How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Ahmedabad is a vibrant, dynamic city, with many working couples. This means that the children are left in the care of grandparents, nannies and crèches. There are no public areas to change diapers; parents do these activities in public washrooms. There are parks throughout the city and these are popular places to spend the day to 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.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Ahmedabad is a very busy city. Be cautious as you would in any city, though it is best to keep one’s eyes and ears open.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Swapnasrushti Entertainment and Club Limited are famous amusement parks. Another place frequented by children is the Gujarat Science City. Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden Kankaria is a sought-after picnic spot.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports are particularly popular with the local kids. There are clubs, wherein once enrolled, one can take advantage of the latest in gymnasium equipment and have access to swimming pools, tennis and badminton courts. Additionally, the local schools offer many sports activities in which kids participate. Kids also enjoy going to the various shopping malls, movies and the theater with friends. They also like to just hang out with their friends 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?
Most good nightclubs require cover charges, which are nominal entrance charges and most close by midnight. There are movie theaters which show a selection of movies made in India and around the world. Sports are particularly popular with the local kids and many expatriate buildings have tennis courts and swimming pools.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Ahmedabad offers a variety of things to do with children; there are parks and water parks, bowling and go carting options, sightseeing tours and trips. There is an aquarium, a science museum and many libraries.
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?
Ahmedabad is famous for festivals, which showcase the diversity of the whole country. Attending these, particularly the Navrathri, Deepavali, and Holi is an excellent way to learn about the flavors and facets of Ahmedabad and India's culture.
- Navarathri: This festival lasts for nine days. The goddess 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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