How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
The city has a wide variety of parks and playgrounds for children.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Crown São Paulo can provide recommendations.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
As with any large city or any location, parental guidance and responsibility is important to a child's safety.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Great attractions to bring the kids to include the legendary Teatro Municipal, the Museo de Arte de São Paolo and the Parque do Ibirapuera.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Mostly sports, going to the cinema and shopping centers to meet friends.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
There are no particular challenges; it's like being a teenager anywhere else. They go to the movies, to the beach, to the mall and spend a great deal of time with their friends.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Your local school will be able to tell you about the youth clubs in your area. There are also the Scouts clubs for boys and girls, which offer adventures, amusements and activities.
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?
Portuguese lessons would probably be very beneficial, but really the best way to learn about the city is to go out there and experience it.
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