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Got Kids? Live in Moscow? Have Fun This Weekend For Free

Is anything better than skating around a beautiful rink under the stars and lights for free?

Night on the Rink

On Saturday evening more than ten city parks including Gorky Park, Hermitage Garden, Sokolniki Park and Izamailovo, will open their skating rinks to the public for free from 7 to 11 p.m. If you bring your own skates, the evening won't cost you a kopek.

In the winter park version of the popular night-time events like "night in the museum" and "night of art," the parks will be playing favorite movie music to skate to, with DJs and the unexpected flash mobs. You'll also have a chance to play dress-up with your kids and pose for photographers.

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Master Class in the Italian Kitchen for Kids
Pavel Kuzenetsov

After working up an appetite twirling around the rink all evening on Saturday, on Sunday at 1 p.m., bring your kids to the 21 Food Market on Novy Arbat for a master class in Italian cuisine. With Pizza Mama's chef Natalya Shpakova and Pavel Kuzenetsov, a finalist on the Russian version of the television show Masterchef Junior, kids will put on aprons, roll their sleeves up and get to work at the cutting board and stove.

They will prepare an entire Italian Sunday supper: Pancanela salad, Melfi Pizza, gazpacho with shrimp and basil, and a ricotta and pear tart. As they are chopping, mixing and popping various dishes into the ovens, they'll be entertained by actor Nikolai Tsonku's tales of his travels in Italy. Then kids, chefs, actors, and parents will sit down at a big table and try it all.

This is part of Italian month at The 21 Food Court, an open space with over two dozen stands offering high-end but relatively low-cost food and drink.

Participation for kids over six years old (with functional Russian) is free, but signing up in advance is recommended.

The 21 Food Court. 21 Novy Arbat. Metro Arbatskaya, Smolenskaya. For more information and advance registration, call +7 (495) 691 7787.

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