Kiev Children Entertainment Tour, 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: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: Cathy
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 - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
"Cippolino" Children's Restaurant

2) "Cippolino" Children's Restaurant

"Cippolino" Children's Restaurant is located in the building of the Kiev Academic Puppet Show Theatre. Children and adults are free to spend their leisure time quietly and to enjoy not only a delicious meal, but a healthy one -- this being the restaurant's big selling point. The best cooks prepare meals using the most advanced dietary recommendations. Animators dressed in fairytale characters will entertain and induce laughter in the pint-sized visitors.
Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

3) 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

4) 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"

5) 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

6) 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

7) 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

8) 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

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kiev Daily Life

Kiev Daily Life

Kiev is a city with numerous interesting and intriguing places to visit during the day. Some of them are old and preserve hundreds of years of history and some are brand new and modern. Kiev itself is a city full of contradictions, thus making it more interesting.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev is a big city and consequently, the shopping area is a huge one. It is completely on par with other European capitals in the area of malls, shops and markets. Kiev is not only rich in international brands, but it is also a very enticing spot for tourists as it offers numerous works of art, folk accessories and clothes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km

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