PERMEATING ISTANBUL WITH PLEASANT EXCITEMENT, RAMADAN THIS YEAR IS AGAIN BRINGING KIDS FUN-FILLED AND COLORFUL DAYS THEY WON’T FORGET.
Ramadan has always been one of the year’s most enjoyable times for children. These days, when efforts are under way to revive the open air shows, shadow puppet plays and traditional entertainments of Ramadans of old, families can spend a delightful month with their kids. Come. Set aside more time for your kids this Ramadan, which is also a month of unity and togetherness, and take part with them in activities that will transport you back to your own childhood.
There’s no doubt that Sultanahmet Square is one of the first spots that springs to everyone’s mind when Ramadan comes to Istanbul. Turning the square into a virtual fairground with the Ramadan festivities it organizes every year, Fatih Municipality brings Ramadan exuberance to Istanbul residents as well as tourists here on a visit. On the square where the fun and games are set up, kids can have their faces painted and watch clowns, shadow puppet shows, acrobats and trapeze artists, as well as savoring the taste of traditional Ottoman taffy and candies.
Turkey’s first giant aquarium inside Forum Istanbul, Europe’s largest shopping mall, Turkuazoo is a fun and exciting alternative for kids. Rather than wandering around as if in a museum, visitors can tour the aquarium in the company of a guide and learn all about the creatures in this giant aquarium with its thousands of living things from sharks to stingrays. What’s more, visitors aged 14 and up can dive with Europe’s biggest sharks in the Ocean Tank. And the underwater shows staged on special days are a good reason to visit Turkuazoo again.
Turkey’s first miniature museum, Miniatürk was launched on the slogan, “Small Model for a Big Country”. This outdoor museum with 1/25 scale models of 126 architectural monuments is a showcase of Turkey with audio guides available in nine different languages: Turkish, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Persian and Japanese. A must-stop for first-time visitors to the city, Miniatürk is ideal for those who want to make a blitz tour of the whole country.
ISTANBUL TOY MUSEUM
Founded by Turkish writer and poet Sunay Akın, the Istanbul Toy Museum has some of the finest examples in the history of toys from the 1700’s to the present. The museum, which welcomes all members of the family, is a venue all three generations will enjoy. As parents embark on a nostalgic journey back to their childhood, children discover the past in an entertaining and memorable way at the Istanbul Toy Museum.