How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
All the major shopping malls and centers have facilities for changing diapers and feeding babies and toddlers. Many also have playground areas. Most suburbs have parks with well-maintained playground equipment for youngsters.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
There are a number of child care facilities listed on the Internet. People in South Africa generally engage the services of a live-in child care provider who can also help with general household duties.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Parental guidance and responsibility are obviously most important to a child's safety, especially in a large, new city. Children should be accompanied by a responsible person at all times.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
There are many activities to choose from. The Johannesburg Zoo is always a top attraction. The Lion Park just to the north of the city allows children to mix with lion cubs, and Gold Reef City has exciting theme park rides for all ages, and a wonderful play center for the little ones. The Planetarium at the University of the Witwatersrand offers tours for those interested in stars and the universe, and the Sci Bono Discovery Centre allows a hands-on look at the world of science.!
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Most children are involved in some form of sport, such as horse riding, tennis lessons or swimming, and art and drama classes are often advertised on the local community notice board or at schools. Cinemas are very popular, especially with the older 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?
There are many activities that teenagers can get involved in, advertised in the press and on the Internet. It is important to be familiar with local drinking and driving laws.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Your local school will be able to advise you on youth groups in the area, as well as scouting and guiding clubs. Sports clubs are also an option.
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?
Again, your local school will be able to give you information on cultural events and learning opportunities.
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