How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Well-maintained playgrounds and parks are located in many of the local neighborhoods. In most large stores and shopping malls, there are also special diaper changing rooms available.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

Neighbors, colleagues and local community centers can provide recommendations for childcare providers. Some local churches also have mothers' day out and child daycare programs. An organization called Child Care Aware offers information on childcare.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

Safety issues for children in the Metroplex are quite similar to those in other large cities. Note that some areas of the Metroplex have instituted curfews for children under 16 years old. Many neighborhoods also have police that patrol local streets and keep watch over children and adults alike.

There is also a nationwide cartoon character named McGruff The Crime Dog that teaches children about safety issues. Parents are always cautioned to keep a watchful eye on their children when at local shopping malls, parks and public facilities.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

  • Six Flags Over Texas

  • Amusement Park

  • Hurricane Harbor Water Park

  • NRH20 Water Park

  • The Science Place

  • Dallas World Aquarium

  • Dallas Fairpark

  • The Dallas Zoo

  • Fort Worth Zoo

  • Casa Manana Theater

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

Many schools offer after-school activities such as team sports and special-interest clubs. The local YMCAs and some local churches and daycare centers also offer after-school and weekend programs for children.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?

It can be a very fun and exciting experience for teenagers living in the Metroplex. A lot of teenagers are involved in after-school programs relating to sports and special-interest clubs. In addition, a good part of a local teenager's life revolves around the neighborhood they live in and the school they attend.

Teens are allowed to drive in Texas when they are 16, which is quite different than in many foreign countries. Parents should keep in mind that this will give teenagers greater independence from parent transport and school buses at an earlier age.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

The local Boys and Girls Club is available during after-school hours to enhance personal and educational development, leadership skills and cultural enrichment. Age-appropriate programs are geared to prevent many of the problems plaguing today's youth. The local YMCAs also offer many activities for young people and families alike. 
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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 South western Exposition and Livestock Show, which is the nation's oldest livestock show and the original indoor rodeo, is a good opportunity for children to experience the Texas cowboy culture. There are also several museums that offer insight to local Texas history and culture.
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