How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Nashville is very well equipped and child friendly. Most shops and restaurants provide restroom facilities that have diaper changing stations. Also, there are many well maintained parks designed with children in mind. A lot of playground equipment and sand boxes for children to enjoy as well as open, grassy areas for them to run to their heart's content.
The best way to find reliable child-care providers is asking neighbors, colleagues and friends who also have children. They are normally the best sources from which to obtain such lists as they have experience with people in the field.
Unfortunately, Nashville City does not at this time provide a list of approved people /agencies that they would recommend for either nanny or on-going child care services.
As with any city, keeping a mindful eye on your little ones is very important. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers.
Nashville is a super place for children to visit. There are many activities for them in this area. Some of the more popular attractions are (but not limited to):
More than 113 parks dotted throughout Nashville with some 10,570 acres of land where you can hike, bicycle ride, disc golf (golf using a Frisbee) or picnic. These are just some of the many things you can do in the large number of parks Nashville has on offer. Nashville has recently spent over US$260 million to upgrade their parks to make them more enjoyable for the public.
Museums such as the Tennessee State Museum where you can trace the history of Tennessee and the United States from prehistoric times through to today; Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum where you can experience the early life in Nashville in 1780 through the Civil War and reconstruction; and the Agricultural Museum where you can see home and farm artefacts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Parthenon which is the centerpiece of Centennial Park (not to be missed). It is a near perfect recreation of the one found in Greece. Built in 1897 and standing 42 feet high, it was built in commemoration of the classical architecture of its time. The Parthenon also houses the Nashville Art museum which has about 63 paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Nashville Shores is a 385 acre, family-fun destination with a water park (eight different water slides and other fun things), a lake where you can take a cruise or just hang out by the shore and other fun activities like miniature golf, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes to name a few.
The school system provides a wide range of activities for children. Some of the most popular ones are sports, music, languages, dance, ballet, and computer fun. Due to weather changes, activities offered during the weekend vary with the season. Kids here also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. They also like to just relax with friends at each other’s homes.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Life for teenagers in Nashville is similar to teenage life anywhere else. However, because a driver's license is available at age 16, teenagers in the U.S. tend to be more mobile. Parents need to be aware of their teenager(s) as they would in their home country or state.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Most young people get involved with school clubs, sports, church youth groups, or they participate in activities they find fun.
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 best way for anyone to learn the culture is to jump in and live it. There are always festivals going on that the whole family can enjoy. Cultural diversity is also taught in the school system, as well as at any public library. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about different local cultures. Check with your local library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
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