How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Reasonably well. There are many parks and maintained playground, but not many public places to change diapers.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
You can ask at one of the local schools or contact Crown St. Petersburg.
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 take extreme care when crossing the streets.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
The Zoo on Alexander Park 4 and amusement parks are very popular, particularly the Circus on
Fontanka River Embankment 3.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Playing football or computer games. Ice hockey is also very popular. There are several venues where kids can play sports, including the Yubileyny Sports Palace (Dobrolyubova Avenue 8) and the St. Petersburg Sports and Culture Complex (Yury Gagarin Avenue 8).
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Beer, vodka and cigarettes are cheap and available everywhere in the city; the legal age of consumption is 18 but be advised that some kiosks sell these to minors!
Parents are often warned about the use of drugs in school but it can also be a problem on the street.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are plenty of organizations offering activities for children: sport clubs, music schools, pioneer camps, scouting and more.
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 courses combined with cross-cultural training especially for kids.
Pancake Week in March is a festival to celebrate the beginning of the spring.
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