How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Some part of the city specifically posh areas like Gulshan, Baridhara, Basundhora is well equipped for raising a child. These areas have playgrounds and parks for public recreation.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Reliable childcare is hard to come by in Dhaka. Word-of-mouth is an effective tool for obtaining a reliable list of few child-care providers. Check with your neighbors, co-workers, and/or friends you meet.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Dhaka 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 and follow general precautions and safety measures.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Theme parks around the city, entertainment parks in certain shopping malls and play malls for teenagers etc.
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, table tennis, carom etc. Additionally, the local schools offer many sports activities in which kids participate. Kids also enjoy going to the shopping malls, movies, theater 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?
Teenagers mostly hangout with their friend circles indoor. Some prefer to check different food spots around the city with friends.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Dhaka offers a very limited things to do with children; there are few parks and specific kidzones.There are no developed areas for young people to socialize and they prefer to be with people of same age and class within the residential complex or school.
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?
Crown Dhaka suggests to get children enrolled in a language class to learn Bangla or take them to the local cultural centers to learn about the Bangladeshi culture first hand.
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