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Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

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Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Hi forum,

Another great venue for kids is opening very soon in Akasya shopping mall in Istanbul. Kidzania is a kid city where children up to ages of 14 can learn through role playing and doing certain tasks. Here is more information about Kidzania: http://istanbul.kidzania.com/en-us

The tickets are available on www.biletix.com

To go to Akasya mall, take Marmaray train towards Ayrılık Çeşmesi and change over to the metro heading towards Kartal and get off at Uzunçayır station. OR get on the metro at Kadıköy and get off at Uzunçayır station.

Have fun,

Borus

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That is very interesting Borus - I had never heard of Kidzania before. "googling" revealed that it is a "Mexican chain of family entertainment centers currently operating in 15 locations allowing children to work in adult jobs and earn currency. KidZania has received more than 31 million guests around the world since its opening, making it one of the fastest growing global edutainment brands in the world."

So they are "reality" theme parks but instead of roller coasters and rides, they are kid-size replica cities which recreate adult workplaces such as operating theatres, plane cockpits, TV studios and banks . Of course there are sponsors – which allow children to have branded opportunities from bottling Coca-Cola, working in a Crest-sponsored dentist office, working at a McDonalds restaurant. At the end of the session, they can spend the money they earn in the gift shop.

I have no young children and so have no idea how this would appeal to them. As kids we did also learn the values of work and handling money – in junior schools we used to set up little shops and sell things to one another – weighing out vegetables and taking money and giving change. There were also usually some small animals or plants that we would be responsible for looking after. But I feel very happy that in my childhood, “entertainment” was much more low key (and a lot cheaper!) My friends and I would go up to the Downs (wild common land) and build “dens” in the woods, meet up and ride our bikes - often taking packed sandwiches for our tea. We would be out for hours – totally unescorted by any adults (we could even walk to and from school on our own!). In these Kidzanias it seems the kids are unaccompanied by parents – just by the security staff.

It is obviously a great coup for Istanbul to have one of these open up – long before the USA or indeed the UK (although one is apparently planned for the Westfield Mall in London. But personally I would prefer it if we could allow our children to be children for a bit longer rather than rushing headlong into the adult world. The whole endeavour makes me think “I’ve seen the future, brother: it is murder” (L. Cohen)

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2. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

ditto Attagul. I wish my son could live the way I lived my childhood. Torday's kids do not live freely to learn things by themselves. They live in a packaged world where they are allowed to live their lives through packaged experiences. Sad!

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3. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Borus, that is even scarier!

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4. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Has this actually opened now ? & does anyone know of a good hotel very close to kidzania?

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5. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Yes, it is open now and my 7yo son loved it so much. I would highly recommend kidzania to the families with children of 7 to 11 years of age.

Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Moda is only a few metro stations away from Akasya Mall. To go there, take metro from Kadıköy and leave the train at Unalan station and follow the signs for Akasya mall. There is a direct Passage from metro station into the mall.

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6. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Hello everybody,

My children don't know neither Turkish nor English , can they fully enjoy Kidzania ? Don't hey need to understand the explanations ?

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7. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Borus , Uzunçayır station and Unalan station are the same ?

According to google maps it takes 17 min walking time to kidzania while it takes only 12 min from Acibadem metro station , is it true or may be there's another entry from the back closer to Unalan station ?

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8. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

Hi Kaleno,

Unalan is the station for Akasya mall. There is a direct passage from the station into the mall. You wouldn't want to walk with your children from Acıbadem metro station alongside a very busy highway towards Akasya. Definitely a bad idea.

Hope your kids enjoy Kidzania. It is a fabulous place.

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9. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

thank you Borus

What about the language, will they face any difficulties understanding the attractions?

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10. Re: Kid City Kidzania opens on March 13 in Istanbul

There are no attractions at Kidzania. It is built like a city with all the facilities and shops. Kids need to work at different places to earn Kidzania money which they use to buy things /food from other stores. They learn how certain jobs are done and also value of working to earn money. I think English language is spoken there.

Borus

Edited: 04 September 2014, 19:37