How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Children are left to the care of grandparents, nannies and creches. There are no public areas to change diapers; parents do these activities in the washrooms of hotels, malls etc. There are parks throughout the city and these are popular places to spend the day and get some fresh air.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Word-of-mouth is a remarkable and effective tool for obtaining a reliable list of childcare providers.
Check with your neighbors, co-workers and/or friends you meet. Another way to obtain a list of reliable childcare providers or nannies is by contacting your local embassy or Crown.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Kidnapping incidents are rare, though it is best to keep one's eyes and ears open and avoid talking to strangers. Be cautious as you would in any city.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
There are several amusement parks in Pune, including:
- Appu Ghar - at Bombay-Pune Highway
- Diamond Water Park - situated near Lohagaon on Nagar Road
- Splash Mountain water park
- Appu Ghar Katraj Snake Park
- Empress Botanical Garden
- Pashan Lake, Khadakwasla Lake
- Museums are also a popular place for children to visit:
- Gandhi National Museum
- Joshi’s Museum
- Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
- Museum of Arthropoda
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Many of the schools offer extracurricular activities, including:
- Table tennis
- Traditional & folk dancing
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Most good nightclubs require memberships. You need to be above 18 years of age to order alcoholic beverages, and most nightclubs close by midnight. There are movie theaters that show a selection of movies made in India and around the world.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are no organizations specifically targeting this age group.
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?
Vinayaka Chathurthi: Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka, the elephant-headed god is among the most worshiped deities of the State. The Ganesha Puja, a ceremony where Lord Ganesha is worshipped, is performed with fervor and gaiety. The celebration ends on the tenth day when the idols of Vinayaka are carried and submerged in water after a procession. The festival falls in the month of September.
Navarathri: This is another festival that lasts for nine days. The goddesses Durga, consort of Lord
Shiva is worshiped. The festival falls in the months of September/October and is marked with traditional displays of handmade dolls.
Deepavali: This festival of lights is usually celebrated in October or November. It generates an atmosphere of gaiety, friendliness and excitement.
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