How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
The city is very well-equipped for raising infants/toddlers. Most shopping malls and large grocery stores have changing rooms inside the restrooms for mothers and their babies. You will also find many parks and kids’ playgrounds around the city.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Please contact your human resources director or our office to find out more information on reliable childcare providers and/or nannies.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Santiago is a safe environment for children, though it is recommended that you speak to your local school to find out whether there are any particular concerns specific for your area. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Kids love to spend a day in the mountains skiing or on the Pacific Coast swimming at the beach, but other fun and cool places to spend the day are:
- Cerro Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Hill)) - In 1541, Santiago was founded on this hill (cerro) and today it is a large park! There is lots to do here and it is a fun way to spend the day. You can climb up the hill by taking a very curvy staircase or go up the cool glass elevator instead. Once you get to the top you will have some awesome views of the city and, if it is clear out, you will be able to see the mountains. In the summer, there are concerts at the amphitheater. At Cerro Santa Lucia, fun can be had by all!
- Museo de Santiago - This museum is housed in an eighteenth-century colonial home, the Casa Colorada. It presents a history of the city and showcases beautifully carved and painted wooden figurines by Rodolfo Gutierrez.
- Parque Metropolitano - This unique park sits on three hills and is many things in one. While you are here, you can visit the many animals at the Jardin Zoologico. Some of the neat local animals you'll see are pumas, vicunas, deer, condors and tropical birds. Another great site is the Statue of the Virgin Mary, which is a famous Santiago landmark. The Terraza Bellavista has good views of the city or take the Tupahue teleferico (gondola) for an even better view of the Andes. If it is a hot day, the teleferico has a stop at Estacion Tupahue with a public swimming pool close by. You could also spend the day on hiking trails or biking. There is so much to do and see, you might have to come back a few times.
- Parque Quinta Normal - This is a great family park with picnic tables and an artificial lake where you can rent rowboats.
- Parque O'Higgins - This southwest section of the city has playgrounds, a swimming pool, skating rink and amusement park. You definitely could spend a whole afternoon here!
- KidZania – KidZania is an interactive park that combines entertainment and education. Children between 4 and 13 years of age can play, explore and learn about the world.
- Fantasilandia – Fantasilandia is an amusement park at its best for the whole family.
- Parque Arauco – The shopping mall offers a wonderful ice skating experience for children.
- Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos – This handcraft village, offers a unique experience about Chilean handicrafts and lots of opportunities to shop.
And, of course, everywhere you turn you'll see handicraft fairs where you can buy anything from jewelry to children's toys. These handicraft fairs usually take place on the weekends. Last but not least, kids always love ice cream and you can find lots of it in Santiago. Every place you go, try a scoop, or two, or three … make it lunch!
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Kids in Santiago are very involved in after-school activities and sports. They also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. And, they like to just hang out with their friends at each other’s homes.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Being a teenager in Santiago is similar to other places. As mentioned above, they love to go to spend time with their friends and do fun things. Adjustment to any new place takes time, but we feel once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Local schools and churches are good sources for getting all youth group and activity information for your area.
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?
The local culture is taught in the school system and children will also find that their public library is a good resource. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about the local culture. Check with your local library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
Enrolling your children in Spanish lessons is very beneficial, too.
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