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For Kids - Istanbul

Besides sports activities offered by well known clubs, play grounds and sand ponds in the parks or discovering the beauties of Istanbul there are some more activities which may attract your children's attraction.

Recently opened Istanbul Dolphinarium complex offers shows of dolphins, seals whales and walruses as well as the chance to swim with the dolphins.

Şişli Belediyesi Bilim Merkezi is a center in Fulya, built to attract the attention of children to science. Math puzzles, surprising exhibitions, workshops, summer schools and conferences are among the facilities offered.

Eden’s Garden Summer Discovery Camp runs from June 22nd to Agust 28th.   The  camp caters to children ages 1-8, with both half and full day programs. Weekly themes include Ecology, Cooking, Sports, Ceramics, Creative Drama, Recycling, Dance, Consctruction, Bookmaking, and Water fun.  The teachers speak both English and Turkish.

Toy Museum Istanbul is an interesting site both for childrend and adults.

Feshane Children's Entertainment Park has been designed especially for children. After your children have fun in the open-air park, if you still have the energy, take a tour of the nearby market in Feshane (Golden Horn - Eyüp).

For outdoor sports Galatasaray Pony Club offers private lessons and group instruction to young riders.

Istanbul’s first public stationary planetarium “Discovery Sphere” (Keşif Küresi) has been opened at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum on the grounds of Lengerhane.

Pin Club is the only bowling hall in the city, which makes bowling more fun for children

Smartkids is an after-school and weekend enrichment program that offers a complementary developmental opportunity for children between the ages of 4 and 14.

Indoor and outdoor carting rinks are also other alternatives for your children to spend joyous time.

Third Dimension! Digital 3D Cinema, defined as fantastic, surprising, breath-taking, amusing, thrilling and an eye-popping movie experience, in Cinebonus G-Mall Maçka and Cinebonus Kadıköy Nautilus.

Boğaziçi Zoo and Botanic Park is located in Darıca, which is about 40 minutes away from the city center on Ankara highway. The park also has gift shops and a restaurant and attractive not only for your children but for you too.

Yalvaç Abi, is the first children's bookstore in Istanbul. It is at Nişantaşı and offers educational publications for parents, PC games, films and toys too.

The children's plays are mostly staged on Saturdays and Sundays and the program is given in This Weekend in Istanbul section.

The addresses and detailed information on each site is given in our Yellow Pages.

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Latest comments about this article

 By snt  30.9.2009

Hello, I´m helping out some friends to look for a native English Speaker, to talk to a baby (he is almost 1 yr.old) and play with him in English, 3-4 hours each day of the week(except weekends). The baby is an American citizen(born abroad), so the parents want to raise him bilingual. The baby already has a baby-sitter, and there is a cleaner at the house full time too, so this person will only be an ´English conversation buddy´ for the baby. They will pay a salary for this part time job. The job is in Istanbul - Analtolian side. Please contact me at 533-2844764 if you are interested, or email [email protected] Thank you so much!

 By bbk  21.6.2008

Have you also heard about Gymboree Play&Music??I am sure most of the expatriate people have been in Gymboree once somewhere or at least bought a Gymboree outfit. I am taking my kids to Erenkoy branch...They are totally having fun.

 By alyates  10.12.2005

Your website it really great - and would be wonderful in bookform. In Dubai they have the ”Dubai Explorer” which is upgrade and published each year - it is a must have.... Looking at two of your pages - the ”For Kids Istanbul” and the ”Cinemas”... I have two requests : 1. Where you give ideas on places to go and things to do - could you not add some sort of address/detail and phone number. It´s great to know that there are things to do - but if you are new to Istanbul - it means nothing without some sort of directions/contact number/address. 2. With the movie pages - is it not possible to have a link to the relevant cinema - reflecting the current films showing.??´ .... so what about publishing a ”My Merhaba Explorer” ....

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