Turkey offers many opportunities and fun holidays for families travelling with children. You can enjoy all kinds of child-friendly opportunities such as educational trips and amusement parks to accommodation which provide child-friendly entertainment. One of the national bank holidays is the “National Sovereignty and Children’s Day” is celebrated on 23 April each year and children from all over the world are invited to take part in festivals across Turkey. Children are a big part of daily life in Turkey and everywhere is child-friendly. You can make a travel plan which involves places specifically designed for children and families so that you can fully enjoy a family vacation and explore Turkey’s beauty.


Places to go in Istanbul which are fun and educational for children include Aquarium, Miniatürk, the Rahmi Koc Museum and the Toy Museum. These venues are free for children in certain age groups and the Istanbul Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the country with more than 1500 different species. An industrial museum, the Rahmi Koc Museum offers excitement, education and fun for children with its displays of cars, planes and submarines. The Toy Museum is an interesting exhibition of children’s toys from different cultures throughout history. The Butterfly Farm, Forestanbul, the Belgrade Forest and the Beykoz Woods are ideal choices to take a nature trip with children.


There are many places in Istanbul to visit for family-friendly amusement such as Vialand, KidZania and the Cevahir Shopping Mall. At Vialand you can participate in different activities with your children and also enjoy 4D movies. Meanwhile, at KidZania your children can enjoy themselves while learning skills and discovering their talents with supervised activities where they can role-play various professions. At the Cevahir Shopping Mall, there are lots of amusements from rollercoaster trains to exciting machines providing hours of fun for the family. In addition to these amusement centers, there are many Istanbul activities guides to take advantage of in finding theatres and shows to visit.


If you spend your trip in the city of Ankara, taking your children to visit Kugulu Park is a must. It is a tradition in Ankara to visit Kugulu Park and watch the swans, ducks with the children while enjoying the fresh air. The Aqua Vega Aquarium offers unique enjoyment for both children and adults with 12,000 marine life. It is also famous for being the fourth largest aquarium in the world and is Turkey’s longest tunnel aquarium. If you go to Izmir for a holiday, you can visit the ‘Space Camp’ and participate in the parent-child programs. We recommend that you don’t miss out on feeding the birds at the Konak Clock Tower in the heart of the city where the joy of children having fun is a sight to behold. If you would like a trip which is intertwined with art, you can visit the Izmir Fine Art and Sculpture Museum, or the Izmir Archaeological Museum which also offers childrens’ activities. If Tay Park is along your route, you will enjoy riding horses and petting domesticated animals.


If you are planning to spend your trip to Turkey along the Aegean and Mediterranean coastline, it would be a good idea to look at the city guides for the area and also seek out activities which are child-friendly. We recommend you select accommodation and facilities which offer discounts and cater especially for families with children. For example, if you visit Fethiye, which one of the Aegean’s most famous holiday resorts, you can visit the ‘Children’s Paradise’ which offers a baby beach, pools, water slides, art workshops, play areas, a childrens’ theatre and sports facilities. If you would like diving and sailing courses for children, Fethiye is the right address. A beach with warm waters suitable for children may be what you prefer, so Cesme would be a good choice with its amusement parks to enjoy in the evenings. The hotels in Kemer, Antalya offer specially designed children’s theaters and discos.