The idea of this article arose by itself – right after I had a daughter. Here it is – get acquainted.
This is Alice and she is almost 3 years old in this photo.
During the New Year holidays, we went around plus or minus all the popular children's centers in Minsk. And we decided to make a big rating of our favorite places. There will be prices, estimates, addresses and simple tips on how to save money on a visit. The concept is simple, like the songs of Olga Buzova. But I have never seen anything so thorough and detailed in the baynet. I think you will be interested.
Yetis and children
One of my favorite children's centers in Minsk, so let's start with it. There is a lot of everything – a trampoline arena, and game labyrinths, and a dry pool with fish. I also really liked that there are separate areas for children of different ages. Some build castles from cubes, others run along some kind of suspension bridges. There is a separate area with game consoles, so you can come here even with children of senior school age.
In short, a very cool place. Game center “Yeti and children”, as a young Keanu Reeves. I really don't know who wouldn't like it.
Address: Pritytskogo, 156 (Green City shopping center). Not far from the Kamennaya Gorka metro station.
Price: 12.60 – 13.80 BYN per hour ( depending on the day of the week).
Our score: 4.5 out of 5.
Experimentus and Quantum
In Warsaw there is the Copernicus Science Center – a kind of modern museum of physics, biology and other sciences. Once upon a time, I was completely in awe of him. If you have never been there, you can read about it in this article.
Why am I telling all this? The thing is that a few years ago something similar appeared in our country too. There are two such museums at once – Quantum (in the Titan shopping center) and Experimentus (in the Palazzo shopping center). I liked the first one better. But this is just my subjective opinion. According to the general concept, they are extremely similar.
In both centers, the essence of various physical processes is explained to children in a playful way. Magnetism, the law of energy transfer … The idea is just great. But the implementation could have been better.
Our score: 3 out of 5.
Prices: 12-16 rubles (depending on age and day of the week).
See details on websites < em>kvantumminsk.by and expirimentus.by.
Gorky Park and Minsk Planetarium
Immediately I'll say: I don't like this park itself. He is old and sad, like Eeyore. You can come here in winter only to run after squirrels.
Things are better in the summer. Carousels, a Ferris wheel work in the park, and the air is filled with the captivating aromas of barbecue and cotton candy. But I wouldn't expect anything special from him. Park and park.
Our rating: 1 out of 5. It really struck me only in 1995, when I was 6 years old, and Minsk was completely different from what it is today.
But there is one place in Gorky Park that I would like to highlight in particular. I'm talking about Minsk Planetarium.
I have been there twice. Once on a date with his wife, and the second – already with his daughter. It's also pretty old on its own. But he still has some special charm.
For adults, films about space are played there. And for children, they organize special shows of cartoons on a large domed screen. There are planets, stars and all sorts of mice that go on a rocket to look at the moon.
The session lasts 45 minutes: half an hour cartoon – and 15 more stories about constellations and space. Alice and I didn't sit through the last part. But my daughter was delighted with the cartoon. Stars were shown on the big dome, and she asked me: “Dad! Are we flying somewhere?
Our rating: 3 out of 5. Good value for money.
Site< /em>: planetarium.by (here is a poster and more detailed information).
Address: Frunze street, 2, Gorky Park, metro station “Ploschad Pobedy”.
Price: 6 BYN. Children under 4 are free.
Everything you need to know about it is already in its name. This is a railway, and children work there as conductors. The train makes a circle – and returns to the starting point. And on this, as it were … everything. I don't even know why it exists.
You can only go here except for a cool model of the railway, which stands in the building of the local ticket office (you can look at it for free).
Or a small driver's cab simulator, where for 1.7 BYN you can practice driving a train. But that's all for sure.
Address: 86 Independence Avenue, Moskovskaya metro station.
Our rating: 0 out of 5. Paying 5 rubles to look out the window at the Park Chelyuskintsev residential complex is so-so pleasure. For half the amount, you can take a regular train to Zaslavl (go with your children to the Museum of Forest Mythology, and at the same time look at the remains of the local castle).
For more information about Zaslavl and what he is good for, read the link below.
Mir and Nesvizh castles
Continuing the theme of trips, I will say a few words about them too… Two castles covered in legends about ghosts. I think in such places it will be interesting for both adults and children. Climb the towers, try on knightly armor, and at the same time see two of the most popular sights of Belarus.
Excursions to Nesvizh and Mir cost 90-100 BYN. You can read all the details and book a seat on the bus here. It's quite a bit to drive there.
Below I will also post two articles with a detailed story on how to get to Nesvizh and Mir on your own. With children, it will not be so convenient. But I think this information will also be of interest to many.
- How to get to Nesvizh from Minsk: 4 best ways
- How to get to Mir Castle? 2 options to choose from
Lebyazhy and Freestyle water parks
As far as I remember, there are only 2 large water parks in Minsk. “Swan” — more, but it is located on the outskirts of the city, not far from the Minsk Arena, so getting there is not so easy. But Freestyle is located almost in the very center – a 5-minute walk from the Akademiya Nauk metro station.
And here and there – there are slides, swimming pools, spa centers, bath complexes and other entertainment. And in both water parks there are often some special show programs for children. I don’t promise you Santa Claus in swimming trunks, but it’s quite possible to get to the water disco with the Puppy Patrol.
See details on the websites of water parks:
- waterpark .by
- and free-style.by
Prices. Here, be very careful. Both water parks have a conditional price X, and it is quite impressive. BUT (!) Each of them almost constantly has some kind of promotion. Therefore, this same X price can easily be reduced by 10, 20, 50, or even 90 percent.
You can find discount coupons on the Slivki.by website. And both water parks have some partner companies. For example, the Freestyle water park has been cooperating with Green stores for a long time, so promo coupons were often handed out directly at the box office. And Lebyazhy still provides a 20% discount for all BSB-Bank cardholders. I repeat once again: there are a lot of such actions. Just before the trip, check out the website of the water park you need and see what promotion you can really tune into. /h3>
Sandbox. Photo from the project website.
These are three different places, but the essence is the same. Old factory buildings are being overgrown with street food trucks; graffiti appears on the walls, and the proletarian spirit is replaced by hipster vibes. There are quite a lot of such sites in modern Minsk. Therefore, each of them comes up with their own show program and tries to somehow stand out. In the evening – live music and film screenings in the open air. And during the day – different entertainments for children.
This is how, for example, the program “Sandboxes” looked on the eve of the winter holidays.
There are Puppy Patrol, neon shows, and elves with Santa Claus. And most importantly, everything is free.
Addresses: Kuibysheva, 45 (Sandbox); Independence, 45 (Best Street); Kulman, 1 (Lidbir yard).
Where can I see the program of events for a particular day? On the website sbox.by, as well as on Instagram projects @lidbeerdvor and @luchshaya_ulitsa.
The best street. Photo from my Instagram.
Who suits? Basically… Everyone. The main thing is to carefully look through the program and choose what interests you more.
Our rating: 3 out of 5.
Hero Park Trampoline Center
Another former factory building, now converted into a sports and game center. In December, I trampled all the snowdrifts until I found him. But it was worth it. There are trampolines, and a climbing wall, and “pools” with foam rubber cubes.
To be honest … My daughter is 3 years old, so she did not appreciate the trampolines and most of the time she just lay somewhere among the soft cubes. But I jumped there, like young Bilan at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Our rating: 4 out of 5. In general, the Hero Park trampoline center is a very cool place. Although it also has a few important disadvantages.
First, you need to register before visiting. Groups are launched into certain slots (one jumps from 12 to 13, the other from 13 to 14, and so on). Therefore, you simply cannot come when you have to.
Secondly, school groups often visit this center. And if you meet them, they will push you and trample you like a herd of rabid antelopes.
And thirdly, this trampoline center is just hard to find. It is a 10-minute walk from the metro station “Academy of Sciences” — in the yards behind this building.
You need to go around it, pass the parking lot, and then turn into one of the patios. In the photo below, I will mark it with an arrow.
When you know what to look for, getting there is much easier.
Address< /u>: Surganova, 26; there are also trampoline centers at Nemiga and near the Petrovshchina metro station.
Price: 8-14 BYN. Children under 4 years old – free of charge.
See details on the website: heropark.by.
Museum of Nature
Inexpensive, but very small museum with stuffed animals from different parts of Belarus. My daughter was bored here, but I myself had quite pleasant impressions of him. It's definitely worth its 5 bucks. So if you pass by, you can pop in here for 15 minutes.
There are bears, moose, wolves and many other animals for glass stands. I do not promise you a hurricane of fun here, but it all looks quite informative. In my opinion, this is definitely better than the children's railway.
Price: 5 BYN.
Address: Karla Marksa, 15. Not far from the Kupalovskaya metro station.
The most popular national park in Belarus. There are bison, moose, pancakes and the residence of the Belarusian Father Frost. I think this is a great set for a trip with a child. In winter, you can go sledding there. In summer – on bicycles.
Excursions to Belovezhskaya Pushcha from Minsk cost 100-120 BYN. You will be brought, brought, fed with lunch, and on the way back they will also show you the famous fortress in Brest. You can see all the details and book a seat on the bus here.
I also have a separate article on how to organize such a trip on your own. The link to it will be below. But first, my selfie with the bison.
An ethnographic village near Minsk. If you come to Minsk in the warm season, I highly recommend visiting it. It's just a cannon, a bomb, a fireball.
Drive goats, eat freshly baked bread, ride a wagon and see how straw dolls are made.
I liked that, unlike ordinary museums, Dudutki is a very contact place. You go to the cheese factory – you try fresh cheese. I wandered into the forge – here's a hammer for you – “Go, forge yourself a coin.” For adults, there are free tastings of tinctures. But most of the entertainment here is still aimed at children.
< u>Our rating: 5 out of 5.
The main disadvantagethere is only one: getting here by public transport is quite difficult. There is bus 323, which departs from the Central Bus Station. But he rarely travels. And it gets canceled quite often. Therefore, it is best to go to Dudutki with a guided tour. You can see the schedule and prices here.
Yes, I know. Doesn't sound childish at all. But I wanted to show what a creative and non-trivial person I am. If your child loves cars, consider this option too. There are huge dump trucks the size of a 5-story building. You can climb on them. And for an additional fee, even ride.
For a long time BelAZ-75710 was included in the Guinness Book of Records and was considered the largest car in the world! Seeing these giant metal dinosaurs with your own eyes is simply an unforgettable experience.
Our rating: 4 out of 5. Cool, but only if you love cars.
Price: 50 BYN for a child, 60 BYN for an adult. At the end of the tour, all children are given toy cars. You can see all the details and sign up for a tour here.
Another representative of the Guinness Book of Records. I didn't know it myself, but it turned out that the world's largest private Lego collection is located in Minsk. And she even has her own museum, almost 500 square meters in size. But it's more for adults. And for children, there are special Las Legas play centers in several parts of the city at once. We were in the mall “Dana Mall”. Therefore, everything that I write here primarily concerns it.
For the smallest children, there is a Lego Duplo zone (this is the same constructor, but with larger cubes). For the older kids, there's a small cinema, consoles, a human-sized castle and, of course, a lot of classic Lego.
Our assessment: 3 out of 5 or even a little more. Connoisseurs of the Danish designer will be delighted. But my Alice took it quite calmly. Lego and Lego. Probably, this is still for older children.
- Museum – Pobediteley Avenue 133a.< /li>
- Game centers – Dana Mall shopping center (Vostok metro station), Palazzo shopping center and Diamond City shopping center.
Dana shopping center Mall
We live next to it, so I want to say a few words about this shopping center separately. In addition to Las Legas, there are a lot of different entertainments for children. There is a huge dinosaur in the Funtastic store…
And on the top floor there is a large entertainment center “Karamelka”. I do not like him. It always seemed to me too bright, too blinking and too tight. But my opinion is, of course, not the ultimate truth. So you can give it a try.
And in Dana Mall, in honor of major holidays, they hardly arrange not the best installations in Minsk. Here is a look at what the Christmas photo zone looked like in 2022.
A whole town with animated toys, flying Santa Claus and a magic engine.
I don't even want to be ironic here. It seems to me that this is a real masterpiece.
I have a double impression of this place. The creators of the Cat Museum help homeless animals. And I have a lot of respect for them. But as a place for leisure with children, I cannot recommend it. Well… only if you've never seen a cat before.
The museum itself is paintings, figurines and various cat-themed souvenirs. In the same room there is a small cat cafe and about 20 cats (whose composition changes from time to time, like the Via Gra group).
Worth a visit? Yes – if you want to help stray cats or prescribe one of them in your home. But as a place for leisure with children, I would choose another place.
Our rating: no rating.
Ticket price: 10-12 BYN (the price includes hot drinks and sweets).
Other children's centers with an emphasis on different animals
I have not been everywhere, so they will also remain unrated today. I just want to tell you what Minsk has:
- Dinosaur Park;
- Contact zoo “Enotia Country”;
- And next to the city (about half an hour from the ring) there is a park “Snezhnaya veveya” with many husky dogs.
If someone was there – write in the comments about your impressions. I'll read it with pleasure.
How to save on tickets and where to look for discounts?
At the end of the article are some useful tips for the most persistent readers who were able to read this text to the end. So…
1. Slivki.by. We go to the site, buy a promotional coupon and get a discount. Where does this trick work? In the Hero Park trampoline center, in both water parks, in the Las Legos playrooms, in the Experimentus Museum, as well as in other children's centers that place their discount offers on this site. Here are some examples below…
2. Subscribe to Instagram and get a 10% discount. Who does he work with? With Lebyazhy water park.
3. Subscribe to the mailing list and save 5% of the cost of excursions. You can do this using the following window, as in the example below.
At the moment, this focus works on the Sputnik 8 website. There are a lot of interesting excursions around Minsk and other parts of Belarus.
4. Another one-size-fits-all savings tip is to go to all these child care centers on weekday mornings. There will be fewer people and prices will be lower. Check the exact information on those sites that I indicated above. And while I say goodbye. I hope my article helped you decide on your plans and decide where to go in Minsk with a child.