971 3047 www.ugolokdurova.ru
Museum of Cosmonautics
If your children are interested in space travel, this is definitely the place to go. It is located under the Space Obelisk (“To the Conquerors of Space”). The museum was renovated and expanded a few years ago and there is enough to see from space food, space suits to lunar landings and satellites. There is also a walk-through spaceship and a life-size model of the MIR space station. Entrance is RUB 100 and taking pictures RUB 200. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 to 18.
Phone: 974 5158 www.russianmuseums.info/M329
Outdoor activities for children in Moscow
This park is great for sledging during wintertime and nice for walks all year round. There are two ponds, and during the summer there are multiple activities available. Spots for volleyball, badminton and rowing are available. There is also a beach area and a possibility to rent bicycles.
Phone: 426 0022 www.bitsevskipark.ru
Gorky Park (Park Kultury)
Gorky Park is a cultural and leisure park including an amusement park. It is very centrally located. Entrance to the park is RUB 80 for adults and 20 for children and there are extra costs for the amusement park and fun fairs. Boating is popular in the summer, and so is ice-skating around the park during the winter. The park is open from 10h00 to 22h00. http://propark.ru/
The Zoo-park is the oldest Zoo in Europe, established in 1864. It’s a zoo combined with a fun fair. The park is large, but usually very crowded at the weekends, especially during the summer. The entrance fee is between RUB 50-150, children under seven can enter for free. The Zoo-park is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00 in winter and from 10h00 to 20h00 in summer.
Phone: 255 6034 www.moscowzoo.ru