Of course kids may also enjoy all the wonderful sites of Istanbul : Palaces, museums, ancient churches , ancient mosques can be introduced to attract their interest level. But there are other exclusively for kids attractions :
For families with kids visiting Istanbul; Irfan Sayar’s brain booster workshops for kids is a great opportunity, at least visiting his store – warehouse is like visiting a museum, fun for adults too ( no adult content =) As a travel professional and a former Turkish parental magazine reporter I highly recommend your not missing this opportunity.
His web page is http://www.zihnisinir.com/tr/
Samples from workshops for kids can be viewed on youtube :
I personally try to find excuses to end up in his store to enjoy all his wonderful works of art and creativity.
2012 Spring – Summer information : Sultanahmet area Ottoman Mehter band Performance /every Saturday at 3 pm /
Nearby Blue Mosque, in hippodrome area ( possibly the pit used as the concert ground between the hippodrome and the tram station ) the local municipality is beginning the famous Ottoman Military band performance , that comes with incredible Ottoman costumes and instruments as well as great Ottoman Military music , which influenced classical music composers like Beethoven, Chaikowski, or Mozart, as in ” escape from seraglio” , the a la turca style was born from this music.
These open air concerts are just fine; but if you would like a real treat of this music; you should go to the Military Museum in Nisantasi, new town. Daily at 3 pm ( museum is closed on mo and tue ) , the concert begins with a breathtaking English language video documentary on the band’s origin going as far as Asia.
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