Kids are always full of energy, and the task of their parents is to channel this energy in the right direction. Where to go and what to do with kids in Ukraine to have fun and to learn new things in Odesa, Kyiv or Lviv? Fortunately, the cities of Ukraine offer plenty of exciting entertainment options for families with children of any age. All useful hints in our article below!
Museums for Kids
While many children find regular museums a bit boring, they will surely enjoy exhibitions made especially for kids. For example, if you wonder where to go with children in Kyiv, you might consider visiting State Museum of Toys (8, Klovsky Descent). The exhibition includes toys from different historical periods, and some of them are more than 100 years old! Here children will see more than 10 000 dolls, bears, trains and rare cars.
Museum of Water in Kyiv (1v, Grushevskogo street) is another good educational and at the same time exciting option for children. The museum location is quite symbolic: it is placed in an old water tower. In the Museum of water, kids will learn mysteries of artesian well, get into a big soap bubble, watch melting of ice-chests and birth of a rain, see a giant water closet and make a real thunder! The exhibition items here are not hidden behind the glass. On the contrary, all of them are open for experiments!
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As for entertainment for children in Odesa, there is a great option to pay a visit to Museum of Interesting Science (4e, Shevchenko avenue). The museum exposition has more than 1 000 interactive items from the world of science. Kids are welcome to create a cloud or a thunder, to construct a pedestrian bridge without a single nail, to watch exciting optical illusions and to hear unusual acoustic effects. The museum also offers visiting planetarium.
While looking for the best activities for children in Lviv, do not miss Secret Pharmacy on 1, Soborna square – an interactive museum, where children will meet lion pharmacist, listen to stories about alchemists, see happiness pills and taste magic liquors. Excursions are available in English, German and Polish languages.
Communicating with Animals: Zoo, Oceanarium, Dolphinarium
Watching and communicating with different animals is one of the favorite activities for children, and Ukraine offers wide variety of places for it. The main zoo of Ukrainian capital, located at the address 32, Peremogy avenue, is one of the largest zoological parks in Europe and the largest in Ukraine. It was founded more than 100 years ago. The territory of the zoo embraces more than 34 hectares. Here children will see more than 360 kinds of animals, birds and reptiles from the whole world.
In “12 month” zoo, located near Kyiv at the address 79, Verbova street, Demydiv, families with kids will see many rare animals such as white lions, Bengal tigers, pumas and lynxes, Polar wolves, Kamchatka bears and other. Kids will surely enjoy feeding giraffes, rhinoceros and camels as well as having dinner in a real Disney castle.
Those who are interested in wonders of underwater life should surely go to Kyiv oceanarium on 3, Malyshka street. Here visitors will see numerous colorful fishes, crabs, octopus and other unusual ocean dwellers. Guests of oceanarium are welcome to see feeding of sharks, crocodiles, piranhas and turtles.
Odesa does not have its own zoo, but it offers visiting a dolphinarium and having fun with the smartest animals on Earth. Nemo dolphinarium, located at the address 25, Lanzheron beach, is a big modern complex uniting dolphinarium, dolphin therapy center and oceanarium.
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Having fun in water is always a good decision! If you are staying with kids in Kyiv, Lviv or Odesa and searching for the best activities for children, you are welcome to modern water parks. The largest aqua park of Kyiv, called Dream Island, is also considered as one of the biggest roofed water parks on the territory of Europe. Apart from its dimensions, Dream Island impresses with unusual concept of the lost world: here visitors will see prehistoric island with blue lagoons, dinosaurs, ancient plants and rapid streams. The address of Dream Island is Obolonsky avenue 21b, Dream Town 2.
Plyazh (“Beach”) water park in Lviv, located at the address 114, Knyagyni Olgy street, is one of the biggest water parks in Western Ukraine, offering both amusement rides and health-improving activities.
Odessa aqua park on the 7th kilometer of Ovidiopol road welcomes everyone during warm season to enjoy water slides, wave pool, “slow river” and play area for kids.
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Open-Air Folk History Museums
Talking about options for children entertainment in Kyiv and Lviv that combine both education and fun, we cannot skip visiting open-air folk culture and history museums. Let`s start with the Museum of National Architecture and Life of Ukraine called Pyrogovo – the largest open-air museum on the territory of Europe.
Here the examples of architecture and authentic household items inside the buildings and in the yards are situated in natural geographic conditions. The exhibition items from all regions of Ukraine create atmosphere of a real old Ukrainian village. Besides, here visitors can taste dishes of national cuisine and buy thematic souvenirs. Pyrogovo museum is located on Akademika Tronko street in Kyiv.
Kyiv Rus park in Kopachev village near Kyiv reconstructs the atmosphere of ancient Kyiv of the V-XIII centuries. The park is located in a historically significant place mentioned in chronicles. The city is surrounded by powerful defense structures: a 1.5-km earth wall, a deep ditch and a gate with watchtowers. Inside the reconstructed city visitors can see the Court yard, homesteads of Kyivans, craftsmen`s shops, fair with interesting souvenirs and many other. Kyiv Rus park often hosts different festive events.
Shevchenkyvskyy Hay park in Lviv is an open-air ethnographic complex in a forested area in the eastern part of the city, presenting unique architectural showpieces and valuable household items of Western Ukraine folk life. Address: Lviv, Chernecha Gora street.
Watching Planets and Stars: Planetarium or Observatory
Kyiv planetarium gives an opportunity to see the wonders of the open space: constellations, planets, comets and galaxies. The sessions include videos, lectures, descriptions, digital slides. The visitors are also invited to watch unique spherical movies. Some programs are shown in English and French. Address of Kyiv planetarium is 57/3, Velyka Vasylkivska street.
Wondering where to go with children to see stars in Lviv and Odesa? Apart from the planetarium in the Museum of Interesting Science in Odesa (4e, Shevchenko avenue), the city has its own observatory located at the address 1v, Marazlievska street. As for Lviv, the address of Lviv Astronomic Observatory of Ivan Franko National University is 8a, Kyryla i Mefodiya street.
It is wonderful to explore the most interesting places of Ukraine together with children, sharing their excitement and having lots of fun together.
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