Novosibirsk: Novosibirsk for kids

Novosibirsk Zoo

The Zoo in Novosibirsk is one of the largest in Russia and one of the main city sights. It history started in 1933, when a small activity center for children was organized, where schoolchildren were suppose to learn about animals and to take care of them. In 1950 a real zoo was organized not far from the the place where the Central Market is no situated. The Zoo had 82 species of animals and was well visited, though its general condition was rather poor. The cages were small and uncomfortable for animals and birds, and visitors had difficulties moving around, too. Everyone understood that the new premises was urgently required, but the construction did not start until 1983. It was resolved to arrange the new zoo in the pine and birch forest in the outskirts of the city. The territory was really huge, which ensured comfortable and nature-similar conditions for its residents. In 2005 the last animals and the administrative staff were relocated and the zoo became one of the most favorite places where everyone could easily spend the whole wonderful day amidst green trees.

SPA hotel Borvikha — a place to relax

If you want to relax your body and free your soul from worries and stresses of this world, one of the best places in Novosibirsk, in my very personal view, is Spa Hotel Borvikha with a swimming pool and a complex of saunas.  Just two hours there and you will feel a new  man!

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Novosibirsk Planetarium – not only watching the sky

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If you plan a longer stay in Novosibirsk, and if you are a fan of the sky and stars (and I think everyone is), you have to plan a visit to the Novosibirsk planetarium. You can be sure you will enjoy it immensely.

Open-air railway museum in Novosibirsk

Railway is very important for Novosibirsk. In fact, Novosibirsk appeared thanks to the railway.  In 1891 the Tsar Alexander III and his government decided to build the Transsiberian Railway and a group of engineers was sent to Siberia to find the best place for the railway bridge over the river Ob. At that time there was just a huge forest where Novosibirsk is located now, and a couple of small villages on the left side of the river. Besides, 30 km to the north of the current center of Novosibirsk there was a big town Kolyvan, and the initial plan was to build the bridge there, but the engineers found out that it was not a good idea, and another place was chosen, and in 1896 the bridge was put into operation. Since then the development of Novosibirsk has been driven by the railway.

Playground of paradise in the Siberian capital

As the playground is called 'Eden', here's the text from the Bible. 'On the forst day God created Erath and Heavens...'

Novosibirsk is a good place to live with children. Not only because of the huge zoo, about which I’ll surely write later, but because more and more house territories are getting better and better. Many houses are arranging new playgrounds instead of old ones, which were maily made of heavy iron. One of such playgrounds is not far from where I live, and I realy love it, perhaps even more than my children do, and we are not alone, as the playground is always full of visitors.

It is real paradise, and it is not an exaggeration. ‘Paradise’ is its name, mainly because the playground is arranged on the house territory of a luxurious house called ‘Eden’. The territory is taken good care of. There are roads for bicycles, roller skaters, walkers. There are sculptures, beds of flowers, and even dustbins look like works of arts.

Winter entertainment for the little ones in Novosibirsk

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Winters are long and cold here. But we don’t mind, there’s a lot to do in Novosibirsk in winter, especially with kids. I’m a mother of two boys, aged 4 and 7, who can never sit still, so I know virtually all  places of entertainment in Novosibirsk.

In winter we love going to so-called ‘towns of ice and snow’. In one of my previous posts I’ve written about the festival of such figures, but much more are built for entertainment, not just for admiring.