How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Not too many venues provide public toilets and changing rooms for children other than shopping malls, hotels and upper-class venues. Bowling centers, play centers and toy shops are located throughout the city.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The following can provide information:
Accra Grammar School
Nanny’s Fun House and Montessori
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Road water drains (cutters) are considered very dangerous. Ghana is currently improving their roads and safety and health rules are sometimes not adhered to or are not in place. Shoes on the playground are recommended.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Cinemas, malls with playgrounds, toy shops, local zoo (Accra Zoo), bowling, Mole Park (animal farm), Accra children’s park.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports – tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball
Entertainment – cinemas, shopping malls
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Drug activity in schools is a problem.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
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?
Ghana has a rich and vibrant culture to be enjoyed by all ages. There are three distinct types of music: ethnic or traditional music, normally played during festivals; "highlife" music, a blend of traditional and ‘imported’ music; and choral music, which is performed in concert halls, churches, schools and colleges. Each ethnic group also has their own traditional dances with different dances for different occasions, such as celebrations, storytelling, praise and worship.
Every two years, the Pan African Historical Theatre Project holds PANAFEST, a festival held in celebration of African culture and the achievements of the people. There are performances and work in the areas of theatre, drama, music and poetry.
This harvest festival is celebrated by the Ga people from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It begins with the sowing of millet by the traditional priests in May. After this, a thirty-day ban on drumming is imposed on the land by the priests.
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