What To Do With Kids In Istanbul

Rahmi M. Koç Museum | © Rahil Rupawala/Flickr
Rahmi M. Koç Museum | © Rahil Rupawala/Flickr
Photo of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
9 February 2017

The city of Istanbul is renowned as a vibrant and bustling metropolis, revealing Turkey’s rich historical, culinary and cultural heritage. However, Istanbul is not only a city for the seasoned traveler – there is a host of child-friendly activities waiting to be discovered. We bring you our top picks for fun days out with the kids, including a world-famous aquarium, unmissable theme parks, and even a special concierge service tailored for families!

Istanbul Aquarium

One of the biggest public aquariums in the world, the famous Istanbul Aquarium boasts 64 tanks and thousands of species of marine life – more than enough to impress both kids and parents! This fascinating display is accompanied by a range of unforgettable attractions, such as an interactive walking trail that stretches 1.2 kilometers, a 5D movie theater, gift shops and multiple restaurant areas. As if all that isn’t enough, the aquarium even features its very own rainforest, which covers an astonishing 1,000 square meters.

Istanbul Aquarium, Şenlikköy Mahallesi, Yeşilköy Halkalı Cadessi No: 93, Florya, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 574 21 35

Rahmi Koç Museum

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Exhibiting the private collection of Rahmi M. Koç, a famous, self-made Turkish businessman, this museum has an excellent collection of antique steam engines, boats, cars, locomotives, submarines, planes, and much more. It is also conveniently located next to the Golden Horn, Turkey’s historic trading harbor, making for a child-friendly day out in this lively area of the city.


You can easily spend a whole day at Vialand, enjoying over 24 different rides, which include everything from classic carousels and roller coasters to adventurous safari tunnels. With its own movie theaters, souvenir shops and restaurants, Vialand is also a great place for a children’s birthday party.

Vialand, Yeşilpınar Mahallesi, Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 850 210 85 63

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Istanbul Toy Museum

There’s something distinctly nostalgic about the Istanbul Toy Museum, beginning with the baroque villa that houses it. You’ll find elaborate displays resembling theater stages, which are filled with more than 4,000 beautiful antique toys collected from all over the world. Promising a trip down memory lane for parents, as well as a great day out for kids, this museum is a must-see attraction.

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All of Turkey’s major sights can be visited at once at Miniatürk, where more than 120 miniature, lifelike models make visitors feel like giants walking in the country of Lilliput. From ancient Ephesus to the Istanbul of the Ottoman era, and even the famous stone houses of Mardin, no attraction has been left out of this amazing mini-universe.

Miniatürk, Sütlüce Mahallesi, İmrahor Cadessi , Sütlüce, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 222 28 82

The Naval Museum

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Established in 1897 and recently renovated, The Naval Museum pays respect to the maritime legacy of the Ottoman era, as well as the Turkish Republic. Inside, you’ll find a large collection of imperial caïques(small fishing boats), figureheads, naval ship ornaments, historic ship models, and pieces of the Byzantine chain that was used to block the entry of enemy ships into the Golden Horn.

Hotel Momcierge

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Founded by a Turkish-American mother and travel writer, the innovative Hotel Momcierge provides multilingual babysitters, rental equipment for babies and children, airport transfers, family tour guides, and even photographers for families traveling in Istanbul. Hotel Momcierge’s motto is ‘giving parents a break’ and, seeing as it has partnered with over 50 hotels around Istanbul and Bodrum, it’s easy to see how this great resource can offer traveling parents some much-needed help and relaxation!