This weekend we traveled to Kolomna, which is a two-hour train ride from Moscow center. On Saturday, we walked all through the town center, stopping at 3 museums along the way. Kolomna is a relatively wealthy town for the country-side. We were pleasantly surprised to encounter thriving local businesses, bustling shopping malls, and expensive American cars. The town also has a rich history, which it presents to tourists via large monuments, preserved historical buildings and structures, and an array of museums.
A catching aspect of Kolomna's attractions is its array of food tourism spots. One such example is the Kalach bread bakery, which puts on "exhibitions" with actors who walk the audience through the inception of kalach (braided bread) and how it is made. Although I barely understood the text of the presentation (all in Russian, of course), it was a good thing I watched closely when the actors demonstrated how to roll the dough, because one of them snatched me up from the audience to give it a go.
This kind of activity is perfect for anyone from local families to foreign tourists of all age groups. In another shop nearby, actors lead groups through the history of a local confectionery factory that makes preserved fruit candies. Kolomna does a great job of coupling food touring with historical exhibitions in a way that is accessible to all audiences.