VDNH visitors are in for a busy event programme on 1 June, Child Protection Day

29 may 2021

VDNH will be offering numerous events in celebration of Child Protection Day on 1 June. Young visitors will have a chance to learn to paint virtual pictures, play streetball, take junior cosmonaut training or attend creative workshops of their choosing. The thematic programme targets children of different ages.

'The museum sites and VDNH residents will make sure the day is packed with events. Robostation, Doll Museum and City Farm are each preparing their own thing. The VDNH Museum, Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre and Slovo Centre will be offering free admission for visitors under the age of 18 in addition to their special event programme', said Deputy Mayor of Moscow Natalia Sergunina.

All face-to-face events at VDNH will follow the applicable sanitary prescriptions. Visitors are expected to observe social distancing and use personal protective equipment.

The Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will be offering a game-based quest tour for preschoolers aged five to seven at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The kids get to go on a space mission and learn about spaceships, Yuri Gagarin's space flight and planets of the Solar system during their flight. Older children (age seven to 10) will be doing their own quest tour at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., getting enrolled in the Junior Cosmonauts School. Every player will get a mapped itinerary and assignments to complete together with the tour guide. The kids will find out what makes a real cosmonaut, how a spaceship works, and will try their hand at designing a spacesuit. The tours are free by prior registration.

At Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Slovo Centre for Slavic Writing will welcome children aged six or older to an exciting tour entitled Novgorod's Legend: The Boy Named Onfim about the little author of birch bark manuscripts and drawings who lived in the 13th century. Visitors will find out how the young Novgorodian became a symbol of old Russian literacy, and what schooling was like back in those days. Attendance is free by registration. The interactive show for children and their parents A Happy Indian or a Responsible Child will play at 6 p.m. in the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion. The play is based on a children's poetry book by Vera Polozkova. Prior registration is required.

Workshops in VR painting will be offered from Noon to 8 p.m. in front of Pavilion No. 57. Young visitors will get to feel like real artists painting three-dimensional pictures. Attendance is by prior registration. An exciting musical game, JustDance, is in store for those who love dancing. Players will compete for the most accurate repetition of virtual dancers' movements. Follow the link to register. Meanwhile, the site next door will be offering master classes in martial arts at exactly the same time. A boxing ring and some punching bags will be set up. The classes will be taught by masters and professional coaches in aikido, boxing, Thai boxing and crossfit. Click this link to get class schedule and register.

Small children aged three to six are welcome to attend master classes or compete in a run-bike (no-pedal bike) race on Industry Square. The children will be assisted by experienced instructors, who will also take care of safety. Link to registration. For older kids, a streetball playing area will be appointed between Pavilion No. 64 and the food court. Two basketball units will be set up and the court will be marked. Professional coaches will explain how to play, teach how to dribble, shoot, defend and assist, whereupon the participants will be able to hone their skills in action. Attendance is by prior registration.

Admission to the Doll Museum will be free for visitors under the age of 14. The theme tour Russian History in Dolls will be offered here at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., introducing visitors to the designer doll collection by Olina Ventzel. Olina crafted all her porcelain exhibits manually, creating painstakingly elaborate costume details and using old-school sewing techniques. Call to sign up for the tour.

City Farm has prepared a special programme featuring creative workshops, a quest adventure and educational tours for young VDNH visitors. A Park of Crafts resident, the school of confectionery excellence (Pavilion No. 47) invites children aged six to 12 to benefit from free workshops in coloured glaze painting on cookies, available at Noon and 3 p.m. Call the school's number to sign up.

Robostation will be offering an entertainment programme on Child Protection Day, featuring a cryo-show with free ice cream, a soap bubble show and a themed DJ set. The Oil Museum will be offering free quest games for children on the Neftegrad playground at 11 a.m. The Apiculture Eco Centre will be offering its own workshop for children aged nine or older at 3 p.m. Call the centre's number to sign up.

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