Activities for children are on offer at the Russkij Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome until the 31 December.

Children over three years old can listen to traditional Russian fables at the Ludoteca "Lupus in Fabula". For information and booking tel. 0627800523. Five year olds and over can be introduced to chess using a life sized chess-board at the "Serra". For older children and adults on Saturday afternoons there is the possibility of playing chess with a champion who will play against up to 20 players simultaneously.

A 600 sqm ice-skating rink has been installed outside the concert halls at the auditorium, and it will remain open to the public until 6 February. For information tel 063208666. Young artists from the Moscow Circus on ice "Aleko" will be giving performances from 17 - 31 December. Entry is free but booking is required. For information tel. 0680241281.

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Coubertin, Rome.