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.
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?
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.
This Soviet relic contains countless kid-friendly exhibits, including special sites dedicated to sea creatures, space travel and robots.
Even in winter, there are plenty of chances to get outside for fresh air and exercise.
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.
Many restaurants host 'children’s parties' on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, offering toys, games, entertainment and supervision for kids while their parents eat.
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 guarantees good reception, but several outlets of Akademiya also offer children's programming on weekends.
- Play Areas
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
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.