Not everyone can survive the long slushy Moscow winter and not fall into depression. The best way to combat blues and despondency is walking and outdoor activities. Fortunately, there are many ways to have fun with the whole family without leaving the city. Here are just a few of them.
Skating rinks have been and remain one of the most popular winter pastime for Muscovites. Today they can be found in almost all squares and courtyards of the capital, and you can ride for your own pleasure without leaving the district. However, for really vivid impressions and convenient infrastructure, it is better to go to the main sites of the city.
For example, to the skating rink at VDNKh – the largest ice rink in Russia, where 4,500 people can skate at the same time. On Fridays, dance master classes are held here, and on weekends – contests, active games and even morning exercises on skates. The skating rink in the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, which this year is decorated in the style of street art, is almost not inferior to it in size. In addition to the main ice rink, the park also has a children’s skating rink, a separate dance and hockey zone. Well, the title of the most popular skating rink traditionally goes to the skating rink at GUM from year to year. A truly festive atmosphere awaits you here, a magnificent view of the brightly decorated Red Square and impeccable ice cover, but there is one drawback – the queues.
This exciting but safe winter fun will impress children and adults alike. The largest tubing track in the capital – as much as 200 meters – is The Gorka in Sokolniki Park. Unfortunately, it is too extreme for children, so kids under five years old are not allowed on it, and children from 5 to 12 can only ride with an adult. For recreation with the whole family, the slide in the Muzeon Park is more suitable, the lower slope of which is intended for preschoolers, and the upper one for older children and adults. Please note that the slide works only in sub-zero temperatures, and on Mondays it is closed for maintenance. Quite good slides can also be found in Filevsky Park, Kuzminki Park and on Vorobyovy Hills near the Palace of Pioneers.
3. Ice and snow towns
If active leisure does not attract you very much, but you still want to have fun with the whole family on the street, then your option is winter mini-towns and installations in parks. The largest ice composition in the city will be installed in Victory Park, on December 29 the project “Ice Moscow. In the family”. In the center of the composition will be placed a 40-meter copy of the Moscow Kremlin made of ice, surrounded by a cascade of hills, made in the form of attractions of different Russian cities. Izmailovsky Park already has an interactive winter playground for children and adults called the Forest of Miracles with tubing slides, LED installations and dog sledding. And in Perovsky Park a school of snow sculptures has opened, where experienced craftsmen will teach everyone to create and paint sculptures from snow with special paints.
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