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Moscow is full of interesting and unusual places suitable for all the family, whether it's a trip to one of the many parks or playgrounds or an afternoon at the circus. Here is a selection of what Moscow has to offer:

Moscow Zoo

1 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa. M: Barrikadnaya / Krasnopresnenskaya.
Open Tue-Sun 10 - 5.
Children under 12 go free.

Covering a huge area of land close to the city centre, Moscow Zoo is home to around 1000 species including rare Siberian tigers and grey snow leopards. A particular favourite with children are the zoo's Monkey House and Aquarium.

Moscow Dolphinarium

27 Mironovskaya Ulitsa. Metro Semyonovskaya

The Dolphinarium is housed in the Palace of Watersports, built for the 1980 Olympic games. The water show is performed by dolphins from the Black Sea, beluga whales, northern sea lions and South African fur seals. Performances are Wed and Thu at 4pm and 6pm, Fri at 12 noon, 4pm and 6pm, Sat and Sun at 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Moscow for Children. Buran the space ship

Gorky Park

M: Park Kultury, then take trolley bus B to the park entrance or walk along the bridge

Enormous park filled with children's fun fairs, an original Buran spacecraft now open as a "Cosmic Experience for Kids", endless ice skating opportunities in the winter and boat trips in the summer. Read more about Gorky Park.

The Great Moscow State Circus

Pr Vernadskovo, 7 M:Universitet

Started in 1971, this circus is now famous throughout Europe and in many other countries. The auditorium in Moscow is huge and seats over 3,000 people. The highly skilled artistes perform over fifty specialized acts, ranging from clowning, juggling and aerial gymnastics to bear and porcupine training acts. Performances are held at the Great Moscow State Circus on a daily basis with matinees starting at 3pm and evening performances starting at 7pm.

Obraztsov Puppet Theater

3 Sadovaya-Samotechnaya Ulitsa
Metro: Tsvetnoy Boulevard

There are shows for both children and adults, with the matinees being more geared to children.Their repertoire includes versions of The Nutcracker, Aladdin's Magic Lamp, and Mowgli based on The Jungle Book. Performances at 11am, 2pm and 5pm or 6pm

Childhood World

Pavlovskaya st., 18, Metro: Tulskaya

Dedicated children's entertainment centre offering play area, activity calendar, birthday celebrations, cafe and toy shop.

Eating Out with Kids

Many of the restaurants in Moscow are geared towards families, offering children's meals and entertainment such as magicians and clowns. Most of the large international hotels offer a Sunday Brunch with children's meals and entertainment.

If you're interested in finding out more about what to do with children in Moscow, Go Magazine has an excellent Kids section giving all the latest information about activities for children.