If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were ever to visit Moscow, I could easily imagine them spending an afternoon with their kids at the Hermitage Gardens. This place would easily qualify as a celebrity hang-out – it may not be that big, but it is very cool.
The gardens have an extensive programme of events from dance classes and film screenings to concerts and children’s festivals, but even if there isn’t anything on, it is worth taking the kids because the playground is fabulous (and big). It has a lot of equipment for children of all ages including some interesting things that I haven’t seen anywhere else. I don’t know what the official term is for this spider’s web but it was great for bouncing on and both my kids returned to play on it several times while we were there.
This is also the first playground I have seen with something musical to play with. This xylophone made a beautiful sound and kept both children engaged for quite some time. It was great to watch them doing something very different to the normal slide, swings and sand pit (although you can find those at the Hermitage Gardens too!).
As an added bonus there is also a little train that goes round the park (200 roubles each) which Beanie-boy was thrilled about. Having a ride on it turned our trip to the gardens into quite a special day out.
If you want to get something to eat there are some nice looking cafes and stylish street food vendors – in particular I was sorely tempted to try the food at Ploveberry (tag line: “All you need is Plov”) but we’d brought a picnic so that will have to wait till next time.
PS: There are toilets at the park and you can find information about upcoming events on the Hermitage Gardens website www.mosgorsad.ru The Gardens are located at Ulitsa Karetnyy Ryad and you can find it on my map here.