How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Children are left to the care of grandparents, nannies and creches. There are no public areas to change diapers; parents do these activities in the washrooms of hotels, malls etc. There are parks throughout the city and these are popular places to spend the day and get some fresh air.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Word of mouth is a remarkable and effective tool for obtaining a reliable list of childcare providers.
Check with your neighbors, co-workers and/or friends you meet. Another way to obtain a list of reliable childcare providers or nannies is by contacting your local embassy or Crown Hyderabad.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Kidnapping incidents are rare, though it is always smart to keep one's eyes and ears open and avoid talking to strangers. Be cautious as you would in any city.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Lumbini park is an amusement park that stretches on one side of the Hussain Sagar. Indira Park, which is full of trees, is a good picnic and play spot. Ocean Park, located at Gandipet, has a water sports and amusement games section. One can also visit Snow World, where one can enjoy low temperatures and artificial snow.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports are particularly popular with the local kids. There are clubs, wherein once enrolled, one can take advantage of the latest in gymnasium equipment and have access to the swimming pools, tennis and badminton courts, play table tennis, carrom etc. Additionally, the local schools offer many sports activities in which kids participate. Kids also enjoy going to the various shopping malls, movies, theatre and shopping with 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?
Most good nightclubs require memberships. You need to be above 18 years of age to order alcoholic beverages, and most nightclubs close by midnight. There are movie theaters that show a selection of movies made in India and around the world.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are no organizations specifically targeting this age group.
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?
Vinayaka Chathurthi: Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka, the elephant-headed god is among the most worshiped deities of the state. The Ganesha Puja, a ceremony where Lord Ganesha is worshipped, is performed with fervor and gaiety. The celebration ends on the tenth day when the idols of Vinayaka are carried and submerged in water after a procession. The festival falls in the month of September.
Navarathri: This is another festival that lasts for nine days. The goddess Durga (who has nine forms), consort of Lord Shiva, is worshiped. The festival falls in the months of September/October and is marked with traditional displays of handmade dolls.
Deepavali: This festival of lights is usually celebrated in October or November. It generates an atmosphere of gaiety, friendliness and excitement.
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