Even though Moscow lies on 7 hills, there are many more in between. Use them for outdoor activities with your children. Go for a sledge ride! Among more than 100 parks in Moscow, you will surely find one near your home. While having fun, remember always to be careful: the slope shouldn’t lead to a road, and small children shouldn’t be let go on a grade 2 incline! There should be few people around, as they might become unwilling obstacles as your kids yelp for joy.
Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo (2A 5th Voikovskiy Proezd, M. Voikovskaya or Sokol): there are many slopes of various sizes, but most of them are suitable for kids. You can feed ducks in iceholes at one of the 7 ponds. This is a large park; good for a couple of hours of fun.
Losiny Ostrov (1A Poperchny Prosek, M. Sokolniki): there are some gentle slopes in this park, the park itself is one of Moscow’s largest, and is quite beautiful.
Krilatskoye (M.Krilatskoye, Molodyozhnaya, 10-15 minutes walking towards Ul. Krylatskiye Holmy; M. Sokol or Oktyabrskoye Pole, bus #691 or trolleybus #19 to the stop “Krilatskiy Most”): this is a skiing base; it has many slopes, but only a few flat slopes suitable for kids. This is used for extreme winter sport festivals and many times the slopes get full with ski and snowboard riders. But the spectacular view over Moscow is unbeatable.
Filevskiy Park (22 Bolshaya Filevskaya Ul., M. Barationovskaya, Filevskiy Park): this park is near the picturesque banks of theh Moscow river, occupies a large territory, and apart from the slopes, the park offers beautiful alleys and ponds.
Neskuchniy Sad (30 Leninskiy Prospekt, M. Leninskiy Prospekt, Oktyabrskaya): this is one of the oldest parks in the city center. There are a lot of good slopes on the grounds which lead down to the river.
Bitsevskiy Park (Proezd Karamzina, M. Bitsevskiy Park, M Yasenovo, M. Chertanovskaya): this is a huge forest park, its natural beauty still mostly untouched by city pollution, and serves well for a quiet pastime with your children. There are lots of sledges, skis, boots and the rest available in the city’s ‘Detsky Mirs’, they sell the usual gear, but if you want a super-pro sledge, you will probably need to find one in the many Sport shops around town.