How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Metro Cebu is well equipped for raising infants and toddlers. Shopping centers like Ayala Center Cebu and SM City have diaper-changing facilities. Many shopping centers also have indoor play areas and restaurants with children’s menus. Highchairs are always found in large franchise restaurants while smaller restaurants tend not to have them.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The American Women’s Club of the Philippines (AWCP) runs a registry. The AWCP checks all references and police clearance documents that the staff make available for interviews. However, word of mouth remains the best way to find help. Contact Crown Manila for AWCP's contact details and a list of other expat organizations that maintain similar lists.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Parks and playgrounds are usually safe, but it is not uncommon to find broken glass or dangerous material there. In addition, the equipment available for kids to play on is often old and made from metal.
As in any major city, instruct children to not talk to strangers. Don't leave children unattended in public places.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Gymboree: includes play floor, music room and arts room.
Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort: water park adventure and facilities.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Many schools offer extra-curricular activities like soccer, swimming and dance for children over 4 years old. There are also many activities for little tots such as Gymboree motor skill development parent/child classes, kinder music and swimming lessons.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Cebu holds the same kind of challenges to parenting a teenager that any big city would have. Bars and outlets that sell alcohol and cigarettes do not enforce the minimum age. Drugs are not a big problem, but the threat does exist.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Activities for young people in this age group are mainly organized by the international schools.
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?
You can start at the University of San Carlos Museum, then expand your cultural interests at Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Museum and Casa Gorordo Museum.
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