Folk Games

We invite all our guests to get familiar with some traditional Russian folk game and participate in competitions. The winners will get prizes and will be announced.

 Gorodki (Russian: Городки, townlets) is an ancient Russian Folk game that is a few hundred years old. This game has been mentioned in fairy tales, ancient legends, and the records of the time of ancient Russia. This game became a part of the Russian culture. As an outdoor activity that demanded the players to have some athletic strength, be dexterous, well-aimed, and have good coordination, Gorodki game had gained popularity as a game for all ages, because of its simple rules, that is easy to understand for adult and children. The popularity of this game had spread to Karelia, Finland, Sweden, Ingria, Lithuania and Estonia. The game as it existed prior to 1923 had no rules. It was organized into a legitimate sport and its rules codified by 1923, when the first All-Soviet-Union competition was held. In 1928 Gorodki became an event at the first All-Union Olympiad. Traditionally Gorodki was a folk game. The historic facts tell us that it was played by such Russian historical figures as emperors Peter I, Nickolas II, Generalissimus Alexander Suvorov, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin, as well as cultural luminaries like  a Nobel Prize winner, academician Ivan Pavlov, geneticist NIkolay Timofeev-Ressovsky, famous singer Feodor Shalyapin, music critic and composer Vladimir Stasov, the classics of the world literature Leo Tolstoy, Maksim Gorky, and others.  The aim of the game is to knock out groups of skittles arranged in five townlets by throwing a bat at them from a predetermined distance. The skittles, or pins, are called Gorodki (literally little cities or townlets), and the square zone in which they are arranged is called the Gorod (city).The game consists of 15 figures. The correct configuration and sequence in which the figures are arranged are shown below:  









Machine gun installation




Shooting gallery



Gorodki competition will be held as a simple version of the game with the simplified rules. The competition will be held in different age groups. The players with the highest scores will win prizes.


Klassiki (Russian: Классики, classes. English: Hopscotch) Classiki is a popular children’s game which can be played with several players or alone. This game is popular among the girls of the school age. The rules of the game are very simple. The first player tosses the marker into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square, without touching a line or bouncing out. The player then hops through the course, and picks up the marker on the way backs. Single squares must be hopped on one foot. For the first single square, either foot may be used. Side by side squares are straddled, with the left foot landing in the left square, and the right foot landing in the right square. Upon successfully completing the sequence, the player continues the turn by tossing the marker into square number two, and repeating the pattern. If, while hopping through the court in either direction, the player steps on a line, misses a square, or loses balance, the turn ends. Players begin their turns where they last left off. The first player to complete one course for every numbered square on the court wins the game. Generations of children have enjoyed the fitness, endurance and co-ordination benefits of Klassiki.

Arkan(Lasso) Lassos are part of North of Siberian culture where the throwing of a lasso, for example, on deer horns was the important professional skill for nationalities like Chukchi, Koryak, Ukageer and Itelmen. Traditional games or games-competitions would have throwing of a lasso on a trochee in competitive conditions (who will make exact throws more), a throwing of a lasso on players (“deers”) running on a play platform. Children games would have throwing of the truncated lasso on socks of sledge, on branches of trees, on the little stakes specially hammered into the ground, on suspended on a cord block, etc. 

We will have some more games and competitions and different activities for kids and their parents.