Sofia with Kids: Muzeiko
For Easter holiday break we choose Bulgaria and it did not dissapoint. I have done an itinerary which included a bit of nature, city life and relaxation. Sofia is a great starting point as it is very well connected and availability of public transport is great. To get acquainted with the capital of Bulgaria we walked the streets and tried local food, but my daughter can only enjoy walking so much. So on our second day in Sofia we planned to see children interactive museum Muzeiko, which is very easily reached from the centre by metro. It is only a few metro stops and once you get out of the metro the path to the museum is well signposted, so we did not get lost.
The building looks great and if it is nice weather you can enjoy the climbing wall outside or a small playground. Or maybe a coffee and a fresh air on the cafe terrace- I loved the cafe, as it was full of light and space!
Right at the entrance you will encounter the Iconic Tree , which is a phantasmagorical creation and even adults will be fascinated by it. You spin the wheel and it sends a ball on a complicated journey!
Once we got to the museum, I was slightly worried that we would not be able to read about the exhibits, but that was not necessary. Majority of the exhibits include English translations as well and where there were none, we just had to use your imagination!
The museum is split into 3 levels and there is something always going on, whether it is demonstrations or special talks. You can check the timetable in advance of your visit on the museum website. I also thought that the size of the museum was perfect, as it was not too large that you felt you did not see half of the stuff and not too small, so it was possible to bring push chairs with you and be comfortable going around.
The themes range from natural environment, space, paleontology and archaeology, build and make space and urban environments.
Letitia loved most of all the section on cities and nature: information is presented in a playful format, and there are a ton of activities, that kids can do. For example, we tried to operate the digger, have a go at constructing earthquake resistant buildings and growing plants on the screen, using either organic method or a fertiliser.
I would recommend allocating 2-3 hours to see majority of the museum, as we were during the weekday so it was quiet, but if you are going on a weekend, I suspect there might be some waiting time to get to some of the exhibits.
There is a fantastic soft play area for little ones, they really made this museum comfortable for all ages. We did not use it, but we saw plenty of babies having the time of their life. If your baby does not want to stay inside the soft play area, they can always crawl and touch different exhibits- the museum actively encourages you to do so!
While we were there, there was a demonstration with soap and colours. Workshop leaders are inclusive and encourage everyone to take part. They speak Bulgarian, but it was no problem to understand what was going on.
There was also an exhibition on Black Sea Map and Letitia had a go at wearing Virtual Reality glasses. It was funny to watch her trying to touch the walls and walking in a weird pattern. This was part of a temporary exhibition, which will probably change couple of times per year to keep regular visitors a little bit more entertained.
I felt this was a fantastic place where both small kids and older ones can be easily entertained and educated at the same time. As a bonus, you also have a playground, which can be used even after museum closing time, so go on knock yourself out!
Our visit was hosted by Muzeiko but all opinions are my own.