How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Jakarta is a very well-equipped city for those raising infants/toddlers. There are special diaper-changing rooms at most large shopping malls, restaurants and airports. You will also find many parks and playgrounds around the city.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Finding a reliable childcare provider or nanny usually depends on the area where you are living. Neighbors and colleagues are great resources for recommendations. Your neighborhood Community Center can also be a good resource in finding reliable childcare providers within the area. Other resources are local religious organizations and churches that have mother-day-out programs and daycare programs. For assistance with finding a nanny, you can contact nanny agencies or placement agencies that offer professional sourcing for qualified caregivers or contact Crown Jakarta.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
The concerns of parents in Jakarta are the same as those in other very large urban areas. There is often a perception that living in an urban area entails a greater risk to children due to higher crime rates. It is recommended that you speak to your local school to find out whether there are any particular concerns specific for your area. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Some fun and cool places that kids love to go to in Jakarta are:
- Dunia Fantasi - Amusement Park
- Seaworld, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
- Ice Skating, Mall Taman Anggrek
- Jakarta Comedy Club
- Kids' Station
- Jakarta Historical Museum
- Puppet Museum
- Pondok Indah Water Park
- Ragunan Zoo
- Water Boom Park
For more information on these great places to spend the day, check out their websites or contact
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Most schools have after-school activities, such as competitive school sports teams and various special interest clubs. They also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends.
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 teen in Jakarta is similar to other places, as well as being exciting and fun. Many parents, of course, have their concerns about safety. Much of a teenager's life revolves around the school that he or she attends and the neighborhood that he or she lives in. Most teens are involved in some after-school programs, such as sports or drama club. And, as mentioned above, they love to spend time with their friends and do fun things. Adjustment to any new place takes time, but we feel once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Local schools and churches are good sources for getting all youth group and activity information for your area as well as your neighbors for getting community-specific information.
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 and children will also find that their public library is a good resource. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about the local culture. Check with your local library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
Also, take your kids to the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Art Building) or Lembaga Kebudayaan Betawi (Betawi Cultural Centers) to learn more about the vibrant Indonesian culture.
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