Warning: Post is Photo-heavy
One of our favorite family trips so far is our trip to Russia. We were so surprised that there are a lot of things and sights to see even for very small children. Honestly, we were quite hesitant to take this trip since we were thinking it wasn’t really a destination for small kids, but we were wrong. The weather was perfect (except for days when it rained a bit) – it was not too cold for Mika to freeze nor too warm for Mia and Michael to get itchy rashes. I’d wait for the day that we come back to beautiful Russia!
Here are some of the places we’ve visited on our trip, hope you enjoy our photos!
It was a huge park where the kids can run free, enjoy rides, lounge on huge plush outdoor pillows or eat ice cream by the bench. My girls definitely enjoyed strolling around this park. The weather was lovely and a lot of family were out exploring the day we were there. I wish one day, we’d have similar parks like this here so families will have a better option than going to crowded malls!
St Basil’s Cathedral
Michael and I agree that this has got to be the most beautiful edifice we have seen in our entire life (sorry Golden Gate Bridge). We have never seen anything like, or even close to it. Colourful with exquisite details, it’s just picture-perfect. We did not go all the way up the tower, the passage ways were dark and tiny, so the kids were a little bit scared. There is an entrance fee to go inside – you have to buy tickets outside.
Another family-friendly park which had more attractions for smaller kids compared to Gorky park – they had family bikes and small electric cars for rent, bouncy castles and other fun activities for kids. This is a bit farther from other tourist spots though, so you really need to go out of your way to visit this fun park.
Hamley’s in Moscow is not as huge as the one in London but it was comparable – it also felt more modern less cramped, livelier and brighter than World of Toys in London. The building was beautiful, with very interesting designs (check out the clock!)
This one has got to be my favourite things that we explored on this trip- I wanted to go down and explore each station! It was amazing!
Each station has their own impressive feature – it may be the exquisite patterns on the posts, the colourful ceilings or the art pieces that. you can see around. We used the Metro a lot and we didn’t mind the long walks underground – there were sights to see, and if we we’re lucky we’d hear musicians playing classical music.
Places around the Kremlin: Alexander Park, Bolshoi Theatre, the Red Square
This is one of the most touristy areas – a lot of people taking pictures, walking and going around. For our smaller kids, the buildings were not as interesting so we just briskly walked. WE did not go inside any of the museums because we read that it’s not as child-friendly, maybe we’ll try when they are much older. We watched the changing of the guards (Mia did not like it as much as the changing of the guards in London), wandered around then went back to Hamley’s (oh well.)
WE did not forget to buy Matryoshkas in this trip – keychains, dolls, and tumblers with this distinct Russian doll were all over the city. We also brought home Russian chocolates, Ushanka, ref magnets, and other lovely trinkets for our families and friends.
We flew via Emirates, which was great – we consider it the most child-friendly airline for us so far, and stayed at the Intercontinental Moscow in Tverskaya. We missed a lot of other places – like space museums, churches, and other parks, we didn’t get to see ballet, or a piano concert – so we definitely WANT go back!