How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Palmerston North is very well equipped for raising infants and toddlers. There are good public playgrounds throughout the city, with accommodations for both infants and older children. Major shopping areas are equipped with baby feeding and changing rooms.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
To obtain a list of reliable childcare providers or nannies, contact the local Plunket Group, the Citizens Advice Bureau or check the Yellow Pages of the local telephone book.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Palmerston North is a safe environment for children, though it is recommended that you contact your local school to determine if there are any particular concerns for your area.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Some of the most popular kid-friendly attractions in Palmerston North are:

  • The Esplanade: playground, sportsground, miniature railway, bird aviary and café
  • Te Manawa: art gallery, museum and science center; an excellent interactive facility for children to learn and develop
  • Foxton Beach and Estuary: relaxing place to shop, eat, visit the beach, skateboard, bowl, play tennis, play basketball and walk
  • Lido Swimming Pool: public swimming pool and waterslide complex
  • Owlcatraz: tourist and educational park located in Shannon (a nearby town) featuring glow worms and an animal farm
  • Totoroa Reserve and many other reserves for recreation and picnicking

For more information on the attractions listed above, contact Crown Palmerston North.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports play a huge part in the lives of most New Zealanders and most children are involved in some sporting activity, either with their school or individual clubs. Games and practices often take place after school hours. Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand followed by net ball, soccer and cricket.

During the summer, going to the beach with friends and family is the most popular pastime. Brownies, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Boys' Brigade are also fun clubs for children. Kids also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. They like to just hang out with their friends at each other's homes.
There is a wide range of cultural opportunities, such as music and dance lessons, available for children and teenagers.
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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?
Being a teenager in Palmerston North is similar to other places. Teenagers with access to vehicles have the freedom of the city. They also enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Sports play a big part in young people's lives and most are on a team. There are several skateboarding parks, as well as many school-related activities and clubs to keep teenagers active.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are many clubs for teenagers to join, including a variety of sporting clubs, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Church groups, theatrical, music and dance organizations, to name a few. Complete lists are available from the local Citizens Advice bureau, your school or your local telephone book.
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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 local culture is taught in the school system. Children will also find that their public library is a good resource. The Palmerston North Visitor and Information Center is a great place to obtain a list of things to do and information on events in Palmerston North and surrounding areas.
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