Spring at VDNKh: open-air dancing and meeting animals

Spring at VDNKh: open-air dancing and meeting animals
This spring, Russia’s main exhibition centre offers lots of ways to spend time and have fun.

Long strolls, meeting animals at the City Farm, checking how strong you are at a roping course, trying equestrian sports, dancing at Ostankino park or fishing at the Fisherman’s Village - there are many ways to celebrate the long-awaited spring season at the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements, or VDNKh.

City Farm  

The City Farm family educational centre is located on the bank of a pond and the river Kamenka. A nearly three-hectare area offers entertainment for children  and adults alike. There are animals in cages, workshops and many outdoor events. There are cows, sheep, goats, donkeys and poultry that can also be patted and stroked. However, you must register in advance. if you want to see a donkey being cleaned. Call +7 (926) 866-87-84

The City Farm holds open days on the Tuesdays and Wednesdays of 14,15,21,22, 28 and 29 March with free admission for all visitors.

The centre is open daily except on Mondays. Working hours are 10:30 am to 7 pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10:30 am to 8pm on weekend and holidays.

Adult tickets start from 200 roubles on weekdays to 300 roubles on weekends and bank holidays. A ticket for children  aged one to four are 100 roubles on weekdays and 150 on weekend and bank holidays. Younger children, group one and two disabled, WWII veterans and those accompanying them are admitted free. Members of families with many children, group three disabled and pensioners can get in for 100 roubles on weekdays and 150 roubles on weekend and bank holidays.

Sky Town roping park

Russia’s largest roping park is located outside the Fitness and Sport Pavilion No 27. You can try doing sports at 15 metres above ground on your own or with a large group of friends. Various obstacles and entertainment elements are present, including an observation deck, a  free running course for children and a gigantic swing.

The roping park has reliable safety equipment and qualified coaches are on hand.

The park is open daily from 10 am to 8pm. The ticket office closes at 8pm.

Tickets start from 600 roubles, and the huge swing has a separate price of 200 roubles or more.

The Fisherman’s Village

If you want to get a feeling like being in the countryside without actually having to leave the city, the Fisherman’s Village is the place to go. You can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, pure water, fishing and the traditional Ukha fish soup cooked over a camp fire. There are sturgeon, sterlet, beluga, catfish, trout, carp, and pike in the local ponds. Luck does not run out here as even amateur fishing aficionados can catch a fish of between 10 to 15 kilograms. The village’s chefs will cook the catch for you and turn it into a meal, or you can simply take it home with you.

Working hours: 9 am – 9 pm. Tickets start from 3.500 roubles.

Equestrian Centre

The equestrian centre is available at Sheep Raising Pavilion No 48. Here you can ride horses, donkeys or ponies. Experienced coaches teach the basics of horse-riding, and various kinds of equestrian sports including show-jumping, dressage, eventing and trick riding.

Guided tours around the stables takes place everyday from 10 am to 20 pm. You can learn all about horse breeding, and the paints and equipment used. You can also get on a pony or see an Akhal-Teke horse. The stable is also home to the pavilion’s symbol: Larisa Palna the sheep.

At the weekends, there are free lectures on horses and brief lessons are held at the riding hall. You can even learn about how a horse can express its emotions.

The centre is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm. A guided tour costs 250 roubles. A pony ride for children costs 300 roubles. A photo session with a horse or a pony starts from 700 roubles, while a riding lesson starts from 1.500 roubles.

Dancing at Ostankino Park

The Ostankino Park invites everyone to discover their skills as a dancer or perhaps just have a great time dancing to popular tunes. At the  dancing ground parties for those aged 50+ take place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 5:30 pm. Admission is free.