Out of The Sludge!
While the weather is still unfriendly, especially in the end of the month when the snow slowly starts to melt into a messy mud, take your children to one of Moscow’s rather more unusual theaters for an educational and playful couple of hours.
Dom Skazok Zhili-Byli/ Fairytale House ‘Once upon a time there lived…’
Member of European Association of Children Museums ‘Hands On! Europe’
Prospekt Mira, VVTs, pavilion #8, M. VDNKh. (495) 974 6187, 181 9206, prior booking only: www.domskazok.ru. For children from 4-12 y.o. Daily at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets 200 rubles.
This is a fairy tale house built in Russian style: it has an attic with lots of old stuff, a basement where fairytales live, and a room with a Russian stove (a brick structure which is a heating device, a sleeping place and a cooking stove all in one, and occupies a large part of the room). There are a lot of old household items that children can touch with their own hands. Through games and costume performances, children are introduced to rituals and traditions of different peoples and learn about fairytale writers and artists. There are 6 programs for children of different ages.
18 2nd Parkovaya Ul., M. Izmailovskaya. (495)164 0576, prior booking only. www.domskazok.ru
Interactive theater performances for children 5-12. Daily at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm. Tickets 200 rubles. Here children will learn about Pinoccio, the biography of its authors (Carlo Collodi and Alexey Tolstoy, who adapted the story for Russian readers), meet with its characters, dress in costumes and watch a puppet show. There are 5 programs for different age groups.
All-Russia Museum of Applied and Decorative Art
3 Delegatskaya Ul., M.Suharevskaya, trolleybus #47 to the stop ‘Teatr Kukol Obrazcova” or M. Mayakovskaya, trolleybus 10 to the stop Karetny Ryad. (495) 973 3214, 623 1741, prior booking only. www.vmdpni.ru.
Lessons and excursions for groups of up to 15 children. Special programs for children 3-5 and 5-10. On Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm. 50 rubles for one lesson.
This is the only museum in Russia which displays traditional folk art, Russian lacquers, samovar collections and ornamental casting, jewelry from the 19th – beginning of the 20th century, porcelain and glass from famous Russian factories, propaganda porcelain from 1920’s, original art from modern artists. There are collectors’ items from the 16th century to the beginning of 1990’s. Here children can learn to paint matryoshka or a clay toy, spin a thread, to shape a clay doll or a bird.
58 Leningradskoye Shosse, M. Vodny Stadion, 1st coach from the center
(495) 748 8319, prior booking only.
For children from 5. Timetable and theme of excursions change from time to time, so it is necessary to call them for details. Tickets: 50 rubles for grownups, 190 rubles for children. This is an interactive exhibition of Russian folklore toys staged in a Russianstyle house: children learn about toys produced by various folk crafts, copy ornaments, paint their own clay toys and tell a story about them.
Volshebnaya Lampa (Magic Lamp) Moscow Puppet Theater
9/2 Sretenskii Bulvar, M. Sukharevskaya, Turgenevskaya, Chistiye Prudy
(495) 923 3984, 924 1752
Children are introduced to the best literary works of foreign and Russian writers with the help of a show with puppets, actors and music. One of the shows is called Expedition to the Land of Winnie-The-Pooh. This exhibition and interactive performance is dedicated to 80 years anniversary of ‘Winnie-The-Pooh and the All, All, All’ book by Alan Miln. Visitors can see a map of the magic forest, along with photos of real places presented by Ashdown Forest Nature Reserve (England). Children will go inside the Rabbit’s hole, build a home for Donkey, and exercise in word spelling near Owl’s house. In a space decorated as a living room, visitors can look at photos of Alan Miln, his wife, Christopher Robin and real photos of his toys which later became characters of the fairytale.
Kukolny Dom Puppet Museum
14 Ul. Varvarka, M. Kitay-Gorod (exit towards Rossija Hotel), walk along Kitaygorodskoy Proezd to the 1st right turn, go under the arch in Kitaygorodskaya wall. Behind Kupets restaurant and Matrix club there is an entrance into ‘Kukolny Dom’. (495) 298 5207, a prior request is necessary.
Open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am-6pm, Saturday from noon to 5pm. Tickets for foreigners cost 100 rubles. Exhibition dedicated to 70 years anniversary of Soyuzmultfilm. Soyuzmultfilm studio was created in 1936 in the USSR. Over decades this animation studio produced a large number of stories still loved by many Russian people. This exhibition displays well-known puppets from animations created at different periods of time and thus represent various Soviet epochs.