How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
The expat compounds have all necessary facilities for small children. Outside of the compounds, you will find many playgrounds in the city, though public places to change diapers are hard to find.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Crown Relocations in Moscow can provide you with a comprehensive list of accredited caregivers.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
The traffic is dangerous and the cars often don't pay attention to the rules. Crosswalks are frequently ignored, so be sure your children are careful crossing the streets.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
The Moscow Zoo is very popular, as are amusement parks like Gorki Park, Sokolniki Park and Aqua Park.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Playing football, trips to McDonald's and playing computer games are all popular activities for kids.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Parents are often warned about the use of drugs in school, but it is also a problem on the street. Beer, vodka and cigarettes are cheap and available everywhere in the city. Gangs are also known to be active in the city.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are many sport clubs and music schools that your kids can join, including the Skriabin, Rachmaninov and Musorski music schools. Local sport complexes include Dinamo and Luzhniki Stadium.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
There are Russian language and cross-cultural training courses especially for kids. They should be sure to check out Pancake Week in March, a festival to celebrate the beginning of the spring.
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