Istanbul has tons of places where you can enjoy a nice picnic while your kids can play in the local playground or run around to their heart's content. Yıldız Park It covers 25 acres and is right in the middle of the city, and was recently completely renovated to become one of Europe's most beautiful city parks. There are wooden bridges over the river and the streams, perfect for children to run along and swing on (and are perfectly safe and high enough for them to go on!). Ihlamur Kasrı Another former hunting palace, this park has no playground, but it makes up for it by having peacocks, ducks and rabbits running around free. The park is closely manicured, so bringing in food is disallowed (beyond little sandwiches for yourself or your children) and children are discouraged from chasing the animals.