Enjoy the Culture at Lesnoe Ozero

Enhance your language skills with active learning! Play shakhmati with our life size chess set or grab a snack and find a comfortable spot on the beach to enjoy some classic Russian literature. On the soccer field, score a point and hear your friends shout GOOOOLL! At Tretyakovka, our very own artists' workshop, design a matroshka doll or create khokhloma style art.

At Lesnoe Ozero, you'll have plenty of fun activities to try out. You can test dance skills with hopak, the famous Ukrainian dance form that features acrobatic jumps and kicks.  Nature is a fundamental part of Russian culture so enjoy a hike amongst the birch trees or watch Baba Yaga’s swamp fill up with fireflies at night. Explore the works of Tchaikovsky or learn to play the balalaika. Test your culinary skills by cooking blini or satisfy your fascination with the politics of the Russian speaking world during one of our many cultural classes.  You can even hop back in time during one of our historical simulations to Kievan Rus, the Siege of Leningrad or the Mongol Empire.  With staff from all over the Russian-speaking world, we celebrate many diverse cultures.

Russia shares some traditions with the US, so you can also play football or volleyball, and head to the plyazh for some swimming and canoeing. And of course, we end the day with singing by the campfire.

Evening Programs

Our evening programs are the last big adventure of the day! The program may start with a lesson about Russian culture, but suddenly it bursts into an epic game of chance, skill and luck. Sometimes it really does take a village to rescue Vasilisa from Baba Yaga, navigate a scavenger hunt on the Moscow Metro, or help Yuri Gagarin launch into space.

Many games for older villagers have historical or global themes and challenge participants to think about their actions and the consequences they may have. You may play the role of one a disgruntled noble in the time of Alexander II, create a new culture and determine behavioral norms and values with your friends, or become a diplomat negotiating Russia’s trade policy with another Language Village. You may even find yourself peaking behind the Iron Curtain and discussing other walls still to fall in our world.