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Eight hundred square metres (8,600 sq. ft) of floor space, covered with a scale model of Russia - it is a sight to behold for children and adults alike. The scale model presents a somewhat generalised picture of Russia - although many features, such as the Kremlin, Plesetsk Cosmodrome and the wooden island of Kizhi, are recognisable, the narrative scenes depicting a village with miniature farmers, an archaeological dig or a dance club can be found anywhere in the country. Every 15 minutes, night falls on Russia from east to west. At this point, all of the cars and trains on the roads and railways turn on their lights. Visitors can operate buttons that bring certain mechanisms to life, making the lumberjacks in Siberia fell trees and the cableway in Sochi take skiers up to the top of the mountain.

Ticket office: 10 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
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Upon entering Kidburg, adults lose their rights and responsibilities, while children gain theirs. Each child is given a passport and some local money to invest in his or her education. The child has to decide which profession is right for them and pay for the appropriate course. Then the child goes to work, thinks about his or her career, and learns to count and spend their money. There are many professions to choose from and children are encouraged to switch between them in order to understand the details involved in careers such as postman, doctor, mechanic, pilot, store clerk and farmer. Unlike the real world, one of the best paying professions here is the street cleaner, while one of the most underpaid jobs is as a banker.
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This amusement show only slightly resembles a traditional chamber of horrors. Thirteen rooms present 13 scenes from St. Petersburg’s history and mythology. The real-life stories and myths are so intertwined that it is impossible to understand what actually happened what did not. The spooky atmosphere is created with the help of intricate mechanisms, powerful special effects, wax figures and real actors. Nobody is there to grab visitors’ ankles or spook them from around the corner, but the performances illustrate the horrible fates suffered by various historical and mythological figures and that is enough to bring tears to some eyes.
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Miracle Island is full of attractions for children of all ages. Toddlers can use water to put out a painted fire, operate a helicopter or try and calm down a shivering house. Older kids will enjoy trying out the roles of a fighter robot, a Formula-1 driver or a ghostbuster. The park also has several extreme attractions for the bravest visitors, with names such as Russian Mountains, Strorm, Seventh Sky and Catapult. Things shake, fly and spin around. The park’s food stalls sell toffee apples, candy floss and nuts for the squirrels that can be found in the park, despite all the loud noise and music.

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Rope Park High-rise City is the biggest rope park in Russia. It has 7 tracks - easy, difficult and extreme. The easy track is about 1 metres (3 ft) above the ground, the difficult one is 7 metres (21 ft) high, while the extreme track can reach as high as 10 metres (31 ft) above the ground. Children have to think several steps ahead. Their tasks include getting out of a spider’s web, crossing a hanging bridge, climbing over a vertical wall and using a rope to slide down. If anyone gets stuck or lost, the instructors are there to help. Parents have a choice: they can participate in the race, watch their kids and cheer them on, or enjoy a cup of coffee.
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Two rather creepy amusement shows have been opened at the Alexandrovsky Park, but there is no doubting the fact that children love them. In the wings of Baltiysky Dom Theatre, a nondescript staircase leads to the third floor where you will find a beetle, a scorpion, a praying mantis, an ant and a spider, all the size of an elephant. They click their jaws, move their antennae and twitch their legs. There are several simple interactive exhibits and a real beetle collection on the walls. On the third floor of the Planetarium, you will find Dinosaur Planet. A new tour (free) begins every 30 minutes, and the groups approach the pterodactyl just as a baby pterodactyl hatches from its egg!
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