Central Children's Store on Lubyanka

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If you stand with your back to the FSB Building, you will see the building of the former central Detsky Mir (Children's world) store, once the largest toy store in the USSR. The building, designed by outstanding architect Alexey Dushkin, was erected in 1957 and became the symbol of Soviet Union's post-war revival. A six-year reconstruction of the store was completed in 2014: the building's main hall has been raised and today it is seven (originally six), stories high, with an observation deck on top. In the hall you can see a huge clock mechanism made by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory Raketa.

The renovated store is called the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka and, apart from toys, it offers its visitors a number of attractions. There is an interactive library and aquarium. It also offers a light show about the history of Russia and an amusement ride called Travel to Mars. The hall dubbed Magic is decorated with stained glass pictures of the old Moscow and the interactive Alice in Wonderland colouring book. The kids and their parents can ascend to the observation deck on the roof, watch a dinosaur show or spend a few hours at Kidburg – children's play area which imitates a real city where kids try out different professions.