How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Memphis is very well equipped and child friendly. Most shops and restaurants provide rest-room facilities that have diaper changing stations. Also, there are plenty of well-maintained parks designed with kids in mind, with a lot of playground equipment and sand boxes for children to enjoy. There are enough open grassy areas for them to run to their heart's content.
The best way to find reliable child-care providers is to ask your neighbors, colleagues and friends who have children. These are normally the best resources to obtain such lists as they have experience with working with people in this field.
Unfortunately, the city does not at this time provide a list of approved people/agencies that they would recommend for temporary or on-going child care.
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 never talk to strangers.
Memphis is a super place for children. There are many activities to do while living in this area. Some of the more popular attractions are (but not limited to):
More than 166 parks dotted throughout Memphis with some 3,219 acres of land where you can hike, bicycle ride, disc-golf (golf using a frisbee) and picnic areas
Museums such as the Mississippi River Museum, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Sun Studios (where Elvis got his big break), Fire Museum of Memphis or the Children's Museum of Memphis
Graceland, the world famous home of Elvis Presley, when he lived in Memphis. Elvis was one of the world’s best known singers and his home has remained in the exact condition that Elvis left it in 1977.
The above are only some of the fun things that you can do in the Memphis area and more information can be found on the Web sites listed below.
The school system provides a wide range of activities for children. Among the most popular are sports, music, languages, dance, and computer fun. Due to the weather changes, activities performed during the weekend vary by season. Kids here also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping malls with friends. They like to just hang out at each other's homes.
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 Memphis area is similar to teenage existence anywhere else. However, since a driver's license is available at age 16, U.S. teenagers tend to be more mobile. Parents need to monitor their teenager(s) as they would in their country of origin.
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 enjoy.
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 events, such as festivals, that the whole family can enjoy. Cultural diversity is also taught in the school system and at any public library. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about the different local cultures. Check with your local library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
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