The city continues to host the Times and Epochs festival at 30 different places, with its interactive programme delighting many people in Moscow. Up until 22 August, those attending the event will be able to visit various historical epochs from the Stone Age to the second half of the 20th century.
Young visitors will not be disappointed either as they will get a chance to play with old toys and try their luck at a shooting gallery. They will also be able to watch episodes from the life of Vikings, peek inside a Scythian shack or an Indian wigwam, attend a ball and stay at an ancient Russian farm.
Toy catapult and life-size mammoth
Toys from various epochs are displayed in Novopushkinsky Garden. A medieval catapult is the main attraction here, shooting cannonballs at a multi-colour toy-brick wall and demolishing it.
Children together with their parents can travel to the Stone Age on Petrovsky Boulevard, posing for a photo with an authentic-looking life-size mammoth and a wooly rhinoceros. They will also get a chance to make friends with primitive savages, visit their home, learn how to make a bonfire using five different methods without matches, lambast prehistoric animals at a shooting gallery, hurl a javelin using a spear-thrower and ride a Bronze Age chariot.
Jousting, ancient wars and 800 toy soldiers
Boys should go to Pushkinskaya Square now hosting jousting matches between knights. A festival site dealing with Ancient Rus, located on Chistoprudny Boulevard, will be the place not to avoid if it’s Russian knights you want to see. Boys over 12 years old will be invited to join a medieval prince’s private army, take part in a quiz and test their agility and dexterity. Those passing such jolly tests will receive certificates stating that their bearers are tough soldiers straight from the Dark Ages.
The Ancient Wars site on Pokrovsky Boulevard will be the place where breathtaking battles between Greek hoplites and Roman legionaries will be fought. Children will find a sandpit with toy soldiers here and there will be an exhibition of ancient weapons and armour.
The Defence of Sevastopol site on Sretensky Boulevard features an impressive panorama of the 1854 Battle of Balaclava with over 800 brass soldiers.
Going to India and floor games
The Indian Raja’s Residence near the Karl Marx monument on Revolution Square provides an insight into old measures of length and weight. It will be possible to weigh goods and play floor games here. Children will experience a real adventure, traveling to India under the guidance of a shady-looking merchant, making their fortunes and coming back unharmed. They will be taken prisoner, experience a delay en route and repel a robber attack.
The Herodotus’s Scythia site at 8 Pokrovsky Boulevard offers a floor game called Gold-Guarding Griffins. The participants should side with an ancient tribe, setting out, finding gold that belongs to the griffins, avoiding all dangers, outsmarting other rivals and returning to their home city. They can also shoot with a bow and arrow plus hurl a javelin here.
Magnificent proms and mysterious manuscripts
People can visit the German Principality of Luneburg, also referred to as Celle, at 18 Pokrovsky Boulevard, attending splendid balls and admiring delightful costumes and dancers’ smooth movements.
Mysterious manuscripts will be displayed on Kamergersky Pereulok now accommodating a medieval university. Exotic machines are expected to fascinate visitors, and 15th century alchemy experiments will be reenacted.
Reenactors posing as Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Army will show off their sheep, chickens as well as geese on Tverskoi Boulevard. Their counterparts will do the same on Chistoprudny Boulevard, playing the part of our 10th century ancestors.