Filled with icons and onion domes, the Russian capital might not seem like an appealing destination for kids, but you’d be surprised. In Moscow, little people will find museums, parks, theatres and even restaurants that cater especially to them.

Kid-Friendly Museums

Most sights and museums offer reduced-rate tickets for children up to 12 or 18 years of age. Kids younger than five are often free of charge. Look out for family tickets.

  • Art Museums

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative & Folk Art both have educational centres that allow kids aged five to 13 years to create their own art. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art also has programs for kids.

  • Moscow Planetarium

The planetarium has interactive exhibits that allow kids to perform science experiments, taste freeze-dried space food and run around on the surface of the moon.

  • Central Museum of the Armed Forces

You might not let your children play with guns, but how about tanks, trucks and missiles at this museum?

  • Experimentanium

A place for children to discover for themselves the answer to the endless 'Why?'

  • Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Find out what it was like to be a kid in the Soviet Union.

  • VDNKh

This Soviet relic contains countless kid-friendly exhibits, including special sites dedicated to sea creatures, space travel and robots.

Outdoor Fun

Even in winter, there are plenty of chances to get outside for fresh air and exercise.

  • Parks

With over 100 parks and gardens, Moscow has plenty of space for kids to let off steam – many parks include playgrounds. Larger spaces such as Gorky Park and Vorobyovy Gory Nature Preserve rent bicycles, paddle boats and such. The new Park Zaryadye will have plenty of interactive exhibits to capture kids' attention.

  • River Cruises

Most little ones love a boat ride. It's the perfect way for kids to see the historic sights, as there’s no need to fight the crowds or linger too long in one place.

  • Moscow Zoo

Even toddlers will get a kick out of the Moscow Zoo, with close-up encounters with their favourite animals.

Eating Out

Many restaurants host 'children’s parties' on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, offering toys, games, entertainment and supervision for kids while their parents eat.

  • Cafeterias

Self-service places such as Grably are family favourites, as children can see and choose what looks good to them. The dessert selection is also a draw.

  • Pizza

Pizza guarantees good reception, but several outlets of Akademiya also offer children's programming on weekends.

  • Play Areas

Restaurants such as Anderson for Pop and Professor Puf have dedicated play areas for children. At Elardzhi, kids frolic in the courtyard with playground and petting zoo.

Children’s Theatre

Little ones have never had such a range of entertainment choices.

  • Musical Theatre

Local legend Natalya Sats founded the Moscow Children's Musical Theatre to entertain and educate kids with song and dance.

  • Puppet Theatre

Kids will see hundreds of puppets at the Obraztsov Puppet Museum, then see them come to life at the attached theatre.

  • Animal Theatre

Kuklachev's cats and Durov's animals put on a good show for kids of all ages.

  • Circus

The acrobatics will astound and amaze, while clowns and animal tricks will leave them laughing. Choose between two acclaimed circuses: Bolshoi Circus on Vernadskogo and Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Bulvar.

Transport

The metro might be fun for young ones, but be careful during rush hour, when trains and platforms are packed. Both Lingo Taxi and Detskoe Taxi will look out for your children, offering smoke-free cars and child seats upon request.