How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Charlotte is very well equipped and child friendly. Most shops and restaurants provide restroom facilities that have diaper changing stations. There are also plenty of well-maintained parks designed with kids in mind---wide open grassy spaces they can run to their heart's content and a lot of playground equipment to enjoy.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

There are numerous ways to obtain lists of reliable child -care providers in the city of Charlotte. The best references normally come from people who also have children. Additionally, you can ask your local Human Resources manager/representative or co-workers. Online resources such as Child-care Resources Inc. can provide information to help make a better decision. Visit their Web site below.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

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 avoid strangers.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

Charlotte is a super place for children to visit . There are many activities for them in this area. The popular attractions include (but are not limited to):

  • More than 210 parks throughout the area as well as outdoor and indoor swimming pools and golf courses. The parks in the Charlotte area are great for hiking, bicycle riding, disc golf (golf using a frisbee) and picnics.

  • Museums such as the Afro American cultural center where you can learn about how African Americans have contributed to the development of Charlotte and North Carolina; and the Charlotte Museum of History, the Charlotte Nature Museum and IMAX located at Discovery Place and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. These are just some of the fantastic museums that Raleigh has on offer.

  • The Carowinds amusement park where there are a variety of different rides from thrilling roller coasters to relaxing water slides. The amusement park is open from Memorial day weekend, in May, to Labor day weekend in September.

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

The school system provides a wide range of extracurricular activities for children. Among the most popular are sports, music, languages, dance, and computer fun. Due to the weather, activities on the weekend vary by season. Kids here also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. They also don't mind just hanging out with their friends at each other's homes.
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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 the Charlotte area is similar to life anywhere else. Since a driver's license is available at age 16, however, U.S. teenagers tend to be more mobile. Parents need to be just as watchful of their children as they would be in their home country.
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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 enjoyable.
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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 that the whole family can enjoy. Cultural diversity is taught in the school system and at public libraries.

Additionally, there are several local events held on a weekly basis to teach young people all about different local cultures. Check with your library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
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