How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
You will find baby-changing rooms in most major shopping centers, but parks and outside activities for toddlers are limited. Most shopping malls now have carts that you can hire for the day to push your toddler around in as well as pile your shopping into.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Children should never walk alone, but rather in larger groups and only during the day. Shopping centers are a popular hang-out where it is generally safe for older children to be, preferably in groups. Public transport, unless to and from school, is best used when accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Some of our shopping centers have game arcades that attract children. Cinemas are also widely available.
Other exciting attractions for youngsters include:
- Animal farms
- Crocodile parks
- Snake parks
- Steam and mini-trains
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Most schools have extracurricular programs for children, though these vary from school to school. In summer, sports include swimming, athletics, tennis and cricket. In winter, sports include rugby, soccer and hockey, to mention a few. Sport clubs run cricket and rugby programs during summer and winter, respectively. In the coastal areas, children can apply to the local lifesaving clubs and learn how to become junior lifesavers. In general, the sea is a major attraction for kids. Shopping centers also have activities during the holidays. Some have game arcades and cinemas, which attract children.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
It is very important to be aware of how easily drugs are made available to youth. Beyond that, typical protocols apply: know where they're going and who they’re with.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are various groups that teenagers can join depending on their interests, including:
- Church youth groups
- Sports clubs
- Boy Scouts/Cubs
- Girl Guides/Brownies
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 following are just a few of the cultural activities that are of great interest to most people visiting the country:
- Phezulu Safari Park - a beautiful nature preserve featuring traditional Zulu dance shows and more
- Valley of 1000 Hills
- Shakaland - an authentic Zulu village
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