For the first time ever, VDNH will be joining Father’s Day celebrations. This holiday has just been introduced in Russia and set (as per Presidential Decree) on the third Sunday in October. This year, the date is 17 October. To celebrate the occasion, Russia’s main exhibition has prepared a range of activities for its guests: guided tours, a lecture and workshops.
If you are fond of learning new things while taking a walk, we are happy to invite you to a free thematic walking tour of VDNH, dedicated to Father’s Day: Men’s Images at VDNH. During the tour, the guests of the exhibition will get to see the most renowned sculptures of male characters at VDNH and learn obscure facts about the male architects, painters, space pilots and other important figures that contributed to VDNH’s history. Meeting with the guide and the beginning of the guided tour: information centre in the Main Entrance Arch. The tours start at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and last for 60 minutes. Guided tour attendance is free by registration in advance.
The Slovo Centre for Slavic Writing offers a special free tour on 17 October: A Good Father Begets a Fine Son. In the old days, men and especially fathers played a predominant role, not just overseeing the everyday affairs, but also shaping the morals of their family and people. Fathers were meant to set an example for the younger generation, which was reflected in countless Russian bylina tales, fairy tales, proverbs and sayings, and historical chronicles. The tour will paint a detailed picture of the traditions and concepts that have been linked to the father’s role since time immemorial. The guided tours start at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
On Father’s Day, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will host a thematic tour titled Space Dads. A cosmonaut’s profession is difficult and dangerous, making it all the more delightful to be reunited with friends and loved ones after a successful space flight. Each cosmonaut has a support circle: people that he thinks about in orbit, people that he misses when he feels homesick, people that he dedicates his flights to. And these people are, first and foremost, his family and children. In fact, Yuri Gagarin, the most famous cosmonaut in history, was a father of two little girls. One of them was just a month old when her dad made his historical space flight. The tour participants will learn about the most famous children of space dads and even find out if some space explorers form whole dynasties. The tours will be offered at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Attendance is free by registration in advance.
Specially for Father’s Day, experts from the Moskvarium Centre of Oceanography and Marine Biology have come up with an all-new thematic tour: Dads of the World Ocean. The centre’s tour guides will explain how the male seahorse bears their offspring, why male arothron fish build sand castles, how the Kamchatka crab performs the mating dance, and what kind of courtship ritual red-eared turtles have. The tour starts at 11 a.m. and lasts for 50 minutes. To sign up for the tour, buy tickets to the Aquarium and call +7(499)677-99-99. Age restrictions: 6+.
All dads will be eligible for a special admission discount at the City Farm on 17 October. The ticket will cost mere RUB 350. The festive programme will also include entertaining workshops, Cocoa Postcards for Your Beloved Dad and Cocoa Pens, where young guests will craft their own postcard out of real cocoa beans and make a pen out of eco-materials. The workshops will run throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The City Farm has a festive quest, too, titled Busy Autumn: at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., the Farm’s guests will help the farmer with the autumn harvest. The Farm will run guided tours at 12, 2 and 6 p.m. and the Strongest Dad contest at 4 p.m.
Robostation has a surprise in store for high-tech fans: all dads who attend the robot show will receive a special memento and a free drink from the robotic bartender. The robot show takes place at 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
Finally, dads will enjoy a 50% ticket discount at the Soyuzmultpark multimedia centre on 17 October. The same centre will also be used as a venue for the Dad of the Year Award Ceremony 2021 on 29 October.