How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Qingdao is not well equipped for raising infants and toddlers. However, the housing areas usually have good playgrounds.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Reliable nannies and child minders usually come from word of mouth. Often child minders are referred from old expats to new. The local expat newsletter is also a good place to advertise for what you need.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Roads are very dangerous.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Beaches are popular with children who live in Qingdao. There is even a picturesque boardwalk by the sea. Children can ride their bikes along it. In addition, there is a summer amusement park, a new museum and a zoo. The city is also building a new ocean park.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Children can take up martial arts or join in some local activities like the local dance class. Some enjoy swimming at the hotel pools.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Expat teenagers don't have a lot of entertainment options. They will most likely hang out at each other's houses. Although the streets of Qingdao are safe, there is not a lot catering to expats in this age group.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
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