What are some family-friendly weekend activities in Moscow?

I have little cousins that I entertain (probably less than I should) and some of our favorite places are:

Gorky Park  for bike rental, art, culture, and food
The Patriarch’s Ponds neighborhood, which has lots of cafes and a nice playground next to the pond.
Sokolniki Park, a vibrant place with restaurants and food stands and sports facilities.
The GUM shopping center on the Red Square for their  luxuriously appointed movie theaters, including a dedicated children’s one! Don’t miss out on the classic GUM ice cream cone.
The Experimentanium Museum, which is about science and experiments, very hands-on and interactive. Great gift shop, too!
The Autoville for car lovers, vintage beauties from private collections are on permanent display. They have a nice cafe, as well.


Originally published on June 14th, 2014

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