How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Not very well equipped at this time, but making progress.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Finding a reliable child care provider or nanny usually depends on the area where you are living.
Neighbors and colleagues are great resources for recommendations. Your neighborhood community center can also be a good resource in finding reliable child care providers within the area. Other resources are local religious organizations and churches that have mother-day-out programs and day care programs. For assistance with finding a nanny, you can contact nanny agencies or placement agencies that offer professional sourcing for qualified care givers or contact Crown Balikpapan.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
No real issue, nevertheless, children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
There aren't any attractions specifically targeted toward children.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Most schools have after school activities, such as competitive school sports teams and various special interest clubs. They also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends.
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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?
Adjustment to any new place takes time, but we feel once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!
Discotheques and Billiards:

  • Score (in E-walk)
  • Red Square (in Hotel Sagita)
  • Borneo Pub (in Le Grandeur Hotel)
  • Standford Arms (in Aston Hotel)
  • Rendevu (in Novotel Hotel)
  • L2C (in Sudirman street)
  • Happy Puppy Karaoke (in Sudirman street)

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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Alliance Francaise has French classes and occasionally organizes concerts.
There is a bridge group at Chevron and at Batakan.
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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?
Most of the children's activities in Balikpapan are nature activities; visit the Waniriset Orangutan Society's facility, see Canopy Bridge, and enjoy the traditional Dayak Festival at Tenggarong.
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