The Mystery of the Palace Snowman and Cartoon Carnival: winter holiday entertainment for kids

The Mystery of the Palace Snowman and Cartoon Carnival: winter holiday entertainment for kids
A Winter Quest at the Kuskovo estate museum, a New Year Party at Boyar Golovin’s in Lefortovo and Father Frost’s Chocolate Palace at the Solntsevo art centre are the most interesting winter holiday events recommends for children and their parents.

The Kuskovo estate museum at 2 Yunosti Street is offering a new programme, Winter Quest, through 28 February. Contestants need not just knowledge but also quick wits in order to answer sophisticated questions as a guide accompanies them about the regular garden. All children will receive souvenirs after the excursion.

A journey through time, How Muscovites Saw in the New Year, welcomes children on 10-30 December at the Museum of Moscow, 2 Zubovsky Boulevard, 10 a.m. They will learn about festive traditions, look for hidden artefacts and guess their practical use, and decorate a Christmas tree. A tea party and a circle-dance crown the event.

The Discovery Sheet quest, to be held on 4 and 5 January at the Archaeology Museum, at 1A Manezhnaya Square, starts at 10 a.m. Each participant will receive a sheet of paper with a coded word, which cannot be deciphered until you find the exhibit specified in the key to the code. There are 12 problems in the quest, in total.

Participants of the Mystery of the Palace Snowman quest will learn about how Catherine the Great’s palace was built at Tsaritsyno, what New Year traditions existed in Russia in the past, and much more. Winter Fairy will help them to find a missing hero. Older children, between the ages of eight and ten, will solve the Mystery of the New Year Chest. The quests are held at 1 Dolskaya Street from 14 December through 14 January at 11 a.m., 12.30, 2 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.

The Stone Age New Year quest at the Darwin Museum, at 57 Vavilova Street, takes children back in time hundreds of centuries. They will learn how primitive people looked, what they did to survive in their harsh times, how wild beasts behaved, how to tell edible herbs from poisonous ones, and how to build a fire with crude wooden tools with the help of amulet bracelets they will make themselves. The quests are held from 27 December through 7 January at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Solntsevo art centre, at 44 Bogdanova Street, will hold a workshop, Father Frost’s Chocolate Palace, at 5 p.m. on 3 January to share children's favourite treat and teach them to make chocolate sculptures, from birds and beasts to palatial buildings.

The Avant-garde Centre at the Na Shabolovke Gallery, at 24 Serpukhovsky Val Street, Bldg. 2, is preparing the Constructivism for Children exhibition, which will run through the winter holidays. Games of the 1920s will be re-created on 24 and 27 December and on 4 and 6 January.

On 5 January at 2 p.m., the Izmailovo Gallery, at 4 Izmailovsky Proyezd, holds a freezelight cartoon workshop to teach simple but interesting techniques: people stand before a long-exposure camera, making drawings with torches in the air, thereby producing a still with incredibly original figures in vivid colours. It takes several such stills to make a cartoon.

At another workshop, at 1 p.m. on 7 January, the gallery staff will share how to develop and print analogue photographs.

A manuscript bookmaking workshop opens at 1 p.m. on 4 January at the Sergei Yesenin Museum, at 24 Bolshoi Strochenovsky Pereulok, Bldg. 2.

Techno-Frame at the Southeast, at 6 12th Novokuzminskaya Street, Bldg. 2, will hold a cartoon making workshop at 11 a.m. on 5 January, where children will shoot a film with a cast of paper dolls that they will make.

The Multimedia Art Museum at 16 Ostozhenka Street will hold the Cartoon Carnival and We Learn Gift-Making workshops every day of the winter holidays. The New Year’s Lights workshop, on 4 January, Felt Surprises, on 5 January and Masquerade, on 6 January, teach how to make pictures and collages out of odds and ends.

Plays and pageants

The Lefortovo History Museum, at 23 Kryukovskaya Street, will hold a New Year Party at Boyar Golovin’s from 13-31 December and from 11-22 January to tell about Christmas and New Year customs before and after the time of Peter the Great, and will elect a Bean King.

Unique experiments will be staged at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Krylatskoye, 7 Ostrovnaya Street, during the stage production, The Mystery of Planet Z. The most intelligent children on earth, a mischievous boy named I and a quiet girl named Q, work at a laboratory in Veliky Ustyug, the home town of Father Frost, designing the Enigma super computer to assist him. The good wizard vanishes one day. I and Q solve many riddles with the audience’s help to find him. The show begins at noon and 5 p.m. on 26 December.

A musical, The Mystery of the Bewitched Mirror, will be performed at the Meridian culture and art centre, at 61 Profsoyuznaya Street, on 2, 3 and 4 January. The main character, a little girl named Masha, is tired of old tales and asks her friends Bear, Hedgehog and Owl to make a new story.

The Fashion Museum at Gostiny Dvor, 4 Ilyinka Street, holds the Fashionable Christmas Tree interactive game at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. from 2 through 8 January to offer children a retrospective of fashionable styles.