Kid-Friendly Moscow Attractions
The Experimentanium museum is more like a playground than an actual scientific museum: every exhibit presented here can be touched. There are six permanent exhibitions: Mechanics, Anatomy, Auto mechanics, Acoustics, Electromagnetism and Optics, as well as around 250 exhibits. All of them will teach you about a different section of physics through a vivid experiment. For instance, you get to generate clouds, see a layout of an eye, get inside an actual truck and find out how an engine works. Not only children, but also their parents are welcome to dive into the world of fun science.
2. Kva-Kva Park
Kva-Kva Park is a great place to have fun. Operating throughout the whole year, this water park combines many modern attractions: water slides, swimming pools with fountains, children's rides, water guns, hot tubs and much more. This will be interesting to people of all ages.
3. Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa History
The Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa History is a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to trace chocolate’s history and evolution in different parts of the world. Who first brought it to Russia? How did it become popular? All of this will be answered in this entertaining journey, carrying you through the veins of history. And of course, you’ll not only see how chocolate is made, but you’ll also have a chance to taste the delicious treats.
4. Moscow Oceanarium
If you and your child enjoy sea life, the Oceanarium in Moscow is the place you should see. Aquarium visitors can enjoy a variety of flora and fauna from around the globe: fish, coral reefs, animals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The main tank boasts a transparent tunnel, giving visitors a chance to observe the life of the underwater inhabitants up close. Animals are also featured in entertaining shows. And at the end of your trip, take a small piece of the Oceanarium home with you by purchasing one of the many available souvenirs.
5. Moscow Planetarium
The Moscow Planetarium will surpass your expectations and create long-lasting memories. The exciting destination is organized into several sections. The Large Star Hall is your chance to travel in time and space, looking at the night sky of Paris, Tokyo and, of course, Moscow. In the Small Star Hall, equipped with a huge dome screen, you can create artificial clouds and tornadoes, generate electrical energy, compose electronic music, take a bike ride in space, find out what your weight is on other planets and participate in various interactive games.
6. Trampoline Centre
The biggest trampoline centre in Europe called “Nevesomost,” meaning “zero gravity” in Russian, and it’s an amazing place for active kids and their parents. Equally fit for both professionals and amateurs in jumping, this centre provides a chance for you to challenge the forces of gravity. When you get tired, there is a special resting zone with a café to help you recharge.
7. The IMax Experience
As the first cinema in Russia that supports the IMAX technology, the cinema in Auchan City boasts a screen the size of a seven-floor building. IMAX technology provides a unique insight into the world of 3D cinematography, allowing you to feel like you are participating in the movie, not just watching it. For those looking to stay closer to the Hotel, there is the “Oktyabr” cinema, located in the city centre, which, although a bit smaller, provides the same level of pleasure and excitement.
8. Moscow Zoo
The Moscow Zoo, located in the city centre, is one of the oldest and the largest zoological garden in Russia. It was founded in 1864. Today, the zoo has a collection of about 8,000 animals. Be sure to visit all individual pavilions, such as the house of birds, monkey house, Exotarium, Sturgeon Aquarium, Terrarium, "Night World" exhibition and the new pavilion "The Wonderful World of Reptiles." Kids will also love the Children’s Zoo, where young visitors have an opportunity to observe hen, sheep, pigs, ponies and other animals. The zoo has a variety of guided tours and talks, which acquaint visitors with a variety of wildlife, the biology of individual species and ecology-related topics.
9. The Nikulin Circus
The Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard is one of the oldest circuses in Russia, founded in 1880. Renamed after the famous clown and circus performer Yuri Nikulin, it features performances with various trained animals, tightrope walkers and trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers and clowns. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour for a chance to see the rehearsal room, animals, the elephant elevator and other interesting things.
10. Moscow Cats Theatre
The Moscow Cats Theatre is the first and the only theatre in the world where all the actors are cats. Popular circus performer Yuri Kuklachev made his first performance with a domestic cat here in February of 1976. At that time, a cat was considered untraininable, but today, more than 100 cats act as acrobatics and tightrope walkers, making for fantastic shows. The theatre, earning worldwide fame, even has a location in Manhattan. The Moscow Cat theatre is a must-see family attraction.
11. Eco Husky Park
The Eco Husky Park not only offers access to beautiful huskeys, but it also provides you with an opportunity to meet the indigenous people of the Far North. Visitors are able to ride on a dog sled, participate in traditional Far North ceremonies, games and competitions, and even take a picture with a real Shaman.