How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Certain shopping malls are equipped with nursing rooms. Overall, you will have no problems raising your little ones in Singapore.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
There is an abundance of child care centers as well as enrichment centers, including toddlers' gyms and music centers. These can often be easily found online.
Finding a good live-in maid or nanny can sometimes require a bit of luck. Many expats find their maids through referrals from other expats.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Singapore is generally safe for children. Be prepared to deal with dehydration problems, though.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Among the most popular places are Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Night Safari, Singapore Discovery Center and, Singapore Science Center and Sentosa Island including Universal Studios theme park.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Singapore is ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities. Swimming, cycling, blading and trekking can be done all year around. On weekends, many families travel across to Malaysia or Indonesia to enjoy a relaxing weekend on the beach.
Singapore is also a great place for videogame lovers.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Teenagers will tend to mix with their peers from school. Singapore is generally quite safe from drug abuse among teenagers, though smoking and drinking are getting more popular. You will have to put your own safeguards in place as you see fit.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Expat organizations such as the American Club and British Club will have special groups for young people. Alternatively, your teens may join special interest and sports groups through school.
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 younger children will have opportunities to learn a second language at their play school. The older ones can join interest groups where they will have a chance to interact with local Singaporeans and learn about Singapore culture and customs.
Singapore celebrates the festivals of all its racial groups. Some major ones to note are the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa (marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month), Deepavali (Indian Festival of Lights), Hungry Ghost Festival and Moon Cake Festival. The streets will be decorated in accordance to each festival.
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