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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Hear it From a Parrot

"Paulie" (1998) at the Pushkinsky Hall at the Rossia Movie Theater, 2 Pushkin Square, tel. 229-2111, nearest metro: Pushkinskaya.

See this touching and funny film about Paulie the parrot, who tells his life story throughout the movie. Paulie's ability to talk is both an advantage and disadvantage, and eventually makes him search the country for his first beloved owner, a girl named Mary.

The film premiers Friday at 3 p.m. About an hour before the show, kids will be entertained by circus performers, clowns, games and an exhibit of live exotic cats and parrots.

Starting Saturday, the movie will be shown in Russian at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Tickets cost 50 rubles for adults and 25 for kids.

Moscow on Horseback

Equestrian Sports Complex "Bitsa," 33 Balaklavsky Prospekt, tel. 318-5744/5860, nearest metro: Chertanovskaya, Kaluzhskaya.

Take some classes or master your equestrian skills in a wooded park on the outskirts of Moscow. Riders can either study in a group or take individual lessons. Smaller children might want to learn by riding on a pony first.

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Ten group lessons cost up to 340 rubles for children, and up to 400 rubles for adults, depending on skill level. Individual lessons cost 100 to 150 rubles an hour for adults, 90 rubles for children.

Moscow Over the Years

Moscow History Museum, 12 Novaya Ploshchad, tel. 924-8490, nearest metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lubyanka.

Though the World Youth Games have already receded into history themselves, an exposition devoted to them -- "Greece: The origin of the Olympic Games" -- is still running. Works of Greek and other European artists depict Athens and show the evolution of sports.

The museum also has exhibits on Moscow's medieval history, as well as on more recent eras. Visit this popular museum before hordes of schoolchildren descend on it.

Museum hours: open Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., other days (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 6 rubles for adults, 2 rubles for children.

Gorky Park Turns 75

Gorky Park, 9 Krymsky Val, tel. 237-0707, nearest metro: Park Kultury.

Gorky Park, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, still boasts attractions for children of all ages. Those who prefer more sedate activities can stroll in the dark shadows of century-old trees ontheir way to Neskuchny Sad. Adventure-seekers might want to take a walk on the wild side by visiting Luna Park and enjoying some of the hair-raising rides.

General admission to the park is 10 rubles for adults and 5 rubles for kids. Luna Park is open only on weekends, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets for a two-hour stint in the park cost 85 rubles for adults, 75 for children.

Soccer Finals

The "Leather Ball" Games at Moskvich Stadium, 42 Volgogradsky Prospekt, nearest metro: Tekstilshchiki.

The opening ceremony of the final games of this traditional all-Russia youth soccer tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the games themselves. Competitions for 13- and 14-year-olds will start at 1:30 p.m.; for 11- and 12-year-olds at 3:35 p.m.; and for 9- and 10-year-olds at 5:15 p.m. Stunt men and clowns will be on hand to entertain visitors, who can also participate in a lottery for surprises and gifts.

Admission is free. For more information, call Oksana Prilipko at 258-1731/-33.