The place of honour traditionally awarded childhood in Russian culture is reflected in the range and quality of the performance arts aimed at a younger audience. Many forms of entertainment which have elsewhere faded from the limelight are here as popular and prestigious as ever, not least the thriving tradition of circus art. Particularly for younger children, Moscow's theatres offer a number of treats, the talent and originality of which should delight parents equally.
Moscow State Circus
Moscow's famous circus is one of the most obvious destinations for visitors with children, and this celebrated institution is bound to delight young and old.
Durov Animal Theater
This celebrated and unusual theater has delighted generations of Muscovite children with its extraordinary performances starring a variety of four-legged artistes trained using humane methods.
Kuklachev Cat Theater
A similar enterprise to the Durov Theatre, but with a company made up of over 100 performing felines under the direction of celebrated clown Yuri Kuklachev.
Children's Musical Theater
The brainchild of famous producer Natalia Sats, this delightful theatre provides an excellent introduction to opera and ballet for younger viewers.