How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Mumbai is a vibrant, dynamic city with many working couples. This means that the 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; 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 an effective tool for obtaining a reliable list of child-care providers. Check with your
neighbors, co-workers, and/or friends you meet. Another way to obtain a list of reliable child-care providers or nannies is by contacting your local embassy or Crown Mumbai.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Mumbai is a very busy city. Although kidnapping incidents are rare, 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?
Essel World and Water Kingdom are famous amusement parks. Other places frequented by children are the Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Science Centre. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a sought-after picnic spot. It features a tour ride where a visitor can see the famous Royal Bengal tiger and white Indian tigers. Aarey Milk Colony in Goregaon also offers a scenic picnic spot, a tour around the milk bottling plant and a boat ride.
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 the swimming pools, tennis and badminton courts, play table tennis, carrom, etc. Additionally, the local schools offer many sports activities in which kids participate. Kids also enjoy going to the various shopping malls, movies, theater and shopping with friends. And, like any kid, they 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 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. 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?
Mumbai offers a variety of things to do with children; there are beaches, parks, water parks, bowling and go-carting options, sightseeing tours and trips. There is a planetarium, 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?
Mumbai is famous for its festivals, which showcase the diversity of the country. Attending these, particularly the Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Deepavali, and Holi festivals, is an excellent way to learn about the flavors and facets of Mumbai and India 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 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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