Kiev Children Entertainment Tour (Self Guided), Kiev

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.
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Kiev Children Entertainment Tour Map

Guide Name: Kiev Children Entertainment Tour
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Water Museum
  • Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium
  • Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre
  • Cinema "Kinopalace"
  • Mariinsky Park
  • State Museum Of Toys
  • Museum of the Toilet History
Water Museum

1) Water Museum

The Water Museum is an educational, as well as entertaining, institution which holds exhibitions dedicated entirely to the problem of water. Housed in a 130 year old water tower, the museum highlights all the aspects of water application, and is divided into seven zones. The first zone is devoted to surface water, water pollution and Earth’s water resources. The second zone deals with the underground water. The third zone outlines the phases through which water passes before it reaches end consumers, whereas the fourth zone tackles the problem of water management. The fifth zone exhibits toilets, basins and cisterns, as well as a basic urban sewage system. The museum's sixth zone tells about waste water and the process of its purification, whilst the seventh zone outlines different types of natural water available to man: rain, waterfall, rivers, geysers, etc. One of the key attractions in the museum is the soap bubble room where visitors can entertain themselves by blowing huge soap bubbles of different colours.

The museum was opened in 2003 and is suitable for all ages.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

2) Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

The Lobanovsky (formerly “Dynamo”) Stadium is a home ground of prominent Dynamo Kiev football club. In 2002 it was named after the club's long-time manager, celebrated Ukrainian coach, Valery Lobanovsky. The stadium was built in 1934 and over the years has hosted an enormous number of national and international fixtures: cups, championships, friendlies, etc. During World War II, the stadium was reduced to ruin after several bombs exploded in its vicinity, seriously damaging the structure. In 1956, the stadium was reconstructed and all its facilities and administrative buildings refurbished. In the 1990s, another reconstruction took place, this time to transform the multi-sport arena into a football-only stadium. Originally, apart from a football pitch, it had athletic tracks, tennis courts, basketball courts, gyms and pools. The 1990s plan had the athletic tracks removed and the pitch enlarged to 100 by 75 metres in order to meet the UEFA standard. In 2001, a new fitness suite and a 25 metre pool were added. Today, the stadium seats over 16,000 spectators and has 29 sectors. In accordance with the latest reconstruction plan, by 2012 FIFA World Cup the stadium should have 30,000 seats.
Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre

3) Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre

The Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre is the oldest of the two puppet theatres in Kiev. It was founded in 1927, stemming from the Young Spectator’s Theatre. In 1929, the puppet branch grew completely independent from its “parent” organisation and launched a solo programme. Its first location was the former Rote Fane cinema. Then, from 1936 to 1955, the theatre occupied premises of the current House of Actor, after which it moved into the Choral Synagogue where remained until 1997. Following that, for eight years, the Academic Puppet Show Theatre had travelled from on place to another, searching for a suitable stage until, in 2005, a fairytale, castle-like venue was purposely built for it. Apart from a stage, inside this building is also a children café and an exhibition of puppets brought from all over the world.

The vast majority of the puppets employed in the theatre have been in service since its early days, back in the 1920s, and are undisputed favourites of the audience. There also have been new “cast members” added over the years, and the theatre's repertoire has changed significantly as well to attract adult audience.
Cinema "Kinopalace"

4) Cinema "Kinopalace"

Cinema "Kinopalace" was opened in May, 1998. It has a hall with 295 seats and a pop-corn and cocktail cafe - "Kinocolada". The cinema is equipped with modern installations and hosts the world's best premieres. The children get certain perks, like discounts and lotteries on certain days. The personnel of the cinema is very amicable, this being a pleasant addition to its already fine qualities.
Mariinsky Park

5) Mariinsky Park (must see)

Mariinsky Park is one of the largest green spaces in Kiev, venerated by many as the city's “soul.” The 8.9 hectare English-style park was commissioned in 1874 by Maria Alexandrovna, spouse of Emperor Alexander II, on a former military ground, and was laid out by O.G. Nedzelskiy. Later, shrubs and ornamental trees had been planted all over the territory. Some of them have survived WWII and can still be admired in the park. During 1918-1920, the place was used as a memorial ground for those who died during the 1917 Revolution. Many revolutionaries were buried in the park, in a mass grave.

Nowadays, the Mariinsky covers 10.7 hectares and is a home to many tourist attractions and prominent places, like the Mariinksy Palace, Water Museum, Dynamo Stadium, Kiev State Puppet Theatre, and the “Friendship of Peoples” monument. Abundant marble sculptures, statues and monuments line the park's alleys, each with its own story and significance.

The park also contains a favourite lovers' spot – a bridge decorated with hanging locks, love messages and colourful ribbons, left by sweethearts as a token of their love and affection.
State Museum Of Toys

6) State Museum Of Toys

The idea of having a museum of toys in Kiev originated in 1933, when the municipal authorities searched for a place in the city to house the collection of toys so popular in those days. In 1936, the first toy exhibition opened in Kiev, although, because of the strained political situation, caused by the looming World War II, the museum project had to be abandoned. Some of the toys were destroyed during the war and many of the country's toy factories ceased production until 1946. On November 16th, 2003, the Museum of Toys opened its doors to the public for the first time. It contains over 10,000 exhibits garnered throughout a 70 year period. Straw puppets, feather toys and figurines with the face of Stalin, Soviet tanks, teddy bears, celluloid figurines, clockwork animals and all sorts of dolls are put on display here.

The exhibits are arranged in three main halls. The first hall displays handmade dolls, inspired by Ukrainian fairytales; the second hall features Ukrainian traditional dolls, and the third one outlines the history of Ukrainian toy-making. The oldest toy on display is the doll created in 1930, and the most peculiar ones are the deer figurines made of cheese.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5:45 pm
Museum of the Toilet History

7) Museum of the Toilet History

The Museum of Toilet History is by far one of the most unusual institutions in Kiev. Although in many other countries the toilet issue has been a regular, if not dominant, part of local culture, the former USSR always considered, for some reason, that sitting on a toilet was too intimate a part of human life and, thus, must be hidden from the prying eyes of advanced democracies. The main idea of this museum is to show people how wonderful it is to discuss toilets, study their evolution throughout the history of mankind, and even make them the focal point of widespread humour.

The Museum of Toilet History is located in a former fortress, built in 1833. The tower took 13 years to build and was later used as a deposit for military supplies.

Founded in 2007, the museum is split into sections, progressing from elementary night pots to Victorian closets, first WCs, through to the present day closets made of hi-tech materials, including some of the latest innovations in the field. Souvenirs, miniature WCs, pictures, explanatory toilet papers and even poems on the topic are all found inside this wonderful museum. Among the most outstanding exhibits visitors will see a medieval tower drain, a urinal with guillotine, and the toilet facilities made of gold!

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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